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Google PAX patent alliance to keep Android enemies at bay

Google PAX patent alliance to keep Android enemies at bay

The patent system was formed in order to foster innovation but, unsurprisingly, some enterprising people have been able to turn it into a business. To be more specific, some have the business of suing others for patents they never created or never use. Yes, these are the patent trolls that threaten even giants like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. In order to protect its often-targeted platform, Google has formed the "Android Networked Cross-License Agreement" with its hardware partners. And to give it a catchier name, Google is calling it "PAX", the Latin word for "peace".

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YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube has offered livestreaming from mobile for awhile, but only for channels that have at least 10,000 subscribers. That appeared to be changing recently, as some channels with fewer subscribers noticed they suddenly had the ability to livestream from mobile, as well. That led to speculation that YouTube was easing up on its requirements, and now the company has confirmed that speculation in a roundabout way, changing the info about mobile livestreaming on its website.

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Google WiFi’s Scheduled Pause helps manage internet time

Google WiFi’s Scheduled Pause helps manage internet time

Google WiFi is getting an update today, though this update isn't exactly a massive one. Instead, it only contains one item of note: a new feature named Scheduled Pause. Using this, you can more easily manage internet time for your family, determining when they can and can't surf the web.

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Pokemon GO update: the Easter event we’ve been waiting for

Pokemon GO update: the Easter event we’ve been waiting for

The Pokemon GO news world should not be surprised to find that this week there's chatter around the possibility of a major Easter Event. The folks at Niantic are likely ruminating over the exact set of temporary bonuses they should release during the next event - double-xp, half-distance eggs, and half-distance Pokemon Buddy Candy notwithstanding. To make certain we're making the most of the time we're about to have, we've created a set of "need to know" points for Pokemon GO players of all sorts. Whether the event coming up next ends up starting tomorrow or three weeks from now, it's important that we keep these bits and pieces in mind.

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Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Android rises above Windows to become most popular OS

Windows has been the dominant operating system for around 30 years, but its position as king of the hill has just been overthrown. Android is the new occupant of that particular throne, which should put its meteoric rise to become the most popular mobile OS into better perspective.

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Is a secret Galaxy S8 Pro edition release still being tested?

Is a secret Galaxy S8 Pro edition release still being tested?

This morning a set of images of a Samsung Galaxy S8 dual-camera setup have appeared, right alongside rumors of another final product. This new edition of the device would be launched not long after the initial Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus - if it does end up being released at all. While no finalized name seems to be attached to this smartphone as yet, I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up being sent out as a Galaxy S8 Pro - especially given the possibility of it being released near the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8, and/or iPhone Pro.

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Android 7.1.2 rolling out first to Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android 7.1.2 rolling out first to Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android Nougat might sound like old news, now that Android O has formally been teased in a developer preview. But that's not to say that the nutty treat isn't going to have one last hurrah before it goes out of season. Following the second beta that was released just a few weeks ago, Android 7.1.2 is finally rolling out in its final form, at least according to some user reports. Strangely enough, the final Android Nougat update is apparently landing first on the Pixel C and the Nexus Player, two of Google's older devices that are in dire need of some love.

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The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

Today is the day the collective internet both hates and loves the most: April Fools' Day. It's a day that's plagued by fake headlines and announcements from websites (apart from the existing 'fake news' epidemic), along with humorous and creative joke products from companies and brands. We here at SlashGear won't be participating in the former, but have rounded up some of the best of the latter.

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Android Wear 2.0 arrives on more smartwatches after brief delay

Android Wear 2.0 arrives on more smartwatches after brief delay

If you were eagerly awaiting the release of Android Wear 2.0 this week you were probably met with disappointment unless you happened to own one of three specific smartwatch models. Google revealed on Friday that it needed to delay the update rollout — yet again — due to the last-minute discovery of a bug. Fortunately the wait this time is a short one, as Android Wear 2.0 is now hitting more wearables.

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Moto G5 Plus First Look: What no other phone has (at this price)

Moto G5 Plus First Look: What no other phone has (at this price)

As a precursor to our Moto G5 Plus Review, the following is an up-close look at the features that this smartphone has that no other phone has - in this price range. As the Motorola Moto G5 Plus’ specs might suggest, this is a phone that isn’t about to compete with devices like the Galaxy S8 or LG G6. While the greatness of this device may be based on price alone, there’s a whole extra dimension that those that normally purchase much more expensive phones might not consider. The uniqueness of the Moto G5 Plus has a lot to do with design... without forgetting the fact that it'll cost users between $230 and $300 USD.

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Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

If you find yourself out and about this afternoon and decide you're in the mood for some classic video game action, Google Maps has you covered. In anticipation of April Fools Day, Google has dropped its very own version of Ms. Pac-Man into Google Maps, allowing you to play the famous arcade title using real-world maps as the playing field.

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Android Wear 2.0 update is being delayed due to a bug

Android Wear 2.0 update is being delayed due to a bug

The official launch of Android Wear 2.0, which happened last month, was supposed to have happened around December last year. Almost true to its delayed nature, the actual rollout of the update is going to be delayed yet again. Although it hasn't said until when, Google is admitting that there is going to be quite a delay because of an undisclosed but obviously critical bug found late in the testing stages of the wearable platform.

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