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The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

The Core i7 Pixelbook is up for order (but do you really need it?)

Is it madness to spend $1,549 on a Chromebook? Google says no, and has finally put its maxed-out configuration of the Google Pixelbook up for order. Bearing an Intel Core i7 processor, this most potent of Pixelbooks may well be overkill for most users, but if you're after Chrome OS bragging rights it's your best option.

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Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Razer Phone update cranks up pressure on simpler phones

Today the folks at Razer brought a few photo and audio improvements to their gamer-centric smartphone. The Razer Phone, as it's called, is generally aimed at media presentation and delivery, but since it also has a camera, Razer found that users wanted a camera experience that was as good as the device was capable. As such, this update brings some improvements to the quality of the photos produced by the Razer Phone camera.

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Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Amazon YouTube rival may break Alexa’s Google handcuffs

Google may be using YouTube access as both the carrot and stick in its standoff with Amazon, but the retail behemoth may bypass it altogether and launch its own video platform. The popular video streaming service has become a thorn in the side for Amazon in recent months, with Google repeatedly pulling access for the Alexa-powered Echo Show as it complains about unfair treatment on Amazon's virtual shelves.

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Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO had its last big update of the year this week with the introduction of additional Gen 3 Pocket Monsters. In addition, our tipster turned out to be right - Delibird approaches! We're not entirely convinced this is the greatest update ever - actually the opposite, now that we've got the full extent of the details of the update - even the stuff Niantic hasn't announced. Let's have a peek!

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Google to require apps to target recent Android versions, 64-bit

Google to require apps to target recent Android versions, 64-bit

Security is one of the thorniest subjects in the Android community. For one, it’s blamed on the fragmentation that makes it difficult to roll out security updates in a timely manner. For another, it is also blamed on the somewhat lax security of the platform itself. Of course, Google takes Android security seriously, trying to balance the platform’s openness with the need to put in more checks. Starting next year, Google will put its foot down to improve Android security, but it’s not really going to be as bad as that sounds.

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Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Earlier this year, Google announced plans to implement an in-browser ad blocker within Chrome. Those plans were revealed back in June, and at the time, Google said that the ad blocker it was working on would launch sometime in early 2018. Now when know when Google plans to send this ad blocker live, and it turns out that launch is right around the corner.

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YouTube TV Roku and Apple TV apps will finally arrive in Q1 2018

YouTube TV Roku and Apple TV apps will finally arrive in Q1 2018

If you've been waiting for YouTube TV to finally launch apps for the Apple TV and Roku devices, your wait just got a little longer. The company is now planning to launch these apps in the first quarter of 2018, pushing out the originally planned time frame of late 2017. YouTube TV will also launch support for older smart TVs during the first quarter of next year.

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Chrome comes to the Windows Store (kind of) [Update]

Chrome comes to the Windows Store (kind of) [Update]

In an interesting turn of events, Google Chrome appeared on the Windows Store today. Even though we never thought we'd see it there, it appears that Google is looking to attract some Windows Store adherents to its web browser. There are a few things that make this strange, especially when you realize that Google hasn't published an actual app to the Windows Store.

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Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

A set of renders of the Microsoft Andromeda tablet appeared this morning, and it looks amazing. The wallpaper the designer used got me thinking: what would it be like to have this device running iOS? And more realistically, what would it be like to have a device like this running Android?

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Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

If the Pokemon GO event Niantic considered this week goes through to a live game, it's going to be just the worst. That is, if nothing changes, and we get Delibird in an EX Raid battle - oh my goodness that'd be so silly. Delibird is the worst possible Pokemon in the game, but also the perfect Pokemon for Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, and every gift-giving event in-between. If Delibird is indeed released with gift-giving powers this year, it'll be the biggest punch in the expectations we've had yet.

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“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

There might come a day when personal assistants can be, well, personal and respond to whatever name we give it. Until that day comes, however, we’re stuck with some trigger words or phrases that may not come naturally to people who imagine controlling their devices with their voice. One such example is “OK, Google”, which sounds a bit contrived and is one syllable too many. Fortunately, Google seems to finally accept “Hey Google” as a valid trigger for Google Assistant on phones. Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s happy about it.

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Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

The year is almost over and both Google and Pixel phone owners probably want to quickly leave the year and turn over a new page. Sadly, it seems that the Pixel 2 XL’s streak is far from over just yet. While most of the earlier complaints and issues with the larger Google smartphone have mostly been ironed out by software updates, at least one more has come up thanks to those same updates, like this slow down of the Pixel 2 XL screen wake up time for those on Android 8.1.

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