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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Don't get too excited about the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7's version of Android Nougat. It wont be released until early 2017 - weeks away, at least - but don't lose hope! Latest word on the street is that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge won't even stop at Android 7.0, it'll skip right on over to Android 7.1.1 (also Nougat.)

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Google Home Actions let users talk to third-party services

Google Home Actions let users talk to third-party services

Google Home might be a bit behind something like the Amazon Echo, but there is still a chance that it could overtake it. Depending on how much and how quickly third-party apps and services flock to Google’s smart speaker. That entails that Google Home has a platform for third-party developers to hook into. Fortunately, for both users and developers, Google has one, “Actions on Google”, and is now calling on developers to start building actions to get the conversation flowing.

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Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Android Wear Magic Minute wants to show smartwatches are hip

Are smartwatches still hot? Fitbit might not exactly think so, since it only bought Pebble’s software and shutdown its hardware. Other manufacturers might not think so as well, with smartwatches dropping like flies from the Google Store (though there’s one new addition). Google, however, wants everyone think these smart timepieces are still a thing, which is why it has launched a new Magic Minute Project, which is basically a marketing campaign that’s trying to salvage what little is left of Android Wear’s market.

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Telltale’s Batman episode 5 launches next week, episode 1 goes free on PC

Telltale’s Batman episode 5 launches next week, episode 1 goes free on PC

The final chapter in Batman: The Telltale Series is nearly here. The fifth episode, which is titled City of Light, will be available across a variety of platforms beginning Tuesday, December 13. This release wraps up the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which got its start back in August with the first episode, Realm of Shadows.

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Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

New limited edition Google Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson (red) and Snow (white) colors are now shipping in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, the company has announced. The limited edition colors are available from the Google Store in all three countries, and will also soon be available from Best Buy and Verizon in the U.S., and Carphone Warehouse and EE in the UK. Google has also announced the launch of new VR titles.

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Bully launched on Android and iOS: here’s why you need it

Bully launched on Android and iOS: here’s why you need it

Bully is a game made by Rockstar Games for game console, ported now to the Android universe for mobile users. This game was great when it was first released, and now that it's time for mobile, it's being re-launched with all components at once. Instead of waiting for DLC to be released, this game comes with all "unlockable" items from the title's console run already in the game. This is a game that's more than worth the few bucks it costs, and perfect for long trips to grandma's house for Christmas.

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Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

It's a Christmas tradition in Manhattan for stores along Madison, Fifth Avenue, and other streets to put up elaborate and beautiful store window displays for Christmas. According to Google, over 5 million people travel to Manhattan during the holiday season just to see these holiday displays. If you can't make it to Manhattan in person, Google is offering you a way to view these Christmas displays from the comfort of your home.

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Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

It's been a big day for Pokemon GO, with Niantic earlier announcing an update that adds a ton of new PokeStops to the game through a partnership with Sprint. On top of that, Niantic also said that it will soon be adding more Pokemon to Pokemon GO, but we need to wait until next week for more details there. As if that somehow weren't enough, Pokemon GO is getting a second update today, and it's adding some quality of life improvements players have been requesting for quite some time.

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Pokemon GO getting new Pokemon soon – Gold and Silver incoming?

Pokemon GO getting new Pokemon soon – Gold and Silver incoming?

Pokemon GO is about to get some new monsters, and we'll find out what they are next week. Niantic has announced that it will be revealing new Pokemon for Pokemon GO on December 12. With that announcement now scheduled, Niantic didn't get anymore specific about what to expect, so we're left waiting to see what it has up its sleeve.

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Google Search app separates news and personal info into tabs

Google Search app separates news and personal info into tabs

With the launch of Google Assistant, Google Now may have been upstaged. Not everyone, however, will have access to Google’s spanking new AI assistant, so Google Now is still in need of much loving. As if to prove that it still has a place for it in its heart, Google has just rolled out an update to its Google Search app that makes Now’s contextual information more prominent while also decluttering the app by separating that into a tab of its own.

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Android app update file sizes get shrunken by 65%

Android app update file sizes get shrunken by 65%

There was a time, back in the old Symbian and Windows CE days, when app sizes, were only measured in kilobytes. These days, however, it isn’t unusual for apps to go into megabyte territory, and we’re not talking just about games either. Technology and the price of components have made it far too easy to take file sizes for granted, but just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Especially when it comes to app updates, which, ideally, should be smaller than the original app download itself. Taking up the cause for smaller file sizes, Google has revealed a new technique to keep updates to a minimum, reducing sizes by 65% on average.

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Google Docs adds MLA and APA citations to make student life easier

Google Docs adds MLA and APA citations to make student life easier

Finals are upon us, and just in time comes a new citation feature in Google Docs. With this, Google Docs users can easily add citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual Style to any document. This feature is tied in with the Explore research tool Google previously announced for Docs, enabling users to find a research source directly within Docs, then generate the citation from within the search results.

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