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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Android One in the USA: Moto X4 with Project Fi

Android One in the USA: Moto X4 with Project Fi

Google's Project Fi announced today that they'd be getting the Motorola-made Moto X4 with Android One. This device was said by Google to run the Android One software suite, the first of its kind in the United States. This Android One software system means it's a "pure Android experience." It'll run Android Nougat right out the gate, then is promised by Google to get Android Oreo before the end of the year.

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Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Starting soon is the next Pokemon GO event, set right on top of the Summer Equinox. This event will allow users to jump in and start their game over again from the start, rewarding them for doing so. The biggest - and perhaps most tantalizing - reason to start over is triple-bonus XP for registering a new Pokemon to a player's Pokedex!

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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HTC suspends trading, setting the stage for a Google acquisition

HTC suspends trading, setting the stage for a Google acquisition

Earlier in the month, we told you that Google may be considering an HTC buyout. You'd be forgiven if you initially disregarded such claims, but today we're getting more evidence that such an acquisition could be imminent. HTC has decided to suspend the trade of its shares, a move that will go into effect tomorrow.

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Google Daydream View 2 colors and price leak out

Google Daydream View 2 colors and price leak out

Google has just launched ARCore, its not so subtle answer to Apple’s ARKit, but if you thought Google was done with virtual reality, then you don’t know Google at all. It is a company with near infinite ideas and near infinite money to throw at those ideas, whether they end up on store shelves or in the trash bin. So, yes, it seems that Google still has its eyes on virtual reality and might even put out a second gen Daydream View headset that looks prettier, sturdier, and, thus, more expensive.

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YouTube just revealed its plan to crush Twitch

YouTube just revealed its plan to crush Twitch

YouTube is continuing its quest to pull streamers away from Twitch today, rolling out an expansion to its sponsorship program. Up until now, YouTube sponsorships had been available to a select number of users in a limited beta, but beginning today, they'll be available to a lot more content creators who run gaming channels.

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Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

Google Pixelbook leak: Chromebook with pen and crazy pricing

We've been hearing rumors about a new high-end Chromebook in the works from Google itself, and that Chromebook may have just leaked. Called the Google Pixelbook, this model is billed as a high-end Chrome OS laptop with a premium design, higher-end features, and a huge $1200 starting price to match. The laptop will, at least per the leak, come in a silver color with storage options ranging up to 512GB, among other things.

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Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

Pixel 2 XL leak spills nearly all release info

This morning a set of images of the Google Pixel 2 were leaked, and many details were spilled therein. These devices were leaked in both black and white, one with all-black, the other with black, white, and a lovely little red. These devices are manufactured by LG and will be called Pixel 2 XL.

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Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Alongside the Google Pixel 2 this October 4th, it's been tipped that a Google Home Mini will appear. This device will likely be revealed as a smaller version of what's already out as Google Home, and will be released at a lower price, as a result. Amazon's strategy with their Echo Dot (with Alexa onboard), the Google Home Mini is tipped to essentially be a smaller, less powerful version of the larger Home device.

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Nexus 4 Android Oreo build released (in the night!)

Nexus 4 Android Oreo build released (in the night!)

Google's announcement on Android Oreo suggested that not every Google-made and Google-sold Android smartphone would be getting the update. However, as often happens with these sorts of things, there's a developer out there with enough tenacity to bash this software into shape - or into the right shape for the job. In this case, that means bringing an Android Oreo to the LG-made Nexus 4.

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HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

HP Chromebook x360 has toughness and ports, remains inexpensive

The folks at HP have revealed a new Chromebook x360 with a set of specs that make it a true contender for Chrome OS supremacy. This device doesn't have the most high-end hardware in the universe, but for this price point, it's pretty gosh-darned good. Along with a set of rugged-ready features, this Chromebook rolls with a pair of USB-C ports and a microSD card reader too.

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