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Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

Nexus 6 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update ads to Google’s growing list

This week Google has added the original Nexus 6 to their ever-growing list of updates to Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, the newest version of their mobile operating system. This joins the Nexus Player, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 LTE, and Nexus 9 Wi-fi, as well as a bunch of Android One phones internationally. You'll also find Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X on this list, of course. This list is for those that know what's going on with the downloading and the flashing and so forth.

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Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google’s Project Fi adds support for data-only devices

Google has announced that Project Fi, its mobile service, will cover more than just your Nexus smartphone. With this new update, Project Fi adds support for data-only devices like your tablet; you’ll need to pick up one of its data-only SIMs to get it (availability is rolling out gradually). Google is going with a simple pricing structure, a flat rate of $10 for every gigabyte.

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Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Facebook updates real name policy in response to criticism

Since Facebook rolled out their real names policy, the company has gotten a lot of (justified) negative feedback. More than a few of my own friends have been affected by the policy, for one reason or another. While I can understand that they want to ensure that people know who they're communicating with, it's had many adverse effects on a host of people. Thankfully, the company has announced some forthcoming changes that should help.

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Almond router update enables Nest integration

Almond router update enables Nest integration

Securifi is a company that makes the cool Almond+ and Almond 2015 routers. Those routers have been updated to support Nest products. Say the word Nest and we immediately think of the Nest thermostat, but Nest has other products to its name like the Protect smoke alarm and Cam security camera. Nest integration adds another layer of control for the router that already has integration for Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Phillips Hue devices.

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Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

Facebook Moments has killed off Photo Sync

In June, Facebook introduced a new app called Moments, which enables users to create a private gallery comprising multiple users’ photos. Before Moments arrived, though, Facebook rolled out a feature called Photo Sync back in 2012 — with it, Facebook would automatically upload one’s photos into a private album for faster sharing with other users. Now that Moments has arrived, Facebook is going to kill off Photo Sync.

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Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

The Google app for iOS has been updated with 3D Touch support, giving iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users some added functionality. Users can, for example, hard press on the Google app’s icon to pull up shortcuts for common activities: voice search, image search, and search. The update brings with it a couple other changes, as well, that aren’t limited to the latest iPhone models.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, El Capitan 10.11.2, and tvOS 9.1

Apple released a bunch of updates today, including iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1, Apple TV OS 9.1, and El Capitan 10.11.2. Some of the updates are more substantial than others - the watchOS update just brings additional language support and bug fixes, for example. Notable changes include Siri support for Apple Music in tvOS 9.1, Arabic support with Siri in iOS 9.2, several improvements in El Capitan, and more.

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Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Android 6.0.1 update isn’t just about emojis

Google has just pushed out Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which will, of course, be available to Nexus devices first before everyone else. But contrary to popular belief and media, the update isn't about emojis only. As part of Google's new monthly update schedule, it also contains necessary security patches. There are also a few hidden gems in the update that will benefit other Android users, especially those on tablets, who don't really give much of a care for putting whimsical fonts and faces in their text messages.

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Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Mortal Kombat X pack 2 adds Leatherface, Xenomorph

Following a leak, the new characters coming to Mortal Kombat X in the Kombat pack 2 have been officially revealed: Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Xenomorph from Alien. In addition, the game will also get Bo Rai Cho, a classic Mortal Kombat character, and Tri-Borg, a new “Kombatant” comprising series characters Cyrax, Sektor, and Robot Smoke.

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Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos has been updated to bring Photo Sphere viewing in the web. Fire up your regular desktop browser and you’ll be able to view your uploaded photo spheres using Google Photos, no mobile device necessary, though a mobile web browser and the Android app can also be used. If you don’t have your own uploaded spheres, you can also view existing ones via Street View.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched its SHIELD Android TV device, enabling its customers to stream content from places like Netflix, YouTube and more in Ultra HD; the device can also be used for gaming. The system has seen updates since then, not the least of which is today’s announcement: SHIELD Android TV now offers Twitch viewing, bringing game play footage to the living room.

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Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon Fire tablets get night-friendly display mode

Amazon is pushing out a software update to its Fire tablets, and among the features it brings is one becoming increasingly common — a nighttime-friendly mode that reduces blue light output to increase one’s odds of falling asleep. The idea is that blue light makes it harder to fall asleep, and thus the nighttime use of tablets and phones disrupts one’s sleep quality...unless they have this kind of display mode.

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