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Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google has a new pair of Bluetooth (wireless) headphones coming and we've got the full specs for you well ahead of release. While we don't expect these headphones to be mind-blowing by any means, it's interesting to see how Google has more than one way of revealing or choosing not to reveal products in early testing. In this case, it would seem like Google didn't make quite as big an effort to conceal what they're about to release due to the relative small amount of market-wide impact they're going to have.

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Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Although often used as source for comic relief, forgetting where one parked one's car is enough of a problem that Google designed a feature for it. Yet not big enough to warrant its own "Dude, where's my car?" app, of course. Sighted just last month, Google has finally formally announced the availability of parking notes and reminders on Google Maps, both for Android and iOS.

Google already implemented something akin to a parking reminder but that one was heavily automated and, more often than not, unreliable. It also relied solely on sensors, specifically GPS, which may not be accurate nor sufficient to remind you of your parking spot.

The new Google Maps feature pouts you in the driver's seat. After you've parked, simply tap on your blue circle and select "Save your parking" from the menu. On iOS, it'll be "Set as parking location". This will add a label to the spot which you can go back to later. In case you forgot where you parked.

The Android version has a bit more bells and whistles. While the iOS feature does let you share your location or view photos of the parking area, the Android counterpart lets you actually add information to the parking card. You can put notes, take a photo, and even set a timer for your parking meter.

SOURCE: Google

OnePlus 5 tipped to jump on the dual camera bandwagon

OnePlus 5 tipped to jump on the dual camera bandwagon

Everyone has a dual camera smartphone these days. Even Apple has one, too! And although the Galaxy S8 doesn't, Samsung is rumored to be eying that change later this year or with the Galaxy S9 at the latest. Given the trend, it isn't surprising to hear that OnePlus is planning to make that change as well. According to the usual people who are ever familiar with inside matters, the OnePlus 5 will be the startup's first dual camera model. And it will be interesting to see how OnePlus will try to sell this feature.

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Galaxy S8 home button fidgets to prevent screen burn-in

Galaxy S8 home button fidgets to prevent screen burn-in

If you thought that screen burn-in is a thing of the past, Samsung may have just proven you wrong. Considered to be a long forgotten artifact of ancient CRT screens, screen burn-in might be coming back into fashion, especially with the Galaxy S8. Samsung Netherlands' Twitter account has semi-officially confirmed that the smartphone is indeed susceptible to the phenomenon, which is why the always visible home button jumps ever so little to prevent that from happening.

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List of Chrome OS devices getting Android apps has been update

List of Chrome OS devices getting Android apps has been update

Android apps on Chrome OS is a long time coming. Probably too long. It has been months since Google officially announced the arrival of Google Play Store on Chrome devices but it has yet to make any significant headway into that promise. Performance has not been rated well and its rollout is still pretty dismal. To better reflect that disappointing state of affair, Google has updated its list of Chrome OS devices eligible for Play Store support. And it's not all good news.

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Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Although it's off to a strong start, the hype around the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will most likely have died down after two or so months. Samsung, however, has a strategy that will keep its name in the news, though probably not all in a good way. According to Korean media, the OEM will be re-launching the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea by the end of June. Of course, it will be a refurbished version, and one that will have a significantly lower battery capacity and a matching significantly lower price tag.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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ZTE Blade Max 3 phablet launches at US Cellular

ZTE Blade Max 3 phablet launches at US Cellular

Joining the ZTE Max XL launched at Boost Mobile earlier today is another ZTE handset, this one arriving at US Cellular. The ZTE Blade Max 3 is a phablet with a 6-inch Full HD display and massive 4,000mAh battery able to get users through an entire day without charging. The phone is modestly priced at $199, and US Cellular is offering it with an optional device payment plan for 30 months.

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YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube Kids app arrives on some LG, Sony, and Samsung smart TVs

YouTube's service for children, aptly named YouTube Kids, has arrived on some smart TVs, the company has announced. YouTube Kids has already been available on tablets and smartphones, and thanks to this latest app, kids can now watch their favorite streaming content on smart TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung. The app will be launched for the televisions in 26 countries.

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Bluboo D1 is an $80 smartphone with dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor

Bluboo D1 is an $80 smartphone with dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor

Bluboo, a company based in Hong Kong, has taken the wraps off a new Android smartphone that features dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a price tag that tops out at $80. That likely makes this the cheapest smartphone available at the moment with such features, giving budget shoppers an opportunity to get in on the dual-camera game. Depending on how many units are ordered, the Bluboo D1's price goes as low as $9.99 each.

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Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship may have four curved sides

Samsung’s next Galaxy flagship may have four curved sides

Samsung is working on a smartphone display that will have four curved edges, according to sources, and as such its next flagship handset may have a nearly full-glass front. As expected, the development process is not without its troubles; the sources say the Korean company is dealing with issues in the lamination process, which involves applying a protective film to the panel. LG Display is also said to be developing its own version of this panel...and to have the same lamination issue.

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ZTE Max XL is a budget-tier phone with a 6″ Full HD display

ZTE Max XL is a budget-tier phone with a 6″ Full HD display

ZTE has unveiled a new budget-tier smartphone, the ZTE Max XL. This phone packs a ginormous 6-inch display with a Full HD resolution, and does so solidly within the budget-tier: the price sits at a modest $128 USD. Joining the huge display is a very sleek, somewhat minimalist and modern design not unlike the kind found on higher-end handsets. The phone has launched at Boost Mobile.

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