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Chrome OS 69 finally brings Linux apps to stable channel

Chrome OS 69 finally brings Linux apps to stable channel

Google has recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Chrome browser. That web browser has certainly grown up to the extent that it has become the base for an entire operating system. While Chrome OS doesn’t have anything fancy to celebrate the birthday, release version 69 is still a monumental one. In addition to bringing the UI up to the latest Material Design 2.0, it also marks the long-awaited stable release of a feature that truly extends Chrome OS beyond a mere browser-based OS: Linux support.

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Google is shutting down YouTube Gaming (but that isn’t a bad thing)

Google is shutting down YouTube Gaming (but that isn’t a bad thing)

A few years ago, Google launched YouTube Gaming, a dedicated app that hosted streamers and allowed gamers to find content aimed at them. Gaming has always been a big part of YouTube, but YouTube Gaming was Google's attempt to steal away some of Twitch's massive audience. Today, Google announced that it'll be shutting down YouTube Gaming, but for those who have spent the past three years building an audience on the platform, that isn't as bad as it sounds.

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Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps for CarPlay released for iOS 12

Google Maps has navigated its way to CarPlay, with Apple's in-car infotainment interface opening up to Google's app with the arrival of iOS 12. One of the most-requested features of CarPlay since it launched, it means no longer being forced to use Apple Maps when you hook your iPhone up to a compatible in-car infotainment system.

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Galaxy S10 features coming to A9 Star Pro and A7 2018 first

Galaxy S10 features coming to A9 Star Pro and A7 2018 first

There's an event coming up in which Samsung will reveal two new smartphones, one Galaxy A9 Star Pro, the other a Galaxy A7 (2018). These new smartphones will likely hold in them the keys to the future of the Galaxy S hero line of smartphones. If our sources are correct, these devices will feature side-mounted fingerprint scanners and either 3 or 4 cameras together on their backs.

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Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

Google Home Hub leaked: The new do-all screen

The Google Pixel 3 event on October 9th will likely bring a new Google Home Hub smart screen as well. Today a leak revealed the new device, "Google Home Hub," complete with a touchscreen and Google Assistant interface. This device will apparently allow the user to "see your life in one view, and get things done hands-free." The description of the device suggests that you'll be able to "make the most of moments at home."

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Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management

Google Family Link adds much-needed teen Android management

Last year, Google launched a new app called Family Link for Parents. This app introduced a number of parental controls for parents of children using Android devices, allowing them to see things like their child's device activity, manage in-app purchases, and set limits on screen time. Today, Family Link is getting a rather interesting expansion, as Google says that parents will soon be able to use it to monitor their teens' devices as well.

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Google Pixel 3 press renders leaked with details

Google Pixel 3 press renders leaked with details

The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL both leaked this morning in official press renders almost certainly made by Google. I say almost certainly because nothing is truly certain, but these look about as legit as legit can get. On the smaller side, the Pixel 3 comes with a rounded-corner display not unlike its predecessor, while the larger device has a chin and a notch.

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Android scores huge infotainment win with world’s biggest auto alliance

Android scores huge infotainment win with world’s biggest auto alliance

Google's Android will power the new infotainment systems of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi cars, with the huge automaker alliance announcing the huge deal today. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is the world's largest automotive group, collectively responsible for 10.6 million vehicle sales last year.

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Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

The Honor Play is a surprisingly low-cost smartphone made with gaming in mind. It features a 6.3-inch display with a notch and a relatively small chin, and it runs a unique sort of Android (with Honor's EMUI on top). The Honor Play is aimed at the newest wave of mobile gamers, bringing a bit of external aesthetic flavor to the mix as it packs in a decent bit of power under the hood.

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Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Earlier this year, Google introduced Google Podcasts, a new app designed to compete with the vast number of existing podcast apps. The app is free but was heavily criticized for its lackluster features...it fell far below the standards offered by popular alternatives Stitcher and Pocket Casts, for example. Now the company is doing something about it.

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ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

ZTE Nubia phone has a back-facing screen, but why?

The ZTE Nubia Z18S has both a bonkers name and one display up front and another display around the rear. The most common reaction to the first appearance of this smartphone on social networks is simply the word: "why?" Because ZTE decided they needed to snag a headline after so much bad press over the past year? Maybe it had to do with the idea that we've not had a phone like this in a while, and ZTE decided "maybe if we try this same idea again, it'll work different this time!"

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Pixel 3 fourth color revealed weeks before event

Pixel 3 fourth color revealed weeks before event

Another color for the Pixel 3 was discovered over the weekend by one intrepid code-reader by the name of Jon Prosser. This newest of the four colors is akin to Peach. In code it's called Pink, but it's a bit lighter than it's most basic code-name. We still don't know exactly what it'll look like, but chances are good it'll look pretty neat.

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