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Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

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Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Google recently released a new update to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing the app to take advantage of some of the newer iOS 8 features. Overall, the app has several new improvements that make it easier to use, including some new gestures, but most prominent are the browser's new widget for the Today section of Notification Center, as well as support for new app extensions. This update brings Chrome for iOS up to version 42, and is already available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Report: Apple Pay coming to Canada this Fall

Report: Apple Pay coming to Canada this Fall

Apple Pay is dead simple to use, but is still US-only. According to a new report, that’s all going to change very soon. We know all the great things Apple Pay is capable of — like splitting rent or buying peanuts when you’re flying — and it seems Canadians are about to find out for themselves just how cool Apple Pay is. If a report from The Wall Street Journal is accurate, Canada will be getting Apple Pay starting this Fall.

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Halo won’t hit Android any time soon

Halo won’t hit Android any time soon

It should come as no surprise that Microsoft wasn't about to release their full-fledged first-person shooter Halo game to the mobile universe straight away. Instead - as was planned and on the books for months - the first Halo game to be released to the mobile universe was Halo: Spartan Strike, and it was released for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox One and 360 all at the same time. Now we're seeing both that game and the new Halo: Spartan Assault appear for iOS, PC, and Xbox One all at the same time.

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Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple CarPlay lands in Russia and four more locations

Apple has been rolling out CarPlay in force for several months now after having announced nine new partners in the automotive world that bake the service into their vehicles from the factory last summer. This week Apple has announced that CarPlay is now available in five new regions, including Russia. Anyone who has ever watched some of the crazy dashcam videos of Russian drivers knows that they need all the help they can get to combat distraction while driving.

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Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Halo: Spartan Strike launches on multiple platforms

Microsoft Studios is once again expanding its Halo franchise beyond genres and beyond platforms. It has just announced the launch of Halo: Spartan Strike, actually its second top-down shooter game that eschews the FPS conventions of the main titles. And also unlike the main titles, which are mostly confined to Xbox consoles, Spartan Strike is available for a whole lot more platforms and devices, including the iPad, the iPhone, Windows 8, Steam, and even Windows Phone. Curiously, there is still no sign of an Android port.

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Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo may have ceded their place in search long ago, but their mobile apps are just plain great. Yahoo Weather is a triumph, and they’ve still got a strong foothold in Sports. Today, Yahoo is announcing four of their major properties will make an appearance on the Apple Watch as well as your phone. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong will make their way to Apple’s wearable, and they look as good as their smartphone companion apps.

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Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Halo sort of released for iPhone and iPad

Two different Halo games have been released by Microsoft to the iOS device ecosystem this week. The first is Halo: Spartan Assault, a top-down action battle sort of game - the other is... another game with nearly the same title and almost identical gameplay. That'll be Halo: Spartan Strike. Both games include 30 levels of gameplay and have the same price point. Note - if you will - that these aren't the same sort of game that you'll be playing in first person on your Xbox One - they're a completely different sort of Halo.

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Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Before social networking, there was instant messaging. The most popular was brought to us by none other than AOL. Remember AIM? If you were ever a student in the late 90's or early 00's with an internet connection, then of course you do. Now, Facebook is bringing a little piece of nostalgia back with a new feature called "sidebar status." It's eerily similar to the "away message" of yesteryear and is a way to let your friends know what you're doing when you go AFK.

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Goldman forecasts Apple Watch domination

Goldman forecasts Apple Watch domination

Goldman analyst Lindsay Drucker Mann and her team of analysts have conducted a survey of 1,000 US consumers over the two days after Apple opened preorders for the Apple Watch. In their study, they found that while most respondents didn't plan on purchasing any smartwatch at all in the future, 11% of all iPhone users suggested it was "very likely" that they'd be buying an Apple Watch. Because of this, Goldman forecasts 13.5 million Apple Watch units will be sold inside the year 2015.

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