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Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google has had an “interesting” history with news readers. In 2013, it shut down Google Reader, perhaps the most used RSS/feed reader platforms in recent times. But while it did have something like Google Play Newsstand for both news and magazines, it hasn’t exactly been shown as much love as its other Google Play siblings. That changes today with perhaps the biggest update Google has ever announced for the service. In addition to a redesign of Newsstand’s mobile apps, Google is also bringing Newsstand to browsers at long last.

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Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

If having a virtual personal assistant on your phone or in you computer wasn’t enough, Sony is more than happy to put one in your ear. Yes, we’re referring to the somewhat curious, somewhat odd Xperia Ear, which, after nearly 8 months since its unveiling, is finally landing in store shelves worldwide. And while Sony’s invisible assistant doesn’t exactly have a name, it promises to be just as intelligent as others, without getting in your face. Although it will, of course, always be in your ear instead.

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ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

As fantastic as technologies like augmented and mixed reality may be, experiencing them, much less creating them, requires a sizable investment, financially speaking. It is just beyond to reach of consumers as well as your garage-type indie developer. AR and VR startup Zappar, however, wants to smash that perception. With ZapBox, you can grab a kit for less than a triple-A video game to start your journey towards mixed reality fun and fame. It’s Magic Leap meets Google Cardboard. Or as Zappar itself says, making Magic Leap, magic cheap!

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OnePlus 3T release details launch

OnePlus 3T release details launch

This morning the OnePlus 3T has been detailed in full - albeit a bit early - thanks to a cached OnePlus webpage via Google. This device takes the features and abilities of the recently launched OnePlus 3 and turns up the volume just a tiny bit. This phone looks almost identical to its most recent predecessor - one could mistake one for the other quite easily.

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Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

The next Pokemon GO event will be taking place starting this weekend and running until the 23rd of November. This allows the span of the event to command the time in the week before Thanksgiving begins, then ends the day before that holiday begins. This pre-holiday event takes place in three areas in Japan - but for those of you that don't live on that side of the sea, there's also some good news.

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Vudu mobile apps now support downloading movies

Vudu mobile apps now support downloading movies

Video streaming is fine and dandy, but until that day when Internet access becomes both omnipresent and super fast, not to mention cheap, there will always be times when you’d opt for a “download once, watch anywhere” kind of deal. Vudu, one of the many video streaming services vying for your attention (and subscription money) has just stepped up its game by allowing exactly for that scenario. Now subscribers can save on money, bandwidth, and headache by downloading movies for offline viewing. Provided you own or rented your copy, of course.

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Fingerprint Gestures gives other devices a taste of Pixel

Fingerprint Gestures gives other devices a taste of Pixel

The Google Pixel is definitely no Nexus. One of the sure signs of that are the features that won’t be provided to other Android smartphones, even Nexus ones. Like the fingerprint gestures, which Google initially claimed was hardware dependent. After Google more or less admitted that it’s really only an issue of firmware, the door was opened for developers to try and bring that feature to other devices, Nexus or otherwise. And now there’s an app for that and one that’s actually available on Google Play Store.

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LeEco running out of cash after ambitious market grab

LeEco running out of cash after ambitious market grab

They say pride cometh before the fall, or something like that. That does seem to be the case for Chinese technology giant LeEco, who just last month made a very big grab for the US smartphone market. But that hasn’t been the only thing LeEco has been busy with. In a proverbial “biting off more than you can chew”, company co-founder Jia Yueting admitted in a lengthy internal memo that the company is indeed running out of money, thanks to its unrestrained and ambitious expansion.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 update evolution guide detailed

Pokemon GO Gen 2 update evolution guide detailed

The next version of Pokemon GO is coming soon, and with it a number of ways in which current Pokemon GO users can prepare. The game's update is a continuation of the game as it exists today. Many of the Pokemon that'll appear in the newest update to Generation 2 will be closely related to the Pokemon from season one. As such, it's time to start getting ready for those Pokemon with the monsters already in backpacks around the world.

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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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McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

McDonald’s will soon offer in-app food orders and payments

Over the last few years, a number of fast-food and take-out restaurants in the US have launched smartphone apps that allow customers to not only place their order ahead of time, but specify a location for pick-up and even pay in advance. This includes places like Taco Bell, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Now the biggest fast-food franchise of them all, McDonald's, is finally catching up.

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LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

With the galaxy note 7 quite literally self-destructing and throwing Samsung's holiday plans into disarray, LG finds itself with an unexpected opportunity with the v20. Today we're aiming to provide a review helpful to both former Galaxy Note users and potential users curious about the ins and outs of this high-end smartphone. The LG V20 is a power user device, now we'll see if it's a device we can live with.

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