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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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Google Trusted Contacts iOS app goes live : Android version updated

Google Trusted Contacts iOS app goes live : Android version updated

Google's Trusted Contacts app has finally arrived on iOS, giving iPhone users the same location-sharing ability as the Android version of the app. With this, users are able to share their location with someone they trust -- a friend or family member, for example -- as well as giving these people access to certain information such as whether their phone has moved recently or if their battery is on the brink of powering down.

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Lyft ‘Taco Mode’ is for riders who desperately need a taco

Lyft ‘Taco Mode’ is for riders who desperately need a taco

Lyft has introduced various promotions over recent months, including the one that enables riders to earn airline miles. Its latest promotion is a bit different, this time targeting those who get the late-night munchies and can't resist the call of fast food. Starting for customers in Orange County, California, Lyft users can utilize 'Taco Mode' to get a ride straight to the nearest Taco Bell drive-thru.

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Pokemon GO Event has been extended (save these Legendary Raids)

Pokemon GO Event has been extended (save these Legendary Raids)

Today it was revealed by Niantic that the Pokemon GO Fest event - and its rewards - will be extended by an additional 2-day period. It was suggested that Niantic may be reacting to a combination of elements that've appeared this week and over this most recent weekend. As the Chicago-based Pokemon GO Fest was such a raging success - insofar as its goals were met in the game - and the game has become such a hot topic in the aftermath, it's time to keep a good thing going!

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Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

Pokemon GO Legendary Raid (How to catch em all)

This week the Legendary Pokemon GO releases began - and they're not about to stop soon. The first Legendary Pokemon to be released in this way were Legendary Bird Pokemon Articuno and Lugia. Both of these Pokemon are relatively difficult to beat, and extremely difficult to catch - unless you're in Chicago. For everyone else, a bit of strategy is needed.

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Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google is rolling out new tools today to help searchers and Maps users get critical information during a crisis. This new feature is called SOS Alerts, and it expands on previous emergency response features Google has launched. It's even live today, offering important information about the wildfires in British Columbia, Canada.

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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

Pokemon GO's newest biggest baddest Pokemon in the bunch is Lugia, and today we're running down the ways to beat it. Straight from the codes in the game we've got the mathematically perfect set of monsters that'll beat down Lugia with the right set of circumstances. Of course, as it is with all Legendary Pokemon, it'll really depend on having the right number of people to help out in the Raid Battle itself.

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Google snaps every search your phone makes – yes, even that one

Google snaps every search your phone makes – yes, even that one

While there are certain ways to block the internet from seeing what you're viewing, Google's latest update keeps a screenshot for later. Much like how Google Maps remembers everywhere you've ever been so you can find your car, Google (the search engine app) keeps a snapshot history of what you've searched for in Google Search. This search history does not make a significant impact on your smartphone's data storage space as it's all stored with Google on Google's servers.

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Pokemon Go Fest suffers widespread technical issues, Niantic promises refunds

Pokemon Go Fest suffers widespread technical issues, Niantic promises refunds

Pokemon Go became an immediate worldwide sensation when it was first released last summer, and while its popularity has died down significantly since then, there were still many loyal players looking forward to this weekend's Pokemon Go Fest — a real-world event hosted in Chicago’s Grant Park. The festival was designed to be a celebration for Pokemon fans, allowing players the first chance to hunt for new Legendary Pokemon. Unfortunately, the event has gotten off to a disastrous start, with technical issues resulting in widespread frustration.

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Pokemon GO Fest Update: Live Stream Video, Legendary List

Pokemon GO Fest Update: Live Stream Video, Legendary List

This morning we're having a peek at the latest update to Pokemon GO, one made almost exclusively for the oncoming event Pokemon GO Fest. This update includes a number of new image files, several of which are Legendary Pokemon. These new Legendary Pokemon files indicate that - believe it or not - we'll be getting SHINY Legendary Pokemon in addition to the first three standard Legendary Bird Pokemon.

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Google Motion Stills for Android is here: Why you need it

Google Motion Stills for Android is here: Why you need it

Last year, Google launched an app called Motion Stills for iOS users. Motion Stills worked in tandem with the iPhone's Live Photos feature, turning them into shareable GIFs and stabilizing them in the process. Of course, with no such Live Photos feature on Android, the app stayed exclusive to iOS devices - until today, that is.

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