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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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Motorola’s back with Moto Z2 Play, a new Verizon phone

Motorola’s back with Moto Z2 Play, a new Verizon phone

This week the folks at Motorola and Verizon brought back the Moto Z Play series with the Moto Z2 Play. This device rolls with many of the same radical features as the Moto Z line, but with a few of the non-essentials cut back a bit to keep the price low. As such, the affordable nature of this smartphone with the looks and some of the abilities of its more expensive predecessor make this an interesting device to be sure.

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Gmail taps machine learning for early phishing detection

Gmail taps machine learning for early phishing detection

It was just a few weeks ago that Google was on the receiving end of a fairly big phishing scam, one that targeted Google Docs users with real-looking emails. The scam was only live for a short while before Google squashed it, but the risk remains and anyone can fall victim. Here to help protect its users is Google and its security updates to Gmail. Among other things, the company is utilizing machine learning to help detect phishing attempts and, ultimately, keep users safe.

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Nokia release aims to shock Android and iPhone this month

Nokia release aims to shock Android and iPhone this month

This week the folks at Nokia have revealed that they're ushering in a new era for Nokia smartphone. This is the month where users can expect a set of new Nokia brand smartphones with Android inside to be released around the world. Much like we expected to launch all the way back at the dawn of Nokia X, the Android Nokia from recently-acquired Nokia / Microsoft - this is the Android you might be looking for.

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Waze carpooling will arrive in all of California next week

Waze carpooling will arrive in all of California next week

Waze, Google's navigation app and slow-growing carpooling platform, will soon expand the latter feature to cover the entire state of California. Waze first introduced a limited carpooling feature for certain cities in California, such as San Francisco, and the results were largely favorable. In light of that, and starting in one week, everyone in California will be able to use the service to catch and give rides.

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Google figured out the most misspelled word in every US state

Google figured out the most misspelled word in every US state

Everybody has a word or two they can't seem to spell correctly, and the go-to solution to get the correct spelling is usually Google. Open a web browser, navigate to Google, type in the word, and then get the correct spelling in the search results. That's convenient for users, and it also provides Google with a bunch of data on how well the people in each state spell. Based on its data, Google Trends has just released a map showing the most misspelled word in every US state.

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Summer Pokemon GO Updates: Legendary Event, PvP, Promo Codes

Summer Pokemon GO Updates: Legendary Event, PvP, Promo Codes

Pokemon GO's next couple of updates have been dated for release by Mathieu de Fayet, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Niantic. Mathieu de Fayet spoke today (or at some point over the weekend) with Brazilian newspaper O GLOBO, during which he noted some key details about the game. Between early June and early September, Niantic will be making some major changes to Pokemon GO, including "battles between players" and "launching Legendary Pokemon."

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Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber just fired the ex-Googler accused of Waymo autonomous tech theft

Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the controversial vice president of technology who had until recently been leading the ride-sharing firm's autonomous car business. Levandowski was one of Uber's highest-profile talent grabs, joining the company after it acquired his startup, Otto, in July 2016. That prompted a lawsuit from Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo, accusing the engineer of stealing tech secrets.

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