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Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now live on both the Android and iOS apps.

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Google kills Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google kills Project Tango in favor of ARCore

While augmented reality technology has quickly turned into a big thing these days, Google has been experimenting with it as far back as 2014 with its Project Tango platform. Tango never quite took off, but it wasn't a complete failure either, seeing release in several devices like Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro smartphone. As the requirements to support AR technology have change in the last few years, Google has revealed that it's ending support for Tango in favor of its new ARCore platform.

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YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube just launched a virtual reality app for Steam, making it available to HTC Vive users. That's good news, except that many of those users are reporting some pretty serious bugs, some of them so problematic that the app repeatedly crashes, making it unusable. This isn't the first iteration of YouTube designed for virtual reality headsets. Google previously launched a YouTube VR app for its Daydream VR platform.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This week the folks at Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 X 99 Avant Limited Edition. This version of the device was revealed as a limited edition of 99 units, making this one of, if not the rarest Galaxy Note in the world. This version of the device comes with its own unique icons, wallpapers, a subscription to a service with additional on-device artwork, a limited edition art print, and a case designed by artist Han-Seung-Woo.

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Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

The clock is ticking toward January 1, 2018, at which point Google will prevent Fire TV devices from accessing YouTube. The decision to block access was announced days ago, and underscoring it was a sharp, immediate action from Google: it took away Echo Show's access to YouTube altogether. Fire TV owners may not lose access, though, if "productive discussions" between the two companies result in a favorable outcome.

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Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

This afternoon we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S9 as envisioned with credible early leaks. This piece of work was done by OnLeaks, AKA Steve H, a fellow who's been shockingly accurate at this sort of thing over the past couple of years. This set of images suggests that the Galaxy S9 will look quite familiar.

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Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google AI finds exoplanet, bringing alien solar system to 8

Google's machine learning technology has discovered the existence of a new exoplanet that was missed by NASA the first time around. The exoplanet is located in the alien solar system now known to contain eight planets all revolving around same star, Kepler-90. This makes the Kepler-90 system tied with our own solar system, which also contains eight planets circling the same star. The newly discovered exoplanet is called Kepler-90i.

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Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon is now listing both Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV on its website, marking their first (official) return to the online store since being removed in late 2015. We saw signs of the Apple TV's return to Amazon earlier this year when the device briefly appeared on the company's website before disappearing. Sales of both devices will start soon, Amazon has confirmed, but it doesn't look like its squabble with Google is over yet.

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Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Pokemon GO Sprint ads as notifications: Are you kidding me?

Notifications from the Pokemon GO app arrived this week with a promotion from Sprint encouraging phone buys. This was not the first time Niantic sent a notification to users on iPhone and Android devices, but it was the first time they pushed for an outside buy. In this rather blatant advertisement this morning, Niantic promised a reward of in-game currency to users who switched from their current mobile provider to Sprint.

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Lenovo Star Wars AR headset The Last Jedi release details

Lenovo Star Wars AR headset The Last Jedi release details

This week the folks behind Star Wars: Jedi Challenges - a Lenovo-made AR headset with lightsaber controller - are bringing The Last Jedi to augmented reality. To use the app that'll be updated, users will need to own the Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR headset and lightsaber package - that's available from Lenovo or at Best Buy for right around $200 USD. The update for The Last Jedi content will come just a bit later - January of 2018.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers download leaked

Today we're having a peek at the Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers for the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition. These wallpapers were meant for the one special edition smartphone, but a few intrepid developers have found the encoded images in the newest update for the non-special version of the device. As such, we've got access to said wallpapers, and any device - Android or no - can have access right this minute.

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