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5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

5 Financial apps to ease your tax season headache

We've rolled into the new year, and that means tax season is upon us. The deadline to file your taxes won't roll around until April 18, however, getting started early will give you time to spread out the task and keep frustration low. Here to help are a handful of mobile apps designed specifically for finances and tax filing in particular, including the IRS's own under-utilized mobile offering.

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Pokemon GO events ranked: 2017 event details listing begins

Pokemon GO events ranked: 2017 event details listing begins

This week we're taking a peek at the popularity of each Pokemon GO event thus far, ranking them to see how Niantic will handle the future. Remember this article for your future research, as it contains information that'll remain true forever. Connect these details to the details supplied in the future to see how the game continues to function through the year 2017. What kind of events should we expect?

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Google Hangouts shutting doors on apps by April

Google Hangouts shutting doors on apps by April

Google’s messaging platform strategy has never really been stable. Over the years it has switched from one system and app to the next, practically promising “this” would be it. Substitute “this” with Voice, Messages, Hangouts, and now Allo and Duo, and you pretty much get the picture. Unfortunately for those who actually invested in, for example, Hangouts, they might soon find their investments rendered useless as Google shuts down Hangouts’ API that third-party app developers once used to hook into the service.

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Google Assistant could get its typing chops back

Google Assistant could get its typing chops back

When Google revealed its AI-powered Assistant to be a conversationalist, little did everyone suspect it would be almost literal. The only way you could interact with Google Assistant was by talking to it verbally. Gone was the old way to silently chat with it by typing secret messages. Except in Allo, where text does still rule. That, however, might be changing in the near but still unforeseen future, as Google seems to be paving the way for the return of ye ol’ input box for the Google app.

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Samsung Smart TV Smart Hub update goes beyond watching TV

Samsung Smart TV Smart Hub update goes beyond watching TV

These days, watching on the TV, especially on smart TVs, goes beyond the mere act of actually watching something. In addition to gathering content from multiple sources instead of just one live broadcast TV, time on the “tube” is also usually spent organizing those sources, searching for relevant videos, or keeping up to date with various bits and pieces of information. To cater to all those use cases, Samsung has updated its Smart Hub with features to augment your watching experience, be it on the TV itself or even on your smartphone.

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Nokia returns with the Android-powered, China-only Nokia 6 smartphone

Nokia returns with the Android-powered, China-only Nokia 6 smartphone

The once-mighty Nokia has officially made its return to the smartphone world today, however it is in name only. HMD Global, the new rights owner to the Nokia brand, has just announced the Nokia 6 smartphone, marking the first Android device to feature the Finnish brand's name. Unfortunately, Nokia loyalists who were looking forward to the device may be disappointed to hear that the new phone is little more than a mid-range Chinese exclusive.

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NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SPOT hands-on: this is SHIELD’s smart home

NVIDIA SHIELD has suddenly begun to look like a smart home master this week at CES 2017, adding Google Assistant and SmartThings to take the IoT in one swift stroke. For new users, all that's needed is the NVIDIA SHIELD TV device - it includes a standard TV remote and a gaming remote, both of which have microphones to accept voice commands. NVIDIA SPOT also has a microphone as well as a speaker, acting as an extension of the smart home functionality of NVIDIA SHIELD with Google Assistant and SmartThings connectivity.

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LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

LEGO Boost hands-on: simplifying brick robotics

It's almost never too early to begin learning about robotics - that's what LEGO seems to be telling us with LEGO Boost. The LEGO Boost system is a platform aimed at children 7-years and up. This is decidedly different from previous LEGO robotics sets offered in the past, like the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 which requires a bit more skill than most 7-year-olds are able to muster to make full use of.

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Nexus 6 finally gets its just Android 7.1.1 Nougat dessert

Nexus 6 finally gets its just Android 7.1.1 Nougat dessert

"Shamu lives!" Those two words, the fist comment on Reddit about this news, poignantly expresses the sentiment of Nexus 6 owners today. Almost buried under the weight of CES 2017, Google has silently released Android 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6, model name "shamu", after a delay of about a month thanks to a very device-specific bug. That no longer matter though, because Nexus 6 owners can now enjoy the latest Android release. And enjoy it they must, because it might be the last major Android version it receives.

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Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Kodak Ektra camera smartphone is coming to the US

Camera makers have more or less dabbled in the mobile market, whether with devices or with accessories, but few have actually made a serious effort to plant a foot there. Kodak’s Ektra is the lone exception, practically doing what the likes of Samsung’s “Zoom” or Nokia’s PureView smartphones have attempted: to offer a better digital camera experience than even the best smartphone cameras. At CES 2017, Kodak is answering the biggest question of all: it the Ektra coming to the US? And the answer is a resounding yes, though you might not be too excited about the price.

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Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Google Daydream adds ASUS, ZTE, Huawei phones, new headset

Cardboard, Google’s first attempt at smartphone-powered virtual reality, was immediately available to almost every Android phone, and even some iPhones. In contrast, Daydream felt more like an exclusive club, with only the Pixel, and later on the Moto Z, as members. That club has just gotten a bit bigger, though not by much. Following announcements made at CES 2017, Google is formally welcoming four new smartphones into the Daydream fold. What’s even better is that it’s also announcing the first ever third-party Daydream headset to make it easier to, well, daydream.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD TV hands-on at CES 2017: all about that controller

New NVIDIA SHIELD TV hands-on at CES 2017: all about that controller

My initial experience with NVIDIA SHIELD 2017 was a positive one. While the device does not - at first - seem to be all that different from its predecessor, several key distinctions make the release of 2017's SHIELD an important one. One of these is the dedication to legacy users NVIDIA is showing with this new product - all software features and connectivity to new devices will be given to the previous model - it'll work just as well as this new one.

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