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Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

A set of renders of the Microsoft Andromeda tablet appeared this morning, and it looks amazing. The wallpaper the designer used got me thinking: what would it be like to have this device running iOS? And more realistically, what would it be like to have a device like this running Android?

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Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

If the Pokemon GO event Niantic considered this week goes through to a live game, it's going to be just the worst. That is, if nothing changes, and we get Delibird in an EX Raid battle - oh my goodness that'd be so silly. Delibird is the worst possible Pokemon in the game, but also the perfect Pokemon for Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, and every gift-giving event in-between. If Delibird is indeed released with gift-giving powers this year, it'll be the biggest punch in the expectations we've had yet.

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“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

There might come a day when personal assistants can be, well, personal and respond to whatever name we give it. Until that day comes, however, we’re stuck with some trigger words or phrases that may not come naturally to people who imagine controlling their devices with their voice. One such example is “OK, Google”, which sounds a bit contrived and is one syllable too many. Fortunately, Google seems to finally accept “Hey Google” as a valid trigger for Google Assistant on phones. Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s happy about it.

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Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

The year is almost over and both Google and Pixel phone owners probably want to quickly leave the year and turn over a new page. Sadly, it seems that the Pixel 2 XL’s streak is far from over just yet. While most of the earlier complaints and issues with the larger Google smartphone have mostly been ironed out by software updates, at least one more has come up thanks to those same updates, like this slow down of the Pixel 2 XL screen wake up time for those on Android 8.1.

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Google Pixelbook gets a holiday discount and a free Google Home

Google Pixelbook gets a holiday discount and a free Google Home

Some people hold off on hot new purchases until the end of the year and for good reason. Depending on where you live, that’s the time when prices, even for shiny new products, tend to shave off a few digits. And in some cases, those precious digits are all that’s needed to make something nearly perfect. That might be the case with the Chrome OS Pixelbook, which has just gotten a $100 cut. And, depending on where you buy it, it might come with a free Google Home smart speaker too.

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Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google has made a big change to its policies on news articles and websites, hoping to improve the odds in the ongoing war against "fake news." Google News will no longer show results from publications that "misrepresent or conceal their country of origin," or sites that are "directed at users in another country under false premises." This means that websites attempting to pass themselves off as American news won't be included in Google's News section or search results.

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Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Google first revealed a few months ago that the upcoming release of Chrome 64 would finally address one of the web's worst trends: autoplaying videos and their abrupt sounds. Unfortunately, the final release for Chrome 64 still isn't due until January, however the newly released beta for the browser's upcoming version is available to download now, and include the option for muting autoplay videos.

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Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now live on both the Android and iOS apps.

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Google kills Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google kills Project Tango in favor of ARCore

While augmented reality technology has quickly turned into a big thing these days, Google has been experimenting with it as far back as 2014 with its Project Tango platform. Tango never quite took off, but it wasn't a complete failure either, seeing release in several devices like Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro smartphone. As the requirements to support AR technology have change in the last few years, Google has revealed that it's ending support for Tango in favor of its new ARCore platform.

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YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

YouTube just launched a virtual reality app for Steam, making it available to HTC Vive users. That's good news, except that many of those users are reporting some pretty serious bugs, some of them so problematic that the app repeatedly crashes, making it unusable. This isn't the first iteration of YouTube designed for virtual reality headsets. Google previously launched a YouTube VR app for its Daydream VR platform.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This week the folks at Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 X 99 Avant Limited Edition. This version of the device was revealed as a limited edition of 99 units, making this one of, if not the rarest Galaxy Note in the world. This version of the device comes with its own unique icons, wallpapers, a subscription to a service with additional on-device artwork, a limited edition art print, and a case designed by artist Han-Seung-Woo.

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