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Google Home Actions let users talk to third-party services

Google Home Actions let users talk to third-party services

Google Home might be a bit behind something like the Amazon Echo, but there is still a chance that it could overtake it. Depending on how much and how quickly third-party apps and services flock to Google’s smart speaker. That entails that Google Home has a platform for third-party developers to hook into. Fortunately, for both users and developers, Google has one, “Actions on Google”, and is now calling on developers to start building actions to get the conversation flowing.

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Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Are smartwatches still hot? Fitbit might not exactly think so, since it only bought Pebble’s software and shutdown its hardware. Other manufacturers might not think so as well, with smartwatches dropping like flies from the Google Store (though there’s one new addition). Google, however, wants everyone think these smart timepieces are still a thing, which is why it has launched a new Magic Minute Project, which is basically a marketing campaign that’s trying to salvage what little is left of Android Wear’s market.

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Magic Leap video may have involved more magic than tech

Magic Leap video may have involved more magic than tech

While the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and even Google Daydream are duking it out in the virtual reality space, the Microsoft HoloLens remains almost uncontested in the augmented reality arena. Well, almost. There’s also Magic Leap, which has was already making waves even before the HoloLens landed in the market. But apparently, that was all it was doing, making waves by blowing air. According to The Information’s Reed Albergotti, Magic Leap’s technology and prototype are actually far, far behind than the company is letting on, at least based on its two most-watched videos.

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Huawei “Honor Magic” leak hints at phone with thin bezels

Huawei “Honor Magic” leak hints at phone with thin bezels

Chinese OEMs like Vivo were some of the first to start the mad race towards ultra thin smartphones. And now it seems that Chinese brands will also be blazing the trail towards smartphones with barely any bezels. Following Xiaomi’s admittedly impressive nearly bezel-free Mi Mix, Huawei sub-brand honor might be on the verge of putting out its own spin. Nicknamed the “Honor Magic”, this smartphone takes a slightly different take from the Mi Mix and has a bit more bezel top and bottom in order to deliver a still familiar design.

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LG V5 leak hints at an odd V-series mid-range phone

LG V5 leak hints at an odd V-series mid-range phone

Both the LG V20 and its predecessor, the V10, were known for quite a few things. They were premium handsets that focused on camera prowess and flaunted a small second screen strip. In typical LG fashion, however, it seems that the company wants to capitalize on its newly successful V brand. Unsurprisingly, there are rumors of a certain LG V5 that might be unveiled soon. Unlike what it does with the “G” series, however, it’s harder to discern where this V model will fall in the grand scheme of things.

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Samsung’s Galaxy A line, prefigured by the lone Galaxy Alpha model, made a rather interesting proposition back then. It offered the same first class look, sometimes even build materials, of the manufacturer’s flagship but hiding inside mid-range specs. As Samsung’s flagships moved from metal to metal with glass, so did the Galaxy A. Confirming what was previously just speculation, a set of leaked photos reveal a truly stylish 2017 refresh with one added bonus: IP68 dust and water proofing.

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Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Here are the Sony PlayStation games coming to mobile next year

Mobile gaming has long been in full bloom (some might even argue it already plateaued), but the big console makers didn’t get the memo in time. It was only in September that Nintendo finally announced its first real mobile game, Super Mario Run, and rival Sony isn’t going to be left behind. Except that, it will, because it won’t be until 2017 when it launches 10 titles for both iOS and Android, hailing from its vast PlayStation treasury of games.

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AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

AsteroidOS alpha release gives Android Wear smartwatches a new hope

With Fitbit’s acquisition and strangling of Pebble, the smartwatch market has just gotten smaller and its future even more in question. But even before that, the Android Wear scene was already in a state of decline, with earlier models no longer receiving the rare Android Wear updates. If you have one such wearable device, there might be hope yet. The AsteroidOS project has just announced its first ever alpha release, bringing it closer to offering a true open source operating system for smartwatches.

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Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

What do you do to kill time for a few months when you can’t actually launch a new product? Why dress up an old one, of course! That is precisely the situation that Samsung has found itself in after the tragedy that was the Galaxy Note 7. In order to try to boost sales of its only 2016 flagships, the Korean OEM is putting out new color options, at least for the Galaxy S7 edge. After Pink Gold and Blue Coral now comes the shiny Black Pearl, which could have also been called Jet Black. Or Piano Black. Except Apple might take offense.

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iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

If you had your eyes and heart set on a revolutionary iPhone 8 next year, it might be time to set your expectations lower. That version of the next gen iPhone has been rumored to include so many new features that it might, in the end, be delayed because of that. According to Apple’s suppliers from Taiwan, next year’s model won’t be called the iPhone 8 but the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus instead. And considering the name, it won’t be as spectacular a jump forward but will instead be just a half step to the future.

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Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

If you’re still holding on to the cursed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and happen to live in Canada, consider your phone’s days numbered. Samsung’s Canadian outfit has just announced an upcoming move that will really force owners to hand over their Galaxy Note 7 for a refund or an exchange. In a nutshell, starting next week, the devices will no longer be able to function as smartphones and will, instead, be demoted to being offline media players, notepads, and mirrors. That is, if they don’t explode first.

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