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Security News This Week: FedEx Offered Customers Five Bucks to Re-Install Flash

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As so many of them have been lately, it was a wild week in security. Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia began last July. The GOP responded minutes later by charging hard against—leaks. That really set the tone! House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes added some misplaced intrigue by suggesting Trump or his associates had been caught up in surveillance, which isn’t what it sounds like. But speaking of election hacking, Google packaged together some critical tools to help safeguard the vote digitally around the world. The company’s also made strides in Android security, although half of all Android devices didn’t get a security update in 2016, so there …

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Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss are the latest fashion brands to announce Android Wear watches

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Movado's Android Wear watch looks exactly how you'd expect a Movado smartwatch to look

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Movado’s Android Wear watch looks exactly how you’d expect a Movado smartwatch to look – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14816545″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tech:wearables:smartwatch:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-24 14:40″,”Hour of Update”:”14″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-24 14:40″,”Hour of Publish”:”14″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tech:wearables:smartwatch:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/circuitbreaker”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”14″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); …

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ProBeat: Dear Twitter, bring back TweetDeck for Android and iOS

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I have never been a fan of Twitter — I still honestly have a love-hate relationship with the service — but TweetDeck was the exception. Having the app on my phone was incredibly powerful. It’s probably the main reason that I grudgingly caved and joined the flock. The Twitter mobile apps have always been horribly unreliable, so the news this week that Twitter is looking at offering a paid version of TweetDeck has piqued my interest. To be clear, Twitter has not said that a premium TweetDeck is definitively coming. And yet TweetDeck would be the perfect comeback story for the company. Twitter acquired TweetDeck in May 2011. Then in March 2013, the company announced plans to shut down TweetDeck …

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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Mass Effect: Andromeda’s tired face, and Brian Fargo’s retirement

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Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Super Mario Run finally come out on Android, Yooka-Laylee’s developers deal with the fallout of a popular YouTuber’s racist remarks, and Red Dead Redemption is coming to PC … as a Grand Theft Auto V mod. Please check out our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event coming May 1-2 on the inspiration between science fiction, tech, and games. Use Deantak code for 20 percent off. Above: Wasteland 3 will be Brian Fargo’s last game. Image Credit: InXile

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We got our grubby hands on the RED iPhone, Android O, and Mass Effect: Andromeda

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We got our grubby hands on the RED iPhone, Android O, and Mass Effect: Andromeda – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14812821″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:podcast:the-vergecast”,”Author”:”Andrew Marino”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-24 10:21″,”Hour of Update”:”10″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-24 10:19″,”Hour of Publish”:”10″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:podcast:the-vergecast”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Andrew Marino”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”10″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new …

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New midrange Nokia devices with untainted Android are coming to the US

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New midrange Nokia devices with untainted Android are coming to the US – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14811769″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Author”:”Ashley Carman”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-24 08:51″,”Hour of Update”:”08″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-24 08:51″,”Hour of Publish”:”08″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/circuitbreaker”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Ashley Carman”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”09″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + …

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Moto G5 Plus review: a new value champion

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Moto G5 Plus review: a new value champion – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14809181″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:mobile:review:tech:android:circuitbreaker:lenovo:motorola”,”Hermano Records”:”moto-g5-plus”,”Author”:”Chris Welch”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-24 07:00″,”Hour of Update”:”07″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-24 07:00″,”Hour of Publish”:”07″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:mobile:review:tech:android:circuitbreaker:lenovo:motorola:moto-g5-plus”,”Content Type”:”review”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/reviews/cellphones”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chris Welch”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”friday”,”Hour of Day”:”07″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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Google reportedly removing Hangouts’ SMS messaging to make it a better Slack rival

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Google reportedly removing Hangouts’ SMS messaging to make it a better Slack rival – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14809127″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:tech:android”,”Author”:”Rich McCormick”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-23 22:32″,”Hour of Update”:”22″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-23 22:32″,”Hour of Publish”:”22″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:tech:android”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Rich McCormick”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”22″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() …

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Kim Kardashian launches Facebook Messenger bot to promote her mobile game

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Kim Kardashian West launched chatbots for Facebook Messenger and Kik today to connect them with her game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood available for iOS and Android smartphones. The virtual Kardashian will ask you what it should wear (Latex dress or lamé jumpsuit?), and asks you to help solve a set of riddles from Kim’s mom Kris Jenner that ends up in Las Vegas. Made by Glu Mobile, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made its debut in 2014 and generated $50 million in revenue in its first four months. The game has been downloaded more than 45 million times, according to Glu Mobile. Last year, Kim Kardashian’s siblings Kylie and Kendall got their own Glu Mobile games. In the past, Glu has stated that it wants to make $1 billion …

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Android O will make it easier to add custom ringtones and notification sounds

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Android O will make it easier to add custom ringtones and notification sounds – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14806757″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Nick Statt”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-23 18:01″,”Hour of Update”:”18″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-23 18:01″,”Hour of Publish”:”18″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nick Statt”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”18″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() …

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Samsung adds LTE connectivity to the Gear S3 Classic smartwatch

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Samsung has announced a new version of its Gear S3 Classic smartwatch, endowing the Tizen-powered timepiece with 4G LTE connectivity. The addition of LTE gives Classic the same cellular broadband capabilities as its sibling, the Gear S3 Frontier. The announcement comes just days before Samsung’s biggest launch of the year, its Unpacked event introducing the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Besides the addition of the new radio, however, not much has changed about this wearable — targeted at consumers seeking a more traditional-looking device. It bears repeating that both Gear S3 models run Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system, and not the Android Wear platform found on most smartwatches not made by Apple. That doesn’t make for lessened compatibility, though: it’s …

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review: standard issue

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Asus Chromebook Flip C302 review: standard issue – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14788907″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:review:tech:circuitbreaker:laptop-review:asus”,”Hermano Records”:”chromebook-flip-c302″,”Author”:”Dieter Bohn”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-23 14:51″,”Hour of Update”:”14″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-23 14:51″,”Hour of Publish”:”14″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:review:tech:circuitbreaker:laptop-review:asus:chromebook-flip-c302″,”Content Type”:”review”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/reviews/laptops”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Dieter Bohn”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”14″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = “umbel_api_key=lrjhazrpqbgtnrij; …

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Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it

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Enlarge Christiaan Colen reader comments 9 Share this story In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that the measure remains missing on the vast majority of Android phones and is easily defeated on the relatively small number of devices that do support it. Like all Wi-Fi-enabled devices, smartphones are constantly scanning their surroundings for available access points, and with each probe, they send a MAC—short for media access control—address associated with the handset. Throughout most of the history of Wi-Fi, the free exchange of …

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Tencent leads the top 25 public game companies with $10.2 billion in revenues

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Tencent once again led the list of the top 25 public companies by game revenue. The Chinese company’s game-related sales rose 17 percent to $10.2 billion in 2016 from $8.7 billion in 2015. The top 25 public game companies collectively grew revenues 17 percent to $70.4 billion in 2016, according to market researcher Newzoo. The consolidation in the top ranks is becoming evident as the top 10 companies made up 54 percent of the industry’s revenues. Tencent itself — which publishes titles such as Crossfire and has stakes in companies like Riot Games, Supercell, and Epic Games — claims 10 percent of the global market. If Supercell’s revenues are included (Tencent owns 84 percent of it), then Tencent has 13 …

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Wiivv launches Kickstarter campaign for custom-fit, digitally measured sandals

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Wiivv launched custom-fit in-soles for your shoes last year. And now the Vancouver company is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for custom-fit sandals. As with the in-soles, the sandals can be built for a precise fit through a smartphone app that digitally maps your feet. Wiivv takes the data from the app and creates the sandal arch pad with 3D printing technology. It sells the custom sandals for as little as $95, undercutting the price of custom orthotics created by foot doctors who charge hundreds of dollars, said Louis-Victor Jadavji, cofounder of Wiivv, in an interview with VentureBeat. The company can charge lower prices while delivering full customization by leveraging the power of smartphones, computer vision software, and 3D printing. …

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Plarium and Fox Interactive debut Rio: Match-3 Party mobile game

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Plarium and Fox Interactive are launching new mobile game, Rio: Match-3 Party, for Android and iOS devices. The title combines match-3 puzzle mechanics with the animated bird cartoon world of Rio. Plarium has more than 250 million registered users, and it hopes to add more with the release of the Rio game. Players will explore the jungles of the Amazon and the streets of Rio de Janeiro as they help Blu, Jewel, Nico, Pedro, and the rest of the Rio gang throw the parties in Brazil has ever seen. The title includes 15 hours of fully-voiced interactive character dialogue including Jesse Eisenberg returning as Blu. “Rio combines the signature AAA production values and depth of Plarium’s flagship mobile titles with …

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Mapstr now reminds you when you’re near your favorite places

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French mapping startup Mapstr is continuing its mission to help people organize all their favorite places with an update that alerts users whenever they pass one of their previously bookmarked locations. Founded in 2014 by Sébastien Caron, Mapstr has raised around $1.4 million in investment since its inception, and today’s update comes two months after the company was selected to join Facebook’s inaugural cohort of startups at its new Startup Garage incubator in Paris. Available on the web, iOS, and Android, Mapstr has built a small following of 60,000 monthly active users (MAUs) for an app that lets you bookmark any place around the world, including parks, streets, museums, and any point-of-interest. You can add places manually, through allowing the app to detect your current location, or even through …

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Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0

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Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0 – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14784439″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tech:wearables:smartwatch:fitness-trackers:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Dan Seifert”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-23 05:00″,”Hour of Update”:”05″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-23 05:00″,”Hour of Publish”:”05″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tech:wearables:smartwatch:fitness-trackers:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Dan Seifert”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”05″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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Fossil announces a slew of branded hybrid analog and Android Wear watches at Baselworld 2017

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Fossil announces a slew of branded hybrid analog and Android Wear watches at Baselworld 2017 – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14792537″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tech:wearables:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-23 05:00″,”Hour of Update”:”05″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-23 05:00″,”Hour of Publish”:”05″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tech:wearables:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/circuitbreaker”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”05″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new …

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Kalypso’s quiz companion app is a novel way to promote a strategy game

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If you know your World War II history, Kalypso Media wants to give you a way to show off your knowledge and a way to save money on its new strategy game. The publisher is about to launch Sudden Strike 4, a WWII real-time strategy game, for the PC this spring, and it’s rolling out a mobile companion quiz app to promote that game today. Sudden Strike Quiz is available to download for iOS and Android, and it will test your knowledge of the history of Second World War. During Sudden Strike Quiz matches, players face off against friends and strangers on topics related to the conflicts of that calamitous confrontation. If you are able to identify more weapons, locations, and …

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Prosecutors think they can extract data from phones seized during Inauguration Day protests

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Prosecutors think they can extract data from phones seized during Inauguration Day protests – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14794273″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:apple:google:policy:us-world:tech:cyber-security”,”Author”:”Nick Statt”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 19:50″,”Hour of Update”:”19″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 19:50″,”Hour of Publish”:”19″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:apple:google:policy:us-world:tech:cyber-security”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nick Statt”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”20″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() …

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Maybe Android tablet apps will be better this year

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Maybe Android tablet apps will be better this year – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14793397″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:apps:tldr:review:tech:android:tablet-review”,”Author”:”Dieter Bohn”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 19:42″,”Hour of Update”:”19″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 19:42″,”Hour of Publish”:”19″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:apps:tldr:review:tech:android:tablet-review”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/tldr”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Dieter Bohn”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”19″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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Show Notes: Android tablets and the definition of insanity

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Show Notes: Android tablets and the definition of insanity – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14792531″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tech:show-notes”,”Author”:”Nilay Patel”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 18:33″,”Hour of Update”:”18″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 18:26″,”Hour of Publish”:”18″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tech:show-notes”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nilay Patel”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”18″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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Super Mario Run is now available on Android

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Super Mario Run is now available on Android – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14793359″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:games:apps:tech:android:nintendo:culture”,”Author”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 17:50″,”Hour of Update”:”17″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 17:50″,”Hour of Publish”:”17″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:games:apps:tech:android:nintendo:culture”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”17″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = “umbel_api_key=lrjhazrpqbgtnrij; …

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Super Mario Run is out on Android now

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Nintendo has unleashed its first mobile Mario game on Android, and you can get it now. After months of waiting, folks who choose an Android lifestyle over Apple can finally enjoy the latest adventures of Nintendo’s squat Italian plumber. Super Mario Run is available to download now from the Google Play Store. It is a free download, and you can play the first three levels for no cost. But to unlock the full game, you’ll have to pay a one-time $10 fee. We’ve released #SuperMarioRun on Android a bit early! Download it now on Google Play: https://t.co/u4H9bycTyr pic.twitter.com/4nHnPWD9de — Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 22, 2017

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Google updates Allo with file sharing, Duo with audio calling, and Photos with low connectivity features

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At an event in Sao Paolo, Brazil today, Google announced a slew of updates to its various apps. On top of implementing location sharing in Google Maps, the company also added new features to Google Allo, Google Duo, and Google Photos. Google Allo for Android has gained the ability to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3). For users in Brazil, Allo now we’re also rolling out Smart Smiley in Portuguese. When the feature first arrived in November, it was English-only, though Google promised to add more languages. Now it’s finally delivering. Just tap the Smart Smiley button as you’re typing a message, and Allo will use machine learning to suggest relevant emojis and stickers. Google …

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Google Maps can now temporarily share your real-time location with friends

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Google Maps can now temporarily share your real-time location with friends – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14785601″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:apps:tech”,”Author”:”Chris Welch”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 10:52″,”Hour of Update”:”10″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 10:52″,”Hour of Publish”:”10″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:apps:tech”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chris Welch”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”11″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); …

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Is Android security turning a corner?

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Is Android security turning a corner? – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14784449″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:tech:android:cyber-security”,”Author”:”Russell Brandom”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-22 10:05″,”Hour of Update”:”10″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-22 10:02″,”Hour of Publish”:”10″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:tech:android:cyber-security”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Russell Brandom”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”wednesday”,”Hour of Day”:”10″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = “umbel_api_key=lrjhazrpqbgtnrij; expires=” + …

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Coffee Meets Bagel launches premium membership for $35 per month

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Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel today launched a premium membership for $34.99 per month. The option is rolling out to Android users today and to iOS users “in the next few weeks.” Coffee Meets Bagel has offered in-app purchases from the very start (coffee beans are the in-app currency to unlock various features), but in the company’s own words, “the introduction of premium membership is our first step towards a freemium subscription model,” Coffee Meets Bagel co-founder Dawoon Kang told VentureBeat. The desire to monetize a dating app isn’t exactly daring, but the service is trying to set itself apart by offering users behind-the-scenes data “so we can put an end to ghosting.” That’s a very bold claim to make, …

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Google Maps now lets you share your location

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Google today is announcing the launch of location sharing right within Google Maps. Once the feature goes live on Android and iOS, Google Maps will let you share your location only for a set period of time, like a half-hour. You can turn off location sharing for a specific person at any given time. And while you’re going somewhere you can opt to share your location — and then stop sharing it once you’ve arrived at your destination. Plus, if someone is sharing their location with you, you can make it go away. In any case, the app will always let you know when you’re sharing your location information, and your sharing will be reflected on your My Activity dashboard …

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Good News: Android’s Huge Security Problem Is Getting Less Huge

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First, the good news: Half of all Android devices have gotten fairly recent security updates, patching the hackable flaws that leave users vulnerable to digital crime and espionage. The bad news? The other half hasn’t. In an annual report on the security of the world’s 1.4 billion Android devices that Google released today, the company touts the ever-improving state of Android security. Less malware winds up in its Google Play store, devices are better encrypted, and more hackers than ever report Android bugs to Google in exchange for so-called “bug bounties.” But Google has also released solid data for the first time on Android’s most serious nagging security problem: The challenge of getting dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of carriers …

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Android O brings fun customizations that set the stage for bigger changes

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LinkedIn launches trending news section

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LinkedIn is launching trending topics, highlighting what’s most popular and relevant to your professional world. Officially called Trending Storylines, it’s an additional feed you can access showing you curated and interest-based content, pulled from your network, publishers, and human editors within LinkedIn. This is not going to replace your existing news feed, but complements it. Available on both mobile and on the web, Trending Storylines will show you what stories are developing, meaning that you can look up stories that your network is talking about or you may have missed. For me, currently my connections are talking about the Google’s Android O, so tapping on that will show me a summary of the issue, likely written by a human editor, …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: This great iPad Pro competitor is worth $600

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Samsung has introduced the latest generation of its Galaxy Tab device, evolving it to now include the bells and whistles you’d get from its Galaxy smartphone lineup. The 9.7-inch Tab S3 is focused around productivity and entertainment, being akin to the Android version of the iPad Pro. But with a price tag of nearly $600, is this flagship tablet really worth it? Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab S3 contains a better camera, improved processor, support for a detachable keyboard and S Pen stylus, and more. One way to view it is that the device is a tablet version of the Galaxy Note7, minus the exploding battery part. While the $600 price tag could catch people off guard, it’s …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 review: Android's best foe to the iPad Pro

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The Tab S3 is a direct shot from Samsung at Apple’s latest iPad Pro. On description alone, the two match up beat for beat: they have 9.7-inch, high-resolution displays (both 2048 x 1536), nearly top-of-the-line processors, 32GB of internal storage, fingerprint sensors, four speakers, measure 0.24 inches deep at their thickest, weigh just shy of one pound, sell for $599, and support both a stylus and keyboard case. That means that, like the iPad Pro, the Tab S3 is pitched as more than just a tablet. It’s good for laying in bed and watching Netflix, of course, but it’s also supposed to be great for bringing to the coffee shop, propping up on a tray table, or firing off a …

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Sony now has to compete against VAIO's new Android phone

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Samsung Pay beats Apple and Google to launch mobile payments service in India

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Samsung has launched its mobile payments service in India. The Korean electronics giant started accepting registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India earlier this month, and it opened to some users shortly after. Today marks the official launch of the service, and sees the company beat rivals Apple (Apple Pay) and Google (Android Pay) to launch a mobile payments service in what could prove a lucrative market. Samsung Pay launched in its native South Korea back in August 2015, and has since rolled out to the U.S., China, Spain, and a number of other markets across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. India represents Samsung Pay’s 14th launch market. The rollout comes as countless companies battle it out to target …

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Femtech startup Elvie raises $6 million for its kegel tracker

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Pelvic floor muscles aren’t the “sexiest” part of a woman’s intimacy, but they are crucial to her sexual health and well-being. Kegel exercises, which help maintain these muscles, aren’t new, but Elvie found a way to make them slightly more amusing by developing a kegel tracker connected wirelessly to an app. The London-based startup announced today that is has raised an additional $6 million in funding. Pelvic floor problems, such as urinary incontinence, can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are stretched, weakened, or too tight. Although women can experience this at an early age, it’s usually more common after certain life stages such as pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. “When healthy and toned, the pelvic floor is vital as it …

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Android software company Cyanogen reportedly shot down working on a Nintendo OS

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Nintendo’s latest console, the hybrid home/handheld Switch, runs a custom operating-system, but it could’ve had a lot more in common with Android, according to a key figure from that scene. Cyanogen Inc. executive chairman Kirt McMaster claimed in a now-deleted tweet that Nintendo approached his company to create an operating system for a “certain portable.” McMaster said he turned down that offer. While Cyanogen is now a major Android software company, it started as the go-to team for custom operating systems for anyone who wanted to speed up their early Android devices. CyanogenMod, which would typically take the base version of Android and power it up with custom kernels and other tweaks, ended up on a significant portion of rooted smartphones …

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Google updates News & Weather with 200 more articles to scroll through

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Google today announced that over the next few days it will be rolling out an update to its Google News & Weather app for Android and iOS that introduces a More Headlines section, giving users lots more news to explore — specifically 200 additional articles. The new area will be visible at the bottom of the home section of the app, Google News product manager Anand Paka wrote in a blog post. Once you tap on an article to check it out and then return to the main home window of the app, you’ll see articles that are related to that one, just like you would throughout the rest of Google News & Weather or Google News on the web. …

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Sony helped Google improve wireless audio quality in Android O

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Android O will work better on Chromebooks, thanks to improved keyboard support

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Android O will work better on Chromebooks, thanks to improved keyboard support – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14753023″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:apps:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Nick Statt”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-21 13:40″,”Hour of Update”:”13″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-21 13:40″,”Hour of Publish”:”13″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:apps:mobile:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Nick Statt”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”tuesday”,”Hour of Day”:”13″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + …

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Android O will give you even more control over notifications

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Android O will give you even more control over notifications – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14752871″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:tech:android”,”Author”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-21 13:15″,”Hour of Update”:”13″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-21 13:15″,”Hour of Publish”:”13″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:tech:android”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Chaim Gartenberg”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”tuesday”,”Hour of Day”:”13″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie …

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Android O will limit what apps can do in the background to save battery life

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Android O, Google’s Next OS, Is Coming to Save Your Phone’s Battery

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Apple gets all the attention, but Android remains the world’s biggest operating system. You find it everywhere, which means it absolutely must work on devices of every size, shape, and spec. Now that you can use Android apps on ChromeOS, that opens them up to gadgets with trackpads, keyboards, pens, and who knows what else. Android works in your car, on your TV, and on your face. All of which makes being an Android dev complicated, and gives Google a lot to consider as it works on upgrades. Google just released a few tidbits about the next version of Android, which arrives later this year and is known for now as Android O. (Not that I’m speculating, but Android Oreo? Android …

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Google launches Android O developer preview with background limits, notification channels, and Picture in Picture

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Google today launched the first Android O developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, the official Android Emulator, and there’s even an emulator for testing Android Wear 2.0 on Android O. In the past, Google has unveiled the next Android version and released the accompanying developer preview at its I/O developer conference. That changed last year with the release of the first Android N developer preview in March 2016, along with the Android Beta Program, which lets you get early Android builds via over-their-air updates on Nexus devices. This year, Android O is getting previewed early like …

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Google releases Android O to developers, promising better battery life and notifications

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Android O brings picture-in-picture support so you can watch YouTube while hailing a Lyft

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The Developer Preview for Android’s latest version, O, is coming today — and a neat new feature is one previously available on just Android TV: picture-in-picture support. The update will allow users to continue watching a video on a corner of the screen while simultaneously using another app. For example, you can continue watching YouTube while also watching where your Lyft driver is on a map without swapping between the two. The feature is similar Samsung’s multi-window support, but Android O will let users set their own aspect ratios, and you’ll get custom interaction buttons like play / pause to directly support video display. “Other new windowing features include a new app overlay window for apps to use instead of …

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Sony’s new Xperia L1 features a 5.5-inch HD display and Android Nougat

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Sony’s new Xperia L1 features a 5.5-inch HD display and Android Nougat – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14764051″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:mobile:tech:sony:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Author”:”Ashley Carman”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-21 11:52″,”Hour of Update”:”11″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-21 11:52″,”Hour of Publish”:”11″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:mobile:tech:sony:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/circuitbreaker”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Ashley Carman”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”tuesday”,”Hour of Day”:”12″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + …

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Google app gets ‘tappable shortcuts’ to help mobile users find things more easily

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Google is today unveiling a new search feature designed to make it easier for users to find information and give access to certain tools. Available only in the U.S. at first, the so-called “tappable shortcuts” will be rolling out to the main Google app on Android and iOS, while it’s also accessible on the mobile web through Google.com. You’ll now see a handful of links beneath the main search bar, serving access to contextual information such as sports results, entertainment, and weather. Android users can also tap a little arrow at the side to unearth a bunch more shortcuts, covering location-based tidbits such as nearby restaurants and bars, or tools such as Google Translate, games, and an internet speed test. Above: Google Shortcuts It’s basically …

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Google is adding an app launcher to its mobile app

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Google is adding an app launcher to its mobile app – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14762249″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:mobile:tech”,”Author”:”Tom Warren”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-21 09:00″,”Hour of Update”:”09″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-21 09:00″,”Hour of Publish”:”09″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:mobile:tech”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Tom Warren”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”tuesday”,”Hour of Day”:”09″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie …

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Lyft acquires and shuts down Q&A startup FinitePath

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Lyft has acquired the team behind social service FinitePath in a bid to improve its large scale infrastructure and services. The move comes as the on-demand ride sharing service has been rather aggressive in its expansion, launching in more than 100 new markets this year. The hiring of Balaji Raghavan and Vinay Kakade could be beneficial in helping Lyft remain online and adjust to increasing demand. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Consequently, FinitePath’s iOS and Android app Trail Answers is shutting down in the next two weeks. The app specialized in helping provide users with answers around local questions by using social, local, and contextual signals, It was very similar to Quora or Jelly, which Pinterest recently acquired. …

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Microsoft Bookings launches globally with new Android and iOS apps in tow

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Nine months after first introducing the service to North America, Microsoft has announced that its Bookings app is to start rolling out to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers globally. Above: Microsoft Bookings App Microsoft Bookings is a web-based Office 365 app that businesses can use to manage appointments made by their customers, and is designed to make it easier to track clients, create new appointments, assign employees to specific appointments, set up reminder emails, and more. At the time of the original launch, Microsoft said that mobile apps would follow in the future. That future is now here with apps available for iOS and Android. The apps enable users to book and check appointments, as well as contact customers and get directions to meetings, directly from their smartphone. Under …

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Instagram now lets you save livestreamed videos to your phone

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Instagram Stories received live video support in January, but it was an ephemeral experience, disappearing after 24 hours. While you could save recorded photos and videos since December, live video was an exception. But on Monday, Instagram added a feature that lets you hold onto your live broadcast and rewatch it later on. Above: Live video within Instagram Stories. Image Credit: Instagram After you’ve completed a live video, you can either leave it on Instagram Stories and watch it disappear, or if it was really engaging and worth remembering later on, tap on the “Save” button in the upper right corner. Only the video will be stored, not the comments, likes, number of viewers, or even the live interactions that …

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Google Maps is getting useful parking reminders

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ZTE’s Quartz smartwatch has tick marks and lacks NFC

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ZTE’s Quartz smartwatch has tick marks and lacks NFC – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14745641″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:tech:wearables:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Author”:”Ashley Carman”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-20 11:28″,”Hour of Update”:”11″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-20 11:28″,”Hour of Publish”:”11″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:tech:wearables:circuitbreaker:gadgets”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge/circuitbreaker”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Ashley Carman”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”monday”,”Hour of Day”:”11″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = …

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PlayFab taps IBM’s Watson AI to understand why gamers keep playing

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IBM and PlayFab are teaming up to deliver better insights about gamers based on analysis from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. Seattle-based PlayFab provides backend services for connected games on mobile devices and PCs. It provides things game developers need to run their games — like player data storage, player relationship management, tournaments, in-game commerce, and leaderboards. IBM will take that data, crunch it, and come up with insights that help developers run their games better. It’s a new way for IBM to participate in what market researcher Newzoo says is a $91 billion market. PlayFab, founded in 2014, already has more than 600 live games, with 45 million players and 2.9 billion game sessions. Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch launched …

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How Parkopedia became a parking data powerhouse

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“It didn’t take a genius to realize that if I couldn’t find any useful online information for finding parking in San Francisco, then drivers in Paris, Shanghai, and thousands of other cities around the globe were probably also struggling with the exact same problem,” explained Eugene Tsyrklevich, founder and CEO of London-based parking platform Parkopedia, in an interview with VentureBeat. It was way back in 2007, during the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, that Tsyrklevich tried to find a place to park his rental car before his arrival at the event. But after Googling for reliable parking information for the Moscone Center, he came up blank. So he left home earlier than should otherwise have been necessary and circled the block several times …

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Why Apple should make its Pencil work with the iPhone

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Apple has a choice to make. Will it make its Apple Pencil stylus compatible with devices other than its high-end iPad Pro tablets? I think it should. In 2015, when Apple first unveiled the Pencil, people wondered why the stylus wouldn’t work with non-Pro iPads, let alone iPhones. Then, in 2016, when Apple announced the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, people wondered why Apple didn’t make the phone capable of supporting the Pencil. Now Apple is said to be planning its third iPad Pro. It’s reasonable to expect Pencil support on the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. But will Apple make an oh-by-the-way announcement about expanded support for Pencil after revealing the new slab? Unlikely. If anything, Apple could finally bring …

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Microsoft’s Teams is almost an excellent Slack-killer, and it’s now live for O365

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Enlarge / Teams looks good, but is unfortunately its chat is quite bulky in a vertical direction. Microsoft reader comments 90 Share this story After being in beta since November, Microsoft Teams is now available to anyone with a suitable Office 365 subscription. Teams is a group messaging application organized around chatrooms. Slack has become the darling of media and software development types, with its modern, Web-based take on what is actually an old-fashioned mode of computerized communication. Slack is text-heavy and line-oriented, much like the IRC that it mimics. Slack arguably brought IRC into the 21st century and added such niceties as persistent message storage so that you can see what happened before you even joined a particular channel. …

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WebVR isn’t sexy, but it will change the game for VR this year

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Events have taken a dramatic turn since I published an article last September on how WebVR, the JavaScript API that allows immersive VR experiences to be played straight from your web browser, will make virtual reality massively available. Back then the only big player that was generating some appreciable degree of buzz was the pioneer itself, Mozilla, with their WebVR open source library, A-Frame. But in the past several months news began to roll out from the likes of Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and Oculus, each giant announcing advances in powering up their browsers with WebVR. “We are now capable of creating VR content that is available on the most widespread medium in existence by simply sharing a URL,” Diego Gonzalez, …

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Blackstorm Labs seizes the HTML5 instant games opportunity

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Facebook opened up a new gaming platform with Instant Games for Messenger in November. And Blackstorm Labs seized the chance to launch its own HTML5-based title called EverWing. The creators of Instant Games hope that it will bring virality back to the social mobile games business and create a chance for breakout hits on messenger platforms. Those hits can spread on social, bypassing the app stores. “We call ourselves the post-app store company,” said Ernestine Fu, cofounder of Blackstorm, in an interview with GamesBeat at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “There’s a change in how software developers are creating apps and how consumers are consuming. You don’t have to develop an iOS or Android app to just …

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Super Mario Run is coming to Android on March 23rd

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Why Samsung wants to build a ‘corporate-wide AI voice system’

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Samsung’s reach stretches across nearly every part of the home, from appliances to televisions, computers, tablets, light bulbs, and smartphones. And the company isn’t stopping there — it’s also extending itself into third-party connected devices through its SmartThings offering. And as it builds out an ecosystem for the home, the next step is to offer a way for consumers to communicate with the devices in a way that feels normal. “At a greater level, you have to think about how to make the voice technology easy to use and user-friendly so everyone embraces the technology,” remarked Won-Jin Lee, Samsung’s executive vice president for its video display business. In an interview with VentureBeat, he explained the way to accomplish this is with …

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U.S. prosecutors reportedly probing leak of CIA materials to WikiLeaks

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(Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, have expanded a long-running grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks to include the leak of Central Intelligence Agency documents to the website, a source familiar with the inquiry said. The source, who is familiar with the investigation and requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information, said the probe is focused on who leaked descriptions and technical information on techniques and tools the CIA has used to eavesdrop on intelligence targets to the website. U.S. agencies have made only vague public comments on the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, but security and law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation said in the wake of the leaks that it is focused on whether an intelligence contractor was responsible. At …

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Y Combinator-backed Xix.ai wants to predict what you’ll do next on your phone

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The other night I checked my phone and I had a Facebook Messenger notification from Emil Mikhailov, cofounder and chief executive of 1-year-old startup Xix.ai. Attached was a screenshot of his Android homescreen. In the middle was a card showing his meeting the next morning with a prominent Silicon Valley investor. Beneath it were buttons for directions to the meeting and the email thread associated with the calendar event. And still below that were eight apps that the launcher thought would be most relevant to him at that moment. “I absolutely love it!” wrote Mikhailov. “It shows me my upcoming event and associated action items.” By “it” he was referring to Xix One, the Android launcher he and his team …

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No. 199: Top chefs, wicked fast Internet and Allan Cohen is staying put

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TG it’s F: Happy Friday, everybody and enjoy the weekend. After celebrating Pi, the Ides and St. Patrick in the same week, you deserve a break. Pop quiz: Which U.S. city has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry? (Answer below. No skipping ahead.) Last chance: The Innovator of the Year awards, Tuesday, March 21, Crest Hollow Country Club, 250 smart people, 40 or so cool companies, awesome sponsors and Mike Faltischek leads a tribute to Bob Catell. Oh, and sticky buns. Mmm. Alternate face: Allan Cohen, who heads Nixon Peabody’s Long Island office, finally made the cover of the New York Law Journal. His picture, anyway. The story, unfortunately, was about NYC Nixon Peabody partner Alan Cohen leaving for Holland & Knight. …

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CVE-2014-8688 (messenger)

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NVD – Detail Mission and Overview NVD is the U.S. government repository of standards based vulnerability management data. This data enables automation of vulnerability management, security measurement, and compliance (e.g. FISMA). Resource Status NVD contains: Last updated: 3/17/2017 1:24:35 AM CVE Publication rate: 34.6 Email List NVD provides four mailing lists to the public. For information and subscription instructions please visit NVD Mailing Lists Workload Index Vulnerability Workload Index: 13.26 About Us NVD is a product of the NIST Computer Security Division and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division. It supports the U.S. government multi-agency (OSD, DHS, NSA, DISA, and NIST) Information Security Automation Program. It is the U.S. government content repository for the …

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Tokaido will soon trek from the tabletop to iOS and Android devices

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You will soon no longer need to find some friends to amble down the East Sea road. Funforge is preparing to release Tokaido, its first digital adaptation for one of its board games, on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets “within the next 10 days,” a company spokesperson said over email. The publisher has sold more than 250,000 copies of Tokaido since its debut in 2012, and it’s been nominated for a number of awards. It’s the latest board game to join others in the digital world, such as Talisman — a game that has half a million active players on mobile, PC, and PlayStation 4, according to its developer, Nomad Games. The digital version includes modes where you can play vs. …

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Montblanc's first smartwatch is a big lump of Android Wear luxury

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Google pretends its Google Home ‘Beauty and the Beast’ advertisement isn’t an ad

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Google Home users heard an advertisement today along with their daily update, however Google denies the statement was an ad. Today when people asked the smart speaker “Tell me about my day,” after rattling off weather, commute times, and calendar events, Google Assistant says “By the way, Disney’s live action beauty and the beast opens today. In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me to tell you something about Belle.” In our tests, repeated attempts to find out something about Belle result in an error message. “This isn’t an ad,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. “The beauty in the Assistant …

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Koho’s mobile banking service for millennials launches in Canada

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While many peer-to-peer payment and personal finance services are geared toward the U.S., a new one has emerged to buck that trend. Koho is launching to the general public — starting in every province in Canada except for Quebec — as a mobile hub to help manage people’s finances. The startup has secured a partnership with Visa to give it a boost out of the starting gate. A blend of Mint.com, Venmo, and Digit, Koho seeks to provide free banking services to millennials, while also giving consumers easily digestible and transparent access to their financial data so they know exactly were their money is going. Koho appears to be consolidating things so you no longer need several apps to accomplish these various …

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Transformers: Earth Wars update is all about Autobots and Decepticons becoming BFFs

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Autobot? Decepticon? We’re all Cybertronians here — can’t we all get along? The first update for Transformers: Earth Wars is now available. This mobile base-building strategy game (think Clash of Clans, but with the iconic Optimus Prime and Megatron instead of those loony warriors from Supercell’s hit) is now enabling players to choose Transformers from each side of the war between Autobots and Decepticons, essentially giving them 35 new bots to pick from. This continues the Generations Prime Wars trilogy story, which Transformers IP holder Hasbro is rolling out in toys and comics, to mobile gaming, the nearly $37 billion segment where many licensed games live nowadays. Space Ape confirmed that Earth Wars has just under 7 million installs. This free-to-play game’s …

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Android tablets aren't getting Google Assistant anytime soon

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Android tablets aren’t getting Google Assistant anytime soon – The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem(‘chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c’) === ‘yes’) { d.documentElement.className += ‘ fonts-loaded’; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = [“https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css”]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = ‘all’; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host=”https://volume.vox-cdn.com”;var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.windowLoaded=!1,Chorus.AddScript=function(o,n){var t=document.createElement(“script”);t.async=!0,t.type=”text/javascript”,t.src=o,”function”==typeof n&&(t.onload=n);var e=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];return e.parentNode.insertBefore(t,e),t},Chorus.ready=function(o){“loading”!=document.readyState?o():document.addEventListener?document.addEventListener(“DOMContentLoaded”,o):document.attachEvent(“onreadystatechange”,function(){“loading”!=document.readyState&&o()})},Chorus.OnLoad=function(o){if(Chorus.windowLoaded=!0)return void o();var n=window.onload;”function”!=typeof window.onload?window.onload=o:window.onload=function(){n(),o()}},Chorus.OnLoad(function(){Chorus.windowLoaded=!0}); dataLayer = [{“Network”:”theverge”,”Community”:”theverge”,”GA Primary ID”:”UA-26533115-1″,”GA CrossDomains”:”theverge.com”,”Content ID”:”14709541″,”Entry Groups”:”front-page:google:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Author”:”Jacob Kastrenakes”,”Last Time Updated”:”2017-03-16 11:36″,”Hour of Update”:”11″,”Publish Date”:”2017-03-16 11:36″,”Hour of Publish”:”11″,”Demand Post”:”no”,”All Chorus Categories”:”theverge:theverge:front-page:google:tech:android:circuitbreaker”,”Content Type”:”article”,”chartbeat_domain”:”theverge.com”,”chartbeat_zone”:”172968584/verge”,”chartbeat_authors”:”Jacob Kastrenakes”,”Logged in Status”:”Logged Out”,”Day of Week”:”thursday”,”Hour of Day”:”11″}]; window._umbel = window._umbel || []; (function() { var d = new Date(); d.setDate(d.getDate() + 365); document.cookie = “umbel_api_key=lrjhazrpqbgtnrij; …

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Dear Wirecutter: What’s the Best Budget Cell Phone and Plan for Limited Data Use?

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Q: I have managed to avoid a cell phone by using an iPod touch with Wi-Fi instead, but it’s time to find an actual phone for my needs. I have a landline, so I use the iPod with Google Voice and Hangouts for calls and texts over Wi-Fi when I’m away from home. I use about 1 G of data per month. Some months the total is as high as 2.5 G (although I think this was due to app updates and audiobook downloads, which I usually do over Wi-Fi). I need to have service within the US, and be able to text with my family, make calls, and look up directions and information. Data use will be for emails, …

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AliveCor raises $30 million for its credit card-sized heart monitor and app

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Gadgets are fun to use, but they rarely get FDA clearance to be marketed as medical devices. AliveCor wants to change that with a tiny EKG monitor that connects to an app. The medtech company announced today that it has raised an additional $30 million in funding to help track heart-related conditions. AliveCor’s Kardia Mobile is a sleek, credit card-like device that connects wirelessly to the Kardia app, which is available on both iOS and Android. Users vary, according to AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra. “They are either people with or at risk of a chronic heart condition, individuals who have a family history of heart disease, or those who are simply health-conscious,” he wrote in an email to VentureBeat. Users …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 tablet will cost $600, with preorders starting March 17

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Last month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab S3, the latest tablet to focus on productivity. While some specifications were already released, the price and availability hadn’t been revealed until now. The company has officially announced that the Tab S3 will be sold for a retail price of $600, with preorders beginning on March 17. The device will be sold through Samsung.com, Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers, starting March 24. The Tab S3 also supports a Pogo keyboard, which can be purchased separately for $130, starting March 24. At $600, the price could give people pause, especially as its predecessor started out at $400. The Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest in a series of tablets that goes as far …

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3 will be available on March 24th for $599.99

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Zynga adds Boggle to its With Friends lineup

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Zynga is always on the hunt for the next Words With Friends, the Scrabble-like game that has been downloaded more than 200 million times. So the company is launching a new word puzzle game called Boggle With Friends today. San Francisco-based Zynga has created a mobile game based on Hasbro’s Boggle word game, making it more social and a new member of the “With Friends” franchise. Developed in partnership with Hasbro, the free-to-play game is available today on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. “Boggle is a nostalgic, family favorite brand spanning generations and geographies, and we’re excited to introduce Boggle With Friends to word fans everywhere,” said Scott Koenigsberg, senior vice president of casual …

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Backed by Rakuten, ShopChat launches mobile keyboard app with built-in shopping features

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What do you get if you cross a mobile keyboard app with an online shopping mall? This ain’t a joke — you get ShopChat, a new “message commerce” startup that’s this week announcing its launch out of stealth and a small round of funding. Founded in 2016, San Francisco-based ShopChat offers two core products. One is a downloadable iOS app (Android coming later) that serves to replace your default keyboard app and works across all major messaging apps, including  iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, giving users a direct pipeline into shopping inventory from major retailers. It makes it easy to search for and share products with friends. The second is a white-label product that third-party apps can integrate directly into their own services via ShopChat’s …

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Get the ABC7NY/AccuWeather app for minute-by-minute forecasting today!

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NEW YORK — ABC7NY has partnered with AccuWeather to help you stay connected to the best in weather! The AccuTrack Weather Alert app is switching to the award-winning free ABC7NY/AccuWeather app featuring the new AccuWeather MinuteCast®, the leading minute-by-minute precipitation forecast, hyper-localized to your exact street address. AccuWeather offers the weather with the same Superior Accuracy™ and immersive experience across Android and iPhone. Switching is easy. Simply download the free ABC7NY/AccuWeather app today to receive up-to-the minute weather alerts for your region. Your AccuTrack Weather Alert app will shut down on April 15. ABC7NY and AccuWeather offer MinuteCast, providing the only global minute-by-minute precipitation forecast for the Tri-State area, right down to your street address. This feature is available for …

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Penny takes on Mint with a bot to manage your money

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If you have a tough time managing your personal finances, you might be interested in Penny, an app that examines behavior around your bank accounts and credit cards to alert you of any issues, such as data breaches. The company looks to rival Mint.com in terms of functionality, but is going after the average person who feels bored or stressed when dealing with their finances. Spun out of a hackathon, this Y Combinator-backed company provides a bot-like interface that will provide insights around your income and spending. You can link your credit cards, bank accounts — more than 10,000 institutions are supported, or even Venmo or PayPal into this app, which is available on iOS and Android. Afterwards, Penny will …

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Google Assistant gets The Motley Fool, BART train tracker, and more

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About 15 new Google Assistant actions are now available to chat with on the Google Home smart speaker, including credit card recommendations, the latest Trump tweets, and a stock tracker from The Motley Fool. Last week Google Assistant got actions for baby monitoring, art history, and FML, perhaps the funniest action available today. In recent weeks, Google has added over 40 actions to the Google Home app, more than any other time since the launch of the Actions on Google platform in December. Latest Trump Tweet does exactly what its name suggests and nothing else: It reads you the latest tweet by President Trump. The Motley Fool action tells you about stock prices and allows you to create a watchlist of stock …

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Google built a new app so your kids can have a Google account, too

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Fossil is updating three smartwatch models to Android Wear 2.0

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Google debuts Family Link, an Android app that lets you remotely control your kid’s device usage

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Anyone with kids will likely share their smartphones and tablets with their offspring for any number of reasons, be it to help with their homework, entertain them when you’re busy, or — yes — to keep them quiet when you’re in a place where silence is encouraged. With that in mind, Google is today debuting a new app designed to help give parents more control over their kids’ smartphone and tablet usage, letting mums and dads remotely lock it down when it’s time to do something more productive. Rather than being aimed at parents lending their own device to their kids, the new Family Link program targets kids who have their own Android device. So the Family Link app is …

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Uber revamps navigation for drivers, now includes in-app navigation on Android, night-themed maps, more

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Uber is unveiling a brand new driver app today, one with navigation at its core. Though the company’s ride-hailing app has offered drivers in-app navigation for a while, it has been restricted to iPhone users. Moving forward, those with Android devices will also be able to receive navigation and directions to a pickup without switching between apps. Above: Android Navigation: Uber Additionally, those with iPhones will notice redesigned navigation and maps, including lane guidance, route previews, real-time traffic data, and a dark-themed interface for nighttime driving. “We focused on features to help drivers feel prepared throughout their trip,” noted Uber in a blog post. Uber uses mapping data from multiple sources, including TomTom, and has bolstered its in-house navigational smarts …

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Moiety app makes long-anticipated Android debut

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BY GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a little late showing up, but that probably won’t happen anymore. In a quantum scheduling leap for the Samsung set, the Moiety app debuted Tuesday on Google Play, the online store for products designed for Android operating systems. The iOS version of Woodbury-based Aeonic Ventures LLC’s flagship scheduling app – designed to work with any social group but especially divorced or separated co-parents and their “crews” – debuted in October 2016 in the Apple Store and has performed well, according to Aeonic CEO Gregory Wagner, who said the Android rollout followed “more than 500 hours of testing” conducted over several months. “We wanted to make sure the compatibility between Android users and iPhone users was …

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Bad Karma: GoPro's first drone does not impress

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Here’s the funny thing about reviewing gadgets. A hundred journalists can spend weeks with a device, say a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or GoPro’s Karma drone, and not experience anything out of the ordinary. The drone gets flown thousands of times, the phone’s battery is charged and emptied over and over. Nothing crazy happens, and you publish your take. The device is released, and a few weeks later, all hell breaks loose. That was the way things went with my first attempt at reviewing the GoPro Karma. I had this piece written, the photography all set, and a publish date in mind. And then Karma units started falling out of the sky, and GoPro recalled the product. Now, five months …

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Smartwatch sales projected to grow 18% in 2017 as traditional watch industry suffers

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A new report predicts that the consumers will buy 18 percent more smartwatches in 2017 than they did the previous year, as total annual sales rise to $10 billion. The projection comes today from market research firm Canalysis. The report said that 28.5 million smartwatch units will be shipped this year. The result of that growth is that traditional watch makers will continue to face declines in sales. Indeed, Canalysis says that average selling price of smartwatches also continues to increase. And by the end of 2017, the value of the smartwatch market will hit about two-thirds of the traditional Swiss watch market. The company doesn’t mention Apple Watch in the report. Instead, it attributes the increased sales to Android …

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Samsung vows to release monthly security updates for unlocked US Galaxy smartphones

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Microsoft won’t bring Word Flow keyboard to Android, will add the tech to SwiftKey instead

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Microsoft has changed its mind about what to do next with the SwiftKey virtual keyboard apps for Android and iOS, which became property of Microsoft as a result of an acquisition last year. At the time, Microsoft said that in the months to come it would talk more about how it would “integrate SwiftKey technology with our Guinness World Record Word Flow technology for Windows. Some people took that to mean it would integrate SwiftKey’s technology right into Word Flow, a perfectly good virtual keyboard app that’s available on iOS and debuted as a feature for Windows Phone. But this week a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat that it’s basically the other way around — Word Flow’s bits will go to …

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Snapchat now lets everyone make Bitmoji shortcuts of their friends

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The Apple Watch is still the best designed smartwatch

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Gmail for Android now lets you send and request money

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Google today announced an update to Gmail for Android that has been a long time coming: The ability to send and request money. You can download the latest version of the app now from Google Play. Google first added the functionality to Gmail for the web in May 2013, long before Google Payments was formed to handle all your financial information. That means it took the company almost four years to bring the feature to Android, for whatever reason. To use the new feature, just tap on the attachment icon and choose whether you want to send or request money. You can receive or request money right from the email itself, without having to install a payment app. Furthermore, you …

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Samsung’s iPad Pro competitor will cost $600

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Microsoft Teams is now available, here’s what its bots can do

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The Microsoft Teams app became generally available today for iOS and Android smartphones, as well as for Windows and Mac desktop apps. Competing against enterprise chat apps like Hipchat, Slack, and the new Hangouts Chat, Teams is now available in 181 countries and 19 languages. More than 150 integrations with software and service are planned for Microsoft Teams, but at launch only about two dozen bots are available in the Teams bot gallery. Users of Microsoft Teams bots may recognize some bots already featured in the Slack App Directory. Among them are Growbot, which gives coworkers the chance to exchange kudos and mini bonuses, and Statsbot, which delivers scheduled reports and shares data from sources like Google Analytics and Salesforce. There’s also Polly for polling coworkers, and Leo, which trains …

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School closings and delays from Channel 7

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NEW YORK (WABC) — Eyewitness News has many great ways for you to find out fast when school schedules are changing due to the weather.Click here to see the very latest school closings and delays on abc7NY. Download our Eyewitness News appGet school closings and delays along with the AccuWeather forecast and Eyewitness News. Click here to get the app for your iPhone or here to download it for your Android device. On TelevisionWhen we have significant school closings and delays, you can see them during Eyewitness News newscasts throughout the day. (Copyright ©2017 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)