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Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

If you've ever wondered if the vault dwellers in Fallout Shelter continue to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving underground, wonder no longer. Bethesda delivered the answer to that question today, announcing Fallout Shelter's new 1.9 update. In short: Yes, vault dwellers celebrate Thanksgiving, and they seem to do it in style.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

The next event in Pokemon GO will likely reveal Niantic's event schedule plans for the foreseeable future. We've seen them bring on a Halloween event - now whether Thanksgiving is covered will tell us how Pokemon GO events will work with holidays from now on. We will soon see Pokemon GO events' secular nature, as well as how regional they'll be for holidays that are semi-global.

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Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Assistant it ain’t, but Google’s latest chat app has some smarts of its own. Don’t know if a particular emoji exists? Not sure which emoji packs the best punch for the occasion? Don’t worry if you can’t figure it out because Allo can and will. The Smart Smiley button will suggest the best smileys, emojis, and even stickers for your conversation or message so you won’t have to worry about expressing yourself better. Plus, it also has new stickers to mark the premiere of newest Harry Potter-esque film.

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Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google has had an “interesting” history with news readers. In 2013, it shut down Google Reader, perhaps the most used RSS/feed reader platforms in recent times. But while it did have something like Google Play Newsstand for both news and magazines, it hasn’t exactly been shown as much love as its other Google Play siblings. That changes today with perhaps the biggest update Google has ever announced for the service. In addition to a redesign of Newsstand’s mobile apps, Google is also bringing Newsstand to browsers at long last.

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Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth is a pretty impressive tool on its own, but today it stands become even more breathtaking thanks to Google Earth VR. Google launched the new app today, giving users the opportunity to visit locations around the world in virtual reality. Unfortunately, its release is limited to just one VR headset for the time being.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

This afternoon the folks at ILMxLAB have released their first Star Wars Rogue One experience for YouTube VR and Daydream. Users of most any VR headset will be able to play this video and experience it with ease - just so long as they're prepared to stay connected to the web. This video is sponsored in part by Verizon, likely to cross-promote their deal with Google for the Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bezel-less smartphone is put through a series of stress tests to see how hearty it is. While this device looks like it'll break the moment it's looked at wrong, it's come through these tests with flying colors. While we're still waiting for a proper drop test, Jerry Rig seems to have proven the basic rugged nature of this device to be solid.

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Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

The Google Pixel launcher for Android is now available for more phones than just Google's own. Google doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the working abilities of the launcher beyond Pixel and Pixel XL - but it is what it is. At the same time, Microsoft has updated its own Arrow Launcher to take on what Google has with their Pixel phones.

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Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the music for where you are and what you are doing. The new updates roll out this week on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Pokemon GO could have similar lifespan to World of Warcraft, Niantic says

Pokemon GO could have similar lifespan to World of Warcraft, Niantic says

Even though a lot of folks may have stopped playing Pokemon GO, the mobile game that surprised everyone is far from dead. Back in October, we heard that Pokemon GO was still pulling in $2 million a day in revenue, which is a figure most apps and games can only dream of. With plenty of folks coming back to check out Pokemon GO's Halloween event, it seems the game is here to stay, but for how long?

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