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Google feed puts personalized news stream in the mobile app

Google feed puts personalized news stream in the mobile app

Google's flagship app is getting a rather major update today on both iOS and Android. The update is adding a new personalized news feed that Google refers to as only "the feed." Much like Google Now, this feed aims to deliver information on the stuff you're interested in, but it takes the functionality of Google Now a little bit further.

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Lightroom’s ‘Android native’ interface goes live in version 3.0

Lightroom’s ‘Android native’ interface goes live in version 3.0

If you fancy yourself a photographer and want something more powerful than Instagram, there's a good chance you use Adobe's mobile version of Lightroom. The app has been steadily improved for mobile for years, offering some of Lightroom's best features for smartphone and tablet users. A fairly significant update for Android users was just pushed out, and it overhauls the interface.

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Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google Glass reborn: Enterprise Edition gives reviled wearable 2nd chance

Google's ill-fated wearable, Glass, has been reborn for factory drones as Glass Enterprise Edition, now part of Alphabet's developmental X division. The new version of the headset has already been used in trials with a number of business customers, the team announced today, with a revamped version of the hardware and a new focus on making manufacturing, project management, and other enterprise tasks more productive. It's been enough to catch the attention of big names like DHL, GE, Boeing, and Volkswagen.

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Magisk blocked by Google SafetyNet again, fix coming

Magisk blocked by Google SafetyNet again, fix coming

The back and forth between Google developers and Android modders is an eternal cat and mouse chase. But unlike in the cartoons, this is hardly entertaining. It is also a battle where both sides are right and wrong at the same time. Case in point is the latest tug of war between Magisk developers and Google’s SafetyNet root detection system. While the upper hand currently belongs to Google, Magisk developers are just as passionate and committed and are already on the verge of releasing a fix to turn the tide again.

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Nokia 8 release tipped: aiming for Nexus cool details

Nokia 8 release tipped: aiming for Nexus cool details

In the Nexus 8 is the potential for the most on-point vanilla Android smartphone release in years. What we've seen so far suggests that HMD Global is not only keeping with Nokia's design spirit, they're taking the open shot when it comes to pure Android. If Google isn't going to make a Nexus smartphone, Nokia's plenty ready to step up to the plate.

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HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

HTC U11 Alexa hands-on: What works and what needs work

This past week we've had some time with the HTC U11's newest feature boost: HTC Alexa onboard. That's Amazon's Alexa personal assistant, but placed on the HTC U11 in a way that's unique to this device. While Alexa is available in its app form for other smartphones, here Amazon and HTC have worked together to allow Alexa to act as similar to an Echo or Echo Dot as any smartphone has been before.

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Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

It's one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it's another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren't always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they're facing, Google has very sneakily rolled out an update to Maps that shows users a graph that visually shows just how much, or how less, traffic you will face, depending on what time you hit the road.

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Gboard’s Incognito Mode arrives for Nougat and Marshmallow

Gboard’s Incognito Mode arrives for Nougat and Marshmallow

Google's keyboard app for smartphones, Gboard, is bringing its Incognito Mode to Nougat and Marshmallow. The mode was originally thought to be reserved for Android O, but a new beta of Gboard reveals otherwise. The mode's name is derived from the Incognito Mode found on Chrome, giving users an option that has greater privacy for some sensitive communications.

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10 Secret Android Features average users don’t know about

10 Secret Android Features average users don’t know about

Today we're running a collection of 10 Android Features that are at once essential and little-known to the general public. At least one of the 10 features I'm about to list wasn't on every single reader's radar before witnessing this article. It's a darned shame how little of the Android device the average user uses - and we'd like to take a moment to make the world a more user-friendly place by opening up the possibilities to the planet.

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YouTube experiment transforms video thumbnails into GIFs

YouTube experiment transforms video thumbnails into GIFs

Google is testing a new feature on YouTube that will greatly enhance the browsing experience: animated video thumbnails that offer a snippet of what the video contains. This experiment is arriving for only some users that access the service on desktop, though we may see them expand to everyone in the future. The preview creation process is automated for now; the creators themselves aren't 'currently' able to create the previews themselves.

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Pokemon GO STADIUM event will make you NEED to move to Japan

Pokemon GO STADIUM event will make you NEED to move to Japan

For Pokemon GO this week the folks at Niantic have reminded us that they've got a MASSIVE event coming up in Japan. This sort-of-secret but very much public event will take place in Yokohama Stadium in Japan, and it's going to take place at the same time as the CUTEST holiday of all time. That is the PIKACHU OUTBREAK where they suggest "a special Pokemon GO experience is taking place."

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Google Play Music’s New Release Radio arrives for everyone

Google Play Music’s New Release Radio arrives for everyone

Last month, a new radio station on Google Play Music called 'New Release Radio' arrived for Samsung's latest flagship smartphones. It was a Samsung exclusive, apparently, but that exclusivity didn't last long. The feature was at first available to some non-S8 owners via a couple tweaks, and now it is officially available for all Google Play Music users. What does it have to offer? Everything you want to hear.

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