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Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

Google goes after WhatsApp with Allo, a super-smart chat app

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Allo is a smart chat app that's designed to give you plenty of options when it comes to chatting to your friends. Google introduced the new app at Google I/O 2016. Rather than just giving you a straight down the line messaging app, Allo has been designed... >>

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

Google Assistant wants to be your conversational digital buddy, across all your Google devices

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Google has today announced Google Assistant, introduced by Google CEO Sundar Pichai during the opening keynote of Google I/O 2016.Using Google's smart searching and enhanced natural language technology, Google claims that Google Assistant is a conversational... >>

Android Pay in the UK: Here's how to get set up

Android Pay in the UK: Here's how to get set up

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Android Pay finally arrived in the UK in May 2016, following its launch in the US last year.The service allows anyone with a compatible bank and an NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat 4.4 or above to pay for items using their phone anywhere that... >>

What is Google Spaces and how does it work?

What is Google Spaces and how does it work?

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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... >>

Pret A Manger slip-up reveals Android Pay coming to UK sooner than you think

Pret A Manger slip-up reveals Android Pay coming to UK sooner than you think

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It's been known for a while that Android Pay is to launch in the UK this summer, but it seems we won't have long to wait before the service becomes available. It could be a matter of days.That's the impression given by food chain Pret A Manger.The Telegraph... >>

World's largest tech companies: 10 biggest earners

World's largest tech companies: 10 biggest earners

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In 2015, the world's largest technology companies reported revenues exceeding one trillion dollars when combined. That's a lot of money. In light of this, we've compiled a list of the top 10 largest technology companies in the world, based on their... >>

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... >>

Google is giving Project Tango a big expansion: Coming to VR headset?

Google is giving Project Tango a big expansion: Coming to VR headset?

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Google is reportedly getting ready to unveil a standalone headset, and to complement that, it might announce a major Project Tango expansion.Project Tango is a technology that uses cameras and sensors in mobile devices for motion tracking and depth perception.... >>

Smart contact lenses: What's the story so far?

Smart contact lenses: What's the story so far?

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Smart contact lenses are coming. They are the part-scary, part-exciting future tech that will bring augmented reality to the fore.Imagine always having a way of overlaying images onto the real world and capture everything as you see it. Follow glowing... >>

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

YouTube could soon offer a paid service that streams cable channels

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YouTube is getting into premium online television. Like, a subscription-based service that'll let you stream cable channels.Now, Hulu has just confirmed it is doing the same thing. It basically wants to go after Dish's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation... >>

It's official: Google and Fiat Chrysler ink deal to make self-driving minivans

It's official: Google and Fiat Chrysler ink deal to make self-driving minivans

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Google wants to take its self-driving cars to the next level.Update:Google has announced it will double its self-driving car fleet with 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. The first few minivans will be on the road by the end of 2016. The... >>

HP Chromebook 13 has MacBook specs for a fraction of the price

HP Chromebook 13 has MacBook specs for a fraction of the price

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HP has unveiled an addition to its Chromebook range that offers similar spec to the recently released 2016 model of the MacBook.However, it costs almost a third of Apple's computer.The HP Chromebook 13 starts at $499 (£342) while the entry-level superslim... >>

You can now control your Android TV with this iPhone app

You can now control your Android TV with this iPhone app

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Google has quietly launched a new iPhone app for Android TV. Television manufacturers like Sony and Sharp make Android TV sets. These are TVs running the Android smart TV platform developed by Google. It was announced in 2014 and is the successor to... >>

Google’s Mode watchbands for Android Wear make it easier to swap styles

Google’s Mode watchbands for Android Wear make it easier to swap styles

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Google has launched a new line of watchbands called Mode.The idea behind Mode is pretty straightforward: Google wanted to offer different styles of watch straps that are easy to snap on or swap out whenever your little heart desires. The first collection... >>

Chinese search giant Baidu is forming a self-driving car team in Silicon Valley

Chinese search giant Baidu is forming a self-driving car team in Silicon Valley

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Baidu is giving people another reason to call it the Google of China; it's investing deeply in a Silicon Valley self-driving car team.Baidu said last December that it had 657 million monthly active users conducting mobile searches, effectively solidifying... >>

Alphabet's moonshots lost $802 million in the first quarter of 2016

Alphabet's moonshots lost $802 million in the first quarter of 2016

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Google's parent company for the first time has reported quarterly numbers for its "other bets" companies.Alphabet has posted its financial results for the Q1 2016, and the big takeaway is that Google's advert business allows Alphabet to continue investing... >>

Best Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P cases: Protect your new Google devices

Best Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P cases: Protect your new Google devices

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Google's Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P were announced after much speculation during an event in San Francisco at the end of September 2015.The Nexus 5X is a 5.2-inch smartphone with a metal frame and a exchangeable polycarbonate rear, while the Nexus 6P is... >>

When is Android 6.0 Marshmallow coming to my phone?

When is Android 6.0 Marshmallow coming to my phone?

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The current version of Google's mobile OS is Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and roll-out of the new OS is well underway across devices globally.As is tradition, it comes pre-installed on Google's latest Nexus devices - the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P - and it quickly... >>

YouTube introduces live streaming for 360-degree videos, spatial audio

YouTube introduces live streaming for 360-degree videos, spatial audio

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YouTube doesn't just want you to experience all angles of scene; it wants you to do so as the action unfolds.Google-owned YouTube first launched support for 360-degree videos in early 2015, but now, just in time for the Coachella music festival in the... >>

Google’s new Nexus Live Cases let you customise design and live wallpapers

Google’s new Nexus Live Cases let you customise design and live wallpapers

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Recall that Skrillex Live Case? Well, Google sells new ones for Nexus phones.These cases are unique in that they are customisable and interactive. You can print either a photo or a map onto the case, as well as customise the design with various filters... >>

These are the new 'human-looking' emoji in Android N's latest big update

These are the new 'human-looking' emoji in Android N's latest big update

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Google has updated the developer preview of Android N.The update, called Developer Preview 2, brought a number of cool features, including the new Vulkan 3D rendering API, which should help developers give their heavy apps a significant boost in performance.... >>

How to switch from iPhone to Android

How to switch from iPhone to Android

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You've decided to make the switch.There could be many reasons behind why a person might ditch their iPhone in favour of an Android device. But, no matter what that reason may be, anyone who has done it or plans to do it primarily cares about one thing:... >>

What is Google Fiber Phone and where can you get it?

What is Google Fiber Phone and where can you get it?

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Landlines are still a thing, apparently, but Google just introduced a service that aims to bring them up to date.Google is getting into the home phone business, with a new service called Google Fiber Phone. It's part of the company's Fiber brand that... >>

Best tech Easter eggs: Hidden secrets of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more

Best tech Easter eggs: Hidden secrets of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more

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Apps can get boring. Like anything you do on repeat, the monotony of seeing another baby on Facebook, when they all look the same, can get to you. That's where hidden Easter egg gems come in useful.An Easter egg, not to be mistaken for the chocolate kind,... >>

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

Android Pay UK launch confirmed, but Barclays isn't on the list

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Google has broken its silence on Android Pay in the UK, taking to its blog to confirm that launch in the UK is coming in the next few months.Google details that it is talking to banks and retailers to get everything into place, so it can bring the Apple... >>

Best Google Cardboard rivals: Which cheap VR headset should you buy?

Best Google Cardboard rivals: Which cheap VR headset should you buy?

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Not everyone is willing to commit to the high price tags of the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR or HTC Vive.If you consider yourself among that cautious crowd, you'll be glad to learn there are other, affordable VR headsets available. In fact, these alternatives... >>

Vizio's new TV and speaker lineup come with Google Cast and an Android tablet

Vizio's new TV and speaker lineup come with Google Cast and an Android tablet

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Vizio is known in the US for making affordable televisions, and it's just launched a new series that not only continues legacy but also packs all the latest tech inside, including built-in support for Google's Chromecast.The new 2016 P Series starts at... >>

Waze's new Planned Drives feature tells you the best time to leave for a trip

Waze's new Planned Drives feature tells you the best time to leave for a trip

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Google-owned Waze now factors in bathroom breaks when serving up travel times for road trips.Waze is a navigation app that offers turn-by-turn directions, route details, and more. It was acquired by Google three years ago. Google hasn't left Waze to whither... >>

Google is using VR to let you step inside this 16th-century Bruegel painting

Google is using VR to let you step inside this 16th-century Bruegel painting

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Google's latest virtual reality offering is perfect for those of you who are really into Flemish Renaissance art, or just free VR experiences.Google has an initiative, called the Google Cultural Institute, which has been trying for the last few years... >>

You could name Android N in Google poll: Napoleon, Nachos and Nougat options

You could name Android N in Google poll: Napoleon, Nachos and Nougat options

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The next iteration of Android 7.0 N has been released in the form of a developer build, much earlier than usual. As such a name hasn't yet been unveiled and it looks like Google wants you to decide.Using the Google Opinion Rewards app the company has... >>

Watch Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat a professional Go player - twice!

Watch Google DeepMind's AlphaGo beat a professional Go player - twice!

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Google is showing off its powerful AlphaGo program by publishing videos and live-streams to its entire Google DeepMind Challenge Match series.Google bought DeepMind Technologies - an artificial intelligence company - for $650 million in January 2014.... >>

HTC could make Google's Nexus phones for the next three years

HTC could make Google's Nexus phones for the next three years

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The Nexus smartphone for 2016 could be manufactured by HTC. That's a rumour that has been circulating for some time, but it could be the beginning of a new partnership spanning the next three years.According to sources of Chinese site MyDrivers, HTC... >>

Google begins rolling out LG Nexus 5X performance update

Google begins rolling out LG Nexus 5X performance update

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The Nexus 5X was well-received, but improvements would be appreciated.It has been criticised for poor performance in day-to-day use - especially when compared to its fancier flagship sibling, the Huawei Nexus 6P. Thankfully, the LG Nexus 5X is getting... >>

Google hires 4chan founder for his expertise in online communities

Google hires 4chan founder for his expertise in online communities

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The creator of 4chan just became a Googler.4chan is a message board where users can post anonymously, with the most recent posts appearing above the rest. Chris Poole founded the site in 2003, basing it off 2channel, another board just for anime and other... >>

Google Project Fi ditches the invite system, now open to all in US

Google Project Fi ditches the invite system, now open to all in US

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Project Fi is no longer available by invite-only.Despite Google I/O 2016 being just around the corner, Google has made an announcement about Project Fi, which we expected to get an update on during the company's annual developer conference. The project debuted... >>

What is Google Hands Free and how does it work?

What is Google Hands Free and how does it work?

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Google has a new payment app that's separate from Android Pay.Android Pay debuted in May 2015 and began rolling out in the US roughly four months later. It is now averaging 1.5 million new registrations each month. Despite the success of that initiative,... >>

Google will finally roll out Android Pay in the UK this month

Google will finally roll out Android Pay in the UK this month

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Android Pay will soon arrive in the UK.According to The Telegraph, Google will launch Android Pay in the UK by the end of March, following an initial launch in the US in September 2015. It'll work with all NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4+.... >>

Google I/O 2016: Here's how and when to get your tickets

Google I/O 2016: Here's how and when to get your tickets

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Google's big developer conference is just around the corner, and so the company has announced when and how you'll be able to attend.Google launched the Google I/O 2016 website with information about the conference, including when you can register, how... >>

Google now sells Cardboard VR viewer directly through its online store

Google now sells Cardboard VR viewer directly through its online store

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Google has a new Virtual Reality storefront in the Google Store, and one of the first viewers being shown off in the section is none other Google Cardboard.Cardboard released more than a year ago and is nothing more than a do-it-yourself cardboard kit... >>

Android N appears without an app tray, just like iOS: Fans freak out

Android N appears without an app tray, just like iOS: Fans freak out

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The next Android operating system from Google is going to be named N as version 7.0, but little else is known about it, until now.A new video, that showed off Google Maps with a movie theme, has been released in time for the Oscars this weekend. But the... >>

What is Google DeepMind and how is it tackling AI and health?

What is Google DeepMind and how is it tackling AI and health?

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Healthcare is about to get a lot smarter.The same Google company that taught a computer how to master the ancient game of Go has just created a new division completely dedicated to solving healthcare issues, and it's kicking things off in the UK with... >>

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

Coca-Cola turned Coke packs into Google Cardboard-like VR viewers

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Most of you probably already have a Google Cardboard-certified viewer in your fridge or could easily get one the next time you buy groceries.Coca-cola has just published a video to YouTube that shows how to make a virtual-reality headset from recycled... >>

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

Android at MWC: There are 87 pin badges, and here's what they look like

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Android might not have a lot to announce at Mobile World Congress, saving the big hits of Android N for Google I/O in May, but Google's mobile OS is everywhere on the show floors of Mobile World Congress 2016.As in previous years, Google is having fun... >>

Get a free Chromecast by trying out Spotify Premium

Get a free Chromecast by trying out Spotify Premium

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Spotify has just announced that it will be giving away Google Chromecast devices to users who sign up to its Spotify Premium subscription.According to the music streaming company, Spotify on Chromecast was one of the most requested features by users.... >>

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

Google is working on a VR headset that doesn’t need a phone or PC

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Okay, so you've heard Google is developing a virtual-reality headset that is more legit than Cardboard, but a new report has just indicated the company is making a second device that doesn't need a phone or PC.So, it's a standalone headset.The Wall Street... >>

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

Ultimate guide to VR: Everything you need to know about virtual reality

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Virtual reality, or VR, is far from a new technology. It has been around for decades, giving users the chance to experience and interact in a world that is separate to their real, everyday lives.This in turn has been used for a variety of reasons, from... >>

Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR
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Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR

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Google Cardboard was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and consists of two parts: a virtual reality (VR) headset, technically called a viewer, and the software ecosystem that supports it.Rather like Android Wear, it's one name applied to both the... >>

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

Google Editions at Play explained: What are 'books that can't be printed'?

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Google has a new initiative called Editions at Play - and it's basically a bookstore selling a new type of digital book that can only be read from a browser (Chrome, preferably, via a smartphone).There are two books available at launch. They're not... >>