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Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Is Facebook’s privacy update welcome or whitewash?

Listen to Mark Zuckerberg & Co., and Facebook's privacy changes this week are not only benign but in your very best interest. A pared down explanation on data protection that's ostensibly clearer than before, as well as a guide to exactly what the privacy settings can do, were the sweetener to the side news that Facebook would actually be doing more information sharing, at least between its recent acquisitions like Instagram and WhatsApp. Problem is, we've heard those same explanations before, and they've already got at least one big company into very hot water.

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Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

Galaxy S6 details begin to flow: here be (Snap)dragons

The Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tapped as a turnaround point for the company. They've reached a point where their line of smartphones is popular, but not quite popular enough that they don't need to shake up the industry with a new lead - either an entirely new physical design or something late-breaking under the hood. What you'll find with the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn't another one in a line of devices that look like the design language born of the Galaxy S III. Instead you'll find Samsung bringing Project Zero forward with a new face AND mind.

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Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Project Tango hits Google Play, but isn’t for sale (yet)

Google’s Project Tango is an exciting look into the future of tablets, gaming, and just overall tech. The devices, via series of cameras and sensors, can map environments and objects in 3D. We knew Project tango would be made available “later” this year, but as time ticked away, we wondered if Google was just behind a bit. Turns out, they may not be. The Project Tango tablet has been discovered on the Play Store, but it’s not quite ready for you to purchase yet.

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Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Three things that surprised me about the Nexus 6

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson.

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Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

Google closing Wallet API for website payment processing

In the mobile payment space, Apple Pay dominates the headlines lately, but Google Wallet has been riding its coattails admirably. Via the web, there are even more big players, with Amazon and PayPal dominating the online transaction game. Though they don’t specifically note why, Google is taking Wallet out of the hands of many Developers, and will be discontinuing its use for digital goods in March of next year. This definitely affects those who use Google as a payment service via their website, but doesn’t affect Google Play at all.

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ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

ASUS ZenWatch hits Google Play, but you still can’t buy it

The ASUS ZenWatch might be one of the better Android Wear devices around, and it’s finally available via the portal you might expect an Android Wear watch would be. The ZenWatch is now available on Google Play, and carries a price we’d been expecting. At $199, it contradicts a previous listing at another retailer, Best Buy, undercutting it by $30. We’d heard since ASUS announced the watch it would run in that sub-$200 price range, so it looks like Google got it right.

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Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

Should I buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday? Absolutely not.

You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.

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Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

Half-Life 2 Episode 1 hits new “Green Box” for SHIELD

NVIDIA has hit the Valve once again with the first mobile release of Half-Life 2: Episode One. This game will be released exclusively (at first) for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and optimized for the table's NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor. Half-Life 2 Episode 1 will be part of a "Green Box" - a reference to the original "Orange Box" from Valve. This Green Box includes Half-Life 2 and Portal as well, all coming to the 32GB/LTE version of the SHIELD tablet, free when you purchase the tablet this Autumn.

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The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

The Nexus Android Lollipop upgrade: winners & losers

Nexus owners, get ready for an upgrade. Google has announced that most Nexus devices will soon be getting the upgrade to Android Lollipop, and while they didn’t come right out and say which would and wouldn’t get Lollipop officially, we’ve got a good idea. Via the Android Developer’s page from Google, we see the factory image postings for all Nexus devices. The usual suspects you’d expect to get the update are there, but some notable exceptions are raising some eyebrows.

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Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

Google Search now looks in your apps; Messenger hits Play Store

It’s update Wednesday, and you know what that means, Android fans: more Google for your Android! On top of the Nexus 6 rollout Google is doing each Wednesday, we also get our hands on some new app features, and sometimes new apps altogether. Today, we’re seeing both, as a really nice update to Google Search is rolling out, and Google’s newest messaging app is also being introduced to the Play Store. For the majority of Android users, both will be available, too.

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