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2 weeks ago

Spotify set to continue push into video with original shows

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Breaking further from its musical roots, Spotify is planning to venture deeper into video with a slate of original shows.

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2 weeks ago

AC editors' apps of the week: Distiller, 5217, Tripit and more

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It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.

Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!

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2 weeks ago

Verizon starts rolling out its Marshmallow update for the Droid Maxx 2

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Verizon is now rolling out its Marshmallow update for the Droid Maxx 2. The update comes in two parts, with the bumping the Maxx 2 to software version 24.64.4.

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2 weeks ago

Google Opinion Rewards brings its survey magic to Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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Thanks to the latest update to Google Opinion Rewards, more people from around the world can earn easy Google Play credit for taking surveys.

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2 weeks ago

Five must-have games for your Oculus Rift

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Consider this your Oculus Rift starter kit.

There's a lot going on in the Oculus Store, which is the primary place you get games for your Rift headset. Titles range wildly when it comes to price and description, due in no small part to Oculus pulling content that was originally made for the Samsung Gear VR into the store so you can experience it in a higher resolution. It's a lot to take in, and that's only going to get more interesting when you start playing games for your Oculus Rift that come from Steam instead of the Oculus Store.

To help you get started with your Oculus Rift, we've put together a quick lift of titles everyone should have in their library in order to fully appreciate this incredible VR experience.

Ready, go!

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2 weeks ago

How to set up Google two-step verification to protect your Gmail account

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Google two-step authentication

Using two-factor verification makes sure that you — and only you — have access to your Google account.

In light of a recent security breach that saw 273.3 million email accounts — including Gmail accounts — compromised, we strongly recommend enabling two-step verification (or two-step authentication, as it's also known) for your Google account.

This process will put a stop to anyone's efforts to access anything — including Gmail and all other Google services — that uses your Google account credentials when logging in, because you need more than a password to verify that you are the account owner.

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2 weeks ago

Google's AI is beefing up its conversation skills with romance novels

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While the saucy language of romance novels and the high-tech world of artificial intelligence don't sound like natural partners in crime, combining the two is exactly what Google has been up to for the past few months. Specifically, Google has been feeding a steady stream of romance novels to the AI engine that powers responses in its Google app in an effort to inject some personality and more conversational mojo, reports BuzzFeed.

As noted in the report, Google is leveraging romance novels due to the overarching narrative similarities each story shares. The thinking is that the AI can parse through each story to detect sentences with similar meaning in order to develop an understanding of how different words can be used to express the same idea. From BuzzFeed:

"In the Google app, the responses are very factual," Andrew Dai, the Google software engineer who led the project, told BuzzFeed News. "Hopefully with this work, and future work, it can be more conversational, or can have a more varied tone, or style, or register."

So far, Google has relied on a rather large library of around 2,865 romance novels which are fed into and processed by the engine. As it learns, the AI composes sentences and then draws comparisons to those in the novels. While responses in the Google app are the main focus for now, Google hopes that this process could also help to bring a more conversational air to Inbox's Smart Reply feature as well.

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2 weeks ago

Pocket lets you like and repost recommendations from friends

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Pocket, the popular read-it-later service, has updated its app to expand its Recommendations feature. You can now like and repost items from your friends that appear in your Recommended feed. You can get notifications for when someone likes or reposts your items, and you'll see reposts from your friends in your Recommended feed.

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2 weeks ago

Best transit apps for Canadians

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Canada's a big place, but getting around its biggest cities shouldn't be a big task.

There are dozens of great transit apps out there, often built for a single city's unique bus or metro system. But the best apps are the ones that undertake the difficult task of consolidating data from dozens — hundreds — of cities, arraying accurate arrival and departure times, directions, service messages and more in intuitive ways.

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2 weeks ago

The best weather apps for Android

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We can always talk about the weather … and weather apps. And these are some of the best weather apps for Android.

Unless you happen to live in a holodeck or maybe a climate-controlled biodome, the weather has ways of encroaching on our lives if we're not prepared for it. Maybe you should've grabbed a jacket before that cold front blew through. Maybe today's line of storms weren't the best time to wear a white top. Maybe you should've shoveled the driveway now before the last cold blast blew through and froze your driveway solid. Save yourself from an ice slick, or a cold wind blowing through your thin shirt, and keep a weather app handy. Your phone may have come with a weather app or widget, but that should never stop you from checking out the competition.

And so while we're about to showcase apps that will vary drastically in bells and whistles, keep in mind that if the weather data that app provides isn't accurate enough for your particular place, then you should keep looking for something that does.

Updated May 2016: Updated the best weather apps, and later included the excellent Dark Sky.

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2 weeks ago

Netflix gives you better control over how much cellular data it uses

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Netflix is rolling out an update to its Android app with some new controls that will give subscribers to its video streaming service more control over its use of data on cellular networks.

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2 weeks ago

Marshmallow update heads out to Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact in Canada

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2 weeks ago

Google Slides' new Q&A feature helps presenters engage with their audience

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In a bid to help presenters more easily connect with their audiences, Google Slides has received a new Q&A feature that encourages audience participation.

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2 weeks ago

The LG G5 gets 360-degree wallpapers — and they're gorgeous

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This is the year when 360-degree photos and video hit the big time. And to that end, LG has now made 360-degree wallpapers available for the LG G5.

There's a lot of stuff going on when it comes to our home screens. Apps. Folders. Widgets. And for years we've had the option for live wallpapers — animations that can interact with our touch, or just show cool things. (Fun fact: We did this Super Mario live wallpaper video nearly six years ago.)

Now we've got 360-degree live wallpapers on the LG G5.

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2 weeks ago

YouTube said to be cooking up a streaming TV service of its own

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A new report claims that Google's YouTube division is working on an internet-based cable TV service called "Unplugged". The service could be a rival for Dish Network's Sling TV and the upcoming effort from Hulu, among others.

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