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Google News redesign goes live: It’s not just you

Google News redesign goes live: It’s not just you

If you're noticing that Google News looks quite a bit different today, you certainly aren't alone. Google has redesigned its news aggregation service, aiming to make it easier to navigate by giving it a new look. This redesigned user interface seems to be going live today for a lot of people, though some still aren't seeing it just yet.

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How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

How to use Snapchat Map with Custom Geofilters [NEW]

This week the folks at Snapchat have decided to make Snapchat Maps useful by allowing users to create their own custom event Geofilters. These filters will be appearing in "On-Demand Geofilters" immediately if not soon. With these filters - created by everyday users or event planners - users will be able to identify their Snaps with lovely animated balloons and images with text placed over them - just like they've never known they've always wanted!

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Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

Exclusive: SHINY Pikachu coming to Pokemon GO

This morning we've been given a tip about the release of another rare Pokemon for Pokemon GO: Shiny Pikachu. This RARE Pikachu will be similar to event-centric Pikachu of the past - this time coming within the next week.* This lines up with two events, the first being the first birthday of the game itself, Pokemon GO having come to the public on July 5th, 2016.

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Chromebook ‘Eve’ tipped with fingerprint sensor, Assistant, and high-res display

Chromebook ‘Eve’ tipped with fingerprint sensor, Assistant, and high-res display

Google is rumored to be developing a new breed of Chromebook, one that will include a model that is supposedly going by the codename 'Eve.' This model, if online tidbits of info are to be believed, will sport a bunch of welcomed features, not the least of which is a fingerprint sensor and a key dedicated solely to Google Assistant. The company creating 'Eve' is still a big mystery, but some of its other features -- including a very-high-resolution display -- aren't.

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Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Pokemon GO Raid Distance and new Promo Codes [Try these!]

Rules that applied to Pokemon Gym Battles in Pokemon GO do not necessarily apply to RAID Battles. This is what players have discovered this week in a number of instances which indicate the direction Niantic is going in with Pokemon GO in the near future. Today we've also got a set of Promo Codes for users all around the world to try - but take a peek quick, they'll be gone in a matter of minutes!

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Project Fi finally works for Google’s most loyal users

Project Fi finally works for Google’s most loyal users

Google's Project Fi always seemed like a great deal if you wanted to avoid the complexity of traditional carriers, but one group of potential users had been inexplicably left out in the cold. G Suite customers may be some of the few to actually pay Google for a service, but they were left unable to use Project Fi with their accounts. While they might be coughing up cash for the privilege of using Google services on their own domain, the virtual carrier wasn't one of them.

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Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

Facebook breaks its own record, changes incoming

This week the folks at Facebook have broken their own record for largest number of active users in a month. Per the CEO and founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, the big blue social network now has 2-billion people in it. "We're making progress connecting the world," said Zuckerberg, "and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to be on this journey with you." To celebrate this milestone, the company is initiating some changes to Facebook.

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Google Talk is dead

Google Talk is dead

It's been a long time coming, but Google Talk is now officially dead. Though Google has been in the process of phasing out Google Talk for years now, it wasn't until March that it actually gave us an end date for the long-running chat service. It may be sad to hear it, but the users who have hung on throughout the years will no longer be able to use Google Talk in any capacity from here on out.

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Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

A study published this week found that Amazon Echo with Alexa - and Alexa in general - was not nearly as ready to answer questions as Google's Google Home. The systems were tested by New York firm 360i who suggest they've used their own proprietary software to test both home assistant technologies. In their first brief on the subject, they say that their Voice Search Monitor (VSM) software shows Google Home as "six times more likely to provide an answer than Amazon Alexa."

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

As it stands, it's a little difficult to watch a YouTube video with friends if you aren't all in the same room. Uptime, an app from Google incubator Area 120, looks to solve this exact problem, but before today, there's a solid chance you'd never heard of it. What was once an app that was an invite-only affair has now opened up to the general public, giving you the chance to watch YouTube videos alongside your friends.

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