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Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google has a couple new VR tours under its Expeditions Pioneer Program, a platform that enables teachers and others to introduce students to various places around the world: Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef. According to Expedition’s program manager Jennifer Holland, the Great Barrier Reef experience is “designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR.” In addition, and due to popular request, Google has also added a Buckingham Palace VR tour.

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

Chrome will soon load pages 26% faster

There's one thing that can be said of just about anyone using the internet. We always want everything to load faster. Unless a page opens the second after you click on it, it's just too slow. Thankfully, modern internet speeds and browsers are pretty snappy, but Google thinks that it can do better.

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Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

Apple blocks (some) Samsung phone sales in court case

In a court case that seems to have been going on since the dawn of time, Apple and Samsung remain at legal war with one another. As a result of that case - the same one we've been talking about for several years - Apple has won an injunction to block the sales of several Samsung phones. Lucky for Samsung, the lot of these phones are... essentially out of rotation. There's almost no possible way you'd be buying these phones in a store today anyway, and if you were, it probably wouldn't be direct from Samsung.

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BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

BlackBerry PRIV coming to T-Mobile – here’s why you want it

As of Tuesday, January 26, 2016, you'll be able to purchase a BlackBerry PRIV at T-Mobile USA. This device is different from every other device available at T-Mobile at the moment, and not only because it has a slide-out keyboard. This is BlackBerry's first device with Android, rolling with a decent camera and BlackBerry's own suite of unique apps, as well.

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Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

Android enabled with app installs inside Google Search

As tipped a few weeks ago, Google is now rolling out the Android ability to install apps from search results. While it's not clear which devices will get this ability, it does seem that it'll be spread to all new smartphones and tablets in releases through the future. If you have Android Marshmallow, you're probably going to be in luck. If you have a Nexus smartphone or tablet or plan on buying one in the near future, you're also probably in luck.

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The best phone camera when it really mattered most

The best phone camera when it really mattered most

When it came time for my son to be born this past week, I had a very important decision to make. Amongst the devices I had on hand - of which there were many - I had to decide which was going to be best to capture photos of my son's birth to share with family members that would not be able to witness it. Before you go any further - don't worry, I'm not going to share any super personal photos in this article, only a few shots captured in the off-moments between doctor's checks and screeching newborn.

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Google Drive gets easier to organize

Google Drive gets easier to organize

Having all of the cloud storage in the world isn't very useful if you can't find your files. Sure, you know they're in your Google Drive somewhere, but isn't it better to know exactly where everything is? Yesterday Google announced a few new features that should help keep things organized.

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Google Play finally gets promo codes

Google Play finally gets promo codes

One thing that has been missing since Google Play launched was a way for developers to let people try their game at no cost, assuming it’s a paid game. There have been no promo codes to be handed out and the only thing to do would be send out Google Play cards to folks that devs want to give a free game to.

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Turns out, testing autonomous cars is a headache

Turns out, testing autonomous cars is a headache

What does it take to be the test-driver for a self-driving car? Turns out, a lot more than you might expect. Though it may seem like a contradiction in terms, helping tutor autonomous vehicles for their eventual mass-market deployment isn't just a case of sitting back and letting the computer watch the road.

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