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Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google has an update for the Google Home Mini that restores its touch functionality, a feature that was stripped away shortly after launch due to a potential issue that some device owners faced. The update is bringing back the functionality, but doing so with a somewhat big change in how it works: rather than tapping the top of the device to give it a command, you'll instead need to long-press the side.

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Google needs a multitouch expert for its Echo Show rival

Google needs a multitouch expert for its Echo Show rival

Google is hunting multi-touch talent for future Google Home hardware, reigniting speculation about a touchscreen-enabled rival to Amazon's Echo Show and more. The company currently has two smart speakers - the Google Home and Google Home Mini - with a third in the pipeline. The Google Home Max is expected to launch later in December.

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Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

Essential Phone Camera update brings Facebook and YouTube 360 streaming into play

This week the folks at Essential released an update to their Essential Phone's camera app. The Essential Camera app build 0.1.091 was made to bring YouTube Live 360 support for the first time. The ability to broadcast Facebook Live 360 video to a Facebook page was added in this update as well.

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YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube Remix on-demand music Spotify rival leaks

YouTube is preparing to make yet another attempt at getting music fans to pay for streaming, with a new service in the works to try to coax better revenues from the video site. The company has made several attempts over the past 5-6 years to better monetize its content, most recently focusing on videos - including music, but not limited to that - which it offers ad-free to subscribers of YouTube Red.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

The Redmi 5 Plus suggests that Xiaomi continue to lead the pack when it comes to high-value, low-cost smartphones. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, actually, roll with surprisingly high-end specs - not the best in the market, but certainly good for the cash. Both devices will be released at the same time and will quite easily be amongst the most sought-after devices in the low-cost market right out the gate.

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iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

Today we're having a brief look at a series of images which capture the essence of the iPhone X and the Honor V10. More specifically, these images show the extreme similarities between the public presentations of both devices. The iPhone X was revealed by Apple back in September of 2017, and the Honor V10 was revealed by Huawei at the tail end of November 2019 for China, then again at a separate event in London on December 5th. NOTE: This is not a comparison of specs or performance. This is a comparison of how Apple and Huawei have chosen to represent their phones.

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Android Wear Oreo update begins rolling out today

Android Wear Oreo update begins rolling out today

Just as Android 8.1 Oreo is beginning to roll out to Android phones, Oreo is now coming to Android Wear devices as well. The roll out begins today, though that doesn't necessarily mean that your watch will receive its Oreo update right away. That, as always, is dependent on your watch's manufacturer.

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Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

This morning Google began updating their search system to include answers to questions about celebrities, by celebrities. The feature will activate on smartphones first, in Google search. All you'll have to do is ask Google a question about Mark Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg will pop up and answer the question you asked.

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YouTube reveals the Top 10 trending and music videos of 2017

YouTube reveals the Top 10 trending and music videos of 2017

It's that time of the year: YouTube has unveiled the most popular videos on its service over the last year. These videos span multiple categories, including music videos, comedy, and that interrupted BBC video that went viral earlier this year. YouTube also picked the top videos from throughout 2017 in music specifically; not surprisingly, we see songs like "Despacito" and people like DJ Khaled on the list.

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Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

For most Google Maps users, getting directions to a destination comes with three or four options: cars, public transportation, walking, and possibly cycling. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. This new option is represented by an icon resembling a motorcycle, and it is designed for motorbikes which may be capable of taking routes not accessible to cars.

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Pokemon GO Gen 3 Weather brings these 4 big bonuses

Pokemon GO Gen 3 Weather brings these 4 big bonuses

In Pokemon GO today we're having a peek at the first big elemental changes in the game made for Gen 3! Gen 3 Pokemon have come out in a small pack in the game so far - but with this update, they're about to blast out in droves. Today's set of factoids about the impending update to Pokemon GO includes live weather conditions, conditions that'll have a real effect on the game and its Gen 3 contents!

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Galaxy S9 release preview “unlikely” at CES 2018

Galaxy S9 release preview “unlikely” at CES 2018

Samsung spoke up this week on the possibility that the Samsung Galaxy S9 would be previewed at CES 2018. "It is unlikely," said Samsung, in a chat with the Korea Herald. Instead, it's significantly likelier that the company will reveal the device's full details at an event just before Mobile World Congress.

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