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Tango chip maker Movidius, Google to make smartphones smarter

Tango chip maker Movidius, Google to make smartphones smarter

It was only recently that smartphones starting carrying co-processors whose sole purpose was to processor sensor data at very low power consumption. Soon, however, smartphones might have yet another dedicated, low power chip that will be focused on helping the smartphone "see". Google is now trying to build even more intelligent smartphones by introducing machine learning, neural networks, and computer vision into our mobile devices. And to do so, it is teaming up with a familiar partner that knows this only too well, Movidius, who also made the "vision processor" inside the Project Tango smartphone.

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Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google has added mobile commenting to both Sheets and Slides, two of its office products. As well, it has also tweaked comments for Google Docs, making it possible to add someone else to a commenting thread by typing their name within a comment. While relatively small changes, they are welcomed additions that help bring Google’s online office products up to par with competing services, namely Microsoft’s Office Online.

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Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft News Pro takes on Apple News with a focus on work

Microsoft has been developing mobile apps for platforms other than its own, mostly through its Garage skunkworks arm. Most those apps land primarily on Android but when it does put out something for Apple's iOS, it's sometimes a mix of strange and beautiful. Like that odd selfie app. Now, out of the blue, Microsoft has launched a new News Pro service, coming from Garage, that is available both on the web and on iOS. It is almost like a jab at Apple News or even Flipboard, except that it tries to focus on work-related content scoured through Bing.

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Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

Apple’s 1-billion active devices figure in perspective

This afternoon, Apple announced many firsts and bests, one of the simplest being "1 Billion Active Installed Base". This number represents what Apple has recorded as "iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch devices that have been engaged with [Apple] services within the past 90 days". That's one whole heck of a lot of devices. It doesn't account for devices that've been active offline exclusively, and it doesn't count how many Apple devices have been sold to date.

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Apple reports slowest iPhone sales growth since dawn of device

Apple reports slowest iPhone sales growth since dawn of device

Apple reported quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion as well as quarterly net profit of $18.4 billion. Apple suggested today that they'd sold a cool 74.8 million iPhones in this fiscal 1st quarter, up just 1 percent from the amount of iPhones sold this same quarter just one year ago. While this could be accounted for by the launch of the iPhone 6 as a "tick" year, and the iPhone 6s as a "tock", this is the slowest growth the company has seen for iPhone sales since the device line originally launched.

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Periscope update brings GoPro broadcasting

Periscope update brings GoPro broadcasting

Putting your phone in danger to broadcast on Periscope is a risky activity, particularly given how expensive some phones are. To give its users a different option, Periscope has announced support for the GoPro HERO 4 action camera in its iPhone app. With it, the GoPro camera can be set up over WiFi to broadcast video through the Periscope app, no smartphone risk necessary.

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iMessage is not Android’s problem

iMessage is not Android’s problem

Your mother has sent you and your sister a photo of their dog, and expects you to reply with a positive note back. But you have an Android device and you're using Google Voice. You get the message, but you don't get the photo. Your mom gets mad that you've not replied. You say it's because she's using iMessage and photos and videos won't be sent to devices unless they also have iMessage. She tells you to get iMessage. You can't get iMessage, you have an Android device. You see where this is going.

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Lyft and other to use Waze SDK for better navigation

Lyft and other to use Waze SDK for better navigation

If you do a lot of driving, then chances are that you've heard of (and used) an app called Waze. For those not familiar, Waze is a navigation app that updates you on traffic conditions in real-time. Knowing that there's been a wreck, or that a particular route is congested can help you avoid those roads and get to your destination quicker. Well now companies like Lyft are taking advantage of Waze's offerings.

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Spotify for Android and iOS to get videos this week

Spotify for Android and iOS to get videos this week

Spotify will be rolling out video content to its Android and iOS apps in the very near future, according to the company. The video content will be available by the end of next week, and will give users access to content from places like Comedy Central and Vice Media. Android users will get access to the content first some time this week, and will be followed by iOS users by the end of next week.

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Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Takeout meals are convenient, particularly after a long day spent working, but they’re often not very healthy, and it can be difficult to track calories. The solution is making a meal at home and packing it, but two common complaints are associated with this: poor cooking skills and self-consciousness when toting around a lunchbox. Prepd Pack aims to be the solution to both troubles, offering a smart way to eat healthy combined with an attractive grown-up design.

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LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

LG G5 and G5 Pro cases show off smartphone designs

The next LG smartphone (LG G5) has leaked with photos of its front and back and sides through case manufacturers of all sorts. The folks at LG aren't leaving anything up to chance with the LG G5, almost certainly bringing heat to MWC 2016 this February. Today we get to look at what's essentially the entire smartphone, from all sides - save the back, of course, since most of it is covered by case. But all the important bits are here!

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AG on encryption: we don’t want back doors, just back doors

AG on encryption: we don’t want back doors, just back doors

Encryption has become a very thorny subject of late, particularly in but not just limited to the US, which isn't that surprising considering most of the tech companies of the world call the country their HQ. Although it has since slightly weakened its formerly strong language, the US government stands by its position. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch reiterated that position. The US doesn't want encryption back doors. They just want access to encrypted systems through another door that isn't the front. So maybe a side door perhaps.

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