The LG X Venture is a rugged, durable smartphone with a killer battery

The LG G6 might have IP68 water resistance and rounded corners that reduce the risk of cracking, but it’s not exactly rugged. Its all-glass enclosure begs for careful handling and at $650 for an unlocked model, you probably don’t want to bring it on your next hiking trip. In that …

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Anker’s extremely popular ergonomic mouse is 70% off today

As part of Amazon’s Gold Box Deals today, Anker is selling some of its input devices at a steep discount. Of the PC input deals, the one device that really caught our eye was Anker’s ergonomic wireless mouse for $15. On top of that, Amazon is also offering Anker’s compact Bluetooth …

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Google explains why Android apps still aren’t on Chromebooks

Every time I open my Chromebook and see that an update is available, I get a twinge of excitement. Is this the moment that my Acer Chromebook will finally get Android apps? So far, the answer has always been no, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. …

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Android device updates: Android O has an official beta, and Nougat hits several new phones

The eyes of the Android world were laser-focused on the Android O unveiling at Google I/O, but many were still waiting to get Nougat. Several phones nabbed that update this week, while those who want to get experimental with their Pixel or Nexus phone can do so with the latest …

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These 12 Android apps won the 2017 Google Play Awards

The results are in for the second annual Google Play Awards, the company’s new tradition to honor excellence in the world of Android apps. In late April, we took a look at the 60 nominees across the Play Award’s 12 categories. Now, here are the winners. Best Accessibility Experience Name: …

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Google Lens: 6 things we can’t wait to try

Google Lens looks fresh and exciting—but we’ve seen hints of this technology before. Google Goggles might not have been mentioned during the I/O keynote, but its spirit was most certainly present at I/O on Wednesday. Released seven years ago when AI and AR were still in their infancy, Goggles was …

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Twitter rolls out new privacy tools as it ditches Do Not Track and expands data sharing

Twitter is dumping its support for Do Not Track (DNT), changing how it shares user data with third parties, and holding any web browsing data it collects for a longer duration—all to better aid in ad targeting, of course. But at the same time, Twitter is giving users more control …

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Here’s how Google is preparing Android for the AI-laden future

The future of Android will be a lot smarter, thanks to new programming tools that Google unveiled on Wednesday. The company announced TensorFlow Lite, a version of its machine learning framework that’s designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices, during the keynote address at its Google I/O developer …

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Google Home gets hands-free calling and 6 other cool new features

Google Home is barely six months old, and Google is piling on new features. On Wednesday at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, the company announced upgrades focused on personalizing your interactions and making them hands-free. Presented by Rishi Chandra, Google’s Vice President for Home Products, the new features …

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