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LG DeepThinQ opens doors to LG ThinQ AI devices of all sorts

LG DeepThinQ opens doors to LG ThinQ AI devices of all sorts

LG suggested today that they'd "entered DeepThinQ mode" with a collection of AI-infused products and services. Not to be mistaken for Deep Thought, LG DeepThinQ is an AI development tool made for itself and partners. This brings LG's proprietary deep learning-based artificial intelligence technology to the forefront.

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iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

Apple will follow Microsoft in encouraging developers to build a single app that runs on both iOS and macOS, insiders claim, upending the current ecosystem in the name of cross-platform ubiquity. Currently, developers must choose between creating software intended for iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, and macOS devices, like the MacBook Pro and iMac. However, one is clearly more popular than the other.

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Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple just gave easy App Store devs a nasty surprise

Apple has begun warning templated apps that they face removal from the App Store, taking an unexpectedly hard line on what has traditionally been one of the easiest ways to release iPhone software. Although Apple has released various tools intended to make creating software for iOS devices more straightforward, for many the process is still too complex or time-consuming.

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Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Android’s Do Not Disturb driving mode is going big in 2018

Google will unlocking Android's Do-Not-Disturb mode for developers, pushing road safety by reducing the potential distraction from phones like the Pixel 2. The company added the new mode with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: once turned on, it promises to automatically identify when the user is driving, and cut down on the number of alerts and notifications they receive during that time.

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Google app subscription deal improved

Google app subscription deal improved

You can't be a modern smartphone platform without apps, and Google is aiming to make Android more appealing to developers and users alike. On the developer side, the company has announced it will change its fee structure for app subscriptions from the new year, matching Apple in the process. For consumers, there'll be more "Instant Apps".

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Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

This week the team at "Blobs Forever" have created a bit of software to plug in to Android to bring the blobs back. The blob-shaped emoji, that is - the emoji that until recently were unique to Android. Google recently updated their emoji collection to get a bit more round than they were before, making the whole set look a bit more "standard". But for those that love the blobs, there's hope!

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iOS 11 developer beta 6 released, plus beta 5 goes public

iOS 11 developer beta 6 released, plus beta 5 goes public

Only a week has passed since the launch of iOS 11 beta 5 for developers, but Apple has sped up its typical two-week cycle to release the sixth beta for developers early. The iOS 11 beta 6 release is available to developers only at the moment, and it brings with it some bug fixes for things like the Family Sharing issues, as well as some minor new changes such as tweaked colors and new icons.

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Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

Android 8.0 Seamless Updates work even if phone has 0.1mb storage

The next public update to Android will allow itself to update without requiring massive amounts of data storage to do so. Instead of storing all the update data for changes to the Android device's OS, this "Streaming OS Updates" feature will do something new. As Google's Android developers have outlined this week, Android 8.0 comes with "the necessary platform changes to conduct streaming updates."

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New Google Pixel-like device Dorado appears

New Google Pixel-like device Dorado appears

A new Google device with codename Dorado appeared this month in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit. This is a place where AOSP code is made public as Google works on Android behind the scenes. This is the same place we first saw mention of quite a few Google-made devices - Nexus, Android Wear, and Pixel devices, too.

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Apple’s next big thing is not an iPhone

Apple’s next big thing is not an iPhone

The next big thing from Apple won't be a piece of hardware - it won't be the fabled iPhone 8. The next big product to come from Apple will work on the next top-tier iPhone, but it wont work exclusively on that device. While it's the hardware we continue to focus on, and the hardware that's always easiest to discuss, it's something far more complicated (and yet exceedingly easy to work with) that'll change the way we see the world.

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Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

It seems a new feature is inbound for Chromebooks, and it'll involve being able to take notes from the lock screen. The feature was spotted recently in the Chromium repository, and it indicates the feature will be arriving soon as a new tool for the laptop's primary account holder. The feature itself, though, is part of a larger effort that brings apps to the lock screen.

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Android O Reddit AMA: a TL;DR with all the important stuff

Android O Reddit AMA: a TL;DR with all the important stuff

Over in the Android Dev subreddit earlier today, Google's Android O engineering team took some time to answer everyone's questions in the form of a Reddit AMA. The thread topped out at about 500 comments, and though much of it is tailored toward developers in particular, there's some stuff that'll appeal to all Android fans. If you don't have time to read through the thread yourself, don't worry: we've picked out the best tidbits and compiled them into this handy TL;DR.

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