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App launches live or die on download speeds (VB Live)

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Doesn’t matter how good the app is. If your load times are too slow and your file sizes are too large, you’ll start to churn users. How do you deliver lighting speed without compromising your app, and keep them coming back for more? Don’t miss this VB Live event! Register here for free. It’s a tough balancing act between delivering rich content and letting players enjoy the game without a painful loading screen. And in some countries, speed and minimalism are a must, not a nice-to-have, if you’re going to ... Read More
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Turtle Rock’s Steve Goldstein believes the console game industry lacks risk takers

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I’ve formed a lot of opinions about the game industry over the years. And I recent got the chance to spout them in a conversation with Steve Goldstein, president of Turtle Rock Studios, the maker of the Evolve video game published by Take-Two Interactive’s 2K label in February 2015. At UCLA, we gave a talk before a group of game industry lawyers from the Video Game Bar Association. We were encouraged to talk about the whole industry’s trends, and we started about by noting how conservative the console game industry has become, with huge budgets that are forcing publishers to be very careful when it comes to la... Read More
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The factions of the mobile AR war

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Mark Zuckerberg’s “We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform” was the most important step so far toward mass market AR. Where Pokémon Go gave many consumers their first taste of mobile AR, and Google Tango ushered in the race towards high end mobile AR phones, Facebook’s AR Platform now democratizes mobile AR r... Read More
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Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated AI chip

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Apple is reportedly working on a chip for its devices to process artificial intelligence. Called the Apple Neural Engine internally, the chip will assist in functions such as computer vision, speech recognition, facial recognition, and other forms of artificial intelligence, according to Bloomberg. More news on the subject could be on the way at WWDC, the annual developer conference to take place June 5-9 in San Jose, California. ... Read More
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This Entrepreneur A/B Tested Her Clothes to Combat Sexism

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twelveofour Kathryn Minshew is a female co­founder and CEO of The Muse, a popular online job search destination for millennials. She doesn’t have a technical degree, although she was a top computer science student who aced the advanced placement exam for computer science when she was in the tenth grade at Thomas Jefferson High, a prestigious math and science magnet school in northern Virginia. For fun she and her friends used to pass notes in class that they’... Read More
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League of Angels – Paradise Land Endorsed by Gal Gadot Launches on Mobile

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 26, 2017– GTarcade is proud to announce that League of Angels – Paradise Land, the company’s latest turn-based fantasy RPG endorsed by Hollywood superstar Gal Gadot, was launched on iOS and Android today. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170525006215/en/ ... Read More
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AI Weekly: AlphaGo’s triumph shows the future of machine learning isn’t so black and white

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This week, Google’s AlphaGo defeated a top-ranked Chinese Go player, Ke Jie, in the first match of a three-game series underway in China. The victory by AlphaGo — created by DeepMind, which Google bought 3 years ago — follows its headline-grabbing triumph over South Korean Go star ... Read More
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Epic Games dishes out another $275,000 in Unreal Engine 4 grants

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Giving out some cash is a nice way to say “thank you” to people using your game-making tools .. or incentive to keep using them. Epic Games has announced a new group of winners for its Unreal developer grants, which award studios and individual who are creating interesting projects using the game publisher’s Unreal Engine tools. The company gave out $275,000 in total this time. Many of the recipients are working on games, but add-on makers, mod developers, and even a short film creator also received recognition. Unreal is planning to give out a total of $5 million in these grants, which it has been giving out in waves. The latest winners include: Albino Lullaby from Ape Law: This is an ... Read More
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Fitness app Gixo raises $3.7 million from Greylock, Reid Hoffman joins board

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Gixo, a fitness app that offers live classes for anyone to exercise anywhere, launched today and announced a $3.7 million round of funding led by Greylock Partners. Reid Hoffman led the round and joined the board. The Gixo app, which is available on both Android and iOS, offers more than 150 live classes per week, ranging from 15 to 40 minute workouts. The added bonus? A coach can track your progress live throughout a variety of exercises that range from walking and running to strengthening the core and gluts. “With Gixo we’ve taken all of the usual fitness excuses out of the equation, especially with the first month free,” wrote cofounders ... Read More
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For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn’t come quickly enough

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Ford announced that CEO Mark Fields retired on Monday and will be replaced by Jim Hackett. After months of shareholder grumblings about Ford’s stock market performance, it’s obvious that his hand was forced, but he was allowed a graceful exit. Ford’s stock has tumbled 35 percent since Fields took the helm, so it’s no huge surprise to see him go. Fields’ connected car dreams Nobody ever said Fields was not ambitious. During his tenure, we saw a dramatic change in direction within Ford — sharply toward connected car tech, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.... Read More
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For deposed Ford CEO, the future didn’t come quickly enough

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Ford announced that CEO Mark Fields retired on Monday and will be replaced by Jim Hackett. After months of shareholder grumblings about Ford’s stock market performance, it’s obvious that his hand was forced, but he was allowed a graceful exit. Ford’s stock has tumbled 35 percent since Fields took the helm, so it’s no huge surprise to see him go. Fields’ connected car dreams Nobody ever said Fields was not ambitious. During his tenure, we saw a dramatic change in direction within Ford — sharply toward connected car tech, autonomous vehicles, and mobility solutions.... Read More
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The new Pokémon mobile game is about training the best Magikarp you can

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Magikarp Jump gives Pokémon’s fishy weakling his own mobile game

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Pokémon’s most pathetic creature is now a star. The Pokémon Company International released Magikarp Jump for iOS and Android devices today. The free-to-play game has players training the fishy Pokémon to reach its full leaping potential. It’s a silly game, but the humorous approach could bring in fans who have always had a soft spot for Magikarp, who has been around since the original Pokémon games launched in 1996. Pokémon became a major player on mobile in 2016. The location-based Pokémon Go is phenomenon, earning $950 million in 2016. It is still the No. 7 highest-grossing game on the U.S... Read More
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Mossberg: The Disappearing Computer

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This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations. Now, as I prepare to retire at the end of that very long and world-changing stretch, it seems appropriate to ponder the sweep of consumer technology in that period, and what we can expect next. Let me start by revising the oft-quoted first line of my first Personal Technology ... Read More
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Heads up: Augmented reality prepares for the battlefield

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Google’s blob emoji are great and no one will convince me otherwise

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Cheetah Mobile launches next-generation flagship app Security Master

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Cheetah Mobile has grown into a mobile titan with more than 500 million downloads of its security app. And today it is launching its next generation app, dubbed Security Master. The company launched the app for free today on Android devices, and this version is tailored for the U.S. market. The app is specifically touted as providing privacy protection in the wake of the rollback of privacy protections related to internet service providers. Security Master provides real-time, scenario-oriented protection for any Android device. The app conducts live device diagnostics, classifies the conditions, and recommends solutions to optimize users’ mobile experience. Depen... Read More
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Dear Wirecutter: Will a Budget Android Phone Provide Adequate Security Updates?

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Q: I’m currently using a Samsung Galaxy S4 from 2013, so needless to say, I’ve had it a while. It can still do everything I want it to, but it runs Android 5.0.1, and I’m not sure I’m getting the security updates I should. I am reluctant to spend £600+ on a new high-end handset or tie myself into an expensive two-year contract, because I don’t think I need the horsepower, but I am concerned about the security of my aging S4. Is it worth me trading in my outdated flagship phone for a new budget model like the Moto G4, or if I’m upgrading for security, is a budget phone a false economy? Budget pick ... Read More
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Worldpay demos system for making payments inside virtual reality worlds

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With virtual reality (VR) seemingly infiltrating every facet of our lives, from movie theaters and theme parks to TV broadcasting and internet searches, it’s only a matter of time before com... Read More
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Android Pay to arrive in Canada on May 31st

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Jam City’s Cookie Jam hits 100 million downloads as Cookie Jam Blast debuts

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Jam City announced that its mobile game Cookie Jam has passed 100 million downloads, and the company is launching Cooking Jam Blast as a new match-3 title in the series. It’s kind of like jam on top of a peanut butter sandwich. The title is the flagship game for Jam City, and it is one of a handful of hits that has enabled the company to grow to more than 500 people. “Cookie Jam Blast builds on what Cookie Jam is,” said Josh Yguado, president and chief operating officer of Jam City, in an interview with GamesBeat. “It has lots of different mechanics, with graphics in 3D. It’s set in the same universe.” The new iOS and Android game has a lot of different... Read More
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How 1APP wants to disrupt the app stores with infinite distribution

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Mobile app developers face a lot of friction when it comes to getting people to use their apps. They have to advertise the app and get a user to touch the ad, download the app, and then start to use it. But 1APP wants to address that by making apps infinitely distributable. Raheel Hasan, CEO of 1APP, spoke about this at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event in a lightning talk. He noted how app distribution hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years, and the cost of advertising apps has skyrocketed. 1APP has virtualized Android in the cloud so that you can access the app or game instantly. When you tap on a link in an ad, you can instantly play the game. These links can appear anywhere, such as a Twitter stream, and you ca... Read More
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Why alternative app stores and emerging markets are good for developers

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With huge mobile game revenues on iOS and Android, it isn’t second nature to think about alternatives. But Ravi Belwal, head strategic partner manager for games at Samsung, reminded us that developers can make money with alternative app stores and emerging markets. Belwal is a walking contradiction, as he works at Samsung, one of the biggest mobile device companies in the world, and yet he is also an advocate for its Samsung Galaxy Apps Store, which is far smaller than Apple’s App Store and Google Play. He’s also an evangelist for Tizen, Samsung’s mobile operating system that is debuting on inexpensive smartphones in countries such as India. While those markets aren’t generating a lot of revenue now, they are ex... Read More
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Top Gear mobile game dev Motorious Entertainment raises $894,000

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Helsinki mobile game developer Motorious Entertainment said it has raised $894,000 (€800,000) in a new round of funding. That will help the company gear up for its debut mobile title, Top Gear Road Trip. The money comes from the Finnish government’s Finnvera Venture Capital and Nordea’s Startup and Growth Services, while additional funds came from backers in an earlier round of investment. All told, the company has now raised $1.4 million (€1.3 million). Motorious Entertainment is working on the iOS and Android mobile game based... Read More
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Why AI won’t replace all human data analysts

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While artificial intelligence for self-driving cars and virtual assistants gets a lot of attention, the past few months have seen a wave of AI advancements focused on the tasks of analysts. “Analyst” is a ubiquitous role, found in every industry that touches data. Analysts use the measurements we take of our world and try to answer relevant business questions — a role that is critical to gaining value from data. Yet AI appears to be increasingly encroaching on the role of analysts. This month Apple acquired Lattice.io for $200 million to automatically turn unstructured data ... Read More
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Google starts selling 4K digital whiteboard Jamboard for $4,999 in the U.S.

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Google today started selling its Jamboard in the U.S. and shared that the 4K digital whiteboard will be available for purchase in the U.K. and Canada “this summer.” Jamboard is designed for businesses with a G Suite plan that want to collaborate on Google Drive files with teams both local and remote. First unveiled in October 2016, Jamboard was pitched as a cloud-based collaborative 55-inch screen with Google Docs-style collaboration plus Android and iOS apps that let others join in on the “jam.” In March, Goog... Read More
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Embrace.io raises $2.5 million to tell developers how their apps perform

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Embrace.io has raised $2.5 million so it can tell developers how their apps are performing, how fast they load, and whether they work properly. Eniac Ventures led the round, with additional investments from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, and BoxGroup. Embrace.io is releasing its platform to developers in a limited release today. The idea is to help developers diagnose the issues that disrupt mobile users’ experiences before they permanently leave the app, said Embrace.io CEO Eric Futoran, in an interview with VentureBeat. Futoran was formerly a cofounder of mobile game company Scopely. His full team dealt with building and running mobile experiences and services, inclu... Read More
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GameMaker Studio 2 gets an education edition

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YoYo Games has launched an educational edition of its cross-platform 2D game engine GameMaker Studio 2. The Windows and Mac game engine is now available in a convenient education package. Under the terms, any approved university or school affiliate will now have access to a free trial version with zero time restrictions or commitments and a simple option to upgrade to the full version. Educational institutions can buy licenses in bulk at $30 per account for a one-year license, with a minimum order of 10 licenses, and can be purchased from the YoYo Games website. Beginners with limited to no coding experience can use YoYo Games’ engine.... Read More
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Helios and Matheson Analytics and RedZone Acquire License to Facial Recognition Technology from Israeli Biometrics Technology Company, IsItYou™

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RedZone MapTMto Integrate Facial Recognition Technology with Its Proprietary Artificial Intelligence Solution to Enhance Situational Awareness MIAMI & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 23, 2017– Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNY) and RedZone, creator of the RedZone Map™ navigation app, a tool for situational awareness and enhancement of personal safety, announced today that Helios and Matheson Analytics has acquired global licensing rights to IsItYou’s facial recognition technology in the field of crime and terrorism for integration with RedZone Map. This Smart News Release feature... Read More
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Global smartphones sales up 9% in Q1 but Apple and Samsung losing ground to Chinese brands

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The global smartphone market is growing, but the spoils of this surge are not going to Apple and Samsung. Instead, a trio of Chinese smartphone makers that are gobbling up market share are responsible for most of this growth, according to a new report from Gartner. Apple’s smartphone sales were flat in Q1, a victory of sorts for a company that has seen sales fall for much of 2016. Samsung, by contrast, watched its sales tumble. While these numbers highlight the global challenges the two market leaders face, it also means their problems in China, a once-promising market, are likely growing more acute. The next three biggest brands are Chinese na... Read More
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The Best Midrange Mirrorless Camera

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This Micro Four Thirds camera can’t equal the best cameras with physically larger APS-C sensors when it comes to critical image quality, but it comes reasonably close if you’re shooting in good light. And no APS-C rival comes in a camera/lens package as compact as the E-M10 II. The camera’s retro-style controls, paired with a touchscreen and an exhaustive set of customization options, make the E-M10 II one of the better handling cameras in its class. Our pick Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with 14-42mm EZ Lens The Olympus E-M... Read More
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How about an Android Pro?

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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

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Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.Last week at Google’s annual developer conference, the company presented its vision for how it expects its users—more than a billion people—to interact with technology in the coming years. And for the most part, it didn’t involved typing into a search box. Instead, Google’s brass spent its time on stage touting the company’s speech recognition skills and showing off Google Lens, a new computer vision technology that essentially turns your phone camera i... Read More
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A journalist’s account was suspended after he posted allegations of corruption to Facebook

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The future of mobile game monetization

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When we talk about cool ideas for the future, monetization isn’t usually the first topic that comes to mind. But it is very important for the survival of mobile game and app developers. That’s why we had two veterans of the space — Zain Jaffer, CEO of mobile ad tech company Vungle, and Charles Hudson, venture partner at SoftTech VC and managing partner of Precursor Ventures — talk it at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event in Berkeley, Calif. “Our view is there has to be consolidation,” said Jaffer in a conversation with Hudson. “The... Read More
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No ‘OK, Google’ on the iPhone? That’s a huge problem

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Voicebots are all over my house right now. I’m testing two different Alexa-powered speakers in my office. I use Cortana on a desktop, Siri on both my MacBook and an iPhone 7 Plus, Google Assistant on a Pixel smartphone and the Google Home speaker, and both the Google Assistant and Siri on my television (thanks to the NVIDIA Shield and the Apple TV). I’m literally talking to bots all day, asking about the weather, the NBA Playoffs, and even obscure questions about Austria (where a few family members live). I’m known to suddenly say “OK, Google” during family meal... Read More
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Feeling Sidelined By Mainstream Social Media, Far-Right Users Jump To Gab

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Enlarge this image The Gab.ai home page cites the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Gab.ai/Screenshot by NPR... Read More
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The voice memo feature in the Volvo V90 Cross Country actually works

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It’s not a voicebot like Alexa, but it does the job. A voice memo feature in the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country can record everything you say, then send the recorded clip to any email address. I tested the feature on the V90, a large and wide wagon with a powerful turbocharged and supercharged 316-horsepower engine. As you drive, you can pull up one of several apps in the dashboard, including Spotify and one for checking the weather. You can also connect your phone over USB and use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to make phone calls, use the navigation system on your phone, see and send text me... Read More
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Google will integrate Assistant directly into next-gen cars

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Tesla cars get a lot of attention for their futuristic design, and not all of that is because of the company’s larger-than-life energy initiatives. The Model S, Model X and upcoming Model 3 all incorporate levels of driver-focused technology previously unseen on nearly any car, even luxury models. That’s about to change, though. Drivers today are asking why they can’t expect the same level of technology from their infotainment systems as they get from devices like their smartphones. Apple and Google parent company Alphabet have answered the call with CarPlay and Android Auto, but now the great minds at Android are taking things a... Read More
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Dawn of Titans heads to China as Zynga partners with NetEase

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Zynga announced it is partnering with Chinese game publisher NetEase to publish Dawn of Titans in China on iOS and Android. The free-to-play mobile game is one of the company’s highest profile titles. Zynga bought NaturalMotion for $527 million in 2014, partly because of the potential of Dawn of Titans and CSR Racing. Since that time, NaturalMotion worked hard on Dawn of Titans and, after delays, launched the title last fall. I’ve been playing the game ever since, and I’m impressed with the depth of its single-player campaign and th... Read More
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Ford adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to cars using over-the-air updates

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(Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Friday it would delve into the growing arena of “over-the-air” software updates, adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its Sync 3-equipped 2016 vehicles for the first time via a wireless software update. The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford’s interactive touch-screen system, will be accomplished through an over-the-air (OTA) update using Wi-Fi, not unlike how new software gets uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers. After Tesla Inc’s early lead in 2015 introducing OTAs, traditional automakers are slowly beginning to embrace the new technology, within limits. Concerns about security and resistance from dealers worried about losing service revenue have hampered its adopt... Read More
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Why Destiny 2 is on Blizzard’s launcher, not Steam

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Destiny 2 is coming to PC … eventually, but it’s not coming to Steam. But this doesn’t signify that Activision Blizzard is preparing to battle Valve over selling third-party games. Bungie unveiled Destiny 2 yesterday, and the blockbuster game studio revealed that the PC version of the sci-fi cooperative shooter is due out on just the Blizzard app at some point in the future (the studio did not confirm that Destiny 2 will hit PC alongside the console versions on September 8). This means that you’ll find it sitting with Hearthstone, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft on Battle.net — although Bl... Read More
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Here’s an audio tour of Google I/O

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Here’s an audio tour of Google I/O - 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... Read More
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Atari secures the RollerCoaster Tycoon brand until 2022

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For your safety, keep your arms and legs inside the licensing agreement at all times. Atari has extended its agreement with Chris Sawyer, the creator of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. Atari can now use the RollerCoaster Tycoon brand until 2022. The last installment in the series, RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, launched earlier this year for iOS and Android and has over 6.5 million downloads. RollerCoaster Tycoon has been finding success on mobile. Along with Touch, Atari released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic last year, which replicates the gameplay of the franchise’s first two PC games. It is the No. 89-ranked paid game on the Apple App Store.... Read More
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Google Assistant voice apps arrive on Android and iPhone — here’s what they can do

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Google released its standalone Google Assistant iPhone app on Wednesday and made it possible for both Android and iOS smartphone users to access voice apps made by third-party developers. These changes were two of about a dozen major Google Assistant announcements made this week at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference.... Read More
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Microsoft’s renewed embrace of developers, developers, developers, developers

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Ford update brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet

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Ford update brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to its 2016 fleet - 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... Read More
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You’ll soon be able to send money with Google Assistant

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You'll soon be able to send money with Google Assistant - 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.A... Read More
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Chromebooks will get new Android O features before phones do

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Chromebooks will get new Android O features before phones do - 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,Cho... Read More
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Google: Daydream has ‘more than 150 apps’

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At Google I/O 2017 developer conference yesterday, the company announced a standalone Daydream VR headset in partnership with Qualcomm, with Lenovo and HTC slated to release commercial versions later this year. Today, the company shared more details, including what developers can expect in Daydream 2.0. Google also shared a small tidbit: Developers have built “more than 150 apps” for Daydream so far. Google ... Read More
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Old Man’s Journey is a brief, poignant adventure through a beautiful landscape

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Android Pay is coming to Brazil, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Canada

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Google is expanding its Android Pay mobile payment service to more markets, saying that soon it’ll be available in Brazil, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Canada. The company also promised that a streamlined mobile checkout experience would be coming soon for PayPal users, building on top of Google’s existing partnerships with Visa and Mastercard. Reports ... Read More
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Facebook Messenger’s new home screen puts the focus back on messaging

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Facebook Messenger’s new home screen puts the focus back on messaging - 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.windowLo... Read More
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Uber launches Uber Freight, its app for long-haul trucking jobs

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The ins and outs of Google I/O

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Qualcomm demos how electric vehicles can be wirelessly charged while driving

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(Reuters) — Qualcomm Inc said on Thursday it had demonstrated how electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly while driving, a technology some believe will help accelerate the adoption of self-driving cars. The smartphone chipmaker said a so-called “dynamic charging” test took place on a test track in Versailles, France. It used two Renault Kangoo vehicles driving over embedded pads in the road that transferred a charge to the cars’ batteries at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds. Experts believe that self-driving cars of tomorrow will be electric and require a way to charge themselves without human intervention. Wireless charging is an important area of research for carmakers, their suppliers a... Read More
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Plarium brings Skynet upon us with Terminator Genisys mobile game

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Skynet is upon us. Are you for it or against it? The artificial intelligence network that takes over the world in The Terminator films has now arrived on our mobile phones in the form of Terminator Genisys: Future War, a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Plarium is launching the clan-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy game, which pits man against machine in a global battle for the fate of humanity. Plarium has expanded the narrative that follows the conclusion of the Terminator Genisys Skyd... Read More
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Jeopardy! finally becomes a free-to-play mobile game

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Sony Pictures has finally turned its Jeopardy! TV show into a free-to-play mobile game with the launch of Jeopardy! World Tour on iOS and Android. Game studio Uken Games and Sony Pictures Television Networks Games built the title for players to immerse themselves in the game show and test their knowledge with clues from the 33-year-old show. In Jeopardy! World Tour, you can level up and unlock themed content in cities such as Paris, Rome, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, and more. Players can compete with opp... Read More
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Google unveils new products at I/O conference

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CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman joins CBSN to talk about the newest technology from Google, including advancements in artificial intelligence and new software for Android products.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: ... Read More
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Google unveils new products at I/O conference

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CNET senior editor Dan Ackerman joins CBSN to talk about the newest technology from Google, including advancements in artificial intelligence and new software for Android products.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "CBSN" on Facebook HERE: ... Read More
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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with more My People features, only broadcast game audio option

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. This is the second build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). New features include more My People additions, . Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was ... Read More
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I/O 2017: Everything coming to Google Assistant

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Today was hands-down the biggest day in updates and changes to Google Assistant since the intelligent assistant was announced a year ago. Here are the Assistant updates on the way that we’ve spotted thus far at I/O, from free Google Home phone calls and a standalone Google Assistant iPhone app to an App Directory and payments for Google Assistant voice apps. Google Assistant now on 100 million devices That number is likely to rise as Google Assistant becomes available later on Android phones in Portuguese, Japanese, German, and French. In addition to being available on Pixel sma... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Keep your stinkin’ corporate hands off the metaverse

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The Metaverse™, as brought to you by Big Bad Mega-Conglomerate®. It’s one of Tim Sweeney’s big nightmares for the future of virtual reality. The Epic Games CEO spoke about this at our recent GamesBeat Summit. He worries that the major platforms will want to lock down key advanc... Read More
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AMP pages from Google Search now load twice as fast

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At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced that its fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) accessed from Google Search now load twice as fast. Google first unveiled the open source AMP Project in October 2015. Since then, the company has been working hard to add new features and push AMP across not just its own products, but the larger web. Google Search only launched AMP support out of developer preview in September 2016. 8 months later, and Google has alrea... Read More
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Android O is shaping up to be exactly what Android needs

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Android O is shaping up to be exactly what Android needs - 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.... Read More
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Google Photos for iOS gets Mother’s Day movie feature, three days after Mother’s Day

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Google is finally replacing its bad emoji blobs in Android O

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Google is finally replacing its bad emoji blobs in Android O - 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,Cho... Read More
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The new Android TV home screen has the right ideas, but it’s probably not enough

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The new Android TV home screen has the right ideas, but it's probably not enough - 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... Read More
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Google gives developers more monetization options with Payment API, redesigned AdMob, and Play store ads

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While Google’s Marketing Next conference is next week, the company had some developer-specific ads news to share at its I/O 2017 developer conference. The company highlighted three improvements for developers: the Google Payment API, a redesigned AdMob, and Google has expanded its payment solutions with the Google Payment API, which lets merchants and developers offer their users to pay with credit and debit cards saved to their Google Account. Payment options include a credit or a debit card previously saved via Android Pay, a payment card used to transact on the Play Store, or a form of pay... Read More
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With 82 billion app installs in 2016, Google gives developers more Play Console features

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google rolled out new Google Play Console features for developers. The company emphasized it wants to help them improve app performance, manage releases, reach a global audience, and growth their business. Google Play has over 1 billion monthly active users, which the company argues makes it “the world’s largest app distribution platform.” Last year, Google Play users installed apps 82 billion times, the company revealed today. That number is up from ... Read More
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Google updates Firebase with performance monitoring and phone authentication, starts open-sourcing SDKs

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google announced new features for Firebase, its service for helping developers build apps for Android, iOS, and the web. At the same time, the company also started open-sourcing Firebase’s software development kits (SDKs). “We believe in open source software, not only because transparency is an important goal, but also because we know that the greatest innovation happens when we all collaborate,” the team declared. Google acquired Firebase in October 2014. Since then, the backend-as-a-serv... Read More
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Google opens Android Instant Apps SDK to all developers

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference today, Google launched the Android Instant Apps SDK. Now all developers can write Android Instant Apps, as opposed to just a handful of partners. Google Play product manager Ellie Powers made the announcement onstage today. She also shared that the company’s partners have launched 50 instant apps so far and added that some app makers have seen double digit increases in purchases, leads generated, and videos watches. Google unveiled Android Insta... Read More
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Google unveils Android Studio 3.0 with new performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, and Kotlin

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google today unveiled Android Studio 3.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE). You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from developer.android.com/studio. The latest release isn’t yet ready for all developers, but you can get a preview of what’s coming in the Canary channel. The biggest news is Kotlin support, but even if you’re not interested in that, there’s p... Read More
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The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2017

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The machine is learning

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Everybody just wants the Star Trek computer. We all know how it works: an ambient AI that's available everywhere, knows nearly everything, and is responsive to our personal needs and desires. It’s always listening, yet it respects our privacy. It's a computer you don't need to think about because no matter how you interact with it — voice, typing, or touch — it just does what you want. That's exactly what Google is trying to build. It's just that, like Star Trek, the future is barely hinted at by our current reality. All of the updates to the ... Read More
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Android to launch TensorFlow Lite for mobile machine learning

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Android app developers will soon have a specialized version of TensorFlow to work with on mobile devices. TensorFlow Lite, which will be part of the TensorFlow open source project, will let developers use machine learning for their mobile apps. The news was announced today at I/O by Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android. I/O is an annual Google developer conference being held May 17-19 in Mountain View, California. “TensorFlow Lite will leverage a new neural network API to tap into silicate specific accelerators, and over time we expect to see DSPs specifically designed for neural network inference and training,” he said. “We think these new capabilities will help powe... Read More
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Google announces Android Go, a data, battery, and memory-saving version

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Today Google announced Android Go, a lightweight configuration of Android created for devices with 1 GB of memory or less. This is Google’s plan to bring Android to more devices, now that it runs on 2 billion gadgets a month. The modified OS was designed for cheaper, less powerful devices with smaller batteries. Android Go works, in part, by relying on special data and power-optimized versions of popular apps — including YouTube Go, which offers GIF video previews and data use warnings. Android Go will arrive in tandem with the next version of Android, Android O, and Google VP Sameer Samat say... Read More
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Google is adding Kotlin as an official programming language for Android development

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Google is taking another shot at budget Android phones with Android Go

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Android O will focus on ‘vitals’ like battery life and speed, first beta launches today

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Google launches Android O beta with Play Protect, faster boot times, and smoother apps

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Google today launched the first Android O beta (think of it as the second release of the Android O developer preview). You can start testing your apps against this release by downloading the new preview from developer.android.com/preview. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and the official Android Emulator, and there’s even an emulator for testing Android Wear 2.0 on Android O. Dave Burke, vice president of engineering for Android, made the announc... Read More
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Android now supports the Kotlin programming language

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At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced Android is gaining official support for the Kotlin programming language, in addition to Java and C++. The news received the biggest applause from the audience so far. You can download the Kotlin plugin today for Android Studio. Kotlin is developed by JetBrains, the same people who created IntelliJ. Note that Android Studio was built on the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE. Google also shared it is partnering with JetBrains to move Kotlin into a nonprofit foundation. Google describes Kotlin, which is an open sourced project under the Apache 2.0 license, as ... Read More
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Google Home adds free phone calls and visual search

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A series of new changes are coming to Google Home on Google Assistant, from payments for voice apps, to proactive notifications, and hands-free phone calls. “You can call any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. or Canada completely free and it’s all done in a hands-free way,” said Google Home VP Rishi Chandra. Phone calls for Google Assistant will roll out to all existing Google Home devices in the coming months, Chandra said. The news was announced today at I/O, Google’s annual developer conference. Google actions were made available for Android and iPhone smartphones today, following an announcement by the company that 100 million devices currently support the assistant competing with Bixby, Cortan... Read More
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The big picture

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