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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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Square begins offering its users prepaid debit cards

Square begins offering its users prepaid debit cards

These days, more and more payment methods are going digital. But while we live in a world with Apple Pay, Paypal, and other similar apps and services, we still see some that make the move from digital to physical. The latest example is Square, the payment company founded by Twitter's Jack Dorsey. Just last month we saw a tease that Square could be moving towards physical debit cards, and now we know they are in fact rolling out.

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Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

Pokemon GO Grass Event update and a mystery ‘mon

The Pokemon GO Grass Event has begun in earnest and the whole in-game universe is aflutter with Pokeballs flying directly at the faces of green pocket monsters. Much of what this event will bring has already been revealed - mostly having to do with the type of Pokemon that are a lot more common for the next 84 (or so) hours. There's still a question about alternate-color Pokemon in the wild, though - is that Bulbasaur shiny? Or is it just Niantic playing a trick on the Pokemon GO community?

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DirecTV NOW app arrives on LeEco 4K smart televisions

DirecTV NOW app arrives on LeEco 4K smart televisions

LeEco has announced that its 4K smart televisions now offer the DirecTV NOW app, marking the first time the service's app has been made available on a smart TV. The addition arrived in the form of a software update for select models, among them being the uMax85, X43 Pro, Super4 X65, and the X55. If you have one of these models and aren't seeing the app yet, you'll need to initiate the update manually; doing so, fortunately, is simple.

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Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

Pokemon GO grass event start time and Shiny Eevee

The next Pokemon GO in-game event has been detailed - just in time for what'll be one of the first t-shirt-weather weekends of the year for many players up north. Just as predicted by sources such as *cough* SlashGear *cough* earlier today, it's just the right time for another Pokemon GO event. Now that we've seen a behind-the-scenes update, it's time for the big show - grass style.

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