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Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Just so long as you have Google Now activated on your Android device, you'll be seeing "G" notifications soon. The notifications you're getting might not end up being all that different from what you've been seeing before today, but they will LOOK a little different. The biggest change is the branding. Instead of just a circle with an icon in it, your notifications from Google Now will also have the newest version of Google's "G" logo.

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Google Hangouts 7.0 update gets Quick Reply (APK)

Google Hangouts 7.0 update gets Quick Reply (APK)

This morning Google pushed their newest update to Hangouts with a feature that'll make your replies to messages all the quicker. Quick Reply will allow Hangouts messages to not only appear within your notifications pull-down menu, but will allow you to tap the Reply button to return a message with minimal effort. Once tapped, the reply button will bring you a tiny text window in which you can send a message back in an instant. This is all available within the newest update to Google Hangouts for Android.

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Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe has expanded Creative Cloud with a new service called "Portfolio." Using Adobe Portfolio, anyone can create a simple website, though the purpose is to showcase and otherwise present creative and professional work, such as photographs or paintings. Adobe points toward the Internet's increased use as a resume platform and the need for personal websites sans the skills needed to start from scratch.

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Photoshop Sketch summons spirit of Bob Ross for iPad Pro

Photoshop Sketch summons spirit of Bob Ross for iPad Pro

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil are being used in a video series made by Adobe in collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc. These videos are a part of a four-part series showing what one might do with the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and the app Adobe Photoshop Sketch. Digital painting is done, happy little trees are made. You'll begin with a lovely, beautiful white, blank canvas, and from there you'll expand your mind from the ground to the mountains.

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Inbox by Gmail update calls out your bills with Google Now

Inbox by Gmail update calls out your bills with Google Now

This week the folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Google have updated their app to include call-outs to your most important bits. This update includes shipping status updates, frequent flyer numbers, reservations, membership numbers, and package tracking. And bills and bill updates. What you're going to find is your ability to pull each of these bits up with a simple search. These bits can be pulled up with Google Now, not just inside the Inbox by Gmail app.

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Dr Who has left Netflix, despair now

Dr Who has left Netflix, despair now

Last week it was revealed by Netflix - or confirmed, rather - that the entire Dr. Who collection was about to leave. Now it is gone. This is the end of Dr. Who on Netflix - look upon your life of Dr. Who streaming through Netflix, and despair. Unless you're all about Pokemon XY, because that show's first season is coming to Netflix. Meanwhile lots of Pokemon movies are also on their way out. So, so many Pokemon movies. All the Pokemon movies you've never watched. Also the movie Stardust is about to be on Netflix, as well as some new Care Bears action. Dr Who is just gone.

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Samsung Galaxy smartphones receive security update

Samsung Galaxy smartphones receive security update

This week the folks at Samsung Mobile have revealed an update that'll be sent automatically to a variety of smartphones around the world. This is part of Samsung's Security Maintenance Release, or SMR, process detailed last year for most of the device makers hero smartphones. This update is separate from Google Android patches, which come from Google and are sent through each device's individual carrier, where applicable. To get this Samsung update, you need only wait.

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How Apple’s VR hire leads to a gesture-controlled car

How Apple’s VR hire leads to a gesture-controlled car

Apple reported to hire Doug A Bowman, a virtual reality specialist, 3D interface specialist, and computer science professor at Virginia Tech. Bowman is also Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, and primary investigator for the 3D Interaction Group at Virginia Tech. This group participates in a "worldwide community of scholars and researchers in VR, AR, and 3D UIs". It may be that Apple is dipping their big toe into the virtual reality universe - or it could just be that Apple is thinking about how to make their Apple Car a unique proposition indeed.

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Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

Amazon Echo’s Alexa gains Movie, Super Bowl knowledge

This week Alexa (inside the Amazon Echo) will be updated to roll with the punches when it comes to movie queries. Users will soon be able to ask when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is playing, or "what horror movies are playing this Friday" using local movie listings and theater showings. Users will also be able to ask more general questions like "what movies are playing" or "tell me more about the movie "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood".

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Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft gives Apple fans more reasons to use Office 365

Microsoft has always had a presence on Apple platforms via its Office suite, competing fiercely with Apple's own blessed iWorks software. But with the launch of the iPad Pro, Redmond has surprisingly become even more aggressive in pushing Office, especially Office 365, to Apple users, both on iOS and on the Mac. This latest announcement aims to endear them further with Apple's own fans, bringing one of the best features of Office to iOS and giving some Mac users early access to upcoming Office features.

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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