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Google’s autonomous car project loses a key player

Google’s autonomous car project loses a key player

Google's self-driving car lead, Chris Urmson, is leaving the project, after more than seven years of working on autonomous vehicle technology at the company. The news, which was announced today, means the loss of one of the most involved members of the self-driving project, with Urmson joining Google having previously been part of a DARPA grand challenge winning Carnegie Mellon team.

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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipping dates span from late August to mid-September, depending on the carrier each user chooses. This includes each of the major carriers, the lot of which each have their own end retail price for the smartphone. For instance, ordering a Blue Coral 64GB edition Galaxy Note 7 from T-Mobile USA will cost a user $849.99 USD. If that same smartphone with Verizon connectivity were purchased - 64GB edition, Blue Coral Galaxy Note 7 - it'd cost $864.99 USD. Strange how that works.

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Gboard for iOS gets support for French, Spanish and more

Gboard for iOS gets support for French, Spanish and more

Google's Gboard for iOS has been updated with support for additional languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. To coincide with the additional language support is a global launch of the keyboard app, which makes it easier to send someone a GIF or other things directly from the iPhone's keyboard. Google has also packed some new features into the app including smart GIF suggestions.

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Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

This week the folks at GFXBench appear to have received a benchmark for the next (one of two) Nexus smartphone. This would be the smaller of the two, one we're being told (by unofficial, anonymous sources) may be called the Nexus 5P. This device would be the replacement for the Nexus 5X. Coming with the operating system the benchmark calls "INVALID Android Google Edition" - catchy name! - this device rolls with a 1920 x 1080 5-inch display with 5-finger touch support.

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Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Back in February, Google launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (or AMP for short), which serves as the company's answer to slow-loading webpages on mobile devices. It would appear to have taken off in a big way, with Google revealing today that there are more than 150 million AMP docs in its indexes and that a whopping four million more are being added each week. This success has led Google to test the waters on rolling out AMP on a wider scale.

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Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

Pokemon GO PokeVision alternatives post-update

After a big set of changes in Pokemon GO come August 2016, original major Pokemon GO map apps like PokeVision collapsed. Not so much collapsed as suffered a big set of blows from Niantic, who asked them to shut down. Like the hydra, when one head is cut off, two spring up in its place. In this case, we've got a collection of resources that've sprung up in PokeVision's place - and not all of them are made for maps!

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Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

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Android Marshmallow hits 15% distribution, closes in on Jelly Bean

Android Marshmallow hits 15% distribution, closes in on Jelly Bean

The latest Android distribution numbers are here from Google, and they're showing an expected uptick in the number of devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, with Marshmallow being the newest version of Android, you'd expect its adoption rate to increase as time goes on, but here we're beginning to see Marshmallow move within striking distance to one of the versions ahead of it: Jelly Bean.

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Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google has been given the go-ahead to test its Project Wing delivery drones in the United States, permission announced by the White House itself to highlight research in the field of UAVs. The Project Wing testing is set to eclipse Amazon’s own drone testing, becoming the currently largest drone delivery trials in the U.S. Google will be given access to one of half a dozen drone testing sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google Nexus launcher apk download released for Android

Google's own Nexus phone and tablet line now has a launcher app of its own. This app will allow any Android smartphone (most any Android smartphone) to look and act much like a Nexus phone - super simple and clean. Fully Material Design compliant, that is to say. This launcher works with its own Google Now button (or Google button, if you prefer) for universal searches. It also has a brand new slide-up app drawer.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Galaxy Note 7 release date, pricing, and carrier pre-order details

Today the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been revealed and priced and released, all at once. While the device won't be immediately available, each of the top carriers in the United States have begun issuing information about when and where the device will be able to be placed in users' hands, physically. The release today marks the first time Samsung has released the headliner "phablet" smartphone Galaxy Note without a "flat" version - it's decidedly part of the "Edge" collection without the namesake.

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