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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

As it stands, it's a little difficult to watch a YouTube video with friends if you aren't all in the same room. Uptime, an app from Google incubator Area 120, looks to solve this exact problem, but before today, there's a solid chance you'd never heard of it. What was once an app that was an invite-only affair has now opened up to the general public, giving you the chance to watch YouTube videos alongside your friends.

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Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

Pixely Launcher brings Google Now to most Androids [APK download]

This week the user known as deletescape has released his first Rootless Pixel Launcher. This launcher is very similar to some other recently released launchers - such as the launcher literally called "Rootless Pixel Launcher" - but this one's got some unique features. As the developer, also known as Till Kottmann, explains - this app is unique in its ability to deliver the Google Now Page on any smartphone- or at least most Android smartphones from the past several years.

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This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

This popular app is infected: Chrome-lookalike Magic Browser

Users that've downloaded the app "Magic Browser" at any point in the past should delete the app immediately. This app has been found to contain malware of a simple sort - but terrible nonetheless. This app's malware is especially dangerous not because of what it can do to an average user's phone, but because of how crafty it is in making it's way into the phone - trickery!

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Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

Nokia 6 released in USA with Android

This week the folks at Nokia have revealed their plans to release the Nokia 6 in the United States. This device runs Android and is the first device in what's expected to be along line of similar devices from the brand. These devices - including the Nokia 6 - will bring the brand Nokia back into smartphones in a big way, starting with Android and growing with Google's mobile operating system app ecosystem.

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Pokemon GO Raids level and the next update

Pokemon GO Raids level and the next update

Raid Battles have begun in Pokemon GO and the whole in-game universe has begun to wonder when it'll be their turn to take a shot. As of this weekend, Niantic began rolling out the RAID Battle update to all players. This does not mean that every single player got the opportunity to participate in a Raid battle right off the bat. Some users had to wait until it was their turn - for their player level - to come up in the cards.

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Google Home, Assistant can now say “Bonjour” in Canada

Google Home, Assistant can now say “Bonjour” in Canada

It might surprise some people but almost a quarter of Canada call French their second tongue. That makes it a bit tricky to roll out products in this major market that have to straddle not only English but also French, specifically French Canadian. Google, however, as sufficiently overcome that hurdle and, starting today, users in the French-speaking quarters of the country can comfortably talk with Google Home in French. Oh, and they can buy the smart speaker too.

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Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs begin to leak

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL specs begin to leak

With the summer now in full swing, we're getting closer and closer to the expected fall debut of the next generation of Google's Pixel smartphones, tentatively known as the "Pixel 2." We've already heard about how Google was once considering three different sizes for the devices, with the middle-sized model, codenamed "Muskie," getting canned. But now we're getting the first solid leaks on the specs for the "Walleye" and "Taimen" models, or what will become the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, respectively.

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You can now ask Google to delete medical records from search: here’s how

You can now ask Google to delete medical records from search: here’s how

Personal medical records showing up in search results is a big problem, and now Google is addressing it. The Internet giant will start pulling these records from results when someone asks them to, helping individuals maintain privacy in a world where hackers are increasingly breaching medical facilities' networks. This marks a change in policy for the company, which recently updated its policy page to reflect the new removal category.

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Pokemon GO Raids Update: What you need to know

Pokemon GO Raids Update: What you need to know

Pokemon GO Raids were released today in a Beta for some users in the game, while others had to sit it out - that's about the change. About halfway through the day, Niantic changed the requirements for each and every Pokemon GO Raid in the game, starting with a higher level and moving down to one slightly lower. This news seems to be changing how the game is played - and tested to be played - as the day goes on. If this continues, we could see a full release before Monday!

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Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

It's not really a secret that Google built its massive wealth on advertising, but the measures it takes to deliver relevant ads to users haven't always gone over well. One particular data collection method that Google has used involves Gmail - up until now, Google has scanned user Gmail accounts to help it build profiles on those users. Those profiles, in turn, allow Google to deliver relevant ads that are more likely to draw in clicks.

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Galaxy Note 8 release date, price, and specs leaked

Galaxy Note 8 release date, price, and specs leaked

For the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 this morning several key details were leaked surrounding the release and pricing of the handset. Previous leaks suggested sizing and contents of the smartphone, closely resembling those of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. This device's specifications are only slightly different from those of the previously released handset, with a few key details in place to make this the most powerful Samsung smartphone released in history.

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