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Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Snapchat’s plan to use your snaps to advertise to you

Today it's come to our attention that Snapchat has a plan to use a system called "object recognition based photo filters." With this system, Snapchat would effectively scan the snaps you capture to find objects that they then match with their own database of recognition filters. A photo filter would be "associated with satisfaction of the object criteria," and you'd begin to receive "options" for editing these photos and/or receiving advertisements based on content.

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Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

Google signals Android 7.0 Nougat release with final Developer Preview

This is a happy day for both Android users and developers, as Google has unleashed Android 7.0 Nougat's fifth Developer Preview on the world. The benefits for developers are clear, but why is it a good thing for users? Simply because this is the final Developer Preview for the incoming mobile OS, meaning that the full release just got that much closer.

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Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

Google dropped plans to make its own VR headset

You would think with all the excitement around the growing VR market following the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets that Google would be one of the next big tech companies to announce their own hardware. Turns out, they were considering just that. A new report from Recode reveals that Google was once working on stand-alone VR hardware — not just a successor to the Cardboard, but something on the same level as the Rift and Vive.

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Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

After months upon months of political ads, debates, and news stories flying at us from every direction, the general election will finally be decided later this year. Yet, living through nearly two years of endless political commentary and talking heads analyzing nearly every word each candidate has ever said will all be for nothing if you aren't registered to vote when time comes in November. Google has announced today that it's going to try to make the process of registering to vote at least a little easier for those who want their voices to be heard.

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How Pokemon GO will make your smartphone fat

How Pokemon GO will make your smartphone fat

Now what Pokemon GO is the most actively played mobile game in the history of the world, phone makers are paying attention. They're poking their heads out of the ground just far enough to see that this game changes what's expected out of a mobile video game. As Pokemon GO continues to gain steam, these very capable and quick-working manufacturers of smartphones will turn out devices that have features aimed specifically at this next generation of smartphone users - mobile phone users that are actually mobile.

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Official Galaxy Note 7 cases reveal release details

Official Galaxy Note 7 cases reveal release details

Accessory information has appeared for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 confirming some features of the phone and a bit about the variety of colors it'll come in on its release date. This is not the first time we've seen such information from the folks at MobileFun - they're notorious for getting some of the earliest renderings of devices before reveal or release, using said images to create cases. As we've heard direct from the company in the past, they use sources in Asia to find schematics, then take those schematics to make cases to sell to users as soon as possible. This time they suggest they have legitimate, actually real, Samsung-official details.

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Google’s diverse working women emoji approved by Unicode

Google’s diverse working women emoji approved by Unicode

Emoji are about to become a lot more diverse and gender equal for women. The Unicode Consortium, the organization that oversees adoption and standardization of emoji, has approved a group of characters proposed by Google back in May, which includes depictions of women in new professions. There are 11 new emoji, such as a computer programmer, chef, scientist, graduate, and even a rockstar with David Bowie-like facepaint.

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Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Google Photos for iOS gets a new cropping tool

Earlier this month, Google pushed out an update for Google Photos on Android, and now it has followed it up with an update for iOS, taking that app up to version 1.12.1. The update is a relatively small one, though it’ll prove useful for most users: there’s a new cropping tool, which is the big change, as well as some “improved support” for taking photos in a burst. The app is available from the iTunes store now.

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Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Today we've seen another drop test of the Moto Z, this time with the Z Force Droid Edition of the phone. It didn't shatter. It didn't even crack. The reason for this is the application of an extra bit of protection called ShatterShield. This is not the first time Motorola has used this tech - they also had it applied to the Motorola DROID Turbo 2, a device that survived a 900-foot drop (with only a TINY crack to show for it). ShatterShield is an extra layer of protection outside your display glass - a step above your everyday screen protector.

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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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This Moto Z headphone dongle turns a hot phone into a hot mess

This Moto Z headphone dongle turns a hot phone into a hot mess

Welcome to the future, a place where we're not quite ready to let go of the headphone jack on a phone, but DO want to get rid of said jack anyway. Motorola is the first major brand in the USA to do away with the headphone jack on its hero smartphone, the Moto Z, and today we get our first glimpse of the oddity that is the Moto Z headphone dongle, an accessory that comes with the device right out the box.

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