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Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

The Pixel Launcher for Android by Google seems to be ready to roll on more than just the Pixel and the Pixel XL. When the Google Pixel Launcher's launch became official, it was Pixel-only. While users will see the requirements for this app to only require Android 5.0, limits seemed to indicate that Pixel-branded phones were actually required.

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Pokemon GO update: secret event 2 hits Thanksgiving week

Pokemon GO update: secret event 2 hits Thanksgiving week

The Pokemon GO Halloween event is over and the second event is well into planning stages for Thanksgiving week. Some effects of the Halloween event in Pokemon GO have stuck around for a bit longer than expected, but they'll be gone soon. Expect your lower requirements for walking distance with your Buddy Pokemon to go back to normal today. Also expect the spawn rates for spooky Pokemon like Haunter, Ghastly, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, and Meowth to go down, too.

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Google turns you into a wizard in Fantastic Beasts tie-in

Google turns you into a wizard in Fantastic Beasts tie-in

Ever fancied being a wizard? Almost everyone has, at one point in their in their life or another. While we are still far away from technology that will let us fully live out those fantasies, we can use a bit of imagination to make dreams happen. Partnering with Warner Bros. to promote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Google is turning a few of its services, like OK Google and Street View, into portals into the magical world of Harry Potter.

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5 reasons to get excited about Lenovo’s Google Tango Phone

5 reasons to get excited about Lenovo’s Google Tango Phone

The Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first consumer aimed Google Tango phone released to the public for sale. We've been digging our fingernails into our kneecaps in anticipation. We've been waiting for a consumer device with Tango since Tango was first made public. Now, with a variety of examples in awesome augmented experiences, we're going to show you why.

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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

Google Daydream View worldwide release detailed

This morning Google revealed the pricing and release date of their first non-cardboard VR headset, Daydream View. This accessory works with any Daydream-ready smartphone - first Google Pixel and Pixel XL. It'll be available starting on the 10th of November, 2016, both online and at several retailers around the world.

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Lenovo’s Google Tango phone released for sale with one tiny caveat

Lenovo’s Google Tango phone released for sale with one tiny caveat

The first smartphone with Google Tango hardware and software is now available from Lenovo. This release is long awaited, the phone having appeared in February of 2016. Back then, in Barcelona, the company only had images of the smartphone available to see. Now in November of 2016 Lenovo has the device ready for shipment.

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How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

How to get Google Pixel fingerprint swipe gestures on Nexus 6P

Fingerprint Cards has confirmed that the Nexus 6P and 5X have the same sensor as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. As such, developers hypothesize that the same implementation of code could be possible. A similar set of firmware codes would need to appear on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL for this to happen. For this to happen, Google would need to dedicate time to making it happen.

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Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Chrome 53 on Windows promised to be 15% faster

Web browsers have become more and more critical to modern computing that for many users, they have practically become the operating system, an idea that Google turned into practice with Chrome OS. As such, there is always a need to make web browsers more and more optimized, in performance as well as power usage. As one of the major web browser makers, Google is always looking for ways to improve its performance, which has borne fruit in the latest version 53 and 54 of Chrome for Windows.

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Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

Google Play Store hardened: here’s how to protect yourself

In an ideal world, users will only install software from, usually a single, blessed source, like a repository or app store, containing only trustworthy and quality software. But we don’t live in an ideal world and even with app stores like Google Play or iTunes, some questionable apps still manage to get through the cracks. In an attempt to protect the integrity and image of its Play Store, Google has announced new security measures to weed out fraudulent or downright malicious apps. But users also have a role to play in protecting themselves from such “soft” attacks.

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Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Halloween Doodle pits wizard cat against ghosts

Google Doodles started out as artistic ways to celebrate certain occasions and birthdays. But as web technologies advanced, some doodles turned into interactive content, a.k.a. games. This Halloween, Google deigned to inject some cuteness into the usually scary but sometimes fun celebration, by making a game that tasked a wizard cat into vanquishing ghastly foes. All by waving its wand, which means swiping with your mouse or, better yet, with your fingers on a screen.

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Nova Launcher update gifts Nougat to old Androids

Nova Launcher update gifts Nougat to old Androids

Nova Launcher has been update for Android devices to include several features from Android 7.1 Nougat. This newest version of the launcher changes the way an Android device looks and works without root. That means users will be able to get some of the newest features from Google's Android update even on older devices, and with ease.

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