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Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Today Android developers and fans alike will be able to download and open the official Google I/O 2016 app. This app works for Android devices only - thus far - and will be available to your device - smartphones and tablet - immediately if not soon. Inside this app you'll find the ability to browse either as a person who is actually visiting the Mountain View event or as a person who'll be watching remotely. How handy!

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Cortona's web search abilities no longer include Google in a move Microsoft calls its "Personalized Search Experience in Windows 10." According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft GM of Search and Cortana, "with Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, intuitive and helpful." It's become apparent that users who've put Google's Search into that mix are no longer welcome.

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BBM Video released in Beta for Android

BBM Video released in Beta for Android

Thank goodness, BBM Video has arrived (as a public Beta) in the United States this week. I, personally, was beginning to think it'd never arrive. Because I forgot that it existed, to be entirely honest. But now that it's here, BBM Video from Blackberry will be good to test against the masses of video messaging services that may have become complacent in the absence of any real massive competition. OR it'll be fun to speak with your one friend with a BlackBerry phone with video, at last.

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Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope for iOS adds sketching to live broadcasts

Periscope pushed out an update for its iOS app yesterday, bringing it up to version 1.3.8. The update brings several changes, but the big one is “a new way to express yourself,” says Periscope (if you’re on iOS, that is). The feature is called Sketch, and it lets you sketch on the screen while broadcasting. Three primary colors are available with the feature, but there’s also a color dropper to select a different shade from the live video as it is broadcasting.

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Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

Exploding Kittens app Review : exactly what you wanted

The app we're looking at today is the app-ification of one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time. That was Exploding Kittens the card game, made with the artwork of the man behind The Oatmeal. This game was made to be super simple and work with the attention spans of you and I - super short though those are. This game is exceedingly entertaining and makes for a brisk Sunday afternoon battle between you and yours. The app is pretty much the perfect translation of that to your smartphone.

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Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Android makes enterprise play with Gmail Exchange support

Google is adding Microsoft Exchange support to the Gmail app for Android, a huge step forward in making its mobile OS more palatable to enterprise deployment. The update will filter out to all Gmail users over the next three days or so, Google says, integrating Gmail accounts, Exchange accounts, and other email providers into a single inbox app.

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New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

At last, a version of Google's own Phone app is available for the masses. Not just Nexus devices. Not just the Moto X from Motorola. Anyone who has a phone that runs Marshmallow or better - or higher, that is to say - will be able to use this app as it exists in APK form today. When activated properly, this app will allow you to see Google's own vision for what a basic phone app should be on your Android device.

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Google IO schedule shows where Android and Google VR are headed

Google IO schedule shows where Android and Google VR are headed

Chrome is here, too, of course, but we're jumping in on the Android bit with Google I/O 2016's scheduler this afternoon first. A selection of sessions have been revealed for the developer conference over the course of three days, the majority of which are consequential mostly for the developers themselves. However, we've already found a few tidbits you'll be interested in, including a cryptic message/description in the section called "Google's Vision for VR."

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New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

There's an app called Giphy that connects to the archive of gif images that the company called Giphy has shared or saved - and today it's been updated. The Android version of the Giphy app now allows you not only to browse gifs and find all the gifs your mind and body and soul could possibly want - it allows you to share them all, too. Just like you'd share said gifs to the likes of Facebook's Messenger app before, now you'll be able to share gifs to your other social networks and image-sharing apps and such.

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Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber rolls out encryption for Android, iOS, and desktop

Viber, the messaging service that has never quite reached a WhatsApp level of fame, has announced the launch of full end-to-end encryption, following in the footsteps of some other services to better provide users with protection against government spying and more. The feature is available on all devices Viber supports, including Android, iOS, Mac, and PC. The feature is rolling out to users now.

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3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

3D Robotics’ new software puts drone on a leash

This week the folks at 3D Robotics have revealed a new bit of software that'll make piloting a drone a much more pilot-conscious sort of situation. Instead of going wild, flying all nimbly-bimbly between trees and rocks and buildings, 3DR's software is going to make your experience smart. Four different elements allow this software to make your drone piloting experience top-notch. Augmented Reality, Custom Geofencing, Rewind, and Zipline. This software also includes a "Pano" camera shot feature and has an updated "leash" mode which has the drone follow its pilot as he or she walks.

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