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Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google is no stranger to controversial products. The Google Glass was criticized for being a privacy nightmare made real and Google's self-driving cars still continue to be a topic for lawmakers and regulators. As far as web services are concerned, however, it was perhaps Map Maker that garnered the most flak last year, leading to its suspension and very slow return. Well, no more, as Google finally decreed that Map Maker will be no more starting next year. Most functionality will, instead be transferred to Google Maps itself.

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Google might ban USB-C Quick Charge et. al from Android

Google might ban USB-C Quick Charge et. al from Android

As removable batteries become a thing of the past, consumers, and even manufacturers, are left with a few fixes to address battery anxiety, from larger batteries in fatter phones, to power banks, to fast charging technologies. That last one, however, might soon be a rather complicated matter on Android. In the updated Android Compatibility Definition Document, Google is discouraging the use of non-standard third-party quick charging technologies for USB Type-C devices, even suggesting that, in the future, those might be completely banned from the platform.

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Who will win, Trump or Clinton? Digital Election Results Live

Who will win, Trump or Clinton? Digital Election Results Live

Welcome to the year 2016 and November 8th, the day where the United States votes for their next President. In this futuristic time, we're able to watch some results of the election as they happen. Aside from the inevitable recounts in some close-race regions, today we're running down the best ways in which you can watch the election unfold over the next day-or-so.

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Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to have started its trickle of leaks this week with details dripping in from South Korea. The first big change seems to be in the device's next-gen display. It would seem that the company is eager to distance themselves from the design and feel of the Galaxy Note 7, thereby pushing the Galaxy S8 into a different school of industrial design thought. This version of the Galaxy smartphone may be a bit more fragile than previous generations.

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In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

Google has detailed new updates coming to Gmail and Google Calendar on iOS, and if you use either of those apps, you probably won't want to miss them. Speaking about the Gmail update specifically, Google says this is the largest overhaul the iOS version has received in nearly four years. There's good reason for that claim, too, as this update brings a whopper of a feature with it: Undo Send.

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Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

The next Pokemon GO update will feature code for Generation 2, Pokemon Gold and Silver, and 101 new Pokemon. While Pokemon Gold and Silver, the Johto region, only generally have 100 extra Pokemon added to the Pokedex, this version of Pokemon GO also adds one of the monsters missing from the first build of the game. That new Pokemon is Ditto, the transforming Pokemon. This version of the game also adds one new move, specifically for Ditto: Transform.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Google and YouTube plan to keep you informed on Election Day

Election Day is tomorrow and no matter what candidate you support, odds are you want to know who will be in charge of our country for at least the next four years. To help you keep up with what's going on, Google and YouTube have outlined their plans to keep you informed on Election Day. Google is giving a pop-up at the top of the screen that you can click to find where to vote in your area.

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LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

In most company acquisitions, there’s always fears of the new owners mercilessly axing the newly acquired company’s product. That might look like the case with LeapDroid, but it’s different in two significant ways. First, it is only the developers, not LeapDroid itself that has been “acquired” by Google. And second, it is the developers themselves that have decided to ditch LeapDroid. This has the effect of practically killing an Android emulator for PCs that, just a few months ago, boasted to be the fastest in the market.

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Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

Google’s DeepMind aims to teach AI to master StarCraft II

DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence startup, already developed a bot that could beat humans at the ancient Chinese game of Go, but now it's looking to master a much more modern game. The researchers have just announced a new partnership with game developer Blizzard that will see the pair develop a platform to teach AI how to play StarCraft II, the immensely popular real-time strategy (RTS) title.

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Rogue Galaxy Note 7 units will soon see stunting battery update

Rogue Galaxy Note 7 units will soon see stunting battery update

This afternoon Samsung released an updated statement on their efforts to recall and replace all Galaxy Note 7 devices. Samsung suggested the following: "nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices have been replaced through the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program." Samsung PR added that "the majority of the participants [opted] to receive another Samsung smartphone."

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PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

One of the few developer crews still working on Pokemon GO mapping of monsters is FastPokeMap, and today they're back in business. Every few days the service has gone down for the count, but for the time being, it would seem that FPM is ready to roll. This is the latest in a long line of replacements for the first big name in Pokemon GO mapping, PokeVision - a service that was taken down by a request from Niantic, The Pokemon Company, and/or Nintendo.

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