Google moves Android out of the app and into the auto with Volvo, Audi partnerships

Over the past year or so, Android Auto been stuck in neutral. Even by removing the car requirement and making Android Auto a standalone app, the initiative hasn’t really picked up speed. We’re still waiting for most of our favorite apps to join the fray (including Waze, which was promised …

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Google will review web apps that want access to its users’ data

In response to recent attacks where hackers abused Google’s OAuth services to gain access to Gmail accounts, the company will review new web applications that request Google users’ data. To better enforce its policy regarding access to user data through its APIs (application programming interfaces), which states that apps should …

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Google adds Street View images to directions so you can see exactly where to turn

Street View is finally ready for its closeup. Earlier this week, Google announced a new certification program for 360-degree cameras, letting anyone shoot and upload their interactive experiences right to Maps. And now, Google is looking to use those images and videos to help get you from point A to …

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Android device updates: Android Nougat finally comes to the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge

It’s the quiet before the storm in the world of Android. Google I/O is next week, when we’re likely to hear more about Android O and other initiatives going on at the Googleplex.  In the meantime, owners of the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge and Huawei Wear both received their long-sought …

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Fender’s Tone app replaces all your guitar’s stomp boxes and pedals

The worst thing about being in a rock band is waiting for the guitarist to set up and adjust—and re-adjust, and then re-re-adjust—his interminable collection of effects boxes and pedals. But now perhaps the biggest names in guitars has an app to fix all that. The Fender Tone app for …

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Chrome makes it easier to download web pages when your connection dies

No matter how fast our phones get, they’re still only as good as the network they’re using. But now Google is taking steps to make sure you don’t lose your train of thought just because you’ve lost your connection. Last year, Chrome gained a download button that let you save …

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B&H Photo and Video is offering Sony’s Xperia X for just $250

We were not fans of the Sony Xperia X when it came out last June. The phone wasn’t terrible, but it was a mid-range device with a first-class price of $550. Today B&H Photo and Video has changed that dynamic by offering a carrier-unlocked 32GB Sony Xperia X for $250. The next best …

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Google takes a big VR leap with Owlchemy Labs acquisition

Google has only been in the serious VR game for a few months with Daydream, but that doesn’t mean it’s a small player. Many of its interactive and immersive efforts extend beyond the limitations of its phone-based headset, including Title Brush and Google Earth VR, and a new acquisition looks to …

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Qualcomm’s new chips bring handy features to low-cost Android phones

Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips. Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 630 and 660, which are massive upgrades to chips used in low-cost smartphones introduced over the last six months or so. …

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T-Mobile quietly kills ‘Free Data for Life’ giveaway for new tablets

In the age of high definition video streaming, you can’t get very far with 200MB of mobile data. That appears to be the reason T-Mobile quietly killed its Free Data for Life program on Sunday. Originally introduced in 2013, Free Data for Life gave tablet users 200MB of free data for …

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