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Pixel 2: The 5 new features you might have missed

Pixel 2: The 5 new features you might have missed

Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have become the go-to Android phones for those wanting the latest and greatest, and there's more on offer than ever before. Android 8.0 Oreo is jam-packed with new features, to the point where it's easy to overlook some of the more charming or useful additions for 2017's flagships. Read on for our top five Pixel 2 features you won't want to miss.

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Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google has decided to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. The feature crudely estimated the number of calories that would be burned by walking to a location versus driving or taking the bus. Though nifty for those who cared, the feature was heavily criticized for its lack of accuracy and in-your-face nature.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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Google Calendar on Web gets a modern design and new enterprise features

Google Calendar on Web gets a modern design and new enterprise features

Google Calendar on the Web has received a modern redesign that better resembles the mobile app, as well as new features targeted specifically at enterprises. The design has a modern color palette, says Google, while being highly responsive and able to adjust itself to match any screen size.

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Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Tech leader Regina Dugan just left Facebook

Regina Dugan just announced that she'll be leaving Facebook's Building 8. She is now officially ex-Facebook, Google, and DARPA. Today we're having a quick peek at what she's done over the past couple of decades - and have a guess at what she might be doing next. How long does it take to prepare for a run for State Representative in 2018? How about the Senate?

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Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Google boosts security for high-risk users (but you can get it too)

Hardly a week goes by without a high-profile hacking story, and now Google is launching a new security system for those who take their data really, really seriously. The Google Advanced Protection Program builds on the company's existing two-factor authentication with a more stringent system. Despite the target audience, though, there's some good news for the rest of us.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event : News on Witch Hat Pikachu!

Pokemon GO Halloween event : News on Witch Hat Pikachu!

Pokemon GO and the Halloween event of 2017 has been spilled once again, straight from the guts of the game itself! This time we're working with some code and an image from the game's release on the Apple App Store. In an image which will probably be joined by Niantic's reveal of the event soon, the cutest member of this year's spookiest event is shown: Witch Hat Pikachu!

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Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

Pixel 2 XL: A word of display warning

If you're in the market for an Android smartphone the new Google Pixel 2 should be on your shortlist, but there's something you should know first. Google has two versions of the Pixel 2, the regular 5-inch model and a Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch display. While they share the same name, and the same design language, in some key ways they're very different phones.

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The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M is a smartphone with two displays - one on one half, and another on the other. This device isn't the sort of smartphone just any average user will want - instead it's made to provide for those users that want something completely out of left field. For those users that want to keep two smartphones in their pocket but would rather they were connected by a hinge - this is right along those lines.

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Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

Google Pixel 2 Review: Android camera magic

If there's a rockstar of the Android world in 2017, it's the new Pixel 2. Google's own smartphones may not sell in as great a number as, say, Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy, but they're arguably no less important in their own way. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL embody Google's vision of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence, all working collaboratively.

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Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

Pixel Visual Core: Google’s custom-made image processing chip

While Google’s Pixel phones have had very impressive scores on DxOMark’s benchmarks, it is perhaps even more impressive that they are able to accomplish that much for very little hardware. Much of the magic happens on the software side, with the use of algorithms and machine learning. Those, however, don’t just magically happen and incur a penalty on the phone’s processor. That is why Google made its own Pixel Visual Core system-on-chip specifically and only for image processing and machine learning related to that. And soon, even third party developers will have access to it.

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Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

Google blob emojis download brings back cuteness

This week the team at "Blobs Forever" have created a bit of software to plug in to Android to bring the blobs back. The blob-shaped emoji, that is - the emoji that until recently were unique to Android. Google recently updated their emoji collection to get a bit more round than they were before, making the whole set look a bit more "standard". But for those that love the blobs, there's hope!

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