Here’s where to sign up to get Fortnite for Android
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Here’s where to sign up to get Fortnite for Android

Fortnite’s journey to Android has been a complicated one. A few months back, Epic Games promised to bring the wildly popular survival sandbox title to the mobile OS,…

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Google isn’t sure how to spell ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’
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Google isn’t sure how to spell ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’

The launch of Fortnite Battle Royale has left Google in a slight predicament. While Google is in no way hard up for cash, Fortnite Battle Royale for Android…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store
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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most…

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Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams
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Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: it’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank…

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Apple defends decision not to remove InfoWars’ app
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Apple defends decision not to remove InfoWars’ app

Apple has commented on its decision to continue to allow conspiracy theorist profiteer InfoWars to live stream video podcasts via an app in its App Store, despite removing…

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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS
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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR…

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Gmail for iOS and Android now lets you turn off conversation view
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Gmail for iOS and Android now lets you turn off conversation view

When Gmail launched with its threaded conversation view feature as the default and only option, some people sure didn’t like it and Google quickly allowed users to turn it off.…

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Say hello to Android 9 Pie
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Say hello to Android 9 Pie

The nickname for Android 9 is “Pie.” It’s not the most inspired of Android names, but it’ll do. What really matters at the end of the day are…

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Say hello to Android 9 Pie
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Say hello to Android 9 Pie

The nickname for Android 9 is “Pie.” It’s not the most inspired of Android names, but it’ll do. What really matters at the end of the day are…

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Say hello to Android 9 Pie
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Say hello to Android 9 Pie

The nickname for Android 9 is “Pie.” It’s not the most inspired of Android names, but it’ll do. What really matters at the end of the day are…

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Say hello to Android 9 Pie
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Say hello to Android 9 Pie

The nickname for Android 9 is “Pie.” It’s not the most inspired of Android names, but it’ll do. What really matters at the end of the day are…

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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers
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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers

Google has acquired GraphicsFuzz, a company that builds a framework for testing the security and reliability of Android graphics drivers. The news, which was first spotted by XDA…

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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers
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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers

Google has acquired GraphicsFuzz, a company that builds a framework for testing the security and reliability of Android graphics drivers. The news, which was first spotted by XDA…

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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers
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Google acquires GraphicsFuzz, a service that tests Android graphics drivers

Google has acquired GraphicsFuzz, a company that builds a framework for testing the security and reliability of Android graphics drivers. The news, which was first spotted by XDA…

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MOV.AI raises $3M in seed funding to create an ‘Android for Robotics’
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MOV.AI raises $3M in seed funding to create an ‘Android for Robotics’

We all know what Android for smartphones is. A free, (almost) open source operating system for smartphones. But right now there is no equivalent of the “Android for…

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Chinese tech stocks tumble from more than just trade tensions
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Chinese tech stocks tumble from more than just trade tensions

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. Reports of trade tensions between China and the US in the past…

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Google Maps’ location sharing will now share your phone’s battery status, too
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Google Maps’ location sharing will now share your phone’s battery status, too

Early in 2017, Google added a feature to Google Maps that lets you opt to share your location in (near) real time with your close friends and family.…

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MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund
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MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund

B2B e-commerce company Sokowatch closed a $2 million seed investment led by 4DX Ventures. Others to join the round were Village Global, Lynett Capital, Golden Palm Investments, and Outlierz  Ventures. The Kenya…

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There’s more: Google is also said to be developing a censored news app for China
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There’s more: Google is also said to be developing a censored news app for China

Can Google’s week get any worse? Less than a day after the revelation that it is planning a censored search engine for China, so comes another: the U.S. firm…

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Google is reportedly planning a censorship-friendly search service for China
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Google is reportedly planning a censorship-friendly search service for China

Google’s search service could be poised to make a dramatic return to China next year, according to an explosive report from The Intercept. Google yanked its search service…

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Samsung thinks the Galaxy Tab S4 can replace your laptop
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Samsung thinks the Galaxy Tab S4 can replace your laptop

The convertible tablet space is a tricky one. After several years, no one’s managed to precisely nail it — no device will ever manage to straddle the line…

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Google’s Clock app can now wake you up with music from Spotify
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Google’s Clock app can now wake you up with music from Spotify

You probably never think about the Google Clock app on your Android phone. And unless you are one of those happy early risers, it’s not exactly an app…

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MyEtherWallet’s secure login app is now available in beta for iOS
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MyEtherWallet’s secure login app is now available in beta for iOS

Popular crypto wallet service MyEtherWallet has just launched a limited beta version of its first companion mobile app, which we wrote about earlier this week. If you’re a…

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Sokowatch closes $2 million seed round to modernize Africa’s B2B retail
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Sokowatch closes $2 million seed round to modernize Africa’s B2B retail

Kenya based Sokowatch aims to shake up the supply chain market for Africa’s informal retailers. The B2B e-commerce company closed a $2 million seed investment led by 4DX Ventures. Others to…

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Google Drive will hit a billion users this week
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Google Drive will hit a billion users this week

Google loves to talk about how it has seven products with more than a billion users. Those are its flagship search service, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, YouTube, Android…

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Google Drive will hit a billion users this week
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Google Drive will hit a billion users this week

Google loves to talk about how it has seven products with more than a billion users. Those are its flagship search service, Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, YouTube, Android…

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Computer vision researchers build an AI benchmark app for Android phones
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Computer vision researchers build an AI benchmark app for Android phones

A group of computer vision researchers from ETH Zurich want to do their bit to enhance AI development on smartphones. To wit: They’ve created a benchmark system for…

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Xiaomi goes after global markets with two new Android One phones
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Xiaomi goes after global markets with two new Android One phones

Xiaomi gave Google’s well-intentioned but somewhat-stalled Android One project a major boost last year when it unveiled its first device under the program, Mi A1. That’s now joined…

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Miles gives you reward miles for almost everything
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Miles gives you reward miles for almost everything

Reward miles are nice if you fly a lot but what if you bike or take Lyfts or just like to wander around town? A new app called…

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One day, Google’s Fuchsia OS may become a real thing
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One day, Google’s Fuchsia OS may become a real thing

Every few months, Google’s Project Fuchsia makes the rounds in the tech press. And for good reason, given that this is Google’s first attempt at developing a new open-source kernel…

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Trump just noticed Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Google
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Trump just noticed Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Google

In other news bears shit in the woods. In today’s second day Trump news: President ‘The Donald’ has seized, belatedly, on the European Commission’s announcement yesterday that it had…

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Google confirms it will appeal $5 billion EU antitrust fine
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Google confirms it will appeal $5 billion EU antitrust fine

Google has confirmed the expected, that it will indeed appeal the record $5 billion fine that it was handed today by European antitrust regulators for abusing the dominance of its…

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Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off
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Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off

At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent…

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EU’s Google Android antitrust decision incoming…
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EU’s Google Android antitrust decision incoming…

A decision in a long running EU antitrust probe of Google’s Android OS is due to land shortly. European Commission officials are trailing a press conference with competition…

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Kik launches beta product after $100 million ICO
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Kik launches beta product after $100 million ICO

Kik made waves last year after a successful $100 million ICO. Now the company has released its first beta product related to its Kin token. Called Kinit, it’s…

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Google gets slapped with $5BN EU fine for Android antitrust abuse
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Google gets slapped with $5BN EU fine for Android antitrust abuse

Google has been fined a record breaking €4.34 billion (~$5BN) by European antitrust regulators for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager…

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Opera adds a crypto wallet to its mobile browser
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Opera adds a crypto wallet to its mobile browser

The Opera Android browser will soon be able to hold your cryptocurrencies. The system, now in beta, lets you store crypto and ERC20 tokens in your browser, send…

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ANGLR raises $3.3 million to create a Fitbit for fishing
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ANGLR raises $3.3 million to create a Fitbit for fishing

ANGLR, a tracking system for fisherpersons, has raised a $3.3 million Series A to add AR and wearables to their already impressive package of fishing trip management and…

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InVision mobile app updates include studio features and desktop to mobile mirroring
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InVision mobile app updates include studio features and desktop to mobile mirroring

InVision, the software a service challenger to Adobe’s design dominance, has just released a new version of its mobile app for iOS and is beta-testing new features for…

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With Lockbox and Notes, Mozilla launches its first set of mobile Test Pilot experiments
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With Lockbox and Notes, Mozilla launches its first set of mobile Test Pilot experiments

Mozilla’s Test Pilot program for Firefox has long been the organization’s way to trial some of its more experimental ideas for new browser features. Now it’s expanding this…

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Google releases Beta 3 of Android P
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Google releases Beta 3 of Android P

It still doesn’t have an official name (Popsicle? Peppermint? Your guess is as good as ours), but Google’s just dropped what it says is a near final version…

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HTC is gone
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HTC is gone

Gather around, campers, and hear a tale as old as time. Remember the HTC Dream? The Evo 4G? The Google Nexus One? What about the Touch Diamond? All…

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Spotify is testing a data-friendly ‘Lite’ app for Android
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Spotify is testing a data-friendly ‘Lite’ app for Android

Spotify is the latest tech company to join the ‘Lite’ app party after a data-friendly version of its music streaming app surfaced for Android devices. ‘Spotify Lite’ —…

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India’s Times Internet buys popular video app MX Player for $140M to get into streaming
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India’s Times Internet buys popular video app MX Player for $140M to get into streaming

Times Internet, the digital arm of Indian media firm Times Group, is getting into the digital content space, but not in the way you might think. The company’s…

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The Sonos Beam is the soundbar evolved
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The Sonos Beam is the soundbar evolved

Sonos has always gone its own way. The speaker manufacturer dedicated itself to network-connected speakers before there were home networks and they sold a tablet-like remote control before…

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Anker Mars II projector promises solid summer fun
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Anker Mars II projector promises solid summer fun

Anker, a popular if battery and cable company, recently announced the Mars II projector under its Nebula brand. The company, which primarily sells via Amazon, is expanding out…

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PUBG juggernaut hits 400 million users, and for a limited time, players can get the PC version for $19.99
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PUBG juggernaut hits 400 million users, and for a limited time, players can get the PC version for $19.99

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, the progenitor and once-reigning champion of last-player-standing battle royale gaming that’s swept the video game world by storm, has hit over 400 million players globally…

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Google rolls out Messages on the web for Android users
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Google rolls out Messages on the web for Android users

Messages, Google’s more recent focus for its scattered messaging efforts following its decision to “pause” work on Allo, is now available for web users. The company announced that…

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LIV is Kickstarting a beefy and bold chronograph for race lovers
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LIV is Kickstarting a beefy and bold chronograph for race lovers

LIV Watches is a crowdfunding darling with a number of Kickstarted watches under its belt. Now it’s offering a unique set of watches to backers, including the Liv…

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Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis
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Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis

A month after releasing the first beta version of Android P at I/O (and right in the middle of Apple’s own developers conference), Google has just released Beta…

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Apple got even tougher on ad trackers at WWDC
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Apple got even tougher on ad trackers at WWDC

Apple unveiled a handful of pro-privacy enhancements for its Safari web browser at its annual developer event yesterday, building on an ad tracker blocker it announced at WWDC…

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The Microsoft Launcher for Android now lets you track your kids’ whereabouts
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The Microsoft Launcher for Android now lets you track your kids’ whereabouts

Microsoft is launching an update to its Android launcher today that gives parents the ability to track their kids’ location. This is one out of a number of…

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Google is quietly formulating a new strategy for China
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Google is quietly formulating a new strategy for China

Google is slowing piecing together a strategy for China to ensure that it doesn’t miss out on the growth of technology in the world’s largest country. It’s been months…

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Google brings its ARCore technology to China in partnership with Xiaomi
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Google brings its ARCore technology to China in partnership with Xiaomi

Google is ramping up its efforts to return to China. Earlier this year, the search giant detailed plans to bring its ARCore technology — which enables augmented reality…

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent’
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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent’

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time…

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”
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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time…

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Some low-cost Android phones shipped with malware built in
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Some low-cost Android phones shipped with malware built in

Avast has found that many low-cost, non-Google-certifed Android phones shipped with a strain of malware built in that could send users to download apps they didn’t intend to…

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Tencent leads $50M investment in NewsDog, an app vying to be India’s Toutiao
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Tencent leads $50M investment in NewsDog, an app vying to be India’s Toutiao

The growth of China’s Bytedance, an ambitious $30 billion tech firm, and its highly addictive Toutiao news aggregator app has set off a search for services with similar…

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Fortnite is finally coming to Android this summer
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Fortnite is finally coming to Android this summer

Fortnite is finally coming to Android…in a matter of months. After dominating the iOS gaming charts since March, the wildly popular sandbox survival game will be hitting the…

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In-app purchases are coming to Facebook’s Instant Games on Android and the web
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In-app purchases are coming to Facebook’s Instant Games on Android and the web

Facebook is adding support for in-app purchases to its Instant Games platform, the company announced during a session on gaming at its F8 developer conference this afternoon. The…

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Wear OS is getting a new battery saving mode
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Wear OS is getting a new battery saving mode

Given Google’s recent rebranding mode and a few pieces of news trickling out over the past week, it seemed safe to expect some key updates for the operating…

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Google rolls out app time management controls
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Google rolls out app time management controls

Google today announced at its I/O developer conference a new suite tools for its new Android P operating system that will help users better manage their screen time,…

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Android P Beta is available today
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Android P Beta is available today

There was plenty of talk about Android P at today’s big I/O kickoff — but when can you actually download the thing? Right now, as a matter of…

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Android blatantly copies the iPhone X navigation gestures
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Android blatantly copies the iPhone X navigation gestures

Google unveiled some of the new features in the next version of Android at its developer conference. One feature looked particularly familiar. Android P will get new navigation…

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Watch Google I/O developer keynote live right here
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Watch Google I/O developer keynote live right here

Google I/O is nowhere near done. While the mainstream keynote just ended, the company is about to unveil the next big things when it comes to APIs, SDKs,…

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Android gets a Jetpack
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Android gets a Jetpack

At its I/O developer conference, Google today announced Jetpack, a major update to how developers write applications for Android . Jetpack represents the next generation of the Android Support…

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Google’s Android development studio gets a new update with visual navigation editing
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Google’s Android development studio gets a new update with visual navigation editing

Android’s development studio is getting a new update as Google rolls out Android Studio 3.2 Canary, adding new tools for visual navigation editing and Jetpack. The new release…

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Google’s Android development studio gets a new update with visual navigation editing
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Google’s Android development studio gets a new update with visual navigation editing

Android’s development studio is getting a new update as Google rolls out Android Studio 3.2 Canary, adding new tools for visual navigation editing and Jetpack. The new release…

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Google’s new Android App Bundles promise to make apps radically smaller
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Google’s new Android App Bundles promise to make apps radically smaller

Google today announced Android App Bundles, a new tool for developers that will make apps radically smaller. The trick here is that developers can now say which of…

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Google’s new Android App Bundles promise to make apps radically smaller
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Google’s new Android App Bundles promise to make apps radically smaller

Google today announced Android App Bundles, a new tool for developers that will make apps radically smaller. The trick here is that developers can now say which of…

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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018
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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There…

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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018
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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There…

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Without its own phone OS, Microsoft now focuses on its Android Launcher and new ‘Your Phone’ experience
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Without its own phone OS, Microsoft now focuses on its Android Launcher and new ‘Your Phone’ experience

Microsoft may have retreated from the smartphone operating system wars but that doesn’t mean it has given up on trying to get a foothold on other platforms. Today,…

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What to expect at Google I/O this week
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What to expect at Google I/O this week

Google has been rolling out news at a steady rate since last week, in what feels like a bit of a last-minute clearinghouse ahead of tomorrow. The company’s…

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The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro lets you tickle the ivories with ease
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The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro lets you tickle the ivories with ease

While the ONE Smart Keyboard Pro doesn’t have a sweet demo tune nor can it play barking dog Jingle Bells without some help, it can teach you or…

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Rapchat raises $1.6 million to help you make and share your def jams
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Rapchat raises $1.6 million to help you make and share your def jams

The first thing to understand about media-sharing app Rapchat is that co-founder Seth Miller is not a rapper and his other co-founder, Pat Gibson, is. Together they created…

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With loans of just $10, this startup has built a financial services powerhouse in emerging markets
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With loans of just $10, this startup has built a financial services powerhouse in emerging markets

Peris Kimeli and Betsy Cheruyot were students at Kenyatta University thinking about launching a business when they applied for their first loans from the mobile lending company, Tala.…

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ZTE said to be meeting with Google over US export ban
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ZTE said to be meeting with Google over US export ban

Yesterday was a rough one for ZTE. A year after pleading guilty to violating sanctions with Iran and North Korea, the U.S. Department of Commerce brought the hammer…

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Android Auto now works without wires if you have the right hardware
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Android Auto now works without wires if you have the right hardware

Android Auto — Google’s system for powering your car’s dash display from your phone, and the company’s answer to Apple’s CarPlay — is going wireless. You can leave…

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Is Android Popsicle next?
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Is Android Popsicle next?

Barring any sort of major shakeup at Google’s mobile division, there are two things we know for sure about the next Android’s name: it will start with the…

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Are hardware makers doing enough to keep Android phones secure?
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Are hardware makers doing enough to keep Android phones secure?

For all the good of Android’s open-source approach, one of the clear and consistent downsides is that the onus to issue software updates falls on the manufacturer. That…

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Our digital future will be shaped by increasingly mobile technologies coming from China
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Our digital future will be shaped by increasingly mobile technologies coming from China

Since the dawn of the internet, the titans of this industry have fought to win the “starting point” — the place that users start their online experiences. In…

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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support
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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support

I was pleasantly surprised by Motiv . Sure, my expectations were low for a fitness tracking ring, but pleasantly surprised is pleasantly surprised is still pleasantly surprised. The…

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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support
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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support

I was pleasantly surprised by Motiv . Sure, my expectations were low for a fitness tracking ring, but pleasantly surprised is pleasantly surprised is still pleasantly surprised. The…

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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support
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Motiv’s neat little fitness ring gets Android and Alexa support

I was pleasantly surprised by Motiv . Sure, my expectations were low for a fitness tracking ring, but pleasantly surprised is pleasantly surprised is still pleasantly surprised. The…

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Here are the five things I learned installing a smart mirror
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Here are the five things I learned installing a smart mirror

I recently received a review unit of the Embrace Smart Mirror. It’s essentially a 24-inch Android tablet mounted behind a roughly 40-inch mirror. It works well when third-party…

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Google Play audiobooks get Smart Resume, bookmarks and Assistant routines support
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Google Play audiobooks get Smart Resume, bookmarks and Assistant routines support

Google Play Audiobooks is getting a major update today that adds a number of new features to the service that were sorely missing when it launched earlier this…

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It was not consent, it was concealment 
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It was not consent, it was concealment 

Facebook’s response to the clutch of users who are suddenly woke — triggered to delve into their settings by the Facebook data misuse scandal and #DeleteFacebook backlash — to the fact…

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Hide 3D paintings anywhere with AR app Artopia
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Hide 3D paintings anywhere with AR app Artopia

Public places may soon be filled with secret pieces of art unlocked by looking through the lens of AR, if Artopia’s cheerily creative app catches on. It essentially…

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Review: 2018 Lincoln Navigator
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Review: 2018 Lincoln Navigator

Michigan saw a historic amount of snowfall in 2018. And it’s not done. It’s snowing as I write this and it snowed nearly every day since I took…

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Facebook denies it collects call and SMS data from phones without permission
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Facebook denies it collects call and SMS data from phones without permission

After an Ars Technica report that Facebook surreptitiously scrapes call and text message data from Android phones and has done so for years, the scandal-burdened company has responded…

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The NEEO universal remote is a modern Logitech Harmony alternative
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The NEEO universal remote is a modern Logitech Harmony alternative

The advanced universal remote market is not a very crowded market. In fact, for a while now, Logitech’s Harmony line has been pretty much the only game in…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is the way to wean yourself off of DSLRs
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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is the way to wean yourself off of DSLRs

Samsung has a new smartphone out, the Galaxy S9 (and S9+). It’s the latest flagship from one of the top smartphone makers in the world, but this year’s…

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Google Assistant on phones now lets you send and receive money
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Google Assistant on phones now lets you send and receive money

“Hey Google, send Brian $15 for breakfast today.” Starting today, you can use this command to tell the Google Assistant on your phone to send money to people…

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Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins
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Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins

It’s moved beyond tradition and into the realm of meme that Apple manages to dominate the news cycle around major industry events, all while not actually participating in…

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8bitdo’s wireless adapter adds flexibility to Xbox, PlayStation and Switch controllers
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8bitdo’s wireless adapter adds flexibility to Xbox, PlayStation and Switch controllers

Game controller compatibility is a labyrinthine nightmare most of the time: Some controllers work with some platforms some of the time, but it’s very hard to keep track…

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Insta360 One gets a massive upgrade with FlowState stabilization
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Insta360 One gets a massive upgrade with FlowState stabilization

One of the better 360-degree cameras out there just got a lot better: The Insta360 One, a standalone 4K 360 camera with a built-in iPhone or Android hardware…

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Waze Carpool expands to the entire state of Washington
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Waze Carpool expands to the entire state of Washington

Google -owned Waze is growing the footprint of its Waze Carpool product with a market expansion today to cover all of Washington state. That means Carpool is now…

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Rylo’s shoot first, frame later camera is ideal for casual adventure-seekers
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Rylo’s shoot first, frame later camera is ideal for casual adventure-seekers

Action cameras are a gadget that mostly cater to a person’s wish to see themselves in a certain way: Most people aren’t skiing off mountains or cliff diving…

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Anker’s Nebula Capsule portable projector is a pocket powerhouse
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Anker’s Nebula Capsule portable projector is a pocket powerhouse

Anker is a device maker that’s rapidly become a go-to brand for affordable, quality accessories include cables, chargers and backup batteries. More recently, it’s started to branch out…

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