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Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Games and smart speakers is probably the combination all but a few have in mind, and yet that is exactly what Google is now trying to push for its Google Home speaker. Forget whatever preconceived notion you might have about computer games. There are no fancy graphics here, not even 8-bit ones. There are no joysticks or gamepads either. Since Google Home is simply a speaker that accepts voice inputs, that exactly the only thing you can use. In short, Google Home gaming will all be about text adventure games, only delivered through audio instead of readable text.

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Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Google adds direct fitness class booking on desktop and mobile

Summer is approaching, and that means many people are making a last-minute scramble to get in shape ahead of upcoming vacations and trips to the beach. Just in time to help is a new feature from Google called 'Reserve with Google,' a way to find nearby fitness studios and then book an appointment with them directly. The feature is launching on both desktop and mobile devices, and, at times, includes promotions for users.

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Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition: what’s in the box?

Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition: what’s in the box?

Microsoft announced their own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition with a release date that matches carrier editions. The difference between this phone and the original is not Windows Phone, or even a custom user interface. Instead, this Microsoft Edition will simply install several Microsoft-made apps from the Google Play App Store.

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Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

The Samsung DeX Station is a dock for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus which allows the "Samsung DeX" desktop software to work. This software is active within the Samsung Galaxy S8 family of devices and allows the owner of a Galaxy S8 smartphone to plug their phone in and compute on a larger scale. This system runs a desktop-like version of Android through the DeX Station - and the DeX Station itself must be purchased separate from the smartphone (unless packaged with the phone in later offerings).

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Google Calendar launches for iPad

Google Calendar launches for iPad

Google has announced the launch of Google Calendar for iPad, giving users the ability to access and manage their Google Calendar and related tasks from the comfort of their Apple slate. Those who use Google Calendar with any sort of regularity will recognize it instantly -- all the features are there, including the machine intelligence-powered features for setting goals and scheduling new appointments.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date USA and price (plus USA pre order)

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date USA and price (plus USA pre order)

This morning Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy S8 in all its glory - now we’ve got the details about its release. In stores, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be joined by the Galaxy S8+, or Galaxy S8 Plus, if you prefer. This will be the larger of the two devices, both having very similar insides as they’re released to the public at the same time.

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Samsung Event Stream and Galaxy S8 full specs official

Samsung Event Stream and Galaxy S8 full specs official

This morning Samsung’s live streaming event has brought to the world the full specifications for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. We’ve also got photos and videos and basically everything else the smartphone and its accessory pals could possibly offer. This isn’t just another phone - it’s Samsung busting out.

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Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google has introduced new integrations for its Google Home product, making it possible for owners to use Google Assistant with a slew of new products. Google Home, of course, is the company's somewhat new competitor to Amazon Echo, giving users hands-free access to the Google Assistant product. These integrations go a long way toward making Google Home a suitable device for controlling a smart home, including everything from lighting to heat.

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HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

HTC U (Ocean) has a new kind of touch surface

Even though tomorrow will be all about the Galaxy S8, HTC is sneaking into headlines this afternoon with a couple of interesting new rumors about its upcoming phone. Specifically, we're hearing about some features that will be present in the next phone in the HTC U lineup - confusing called simply "HTC U."

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Google Home and Google WiFi land in UK next month

Google Home and Google WiFi land in UK next month

Here in the US, we've been able to enjoy the benefits of Google Home and Google WiFi for a few months now, but our friends over in the UK haven't had the same opportunity. That's all about to change next month, as Google has announced that both devices will be making their way across the Atlantic at the beginning of April.

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Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Spoiler Alert: Samsung Galaxy S8 event last-minute expectations

Everything we’re expecting at the Samsung Unpacked event this week centers on the Samsung Galaxy S8. This device has been leaked from nearly every angle and in every single way - so much so that there’s more of a question of what we don’t know than what we do. In addition to the details on the Galaxy S8 itself, there’s more we expect: a PC dock for the phone, fast charging, USB-C action, and other oddities in the mobile space.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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