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Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Anki's Cozmo Robot is set to get an update in December to increase its abilities and expand its intelligence. This will be the first major update to the robot since launch, and Anki suggests it'll be a big one. Anki says their goal is to make the robot grow and learn well into the future so that its owners will never find it boring. At this point it's able to lift cubes, play games with cubes, and speak our name. Next, it gets a whole lot more interesting.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Event update secret details

Pokemon GO's second in-game event was announced today by Niantic for Thanksgiving weekend. This event will be very similar to the first event in Pokemon GO, Halloween, with tricks and treats galore. This next event won't be quite so transparent as the first, but we've got the data you're going to want to dive into to make the most of the event as it's happening. Also take note, those readers new to SlashGear - this is just the latest in a string Pokemon GO updates accurately tipped to us in the past few weeks - stay tuned!

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The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

Today we're running down the best Google Pixel cases that've been released thus far for the larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL. As Google is in the process of making a very big deal about these devices, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are enjoying attention with cases from many brands. We've done some syphoning of the best of these cases and bring you the best of the best, as follows.

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Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is closing in for Pokemon GO and Niantic has a few tricks up their sleeve for the next big event. But first, some less obvious changes made to Pokemon GO over the last week that'll be taking effect this weekend. For starters, there's the switching of the nests - or nest migration, if you prefer. This is the term used for Niantic's switching of places where certain Pokemon spawn in big groups.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

This week the folks at Samsung have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in several countries. It's important to note that this update is not the final release, just a Beta. It's also important to note that this Beta release is available to the public - it's not just closed off to certain users with VIP status.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

If you've ever wondered if the vault dwellers in Fallout Shelter continue to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving underground, wonder no longer. Bethesda delivered the answer to that question today, announcing Fallout Shelter's new 1.9 update. In short: Yes, vault dwellers celebrate Thanksgiving, and they seem to do it in style.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

The next event in Pokemon GO will likely reveal Niantic's event schedule plans for the foreseeable future. We've seen them bring on a Halloween event - now whether Thanksgiving is covered will tell us how Pokemon GO events will work with holidays from now on. We will soon see Pokemon GO events' secular nature, as well as how regional they'll be for holidays that are semi-global.

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Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Assistant it ain’t, but Google’s latest chat app has some smarts of its own. Don’t know if a particular emoji exists? Not sure which emoji packs the best punch for the occasion? Don’t worry if you can’t figure it out because Allo can and will. The Smart Smiley button will suggest the best smileys, emojis, and even stickers for your conversation or message so you won’t have to worry about expressing yourself better. Plus, it also has new stickers to mark the premiere of newest Harry Potter-esque film.

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Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google has had an “interesting” history with news readers. In 2013, it shut down Google Reader, perhaps the most used RSS/feed reader platforms in recent times. But while it did have something like Google Play Newsstand for both news and magazines, it hasn’t exactly been shown as much love as its other Google Play siblings. That changes today with perhaps the biggest update Google has ever announced for the service. In addition to a redesign of Newsstand’s mobile apps, Google is also bringing Newsstand to browsers at long last.

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Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth enters the world of VR with new Steam app

Google Earth is a pretty impressive tool on its own, but today it stands become even more breathtaking thanks to Google Earth VR. Google launched the new app today, giving users the opportunity to visit locations around the world in virtual reality. Unfortunately, its release is limited to just one VR headset for the time being.

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