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The 5 best Galaxy S8 phone cases released so far

The 5 best Galaxy S8 phone cases released so far

Partners of Samsung have brought out their big guns when it comes to Galaxy S8 cases and Galaxy S8 Plus cases this week. These cases are first to store racks - and they come from brands we know and trust. This first collection of cases we're running down works with legacy understanding of defense power and durability as well as comfort and aesthetic appeal. For both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ (or S8 Plus, however you like it), these are the best of the best.

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The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer's much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.

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Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card - now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they'd be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as well. This means that the money is gone, and the party is over.

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Pokemon GO Update brings great news for legit trainers

Pokemon GO Update brings great news for legit trainers

Overnight Niantic has sent out a Pokemon GO update server-side which randomizes the stats of Pokemon based on player. While this won't make a massive difference to the average legit Pokemon GO user, it has already begun to wreak havock on spoofer communities and snipers of all sorts. This is a time to rejoice for the average player playing by the ruleset set out by Niantic - random spawns for everybody!

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Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Give how easy it is to install apps, especially free ones, on Android, it’s only a matter of time before your list of apps becomes out of control. For all its experience in sorting and grouping search results, Google has done a rather dismal job at making it easier to sort through your apps in Google Play Store. That now changes with its addition of a sorting option to the My Apps section in the Google Play Store app.

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Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Earlier this week, Google gave Earth some much-needed love. Not the literal Earth, of course, but Google Earth. More or less 10 years old, Google Earth hasn’t exactly aged well with Google’s other services, especially its cousin, Google Maps. With the “re-launch” of Google Earth, however, the question of how exactly was it made naturally comes up. Just like with other Google Project, Nat & Friends interview the people involved to bring that answer to the public.

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Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to Chrome, according to sources, and it will target the Internet's most obnoxious types of advertisements. These sub-standard advertisements include things like videos that automatically start playing and advertisements that won't disappear until a long countdown timer is finished. The sources indicate that Google hasn't ironed out all of the details yet, and that it may not ultimately go through with the feature.

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Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Now that the Pokemon GO Easter Event is nearly over and the closest update is probably a week away or more, it's time to get serious. This game has needed a fix since a week or two after it started, and the time to update is now. With as much stability as Niantic has now with servers and over a year into the game's life, it's time to end the reign of the Spoofers. And the bots, of course, but the Spoofers first and foremost.

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Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook arrives with durable design and 360-degree hinge

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook arrives with durable design and 360-degree hinge

Lenovo has announced the new Flex 11, a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge that allows the display to fold all the way back or at any angle in-between. This particular model, as its name suggests, sports an 11.6-inch display, as well as a durable design thanks to its drop-resistant construction. According to Lenovo, this Chromebook can handle accidental drink spills, drops from heights up to 2.4ft, and more.

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Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is adding PayPal to your digital wallet

Android Pay is about to get a whole new payment method, with PayPal announcing that it'll soon be an option rather than your credit or debit card. The integration is expected to launch in the US within the next few weeks, initially only for existing balances already in a PayPal account. However, that will be enhanced over the coming months, the payments provider says.

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Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron has announced that its connected lighting systems now work with Google Assistant, enabling users to control their home's lights using voice commands. The new Google Assistant integration works with the company's HomeWork QS, Caseta Wireless, and RadioRA 2; homeowners can control the system using the Google Home device or one of the Android smartphones that offers Google Assistant. The integrations will be fully available by this summer.

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Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google has made its Cloud Speech API generally available to developers following its successful open beta last year. This Automatic Speech Recognition service is built upon the same foundation that powers Google Assistant and Google Now's speech recognition abilities, and it aims to solve the speech-to-text needs of Google Cloud customers, the company says. Joining its general availability are a couple improvements and expanded support.

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