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Find your inner zen with these meditation apps for Android and iOS

Find your inner zen with these meditation apps for Android and iOS

An increasing number of professionals are extolling the value of meditation; it is relaxing, helps lower blood pressure, and more. Getting started, though, can seem daunting and that's where guided instruction comes in. If you're not keen to visit an actual meditation center and get in-person instruction, your preferred app store has the second-best option: high-quality meditation apps with guided meditations.

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Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Google Photos is about to give you a big nudge in the right direction when it comes to Photo sharing. Google Photos recognizes the faces that appear in the photos we upload automatically. When Google Photos recognizes these faces, in the near future, it'll start to recommend that we send these photos to the people in the photos that it's recognized.

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Google drops Android Device Manager for new Find My Device app

Google drops Android Device Manager for new Find My Device app

While it may not be as groundbreaking as Google Lens or new versions of Google Assistant, Android Device Manager is getting a much needed update today. The app on the Google Play Store has been updated for the first time in a while, and with that update comes a brand new name: Find My Device. If that doesn't signal that Android Device Manager is entering a new era, then its new look certainly will.

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Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Google Assistant released for iPhone [Download now]

Users will be able to take advantage of Google Assistant on the iPhone starting today. This update to the Google software space for iOS devices makes the iPhone have a real competitor for Siri - again, or for the firs time, depending on how you look at it. This update does not come to Google Search, but is instead delivered to the iPhone as a separate app.

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Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

Google Lens: Assistant and Photos get a super smart update

This week Google revealed that they'll be making a new push for their "Google Lens" initiative (and eventual app integration). Much like what we've seen in the past with things like Google Goggles, Google Lens is about to make the things Android smartphones see - recognizable. As Google suggested today, Google Lens will be a "set of vision-based computing capabilities."

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Pokemon GO Update: This Rock Event News’ implications

Pokemon GO Update: This Rock Event News’ implications

News of the Pokemon GO Rock Event suggests that Promo Codes are right around the corner - and that Adventure Week is about to begin. Today we're going to make the event and preparation for the event easy for all users to digest. This event begins on Thursday in the afternoon - starting at 1PM Pacific Time, which is also noon 2PM Mountain Time, 3PM Central Time, and 4PM Eastern Time. If you live somewhere else in the world, you're on your own!

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Uber integrates Transit app to give users public transportation details

Uber integrates Transit app to give users public transportation details

Uber has announced a new app integration with Transit, enabling it to offer transportation options for public transport systems like local trains and buses. The idea here is that if you're in the city and taking an Uber car somewhere, you're probably only going to use it for part of your overall trip, which may include something like using an Uber to get from your home to the train station, then taking the train for the longest portion of the trip.

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SketchAR app uses augmented reality to make anyone an artist

SketchAR app uses augmented reality to make anyone an artist

Until now, drawing or painting a decent image required one of two things: either actual skill or a lightbox upon which a finished photo could be traced onto a fresh sheet of paper. Thanks to modern technology, though, both those things are a thing of the past (for the casual doodler, that is). SketchAR uses a smartphone's own camera and augmented reality technology to overlay an image onto a blank sheet of paper where the 'artist' can then sketch it by hand.

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Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Google IO 2017: what to watch for and how

Today we're running down what's coming to Google IO 2017, the company's annual software conference aimed at developers. This event takes place on May 17th, 18th, and 19th of May - that's Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. We'll be at the event series to get up-close-and-personal photos, video, and any hands-on bits that can be had. For everything else, there's streaming video.

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Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Android users with the Google Maps app installed have received a handy new feature in the last week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer when and where to turn. This has been available for some time now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature to the mobile app will make those times when it's difficult to read or identify street names less of a hassle.

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Netflix for Android gets HDR support (but only for the LG G6)

Netflix for Android gets HDR support (but only for the LG G6)

Netflix has added support for HDR and Dolby Vision to its Android app, but there's a really big catch (for now): it is only available for the LG G6. Those with LG's latest flagship handset will need to be running Netflix version 5.0, which the company has just released. Once LG G6 owners update the app, they'll be able to stream applicable videos in HDR and Dolby Vision and enjoy the better image quality.

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This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

This is Google Fuchsia OS preview [APK download for Android]

Google's next operating system goes by the name (or codename) Fuchsia, and this morning I loaded it on my Pixel XL. Just yesterday we were rummaging through the files provided by Google developers on Github - and inside we found a bunch of bits and pieces that make for a rather awesome look at the future. Today with the help of HotFix Computer Repair maestro Kyle Bradshaw, we've got a path to the APK to get a feel for Armadillo on a smartphone.

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