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Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

Best app on Pixel 2 ported to more Android phones

This week the folks behind CarbonROM revealed they'd ported Pixel 2's best feature to other devices. This is a big deal for those that desperately wanted the Pixel 2, but haven't yet made the jump from their slightly older smartphone. Why move when you can get the features for free?

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Samsung Galaxy phones getting lighter and tougher

Samsung Galaxy phones getting lighter and tougher

This week the folks at Samsung's trademark for Metal 12 was revealed, and its future in smartphones is all but assured. Samsung used this special mix of metal previously, with their Samsung Notebook 9 (2018). This magnesium aluminum alloy allows the device to be significantly lighter than without, and without significant loss in durability.

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Google Cloud gets a big boost with new data centers and undersea cables

Google Cloud gets a big boost with new data centers and undersea cables

It's a pretty big day for Google, as the company has announced a major expansion to the infrastructure that drives its Cloud network. This expansion encompasses much of the globe, with three new submarine cables and data centers in five new regions planned. These new regions will come online beginning later this year, while the undersea cables will all launch in 2019.

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Galaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and features

Galaxy S9 leak spills all the specs and features

A bit of a box leak this week added to the massive stack of leaks for the Galaxy S9 over the past several weeks and months. As we've got tips on essentially every possible angle on this device, it would seem that we've got the full picture. Now all we've got to get is in the front door of the Samsung event that'll almost certainly take place on the 24th or 25th of February in Barcelona, Spain.

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Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google Arts and Culture app now shows your fine art lookalike

Google has updated its Arts and Culture app with some nifty new functionality. If you download the app (or apply the new update, assuming you already had the app installed), you can share a selfie and have the app attempt to find your fine art doppelgänger. Unsurprisingly, this new functionality has taken the internet by storm, receiving a lot of attention on social media over the weekend.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

In the fallout of the discovery of Spectre and Meltdown, companies have been racing to patch vulnerabilities. Along with these patches comes the expectation of performance hits, and yesterday, Intel shared some benchmarks to show relative performance for a handful of recent Core i7 CPUs after its patches for Spectre and Meltdown were applied. While the performance decreases were mild in a lot of cases, some things like CPU responsiveness took a larger hit.

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Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Since Pokemon GO launched with the first 250 monsters, trainers across the planet have anticipated the launch of Mew. The first official teaser for the game - after the April Fools Day joke - showed Mewtwo, so surely the game would also contain a Mew. Today we're having a peek at what it'll take for Niantic to release this super duper legendary Pokemon into the wild.

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Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

The Google Assistant could echo Amazon's Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies. Google's presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant's prowess.

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Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google could turn the next Pixel’s touchscreen into a speaker

Google has snapped up the tech to make full-screen smartphones without an iPhone X style notch, using the touchscreen itself as a speaker. As phone manufacturers hunt ways to make even greater percentages of the front of their devices display, the trend has forced some creative thinking around how to accommodate the other components that would traditionally be found in the bezels.

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Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network customers who have the company's Wally, Hopper, or Joey DVR will soon have access to Hands-Free TV via Google Assistant support. The company announced the new integration today, though it isn't yet available; Dish expects the feature to be available "in the coming months." Once it does arrive, customers with a supported DVR will be able to control the device using voice commands as an alternative to the remote.

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