Apple in good cheer over a billion-dollar Christmas and New Year on the App Store

January 5, 2018

The week after Christmas is a lazy one, but the App Store was working overtime. Apple triumphantly announced today that the late anniversary season brought in more than a billion dollars in acquisitions on its mobile marketplace. Indeed, $300 million came in on New Year’s Day alone, likely as everyone concluded irresponsible in-app purchases to get through their hangovers. And $890 million was spent in the week starting Christmas Eve,…

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These are the top memes of 2017, according to Google

December 16, 2017

It’s year-end list time again, and Google has released its annual retrospective of the most searched-for memes. Unlike last year’s list, this one actually makes sense. Because the list uses searches with the word “meme” in them, it mostly managed to avoid false positives like TV shows and celebrity names. Although you’ll recognize most of these as popular memes, you might be surprised by what didn’t make the list. Meme superstars…

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Android Oreo Go is an operating system for really cheap phones

December 6, 2017

Image: google Google wants to make sure everyone can access Android, even those who can’t afford fancy telephones. The company announced today that Android Oreo( Go Edition) will be propelling alongside Android 8.1. The new operating system is optimized for entry-level smartphones — small-scale, often prepaid phones like the Samsung Galaxy J3, the Motorola MOTO G, or Apple’s iPhone SE, which can sell for less than $400. SEE ALSO: Google’s…

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Google and Nest may be getting back together

December 2, 2017

Nest Labs CEO Marwan Fawaz during an affair, in San Francisco . Image: AP/ REX/ Shutterstock Google might soon overturn one of its biggest equipment decisions. The company is supposedly “ve been thinking about” making Nest, and its portfolio of smart dwelling machines, back into Google, in an effort to beat out Amazon’s increasing dominance in the space. SEE ALSO: Google lastly deposited its frightful excuse for a burger emoji…

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Google Home’s new trick: Remotely ‘broadcasting’ your messages

November 23, 2017

Google Home speakers just got a lot more useful. Google introduced a new feature for Google Assistant that allows you to remotely “broadcast” messages between your phone and a Google Home speaker, or between multiple speakers in the same house. SEE ALSO: Google Home error shows why digital assistants still have a long way to go The update, which is rolling out now, means that you can essentially use Google…

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Google’s Pixel 2 takes better portrait photos with one camera than iPhone X and Note 8 do with two

November 12, 2017

Image: Raymond Wong/ Mashable You no longer need to buy a big and costly DSLR with a insanely enormous lens to get “professional-quality” photos with shallow profundity of field. If you have an iPhone( 7 Plus, 8 Plus, or X ), Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL, or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you can already get great pro-level kills with minimum exertion thanks to their “portrait modes”( “Live focus” on…

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Google might be working on an XL Home to compete with HomePod and Echo

October 25, 2017

Google could be working on an XL smart speaker to compete with Apple and Amazon.Image: lili sams/mashable Google could enter the high-end audio market with a new version of its Home speaker to compete with Apple and Amazon, just as the next generation of smart speakers begins to emphasize sound quality.   The search giant is working on a large new smart speaker internally called the “Home Max,” according to…

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Google Pixel 2 event: How to watch the livestream

October 22, 2017

Google’s big hardware event is only a few hours away, and the company is expected to announce a bunch of new gadgets including a new Pixel phone, Pixelbook laptop, and Google Home smart speaker. The show takes place in San Francisco is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PT (12pm ET). The event itself is mostly restricted to members of the media. But if you’re itching to follow along with…

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Everything you need to know about the Google Home Mini and Max

October 21, 2017

Image: jim mcauley/mashable Google Home is growing up… and shrinking down. Google surprised us all by launching not one, but two new Google Homes to round out its lineup of voice-enabled speakers: the Google Home Mini, a $49 hockey puck-sized speaker, and Google Home Max, a bassy $399 “premium” speaker. SEE ALSO: Google’s Pixel Buds are like Apple’s AirPods but smarter The smaller cloth-covered Google Home Mini comes in a…

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hands-on: great camera with a smarter assistant

October 20, 2017

Image: JIM MCAULEY/MASHABLE If you were impressed with last year’s Pixels, prepare to be blown away by this year’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The new flagship handsets build on everything that was great about the original Pixels and then some. After a few short demos following Google’s event today, it’s already clear the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are more than capable of competing with the best…

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