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Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

While Google announces they've begun working with the first US mobile carrier to release RCS to replace SMS and MMS, Verizon is absent from the scene. RCS is also known as Rich Communication Service, and it's aimed at turning text messaging into a much more function-full service. At this time quite a few mobile groups have joined the call to make RCS a standard for all - but Verizon isn't amongst them.

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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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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 Daily Bonus “Streak” update detailed for release

Pokemon GO Daily Bonus “Streak” update detailed for release

A new update for Pokemon GO is on the way with "Daily Bonus" streaks for all players. This "x day streak" bonus structure will encourage trainers to get up, get out, and play as often as possible. Each bonus appears at a minimal level for the first day through the 6th day. On the 7th day, the bonus becomes large - larger than it'd been any day before.

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Microsoft Teams makes work-chat simple: 5 things you need to know

Microsoft Teams makes work-chat simple: 5 things you need to know

Today Microsoft Teams takes on the other big name in chat-based workspace software Slack. To do this, they've made their process quite simple - and today we're making it even simpler to understand. As Microsoft enters this field of play with a competitor already well-fit in with work teams globally, we aim to explain how they plan to do it. Here we'll also explain what it Microsoft Teams means for the average consumer.

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Microsoft Flow IFTTT rival is now open to all

Microsoft Flow IFTTT rival is now open to all

It seems that Microsoft is now getting into the habit (again) of creating new products that can be seen as a rivaling copy of a popular service. Skype Teams, for example, is set to kill Slack. Microsoft Flow, which has been in preview for quite some time now, is aiming its guns at IFTTT. But while IFTTT has the advantage of popularity, age, and non-exclusivity, Microsoft Flow is going to hit hard in one area where IFTTT might have trouble settling in: the enterprise.

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BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry pens deal with Ford to develop auto software

BlackBerry has penned a deal with Ford that will see it developing car software, the company has announced. This could prove a vital part of the company’s efforts to grow beyond the bounds of its failed mobile business, but the extent of BlackBerry’s automotive efforts aren’t clear at this time. Ford isn’t new to using BlackBerry-built software, though it has previously acquired it through Panasonic. With this new deal, the automaker will be getting it straight from BlackBerry.

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5 awesome new Roku features in today’s update

5 awesome new Roku features in today’s update

Roku has pushed out a couple of updates, one to its mobile apps and another to its Roku TV models...including the ones that are a couple years old. With the mobile updates comes a new feature enabling users to listen to audio via the headphone jack on their smartphone. The Roku TV update, meanwhile, makes it possible to pause live television being delivered via a digital TV antenna rather than cable or satellite.

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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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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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Amazon Fire tablets get Alexa with latest update

Amazon Fire tablets get Alexa with latest update

Amazon is rolling out Alexa voice services on Fire tablets via a new software update. The update is making its way to last year’s Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and regular Fire tablets, as well as this year’s Fire HD 8 offering. Once it makes its way to your own Fire tablet, you'll be able to use Alexa by pressing the on-screen home button. There's also support for linking your Echo and tablet together.

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You might download iMessage for Android soon

You might download iMessage for Android soon

Apple's iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and OS X machines might not stay away from Android forever. It has seemed like Apple wanted to keep the app to their own devices through the future, but that may change. Word from the rumor wire suggests that Apple is testing at least one version of iMessage for Android now.

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