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Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

There's a game going on right now - one made by Google, taking place all around you. This game uses augmented reality, books, the web, and professional actors to create a multi-level, multi-platform experience the likes of which we've never seen before. The only game that's come before that's anything like this is Ingress - and in fact this newest piece of the puzzle is built on the Ingress engine. This game goes by the name "Endgame: Proving Ground" - and it's underway right this minute.

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Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Today Google expands on their "Google Street Art" project, bringing their collection started in 2014 to new, more massive heights. This expansion of works for the archive is being presented with several new "more immersive experiences," according to Google, "bringing street art to people's daily lives." a sort of a soft-launch of one outlet for this expansion appeared on Android Wear earlier this month.

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Neptune Suite offers more “dumb terminals” for Neptune Hub

Neptune Suite offers more “dumb terminals” for Neptune Hub

The Neptune Duo has barely taken off the ground and already the Canada-based startup has already bigger, better, and more ambitious plans ahead. It has just launched at Indiegogo what it calls the Neptune Suite. As the name implies, it is an almost complete set of accessories that mirror a smart device's display. But, being Neptune, they all evolve not around a smartphone but a smartwatch, which Neptune has named, quite appropriately, the Neptune Hub. The idea may sound strange at first, but on further thought, it is actually quite interesting.

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Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

Sony Xperia Z4 leaked 3D renderings give a glimpse of new flagship

We saw a lot of new devices at the Mobile World Conference 2015, but we were disappointed when Sony didn't unveil a new flagship. Sony gave us glimpses of their Xperia tablets, but we saw nothing about a flagship phone. Maybe it's part of a strategy by Sony. As Sony continues to hold back information about its latest developments, it seems to just make me want it more. We got our hands on the newest leaked 3D renderings of the not-yet-released Sony Xperia Z4. Let's take a look at what we can expect from the next Sony flagship.

Smartphone cash withdrawals set to fight card fraud

Smartphone cash withdrawals set to fight card fraud

Technologies like LoopPay, which tries to combine traditional payment methods or equipment with more current smartphone technology, is inspiring people to take a second look at the whole mobile payment proposal. The next big movement might come from ATM withdrawals. BMO Harris Bank, a unit of Canada's Bank of Montreal, will try to do just that in the US, allowing users to make cash withdrawals without even having to put in a card. All they need is their smartphone and, of course, an app.

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MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

MOS Kick revisited; version 2.0 improved in time-lapse

The last time we talked about the MOS Kick, it was in the late stages of a crowdfunding campaign. Though it fell just short of its goal, the team behind MOS Kick weren’t going to give up. The tiny stand also made its Kickstarter debut at an odd time, when the iPhone 6 was all but confirmed and most were suspending any purchases until they got their hands on a new phone. Refined, we’re taking a second look at an old favorite.

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Google Cardboard: amazing places to go with Google Maps Street View

Google Cardboard: amazing places to go with Google Maps Street View

Several months ago, Google Maps added a Virtual Reality switch for their Street View platform. With this switch, users are able to view any Street View-enabled location with their Google Cardboard headset. What we've done here is to compile some of the most awesome places you're able to visit right this minute with your Android smartphone with (or without) a VR headset like Google Cardboard. Today's collection begins with a set of bullet trains in Japan - it's time you stepped inside to see what luxurious speed is all about.

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Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Carrier apps appear in Nexus 6: no surprise

Just as Google said they would, Verizon apps have appeared on the Nexus 6 after the device's update to Android 5.1. As it was foretold at the dawn of Android 5.0 Lollipop, so it has come to pass: Nexus devices with carrier apps onboard. Just like it was in the past. Just as it shall be in the future. While these apps will not be kept by some users, most never see them - and some will expect that they'd been there all along, as all Verizon phones have similar apps.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Supposing you've got a Nexus device in your possession, you know the thrill of getting an Android update. Not just any Android update, one that brings a full extra digit to the tens spot after the five. This isn't a new desert - it's a .1 for your Lollipop. Google has begun posting Android 5.1 Factory Images for Nexus devices of all sorts this week, and that includes Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, too. While we've not yet seen the Nexus 9 appear on this list, nor the Nexus 4, we'll expect at least one of the two to pop up soon.

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