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Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto launches in 18 new countries

Android Auto has been around in the US for a long time now so it is easy to forget that the automotive OS isn't available all around the world just yet. Google has announced that Android Auto is now available in 18 more countries around the world. That means that drivers in these countries can get control over compatible apps on their phone from the car infotainment system.

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Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Google Play family icons updated with consistent designs

Soon the Google Play family of icons on your Android device will look different, and yet oddly similar. Google announced a design refresh for the icon family today, saying the new designs — each of which feature a triangle akin to the Google Play icon — are more consistent with each other, and better show their relationship within the overall Google Play family.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Nest bought and abandoned Revolv – now it’s killing it completely

Owners of Nest-owned Revolv smart home hubs will find their automation platform no longer works come May 15th, with the IoT box killed off in favor of Nest. Revolv was one of the earlier attempts at a multi-platform hub, aiming to join the dots between products from different companies rather than try to make every component itself, centralizing control in a single app.

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LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

For those of you that've heard the rumor - or read the rumor - that the LG G5 was actually made with plastic while attesting to being made of metal, let'd dispel that nonsense right now. In addition to the obviousness of the truth we can see in our own experience with the LG G5, LG's own Ken Hong has produced details in spades showing how the device is made of metal and why it was made with the processes LG chose. It begins with the aluminum alloy called LM201b, developed at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Let’s Test VR Headsets on the CHEAP!

Today we're having a look at a handful of the cheapest - or closest to free - paths into virtual reality that you're going to find on the market. We want you in on this awesome playground of oddities now. We want you to see spherical visions of alternate universe and our backyards. We want you to see a dinosaur walking towards you in a hallway. We want you to be able to play Pokemon with a phone strapped to your face. We want you to do all of this for as close to free as possible.

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Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

Samsung SSD T3 Review : USB-C drive in a tiny metal package

We'd been on the lookout for a handy companion for our USB-C-toting smartphones and laptops and - what do you know? Samsung busts one out. This is the Samsung SSD T3 with USB-C, working with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, this time with a metal jacket and an appearance that's just about as slick as you're going to be able to find on the market anywhere.

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Google drops the ball on mic-dropping Minion April Fool’s prank

Google drops the ball on mic-dropping Minion April Fool’s prank

Google is well-known for their yearly April Fool's pranks. My personal favorite was back in 2004 where this search engine company announced that they'd be offering free email accounts with a whopping 1GB of storage, and that they were hiring for their lunar research facility. Obviously Gmail wasn't a hoax, as it's now one of the most widely-used email services in the world. This year, one of their pranks once again involved Gmail, but this time it backfired.

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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 camera WAR

Today we're taking the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7 out for a ride to a few different photo spots - some inside, some outside. This is a very basic initial set of tests for the two devices, and we'll leave a lot of the decision-making to you. All of the photos have been captured with the LG G5 and Galaxy S7's basic camera app, utilizing their "Auto" settings right out of the box, as it were. Herein lies the first of several battles between the two.

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YouTube’s SnoopaVision takes immersion to the next level [April Fools]

YouTube’s SnoopaVision takes immersion to the next level  [April Fools]

I've talked a lot over the last few months about how virtual reality is the future. There are still a lot of technological hurdles to overcome, but today we take a leap forward, thanks to Google. It turns out that the answer to our full immersion needs has been here all along, and his name is Snoop.

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Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

Acer Chromebase 24 all-in-one gets relaunched for Meetings

In early 2014, Google announced its new Chromebox for Meetings initiative that put Chrome OS almost literally at the heart of the enterprise, providing both computing power and software for making easy and secure video conferences. At that time, Chromeboxes themselves, even with the Meetings part, were fresh off the grill. Along with ASUS and HP, Acer was one of the earliest to adopt Google's business-friendly solutions. Now it's at it again, not with a Chromebox, but with its Chromebase 24, delivering what is the first ever Chromebase for Meetings.

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