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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

In the fallout of the discovery of Spectre and Meltdown, companies have been racing to patch vulnerabilities. Along with these patches comes the expectation of performance hits, and yesterday, Intel shared some benchmarks to show relative performance for a handful of recent Core i7 CPUs after its patches for Spectre and Meltdown were applied. While the performance decreases were mild in a lot of cases, some things like CPU responsiveness took a larger hit.

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Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Since Pokemon GO launched with the first 250 monsters, trainers across the planet have anticipated the launch of Mew. The first official teaser for the game - after the April Fools Day joke - showed Mewtwo, so surely the game would also contain a Mew. Today we're having a peek at what it'll take for Niantic to release this super duper legendary Pokemon into the wild.

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Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

The Google Assistant could echo Amazon's Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies. Google's presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant's prowess.

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Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

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Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network customers who have the company's Wally, Hopper, or Joey DVR will soon have access to Hands-Free TV via Google Assistant support. The company announced the new integration today, though it isn't yet available; Dish expects the feature to be available "in the coming months." Once it does arrive, customers with a supported DVR will be able to control the device using voice commands as an alternative to the remote.

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Watch Huawei CEO go off-script at CES 2018 right now

Watch Huawei CEO go off-script at CES 2018 right now

Huawei CEO Richard Yu presented the Mate 10 Pro at CES 2018 this week in a fairly standard, teleprompter-led way. Until the end of his presentation. After revealing the pricing and release information about the company's newest phone, Yu spoke for five minutes about he sees as the tragedy that is the United States lock-out of Huawei smartphones on the nation's biggest carriers.

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Galaxy S9 Plus: All the Release Details before Samsung’s event

Galaxy S9 Plus: All the Release Details before Samsung’s event

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus were both been leaked to high heaven over the past few weeks - today we've packaged all the details up. In one big shiny package, here, we've got all the basics and a few bits and pieces about the Galaxy S9 that not all readers might know. RAM, storage sizes, and timing and all that - it's all here. Now, if only we could convince Samsung to make another Plus with a flat screen...

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Pixel 2 Kinda Blue now on Google Store, Project Fi

Pixel 2 Kinda Blue now on Google Store, Project Fi

CES week might not always be the best time to announce new smartphones which could quickly be swept away in the flood of other electronics. It is, on the other hand, the perfect time to do things that would be OK, maybe even preferable, to go under the radar. That might be the case with the Pixel 2 this week. No, there isn’t a new bug or problem to add to the still long list. It’s all good this time, now that the Kinda Blue Pixel 2 is available for all to buy.

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CES 2018: 10 more of the best devices and tech (so far)

CES 2018: 10 more of the best devices and tech (so far)

Today we're taking a second look at what's been delivered to CES 2018 in gadgets, gizmos, or otherwise innovative tech. Our first list of devices (linked at the end of this article) was limited to the first day on the ground in Las Vegas. This second list of tech from CES includes another heaping helping, this time with 50% more Alexa with every spoonful!

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Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream hands-on: VR and the camera to shoot it

Right now there are two main types of virtual reality headsets, ones that are tethered to PCs and ones that need a smartphone to work. Either way, such headsets are beholden to another device running the show, which also prevents users from accessing said devices normally. Standalone VR headsets have long been a dream but, as far as Google’s Daydream platform is concerned, that almost failed to take shape. Lenovo has, fortunately, come to the rescue with the new Mirage Solo with Daydream standalone headset that promises freedom in more ways than one.

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Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple responded this week to a letter of concern from two major investors about smartphone addiction in children. The letter was dated January 6th, and came from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and investment management group Jana Partners LLC. The letter included the following: "we have reviewed the evidence and we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner."

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