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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 Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

As of today, December 9th, 2015, Google has begun to rollout Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Depending on which Android phone you have, you should be getting a notification soon, telling you that you can update to the latest OS version. Traditionally, this usually happens to the Nexus line of phones first, though others should fall in line shortly after.

The biggest news for the latest release is the update to the Unicode 8.0 standard, which includes several new emoji. Personally, I think that the burrito emoji has been far too long in the making. According to the original announcement for 6.0.1, the update includes a "new keyboard, new font, new code."

Of course, the emoji and keyboard updates aren't the only thing that you'll find in the latest version. There are also several other security patches, including one for a vulnerability that could let malicious code be executed when Android processes media files from email, web pages, or MMS. You'll also see some changes to the navigation bar on tablets.

If you'd rather just grab the factory image downloads straight from Google, you can do that by heading here.

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Android Marshmallow hits HTC One M8 GPE before M9

Android Marshmallow hits HTC One M8 GPE before M9

The first of a collection of Marshmallow updates for HTC One Android devices has been released. This first update - beyond the HTC One A9 - goes to the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition. This goes as expected, as the software on the smartphone is about as close to stock Android as a Nexus smartphone. This is also the last Google Play Edition smartphone HTC created with the company - unless you count the Nexus 9, which we don't. That wouldn't even be fair at all.

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How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

Starting on the afternoon of Monday, the 5th of October, 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow began its OTA rollout. This means that smartphones Google has tapped to attain the update will be receiving notifications that their software is ready, and that they may download and load this software as fast as they do so please. As with all Android operating system updates, this software is coming to Google's own Nexus smartphones first and foremost. This pattern was only broken one time - that we can recall.

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Has iOS 9 slowed down your iPhone?

Has iOS 9 slowed down your iPhone?

This week a number of complaints on the speed of users' iPhones have popped up on Apple's Support Communities for iOS 9. It's suggested that iOS 9 has slowed down or otherwise begun to lag devices older than the newest wave of smartphones - the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (headed to stores tomorrow). The iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s Plus appear to be affected. Features slowed appear to be camera performance, app launching, and startup times.

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 — new character classes demo’d

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 — new character classes demo’d

Still playing Plants vs Zombies? In Garden Warfare 2, some things about the franchise have been tossed around and restructured. At this point the game is a fairly robust 3D FPS far removed from the original 2D games, but the storyline itself has changed, too, with zombies battling against plants rather than the other way around. Today the company announced that the game will include six new character classes, which were shown off in a demo video.

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Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

Microsoft starting to keep mum on Windows 10 updates

There was once a time when obscurity was the name of the security game, but that practice has widely fallen out of fashion after being proven to be ultimately ineffective. It seems, however, that Microsoft is doing its best to revive that tradition. Although it claims to be not doing anything differently, descriptions of its Windows 10 updates are becoming less and less descriptive. Worse, even the KB articles that supposedly give more in-depth information are now also less verbose, leading some to speculate what Microsoft is hiding.

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Microsoft: glitch preventing Windows 10 store downloads will be fixed soon

Microsoft: glitch preventing Windows 10 store downloads will be fixed soon

While Microsoft's much-anticipated (or dreaded, depending on your situation) rollout of Windows 10 has been fairly smooth for most users, this weekend a bug surfaced that prevented some from being able to download app updates from the Windows Store. Users that are affected say they haven't been able to sign into the store, preventing them from either downloading new apps or getting updates for apps they already have installed.

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Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

While Google's Nexus devices have already been confirmed to be some of the first phones to get patched for the recent Android vulnerability Stagefright, other major devices, especially Samsung's flagships, are still at risk. While there's still no word on when the company's newest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get updated, a number of their older phones are getting fixes today from carriers Verizon and T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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