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Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

Chromecast nets 5m sales in two months, jumps to 30m total sales

The competition for streaming device dominance is a fierce one, but Google is one of the companies sitting at the top of the heap. Google announced during its Q2 2016 earnings call that sales of its Chromecast line up of devices has jumped to 30 million. The last time Google shared Chromecast sales numbers was in May, when it said the line had sold 25 million. That means sales have jumped an impressive five million in just a couple of months.

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Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Galaxy Note 7 release day details: photos and specs we expect

Today is the last day before the final reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a device we've been investigating for weeks (and even months). This is the bigger relative of the Samsung Galaxy S7, this time coming with the Galaxy Note's own S Pen, a high-powered stylus with the ability to reside within the phone itself. This is the 6th Galaxy Note to be released, but it'll be called 7 so said numbers can align with the Galaxy S line. Strange, isn't it?

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Google Maps for iOS gets multi-stop road trip capability

Google Maps for iOS gets multi-stop road trip capability

iOS users with Google Maps on their devices haven't been able to use something that Android users of Google Maps have taken for granted for a while in the form of the ability to setup navigation for road trips that have more than one stop. iOS users can now make those multi stop road trips using the iOS Google Maps apps so you can route yourself to stores, restaurants, or other points of interest on your way to your final destination.

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Google and YouTube outline special features for Rio Olympic Games

Google and YouTube outline special features for Rio Olympic Games

Next week marks the kickoff for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The games will see thousands of athletes competing to win one of the three medals offered in their events. With all the sports going on virtually around the clock it can be hard for fans of the Olympic Games to keep up with what athletes and countries are winning medals and at the top of the games. Google has a new feature that will offer event schedules, medal counts, and athlete information in search.

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Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is soaking it up today, as its financial results for the second quarter are in and they're looking good in almost every area. The company is showing significant year-over-year growth in most areas, with Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat saying that the company is now reaping the benefits of the investments it has made in the mobile and video spaces.

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Pokemon GO APK download and what to avoid

Pokemon GO APK download and what to avoid

Those in the minority in the world today unable to play Pokemon GO are searching for the app before final release. As such, today we're reporting on the only safe locations for download and loading of the game Pokemon GO. Spoiler alert: user choices are few and in-between. To avoid hackers and exploits of all sorts, users are going to need to stay away from sites they don't trust. As Tim Erlin, Senior Director of IT Security and Risk Strategy for Tripwire suggested earlier this month, "When it comes to malware, you really don't want to catch 'em all."

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Galaxy Note 7 leak details, release date, price, variations

Galaxy Note 7 leak details, release date, price, variations

Images of the Galaxy Note 7 have been leaked alongside the next version of the Gear VR virtual reality headset with USB-C. These images come from NWE via their leak name OnLeaks - generally trustworthy for this sort of thing. Of note here is the fact that while these do very much appear to be final official renders, Samsung has not released any info as such - not until August 2nd! The Galaxy Note 7 appears here with a curved-edge display only.

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Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

IDC's most recent smartphone shipment report suggests that as Apple's smartphone unit shipments decline, Huawei rises, and Samsung pulls further away from the pack. In the second quarter of the year 2016, Samsung is well ahead of the smartphone-selling group with an estimated 77-million units shipped over the past three months. Next is Apple with an estimated 40.4-million units shipped, then Huawei with 32.1-million units shipped. Huawei was in third place this past quarter as well according to IDC.

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Google Docs and Sheets get third-party Android add-ons

Google Docs and Sheets get third-party Android add-ons

Google just made Docs and Sheets a bit more attractive with the launch of Android add-ons — that is, third-party tools on Android that add extra functionality to Google’s office software. Assuming you’re viewing a particular document using your Android mobile device (and that you’ve downloaded the appropriate add-on), you could do things like sign a sheet or document using DocuSign, scan a document into Docs using Scanbot, and more.

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Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

A full 11-minute-long hands-on video has surfaced showing the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. This device - in this iteration - has a flat display, unlike the version the teasers for the event have shown thus far. There's also an official Galaxy Note 7 video being released today with more details (UPDATE: The video - the official video - is out now too - have a peek!). This hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shows the many features of the Galaxy Note 7, including the continued keeping of the IR-Scanner for device control.

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Today Pokemon GO server status is down: what to do

Today Pokemon GO server status is down: what to do

This morning Pokemon GO began seeing service disruptions in Japan - now the spread has headed toward the United States. Service disruptions have been reported throughout the United States, though this disruption seems to be affecting the East Coast most of all. We're also seeing reports galore coming from pockets of activity in California - though, given that the coast is one of two of the world's most-visited Pokemon spots, that bit isn't the least bit surprising.

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HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

HTC Nexus “Marlin” render unsurprisingly looks like an HTC 10

We aren't hearing much about Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone, or smartphones, which isn't that unusual given the flood of information coming in for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the iPhone 7. However, not everyone is a Sammy or Apple fan and some are more interested in the vanilla goodness of a Nexus. For those of you in that crowd, TechDroider is giving you some respite by showing off a render that it made based off all the leaks available so far. In short, this is as close as we'll get until Google officially proves otherwise.

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