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Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

Nexus Player may be coming back as a (lightly) refreshed model

It appears the Nexus Player is dead, but maybe its fate isn't as definite as many thought. Some new documents from ASUS were recently filed with the FCC that show a device featuring the same ID as the past Nexus Player, but with some minor changes -- things like updated circuit system components, a lower gain antenna and other things that presumably need the FCC's approval.

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2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

2017 Nexus phone leak spills Huawei’s involvement

The next Google Nexus Android device may well be made by Huawei, as rumored - so says an interview with Huawei. The real oddity comes in the Gearburn chat writer Hadlee Simons has had with Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in South Africa. There, Gearburn suggests, Munilall offered up word that Huawei is "doing the Nexus again this year, by the way." Whether or not that confirms the device itself is still up for debate - what's a bit more solid is the details of the device that's already - sort of - on the market.

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Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Vysor now lets Android mirror remotely, and it’s awesome

Chrome app Vysor now allows users to build their own Android device farm - remotely. Just what you've always wanted. That is assuming you're the sort of person who has a whole bunch of Android phones and tablets and whatnot. Even if you're not, the newest feature on this app allows you to access your Android phone's fully interactive screen via your PC or Mac or Chromebook both through a USB cord remotely and through any computer connected via a shared link. Easy peasy.

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LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

LG 360 CAM celebrates World Environment Day

This week the folks at LG have decided to celebrate World Environment Day with a spherical video hosted by YouTube. As such, users will be able to view the video in 360 vision using the YouTube app, or view the scene with the ability to move and adjust their view in their web browser - just so long as it's Chrome. While the real World Environment Day is this Sunday, June 5th, the video is rolling out today - have a peek at it right this minute.

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Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Galaxy Note 6 key details appear in leaked blueprints

Renderings based on blueprints of the Galaxy Note 6 (or 7, whatever Samsung ends up calling it) have appeared, showing key details for the large smartphone. This device will have the S Pen - as expected - but according to the details we have today, it'll also have a set of curved edges. Whats that? It'll be an Edge? Not necessarily. Not necessarily in name, that is to say. This is going to be a real oddity.

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Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

Google teaches autonomous car to honk its horn

When some people drive, laying on the horn is second nature. They honk for every possible perceived infraction even if there is no need. Those people are jerks and we all know it. There are those occasions though when the horn can keep you from being in an accident making it an important feature for a car. In the autonomous vehicle future, the self-driving cars will be on the road with normal people much more focused on eating or Facebook than driving and honking the horn could prevent a crash.

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Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google Magenta publishes the first song created by its AI

Google has a new project called Magenta, and it is aiming to teach machines how to create art -- including things like music, of which we've been graced with the first sample of its musical talents. It's a short piece and appears to contain only four notes (with some human-added drums and other instruments added in after a while), but it's not bad for being the work of algorithms.

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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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Galaxy Note 6’s key details leaked in Taiwan (x2)

Galaxy Note 6’s key details leaked in Taiwan (x2)

This week a rather interesting - and fitting - feature has been leaked (or rumored, rather) about the Galaxy Note 6. This device has also been tipped to be re-named Galaxy Note 7, to match up with the number on the Galaxy S7 this year, but we'll just have to wait and see - for now we're sticking with the 6, as it follows through. The rumor today suggests two things. One, that there'll be a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Edge. Two, that this variant of the Galaxy Note will have a dual-lens camera setup.

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Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Today the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2016 has revealed consumer satisfaction in smartphones in the United States. This American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report is run on "interviews with roughly 70,000 customers annually", asking questions about customer satisfaction in brands including Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more. Measures are reported on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being the most satisfied. You might be surprised who holds the number 4 spot - it's not a phone released this year, nor last year, believe it or not.

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ChromeOS bug halts automatic updates on certain Chromebooks

ChromeOS bug halts automatic updates on certain Chromebooks

When updates come out for a device, it tends to be good practice to install them. This is especially true for firmware updates, as they can sometimes drastically change the operation of the device. Unfortunately, sometimes those updates can backfire, and that's exactly what appears to have happened with certain Chromebooks.

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Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google My Account can now locate Android and iOS devices

Google landed the My Account hub a year ago with the goal of giving users access to controls for protecting their personal information and data in one place on Google. My Account put lots of privacy and security controls in one location including controls for privacy and security checkups. Google says that in the year since it launched, over a billion people globally have used My Account.

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