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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

With Samsung Galaxy S7 sales on the rise, several rendered images mistaken for photos by the press may, indeed, show what Apple's next iPhone competitors will be like. The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Pro (or iPhone Pro), and the next iteration of the iPhone SE are all shown by top-notch illustrator and 3D modeler Martin Hajek, all based in schematics such as those we saw this morning, coming from accessory makers and anonymous sources of all sorts.

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iPhone 7 Plus images appear showing cameras, sizes, connectors

iPhone 7 Plus images appear showing cameras, sizes, connectors

This morning we've been tipped off to a set of two rendered images that we're a bit more confident in than past reveals from anonymous sources. The man Steve Hemmerstoffer of NoWhereElse has sent out a set of two pictures, each depicting one version of the iPhone 7, both appearing to be sourced from the same place previous leaks have come - case-maker schematics. While these sorts of images don't show the inner workings of the phones, we can get a pretty good gist of what's going to appear.

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Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

Google Cardboard comes to Canada, UK, and more

There have been many promotions by Google and other companies to send out free Google Cardboard VR headsets. I got really excited about the Star Wars one last year, but despite getting signed up, mine never arrived. Thankfully, if you haven't been able to get in on one of these promos, there is still a way to get your own, even if it's not for free. The only downside is that they've really only been available in the US. At least until today.

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Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

Motorola Moto X Tango will let us “see” the future [UPDATE]

It's not long now before Lenovo hosts their "Tech World" event, and with it, a Motorola smartphone reveal of major proportions. What we're to understand will be there is the final iteration - the release-ready version - of the Lenovo Google Tango phone. It'll be Motorola branded instead, says our anonymous source, or at least that's the plan at the moment - barring some last-minute change. We'd be surprised at such a change at this point, as the phone SHOULD be released not long after the event.

UPDATE: Another source close to the project suggests that the Lenovo Tango phone absolutely will NOT be branded Motorola. We might just have to wait for the Moto Tango for another time!

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Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

What, you might be asking, is a pentalobe? It's a sort of screw head - a very annoyingly rare screw head, one that's generally only in place to make taking devices apart more difficult. The screwdriver you're going to need to use to get this screw out is available to the public - it's no secret - but why has Meizu begun using it? And why Huawei? Has the screw suddenly become less expensive to use, or is there a more obvious reason?

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WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

This week the folks behind WhatsApp have made the app far more compatible with the newest versions of Android. This newest iteration of the app brings on features for its newest camera, enabling new abilities - and a new look. There's a new bit of text formatting for all messages, and there's a new way to make replies happen quicker - with Android Wear, too. This update also allows you to reply from your Notifications panel - all in Quick Replies.

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Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Today I'm going to defend Samsung's TouchWiz software on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Not that Samsung needs my assistance, by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like there is still some misunderstanding in the public about what goes on in a Samsung device. Why? Because of the past. Because of the reputation Samsung made for itself in the first few years it came slamming into the world of smartphones with its Galaxy S line of devices, candy-coated icons and big fat lines around menus and all. That's changed.

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Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Can Fiat Chrysler ride Google’s self-driving cars to success?

Fiat Chrysler doesn't have much in the way of an autonomous car strategy itself, but riding Google's coat-tails into the self-driving future may be the answer. The automaker has already inked a deal to provide 100 of its 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for Google to turn into autonomous cars, but that could be only the beginning for a deal that would bring FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) back into competition with rivals General Motors and Ford.

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