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Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

International phone service is generally something no one wants to talk about. International roaming charges at the big four US carriers can wind up being ridiculously expensive if you don't monitor your usage closely, and it isn't uncommon for folks to come back to phone bills that are much more expensive than what they're accustomed to paying. Google's Project Fi, on the other hand, is taking a more laid back approach to international coverage.

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YouTube TV adds a bunch of channels, but the cost is about to go up

YouTube TV adds a bunch of channels, but the cost is about to go up

Following a major leak earlier this week, Google has officially announced an expansion to its YouTube TV service. With this expansion comes several new major channels, including Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, and more. The expansion doesn't only cover entertainment channels, however, also adding sports content for fans, particularly those looking ahead to March Madness.

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Galaxy S9 launch may be most massive yet

Galaxy S9 launch may be most massive yet

This week we're having a peek at a series of released teasers for the Samsung Galaxy S9. These teasers show a little bit about what the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be, and how it'll stand out from the rest of the pack. The Galaxy S9 will look a whole lot like the Galaxy S8 to the common user - but once the user gets inside the phone, things get wild. Or so Samsung is appearing to suggest in these teasers, these teasers which seem to suggest that the Galaxy S9's launch will be their biggest yet.

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Google Chrome ad blocking: What you need to know

Google Chrome ad blocking: What you need to know

A day of reckoning is nearly upon us. After announcing that it was preparing an ad blocker for Chrome way back in June, Google is finally ready to send the feature live. This is a big step for Chrome users, as it will block some of the more annoying advertisements you're likely to encounter as you make your way through this wonderful internet of ours.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Luvdisc just appeared for Valentines Day

Shiny Pokemon GO Luvdisc just appeared for Valentines Day

Yes indeed, programs, there is a new shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO this week. Starting today - and going for a few days into the future - the most heart-shaped of Pokemon, Luvdisc, is available in its most shiny of forms. Incidentally this shiny form is the less lovely of the two, as it is yellowy, but it is a heart nonetheless!

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HTC President of Smartphones quits, aims for AI

HTC President of Smartphones quits, aims for AI

Smartphone company HTC's President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, Chialin Chang, has resigned from his position. This position has not yet been filled by the company as of the first publishing of this article. But what's this all mean for you, the end user? Not one whole heck of a lot in the short term.

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Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Android Chrome OS unified: what Andromeda could have been

Google is known, in fact notorious, from casting its net wide to catch as many fish. A more appropriate metaphor, however, might be throwing as many things on a wall and seeing which ones stick. It already had an Android operating system when it suddenly launched Chrome OS. Despite what many naysayers said, Chrome OS stuck. Now Google has two operating systems to worry about. Google was once rumored to be working on a unified Andromeda OS that combines these two finally into one. That effort is pretty much dead but that doesn’t mean there’s no need for it. Here’s what Andromeda could have brought to the table had it actually been born.

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Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google Chrome ad filtering crackdown: here’s how it works

Google just published a reminder that may have gone slightly unnoticed by most. Starting tomorrow, February 15, Google Chrome will remove all ads on websites that fail to meet the criteria set by the Better Ads Standard from the Coalition for Better Ads. Unless you’ve been keeping tabs on the web advertising industry, you might be shocked at this rather hardline stance. Google, however, had given website owners enough time to clean up their act and, even now, is explaining how all this ad filtering business works.

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Reply to bring Google Smart Reply to any chat app

Reply to bring Google Smart Reply to any chat app

Everything is instant these days, from instant food to instant messaging. Replying to those messages, however, may not always be so quick. Google introduced Smart Reply two years ago to take care of that, requiring just a single tap to send off a succinct but sufficient response to a question. Now an R&D team at Google wants to bring that goodness to other messaging services. The project is simply called “Reply” and, if theory becomes reality, it will work even on Facebook Messenger.

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Nokia just out-sold HTC, Sony, OnePlus, and Google

Nokia just out-sold HTC, Sony, OnePlus, and Google

In the fourth quarter of the year 2017, more Nokia phones were sold than several of the most well-known brands in the USA. In the fourth quarter of the year 2017, more Nokia-branded smartphones were sold than any of the following brands: HTC, Sony, ASUS, Coolpad, Meizu, Gionee, OnePlus, Lenovo, Alcatel, and Google. This sort of threw us for a loop when we first heard it, especially since several of these brands have been at the forefront of the smartphone market here in the USA for the past half-decade or more.

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Essential Phone Ocean Depths color released at last

Essential Phone Ocean Depths color released at last

This week the folks at Essential will finally release their device in its most unique color: Ocean Depths. This version of the Essential Phone PH-1 promises to be the one version of the phone that's far more elite than the rest - as far as color tone goes. This version of the phone was introduced with the rest back at the device's initial reveal, but remained unavailable until now.

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Google AMP for Email will probably make Gmail even more annoying

Google AMP for Email will probably make Gmail even more annoying

Your email is about to come a whole lot more interactive - or a whole lot more annoying, depending on how you look at it - with Google baking AMP into Gmail. The new project builds on AMP - or Accelerated Mobile Pages - which have been part of the search giant's push to speed up the mobile web by encouraging publishers to use pared-back, lightweight versions of their normal pages.

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