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Android Messages web interface coming soon

Android Messages web interface coming soon

Google’s messaging message is frankly all over the place. It has multiple messaging platforms and apps that overlap with one another and sometimes get replaced by yet another. Sometimes, though, they have different feature sets. Whether this latest clue serves to simplify that message or complicate it even more is up to you to decide. But at least it will be making things convenient. The latest version of the Android Messages app apparently holds clues to an upcoming “Messages for Web” which will let users send messages through web browser, just like Google Allo.

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Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

The Web can be a pretty scary place. The power and information it gives users is also available to those with less benign intentions. Browser makers have long been trying to make the Web safer, only to be foiled by user browsing habits on end and websites’ poor security practices on the other. Google, for its part, has given developers and administrators enough time to get their act together. But enough is enough and starting July this year, the Chrome web browser will mark all websites still using HTTP instead of HTTPS as “Not Secure”.

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Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google Photos adds DIY themed movies and photo books

Google has announced some new options for Google Photos users, one of which is designed specifically for Valentine's Day. Google Photos will automatically create themed movies for users at times, but now anyone can create their own themed movie whenever they want using a bunch of different themes. Among those themes is a new one called "Valentine's Day Movie."

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Pokemon GO update brings baffling Ex Raid battles

Pokemon GO update brings baffling Ex Raid battles

This week Ex Raids are changing in Pokemon GO, and not necessarily for the better. These raids are the place where users are able to battle and attain some of the most monstrous, rare, or otherwise awesome Pokemon in the game. With the new changes, the methods used in the past to make the most of this bit of the game won't work the same - at least for some users.

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Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Nest rejoins Google to help Assistant take on Alexa

Google and Nest are rejoining forces, Nest has announced, bringing the Internet of Things brand back under Google's wing. Nest explains that its team will be joining the Google Hardware team, the end goal of this reunion being one where the two work together to bring Google Assistant to Nest products in a big way. Nest, for its part, saw its hardware portfolio double last year.

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Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Why you see no choice in 2018

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: Why you see no choice in 2018

In the year 2018, most Americans only consider one of two smartphones to purchase as their next mobile device. One is the iPhone, the one and only choice for many users who've only ever owned an iPhone and don't plan on switching any time soon. The other is the Galaxy S9, part of the Galaxy S line that's held the "wow" factor in many other American minds over the past half-decade. But why is that?

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Google Yeti console and game streaming service tipped to rival PS Now

Google Yeti console and game streaming service tipped to rival PS Now

Well, this is interesting: it may be the case that Google wants to break into the games industry. Google, of course, already owns a massive gaming platform with Android, but it seems like the company might be looking to expand beyond that. If it does, it may be through a new service that's currently codenamed "Yeti."

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Motion Stills AR Stickers done with Instant Motion Tracking

Motion Stills AR Stickers done with Instant Motion Tracking

Google’s Motion Stills started out as an ironically iOS-only app that employed otherwise geeky computer vision and algorithms to produce impressive and stabilized video clips. Motion Stills finally arrived on Android last year, but hasn’t exactly gotten much love since then. That changes today, with Google rolling out a new feature that plays to the company’s new-found love for augmented reality. Yes, AR stickers have arrived on Motion Stills, and it’s actually a bit more complicated behind the scenes than you might expect from such a whimsical feature.

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LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

In the near future on the Chrome web browser on Android there'll be a feature called Blink LazyLoad. This feature stops webpages from loading until the parts of the webpage the user needs are requested. Questions remain about how this will affect users looking to read webpages offline, but for everybody else, this might well be the next big step in saving on unwanted and unnecessary mobile data use. Until you scroll down, everything below the cut will be FROZEN.

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Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two smartphone startups went under this week with public notifications released almost simultaneously. One is Turing Robotics, a company that would have made a smartphone that offered on-unit encryption in order to make security as its number one priority. The other company that's gone under is Wileyfox, a company with a slightly more complicated - and interesting - bit of history. UPDATE: Turing Robotics hasn't gone under completely - see our update below!

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Amazon Prime Exclusive phones remove lockscreen ads

Amazon Prime Exclusive phones remove lockscreen ads

This morning Amazon made a move to bring their Prime Exclusive Android phones into the future. They removed the lockscreen ads, making their devices far closer to the standard non-ad-filled Android experience available on all non-Amazon phones. The reason Amazon's done this is likely different from what you'd expect. They suggest it's in order to allow users to use more of their phone's features - I believe there's more to it than that.

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Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Vaunt smart glasses: The 5 Glasshole lessons Intel learned

Intel's Vaunt smart glasses are real, and they're arguably the most realistic vision of how wearable computing can escape the "Glasshole" reputation. Fruit of the chip-maker's efforts to develop super-low-power processors for lightweight headsets, they may look like regular fashion frames but there's a laser surprise hidden inside. Just as important as what Vaunt's smart glasses can do, though, is the ways in which Intel has tried to circumnavigate its ill-fated predecessors.

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