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Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Google is continuing its plan to phase out Flash in favor of HTML5 today by launching Chrome 55. With this new update, many sites around the web will begin defaulting to HTML5 instead of Flash. There are a few exceptions, but Chrome 55 largely implements the measures Google laid out earlier in the year.

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Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

This week the folks at Samsung were tipped to drop a plan for an advanced camera system with two lenses for the Galaxy S8. This new lens system would have put Samsung in more direct combat with Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, still expected to wield its own 2x camera setup. This back-facing set of cameras would have utilized two different camera sensors, one made by Samsung, one made by Sony.

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Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

The year is about to end, and as is the tradition almost every where, it's a time for reminiscing and retrospectives. That's true back in the analog days and still true even in today's digital age. Being one of the biggest sources of digital content, Google Play has some insight into the hottest trends of the year. So naturally, Google is in the position to reveal what's hot and what's not as far as apps, music, and movies go. While some of them are as you would expect, there are others that will have you scratching your head.

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Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Amid distraction fears, Android Auto gets “Ok Google” voice trigger

Google has enabled "Ok Google" voice triggers to Android Auto, allowing users of the in-car interface to issue commands or dictate messages without having to press a button first. Designed to increase in-car safety while still offering access to smartphone features users have progressively become dependent on, Android Auto relies on a customized interface designed for easier use while on the move. Until now, though, it had required users either press an on-screen button or a button on the steering wheel to actually get the system's attention.

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Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Those of you who have a soft spot for Nokia will be pleased to hear that smartphones bearing the company's name will be making a return next year. Today Nokia and HMD Global Oy announced the terms of their licensing agreement, which was signed six months ago. Perhaps most importantly, this means that Nokia will be entering the realm of Android, a move many fans wanted to see Nokia make before it was bought up by Microsoft.

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Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Android Nougat update: Xperia incoming, is your phone next?

Good news for those of you with an Xperia XZ or Xperia X Performance: your wait for Android 7.0 Nougat is about to come to an end. Sony announced this morning that the upgrades to Nougat are beginning to roll out, so if you don't see the OTA update yet, it's only a matter of time before it appears. That's all well and good for Xperia owners, but for the rest of us still waiting, what kind of timetable can we expect before Nougat arrives on our devices?

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Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

The new Pokemon GO nearby update (with its new tracking system) is server-side, so users may not realize what's been changed this week. As such, today we're dishing what's happened this week for tracking Pokemon in PGO from top to bottom. Pokemon GO's latest update for tracking "Nearby" monsters is a system similar to what was introduced in Beta form earlier this year. It's just a TINY bit different than what it was when it was released in California in its test iteration.

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Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

The year is about to end but one of the most potentially harmful Android malware has just started to take flight. If 2015 had its Stagefright exploit, 2016 might be remembered for the Gooligan malware, a portmanteau of “Google” and “hooligan”. The malware attacks may have already been in operation since summer and has already installed 30,000 infected apps per day, compromising 13,000 devices daily, and putting more than 1 million Google accounts in danger of being hijacked and their data stolen.

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YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube flips the switch on 4K streaming

YouTube has supported 4K videos for a number of years now, but today the company is taking us one step further into the high-resolution future by enabling 4K streaming. Starting today, YouTube users will be able to stream both standard and 360-degree videos in 4K. If mere 4K isn't enough to satiate your need for high-quality streaming, you might like to know that YouTube supports these streams in up to 60 frames-per-second.

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Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Moto Z may get Project Tango support through add-on module

Google's Tango augmented reality platform might soon find a new audience in Moto Z users. Motorola apparently sees an opportunity to get in on the ground floor when it comes to AR, with CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing suggesting that its flagship phone could eventually see support for Project Tango. Support wouldn't be added through a special edition Moto Z, but rather through a new Tango module.

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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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Legendary Pokemon GO Christmas event secrets revealed

Legendary Pokemon GO Christmas event secrets revealed

Niantic's December update is rumored to be a legendary event doozy, bringing more than just the expected Christmas-week event bonuses. To prepare for the events that'll be taking place over the next month, we've been told by our trusty anonymous tipster to tell readers to stock up on Pidgeys. Not just because Pidgey is the most common source for Ditto, but because Pidgey is the most effective source for XP in the whole Pokemon GO universe.

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