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Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

Spotify's Family Plan is much cheaper now: Here's what you need to know

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Spotify has upgraded its family plan pricing in order to match not only Apple Music but also Google Play Music. The music-streaming service now charges $14.99 a month for up to six Premium accounts per family. Apple Music's family plan similarly costs... >>

Watch Xiaomi tease first Mi Drone in new video ahead of 25 May launch

Watch Xiaomi tease first Mi Drone in new video ahead of 25 May launch

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Xiaomi quietly revealed a few days ago it was about to unveil a drone, and now the Chinese company has posted a teaser video for the product. The drone will be the company's first, and it's thought to be called Mi Drone. We know this because Xiaomi published... >>

Xiaomi is getting into drones now, will launch first 'Mi Drone' next week

Xiaomi is getting into drones now, will launch first 'Mi Drone' next week

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Xiaomi's been a busy little bee lately, but that isn't stopping the Chinese company from announcing yet another product in a whole new segment. 9to5Google noticed that Xiaomi has started teasing a launch event on its official forum. The company published... >>

Google and Levi's smart jacket to go on sale next year - watch what it can do

Google and Levi's smart jacket to go on sale next year - watch what it can do

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Google just gave us an update on its partnership with Levi's while at Google I/O 2016, confirming that a smart jacket is coming next year. At last year's developer conference, Google introduced a new technology called Project Jacquard and said it was... >>

Google will launch a Project Ara modular phone for consumers in 2017

Google will launch a Project Ara modular phone for consumers in 2017

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Google's Project Ara modular smartphone venture is alive and well. In fact, it'll get a consumer launch next year. Blaise Bertrand, the head of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, announced at Google I/O 2016 that a new developer phone will... >>

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

Android Nougat: How to get Android 7.0 on your phone right now

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Google has made a developer preview of the next version of Android, named Nougat, available for Nexus devices. Google typically announces the next Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. This year - for the first... >>

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

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Google is going after Amazon. Amazon last year announced a connected Bluetooth speaker equipped with a Siri-like personal assistant called Alexa. In our review of the device, which is called Amazon Echo, we praised Alexa as well as the speaker's ability... >>

Chromebooks will soon run Android apps: Will yours get Google Play access?

Chromebooks will soon run Android apps: Will yours get Google Play access?

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Google has announced something major at Google I/O 2016: Chrome OS will soon have access to Google Play, meaning Android apps will finally be able to run on your Chromebook. That's right. Now pick your jaw up from the floor. The company published a blog... >>

It's official: This is what Uber's first self-driving car looks like

It's official: This is what Uber's first self-driving car looks like

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Uber has confirmed it made a self-driving car, with an official photo and more. Exactly one year ago, a different photo surfaced showing what looks like an early prototype of the self-driving vehicle Uber has just confirmed. The ride-sharing company... >>

Google and IMAX are making a cinema-quality Jump VR camera

Google and IMAX are making a cinema-quality Jump VR camera

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Google wants to make a 360-degree rig that can capture virtual-reality video in a good enough quality to be acceptable at cinemas. At last year's Google I/O developer conference, Google launched the Jump ecosystem for virtual reality filmmaking as... >>

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

Get Android Nougat wallpapers on your phone right now

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The third developer preview of Android Nougat is now available, and buried inside the software are four new wallpapers. Anticipation is high for Android Nougat and in an uncharacteristic move, Google released a developer build of Android Nougat into the... >>

The Google I/O 2016 announcements that matter: Assistant, Home, Android N, Instant Apps, Allo, Duo and Daydream

The Google I/O 2016 announcements that matter: Assistant, Home, Android N, Instant Apps, Allo, Duo and Daydream

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Google's I/O 2016 annual developer conference has kicked off in San Francisco, with the opening keynote hosted by Sundar Pichai and chums, announcing a range of developments for Google and Android. Google uses I/O to unveil the next major updates to... >>

Google shows off Android Wear 2.0 update: standalone apps, handwriting keyboard, and more

Google shows off Android Wear 2.0 update: standalone apps, handwriting keyboard, and more

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Google is in Mountain View showing off its latest developments at Google I/O, and it has revealed a major update to Android Wear is on the way. Called Android Wear 2.0, the new software for Android wearables will bring a Material Design-themed overhaul,... >>

Nokia through the years: 30 best and worst phones, in pictures

Nokia through the years: 30 best and worst phones, in pictures

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Nokia announced on 18 May 2016 that it is coming back to smartphones, pairing up with Android, to bring back innovation and excitement. We thought that Nokia might have bid farewell to phones forever, but the future once again looks bright. Nokia started... >>

Android Pay UK explained: How it works and where it's supported

Android Pay UK explained: How it works and where it's supported

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While you have Apple Pay for the iPhone, Google's system is called Android Pay.  Android Pay launched on 11 September 2015 in the US and has been growing in supported banks State-side since launch. The service has now launched in the UK, as of 18 May... >>

Microsoft to recycle Xbox Gamertags: How to finally grab your dream one

Microsoft to recycle Xbox Gamertags: How to finally grab your dream one

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Microsoft has announced that it is freeing up nearly 1 million Gamertags. These are Gamertags that were claimed by someone from the original Xbox era but have long since been abandoned. They never migrated to Xbox 360 and have been inactive for a long... >>

WhatsApp for Android has started beta testing a new video-calling feature

WhatsApp for Android has started beta testing a new video-calling feature

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WhatsApp might update soon with a pretty cool feature: video calling. According to Fonearena, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is testing a video-calling feature. The latest Android beta of the popular messaging app apparently includes a new option to place a... >>

Google Spaces: What is it, how do you use it, and why should you try it?

Google Spaces: What is it, how do you use it, and why should you try it?

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Ahead of Google I/O 2016, Google has launched a new product that's meant to help people in a group share things more easily. Called Spaces, the new product is launching as both a mobile app and desktop app for all Gmail accounts. The idea is that people... >>

YouTube for iOS finally supports Google Cardboard: Here's how it all works

YouTube for iOS finally supports Google Cardboard: Here's how it all works

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YouTube is fully embracing virtual reality, as of today. YouTube has long offered 360-degree videos so that you can pan around and watch and feel like you're in the middle of the action, though it's not the same as strapping on an immersive VR headset... >>

Best iOS keyboards: The top third-party ones to try, and how to set them up

Best iOS keyboards: The top third-party ones to try, and how to set them up

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When Apple introduced iOS 8 a couple years ago, it also introduced support for third-party keyboards, meaning you get to install and use whatever type of keyboard you prefer, including glide-typing keyboards and GIF-search keyboards and emoji-only keyboards.... >>

Microsoft will soon add fingerprint scanner support to Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft will soon add fingerprint scanner support to Windows 10 Mobile

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Microsoft only sold 2.3 million Lumias last quarter, so it's cooking up ways to make Windows 10 Mobile better, such as including support for biometrics. While it sounds like Microsoft has moved plenty of Lumia devices lately, keep it mind that sales figure... >>

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

Instagram tips and tricks: How to master the app and post amazing pics

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Instagram has been around for years and it's hugely popular, but not everyone is completely familiar with the free photo app and how it can quickly transform your mediocre selfies into stunning glamour shots. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration,... >>

BMW to launch 'i Next' autonomous electric car in 2021, says CEO

BMW to launch 'i Next' autonomous electric car in 2021, says CEO

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Gimme, gimme! BMW is working on a luxury flagship based on its BMW i8 Roadster, a plug-in hybrid sports car. We know this because the company's CEO revealed the news during a shareholding meeting. Harald Krueger said BMW's upcoming autonomous car will... >>

Nvidia might have new Shield gaming tablet on the way, FCC filings reveal

Nvidia might have new Shield gaming tablet on the way, FCC filings reveal

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Nvidia is likely cooking up another tablet for gamers. The US Federal Communications Commission has published filings that show Nvidia is seeking clearance for a new tablet that's a lot like the current Nvidia Shield, meaning the company has likely developed... >>

Gboard: Here’s how to use Google’s new iPhone keyboard to search the web

Gboard: Here’s how to use Google’s new iPhone keyboard to search the web

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Have you ever been texting someone and had to exit your messaging app to conduct a web search in another app? Yeah. It's a common thing. Switching between apps can be tedious when you're trying to quickly find and relay information, such as looking up... >>