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Nest Cam leaked, Nest’s prettier Dropcam replacement

Nest Cam leaked, Nest’s prettier Dropcam replacement

Nest is expected to announce a new product next week, but it won't be a home monitor, at least not in the sense that the Thermostat and the Protect are. It is believed to be a camera and, based on the leaked photos grabbed by Droid Life, that is exactly what it is. Called simply the Nest Cam, it is pretty much Nest's stand in for Dropcam, which is now owns. Luckily, it seems that it didn't settle for a simple rebranding, giving the upcoming smart camera a sleeker design.

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Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Some say it's Google's way of making search the centerpiece even on Android, making apps almost redundant. Others say it's the natural evolution of search's feature. Whatever the case, Google Now on Tap, a feature arriving with Android M later this year, is shaping up to be both interesting and also somewhat scary. At SMX in Paris, Behshad Behzadi from Google demonstrated Now on Tap, including a geolocation feature never before seen elsewhere. And Google Now, on Tap, performed well with almost deadly context-aware accuracy.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Facebook has reached a big milestone on the Google Play Store, with its Messenger app hitting download numbers rivaled only by Google itself: Facebook Messenger has now been downloaded 1 billion (with a 'b') times on the Play Store. That's three commas in the download number. The app has had its badge on its Android app page updated to show the notable 1 Billion mark, and with it Facebook has managed to (again) enter a realm no other Android app maker (excepting Google, of course) has tread within. Various Google apps, Facebook and WhatsApp have also managed to hit the billion downloads mark.

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Android will get Apple Music release too

Android will get Apple Music release too

Apple Music has been announced at WWDC 2015 for not only iPhones, but Android devices as well. This music service was originally assumed to be working for Apple products only - as is the norm for most Apple software - but Apple appears to have flipped the script. With the release of this product, Apple is ready to roll starting on June 30th in over 100 countries - not just on the iPhone, not just on the Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. But on PCs and Android, as well. This service will be launched to all devices simultaneously.

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Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Apple Notes update hints at new kind of iPhone

Today Apple introduced an update to their iOS app Notes, an update which allows free-form note-writing. This sort of note-writing works with your finger, but lends itself to the use of a stylus. As Apple does not yet have an official stylus, it's been suggested - not by Apple directly - that a new type of iPhone might be coming in. With the iPhone 6 Plus already large enough to hold a stylus inside, why not? Can you imagine any reason why Apple wouldn't want to put a stylus in their iPhone?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active released as AT&T exclusive

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active released as AT&T exclusive

This morning the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was revealed by AT&T, the exclusive carrier of this product inside the United States. This product will be offered in three relatively unique colors: Camo White, Camo Blue, or Gray. This phone will be released in a fashion similar to previous "Active" devices, coming with features very similar or identical to that of their Galaxy S6 brethren, same processor, same camera, same display. Wireless charging is also in play here, as evidenced by AT&T's pushing of the official Samsung Wireless Charging Pad in a bundle deal.

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Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google patents contact lens with an iris scanner

Google definitely has a thing for eyewear. After the failure that was Google Glass, it has and continues to fawn over over contact lenses instead, embedding anything that can be embedded inside of something that will sit extremely close to our eyes. Most of those, however, reside in patents and this latest patent takes into the realm of spy fiction. Filed almost a year ago, this patent basically uses our unique irises as a biometric fingerprint, which the contact lens can collect and compare with a stored reference for identity matching.

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New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

Visa and MasterCard, the two largest payment networks, has established a new standard that practically makes mobile payment transactions free of charge. This is a good news, bad news situation for Google, who just launched its Android Pay late last month. On the one hand, it might mean that merchants will be more willing to embrace the new payment system due to the absence of hidden fees. On the other hand, this means that Google won't have one "feature" that Apple Pay has: a cut for every payment transaction made.

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Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google will release monthly reports on the progress of its self-driving cars, including detailing any incidents or crashes the vehicles are involved in. The move for greater transparency follows Google co-founder Sergey Brin's earnest plea to shareholders to continue to support "moonshot" projects earlier this week, which was closely followed by the revelation that its autonomous cars had been involved in their twelfth incident. In addition to listing accidents, however, Google will also use the monthly summaries as an opportunity to flag its cars' intelligence on the road.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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