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Google Home gets two, like, hip ads and, like, a price cut

Google Home gets two, like, hip ads and, like, a price cut

With Apple finally and formally taking the gloves off in the smart home speaker fight, Amazon and Google have no choice but to pick up the pace. So far, the Amazon Echo and Google Home have been marketed mostly at tech savvy adults. Google’s new ads for the Home, however, position it as something young and hip users will also appreciate. Like, you know, Apple’s biggest demographic.

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A giant new first for iPhone 8

A giant new first for iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 is coming with a couple other Apple smartphones this year, and they're all tipped coming at the same time. Release dates for two of the devices wont be all that different from previous years of iPhone drops - they'll be called iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus most likely. The third will be what's commonly referred to in the press today as the "iPhone 8", and it'll most likely come at the same time as the first two or not too long afterward.

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Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

Lineage OS update: SafetyNet stance on Android downloads

The folks formerly designing and releasing CyanogenMod now working on Lineage OS have revealed their stance on SafetyNet. This is an Android safety precaution made by Google to stop users working with rooted and/or bootloader unlocked devices from accessing certain apps. It's a safety precaution made by Google - one that Google takes extremely seriously. As such, the team developing Lineage is going to take SafetyNet serious as well.

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A Pokemon GO Fire and Ice event update: What To Catch

A Pokemon GO Fire and Ice event update: What To Catch

News of an Ice and Fire event in Pokemon GO has the forums and Reddit stoked - now it's time to get busy with the details. What we're working with today is the assumption that the several-times-proven sources that brought us pre-official confirmation (see link below) of the next Pokemon GO event will be right again. If they are right again, the next Pokemon GO event will be coming with Pokemon from the two polar opposite types: Ice Type Pokemon and Fire Type Pokemon.

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Pokemon GO Event Update: News on Fire and Ice

Pokemon GO Event Update: News on Fire and Ice

This week it's been leaked that the next Pokemon GO event will center on TWO different Pokemon Types. This next event will focus on both Pokemon of the Fire Type and Pokemon of the Ice Type. While this might lead some Game of Thrones fans to speculate about a connection to the Fire and Ice origins of the series, hold off - that series doesn't start for another month. This event starts as early as next week!

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Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

While people love taking photos with their smartphones, not everything we capture would probably fit in what many would consider “photographs”. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, it has never been easier to capture anything and everything, which means you eventually accumulate cruft in your photo albums. Thankfully, Google Photos, with some intelligent help from Google Assistant, can now suggests which of your photos you may want to archive and which ones to keep on your phone for quick access.

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Google Home crosses over to Canada, in French too

Google Home crosses over to Canada, in French too

At its recent I/O developers conference, Google made an even bigger push for AI and machine learning, which takes form in its Google Assistant. It also pushed the Assistant-powered Google Home front and center of its connected ecosystem. Now it’s pushing Google Home to its third official country. Following the arrival of Android Pay, Canadians will soon be able to officially get their hands on a Google Home. And even better, they’ll be able to converse with Assistant in English or French.

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Android Pay is now live in Canada

Android Pay is now live in Canada

While Android Pay has been available in the US for several years now, our northern neighbors in Canada can now finally make use of the mobile payments system. Google officially began rolling out Android Pay in the country earlier this week, including support for a number of banks, shops, and restaurants. The good news is that it will work at almost of the tap-to-pay terminals across Canada, but there are a few big name banks to take note of that haven't offered support yet.

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Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie is about to launch in theaters, and ahead of its release comes a new educational product from Google based on the movie. Released as part of its Made with Code initiative, Google has released a Wonder Woman-themed educational coding project that teaches kids (and adults!) the basics of coding using fun, interactive tools with instant results.

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Download security updates for these phones ASAP

Download security updates for these phones ASAP

Google released a list of smartphones this week that includes every device touched by a Security Update over the last two months. This includes devices from a bunch of different manufacturers - everything from BlackBerry to Vivo. Samsung has a bunch in there, as does General Mobile and Google (with its Pixel and Nexus devices). I and we recommend that every device on this list should be checked immediately to make certain these security updates have been downloaded - that means, you, Janice from accounting!

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Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Chrome will have a built-in ad-blocker starting in early 2018

Back in April, we reported on sources that claimed Google was going to bake an ad-blocker directly into its Chrome browser, something that would block advertisements deemed to be intrusive and/or disruptive for visitors. Google has confirmed that report today, shedding light on a crucial detail that was missing the first time around: Chrome will block all advertisements on a website that doesn't adhere to Better Ads Standards.

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How to get that massive Minecraft Update [1.1 Discovery download]

How to get that massive Minecraft Update [1.1 Discovery download]

Users of the forever-popular game Minecraft will see an update to the game on Bedrock Engine platforms. That includes Windows 10 devices, mobile devices, and of course VR. Users will be able to participate in the Minecraft Marketplace for the first time ever. This means a whole lot of cash is about to change hands - lots and lots. Parents, hide your coin wallets.

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