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Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google Pay assimilates Android Pay, Google Wallet into a single platform

Google isn’t exactly known for always having a coherent product message and lineup. Just take a look at its current mess of messaging apps and services, not to mention those that it already retired. To a lesser extent, that is the same situation with its mobile payment systems, previously comprised of Android Pay, Google Wallet, and, if you’re in India, Tez. “Previously”, because Google is now combining two of those, namely Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single “Google Pay” brand to reduce, or increase, confusion.

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Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

CES isn’t usually Google’s time to grab the spotlight but this year, it’s making its presence felt in a rather new way. No, there’s no new Google product or device being announced. Instead, there are dozens of new ones. Confused? You probably will be once you take a load of all the new speakers, headphones, smart displays, and in-car audio systems debuting at CES 2018. Despite hailing from different brands and coming in different forms, they all have one thing in common. They all have Google Assistant inside.

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CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

CES 2018: The best gadgets and tech so far

Today we're going to have a run down of what we've found awesome at CES 2018 so far. The show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center hasn't yet opened, and we've already got a whole heaping helping of devices from all corners of the consumer electronics market. Let's take a peek at what's stood out the most thus far.

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JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

JBL Everest headphones, earbuds have Google Assistant built-in

Audio company JBL has announced headphones featuring Google Assistant built-in. Called Everest, these wireless headphones tap Google's voice assistant for audible notifications and the ability to control music using voice instead of touch (though a bit of touch is still necessary). Google Assistant has been integrated into the Everest 710GA and 110GA around-ear headphones and earbuds.

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Huawei’s AT&T deal reportedly just imploded

Huawei’s AT&T deal reportedly just imploded

This morning AT&T reportedly "walked away" from a deal with Huawei, a deal that might well have made Huawei a major smartphone force in the USA. Huawei is one of the biggest smartphone brands in China and indeed the world, coming in just behind names like Samsung and Apple. Huawei was apparently supposed to announce their deal at CES 2018 as early as tomorrow (Tuesday, the 9th of January, 2018.)

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Galaxy S9 variants tipped: RAM, Storage Size

Galaxy S9 variants tipped: RAM, Storage Size

This week a variety of Samsung Galaxy S9 devices were leaked in codes indicating a wide variety come spring 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is said to come in two variants, while the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is said to come in three. The most awesome of these is tipped a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with 6GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

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Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Google keeps losing its bikes to local thieves

Over the last ten years, Google has had a fleet of hundreds of free bicycles for employees at its Mountain View headquarters, offering a quick and easy way to get around the constantly expanding corporate campus. With roughly 1,100 of these "Gbikes" now available, Google's latest problem is that it can't keep local residents from riding off with them.

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Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

Pixel 2 customer survey appears in the phone’s settings menu

In the mobile world, one of the few things that's absolutely not tolerated by users is advertisements and pop-ups appearing on their phones. Ads within free apps, sure, but pop-ups on the phone's UI or within menus is just begging for a disaster. This was seen last summer when OnePlus began spamming existing users with ads for its newest model. Now it appears Google might be trying something similar with the new Pixel 2, albeit in the form of a survey.

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Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

Pokemon GO Seviper and Zangoose flip-flops

The newest Pokemon GO region-exclusive monsters moved this week - after less than a month! This was the first time this set of Pokemon moved location - they'd previously been relegated to locations in which they'd first spawned. Before this week, Zangoose was to be found only in North America, over to Africa and just a few surrounding areas. Now this monster's moved!

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Google just spilled a mind-boggling fact about Google Home sales

Google just spilled a mind-boggling fact about Google Home sales

2017 was a pretty big year for Google from an IoT standpoint. Google Home came into its own as smart home hub, and Google Assistant saw rapid expansion to a bunch of new countries and devices. Today Google is recapping the year Google Assistant and Google Home had, and for the first time, it's giving us some idea of how well Google Home is selling.

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LightsOut adware infects utility apps, bypasses Google Play Store checks

LightsOut adware infects utility apps, bypasses Google Play Store checks

Utility apps are a dime a dozen in Google Play Store, but if you’re not careful, you might install one that has some unwanted payload inside. That is the unfortunate situation that a few million Android users may have found themselves in after downloading and installing some random flashlight or utility app, which left them exposed to ads in inappropriate places. And their only fault is to have presumed that since the apps are from Google Play Store, they must be safe to install and use.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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