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These 2 lists show how Google and Amazon own our daily lives

These 2 lists show how Google and Amazon own our daily lives

Today we're taking a brief, momentary, tiny peek at a couple of lists that show how Google and Amazon own our daily lives. When I say "daily lives" I don't mean Google and Amazon own our bodies and control our actions and have all of our personal information stored safely on their many hard drives - but two out of three ain't bad. I'm referring instead to the servers Google and Amazon run, the servers on which many or most of the services we use every day rely on and run.

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Naming the new iPhone, X, and Plus

Naming the new iPhone, X, and Plus

Today a series of leaks tipped off possible new naming conventions for the iPhone and iPhone X from Apple. In the past it seemed like Apple wouldn't be able to break away from the numbering construct they'd made for the iPhone. Each new iPhone had a higher number behind it, and everyone understood the line in which they were released. Now with the advent of the new form for the iPhone in the iPhone X, there's an opportunity for Apple to change.

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Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards

Google Assistant update grabs NOW’s predictive cards

Predictive cards previously used in Google Now have just this week been moved to Google Assistant in Android. This system allows for Google Assistant to be the more ready-to-go part of the Android ecosystem when it comes to appointments, travel times, and recent store orders - and stock prices too, because of course.

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Mazda to roll out smartphone control update for all new MZD Connect rides

Mazda to roll out smartphone control update for all new MZD Connect rides

Mazda has announced that an optional update is coming to all new vehicles that are fitted with the MZD Connect multimedia system. The update will allow iPhone users to take advantage of Apple CarPlay integration. That means improved support for making calls, sending messages, and listening to Apple Music.

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Apple’s next set of iOS emoji is all about hair (and lettuce)

Apple’s next set of iOS emoji is all about hair (and lettuce)

If you're an iOS user who happens to love emoji, here's the best news you'll hear all day: in celebration of World Emoji Day, Apple has announced more than 70 new emoji for iOS. They won't be here until later this year, but we're getting an early glimpse at some them today. Most of these new emoji center around different hair styles and colors, giving users a variety of new options.

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals guide isn’t a buy list

The best Amazon Prime Day deals guide isn’t a buy list

Today we're investigating the best way to work with Amazon Prime Day. As a consumer and a reader of tech blogs, you might be looking for the best deals that'll appear on Amazon Prime Day. As a writer for a tech publication, I'm in the midst of a dilemma. I'm encouraged by every PR company under the sun to help get the word out about the products that'll be on sale. But with the knowledge I have, it's clear: Creating a holiday for the biggest store on the internet doesn't make a bad product good, and no discount for a product is any better than that company wants.

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Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

With its Surface line, Microsoft has stumbled upon an almost niche market of creatives and office workers who love to blend analog input with digital media. Some of those devices, like the Surface Studio, seem squarely aimed at artists and creators while the likes of the Surface Hub cater to work collaborators. Connecting those devices together is the Whiteboard app, now available for all Windows 10 PCs and, soon, on iOS and web browsers.

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Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

Snapchat fix: Streaks saved, thank goodness

A fix is in the mix for Snapchat, an app whose servers had issues over the past 24 hours. Those users with Snapchat on either Android or iOS (assuming you're not using the app with some 3rd-party off-the-wall system), can try the following to save their Snap Streaks. The first step requires that you hold your breath, because you're about to turn off the internet!

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5TIP: 5 more uses for your phone: Pages you’ve not yet turned!

5TIP: 5 more uses for your phone: Pages you’ve not yet turned!

The second in a line of ways and means with which you'll be able to unlock the full use of your smartphone is here today. The first of these came earlier this week, on the 11th of July, when we looked over some of the basics. There we activated the hidden developers menu in Android, took note of the Gyro Sensor, started to hit that Airplane Mode toggle, recorded a bit of audio, and were reminded of one of the most under-utilized apps in the world: Google Translate.

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Everything Apple’s releasing this Fall, predicted by Kuo

Everything Apple’s releasing this Fall, predicted by Kuo

In addition to an iPhone event later this year, Apple's got a collection of other devices probably coming to an event in coming months. This afternoon an investors note was released by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities predicting all the bits and pieces Apple will probably reveal. This new set of devices includes upgrades for some devices, reboots for others, and a couple brand new devices to boot.

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5TIP: Your phone has features you’re not using (x5)

5TIP: Your phone has features you’re not using (x5)

Your phone can do things you didn't know it was capable of. With the VAST number of features and potential of the computers we all carry with us every day, I can be SURE there are features of which most readers do not take advantage. The following is one of a series of lists of features your phone has that you're not likely rolling with right this minute.

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Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

This week the folks at Instagram released a new feature for their social media platform - for you iPhone users, and Android, and everyone in-between. This new feature allows users to ask questions of their followers with a sticker. A sticker is a piece of media that's placed OVER a photo or video, and a "question" is somewhat more of a poll sort of thing, if you catch my drift. The update is out this morning.

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