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1 week ago

Google relives the excitement of the World Cup through trends and searches

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Want to know more than the scores, the wins, and the celebrations behind the World Cup? Google has now compiled a video and a World Cup recap page that shows off not just highlights from the game, but what people were talking about and what they were searching for. Through trends, you can relive the excitement of the World Cup once again.

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1 week ago

USB Type-C spec finalized but no word on when it will launch

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The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now finalized the spec for a new connector and cable, USB Type-C, that is much smaller than current USB ports and cables. It is also designed to offer reversible plug and cable orientation, meaning that users will be able to insert a USB Type-C cable in its supported port in either direction.

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1 week ago

Google to filter duplicitous Unicode Homoglyphs as spam in Gmail

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Google has announced that it is updating its spam filtering algorithm in Gmail to stay ahead of spammers. Now, duplicitous Unicode Homoglyphs will be added to the spam filter and Gmail will reject emails with suspicious combinations of letters.

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1 week ago

TapPath makes gives even greater flexibility for opening links in Android

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Fresh from the dev who made opening links a little less painful with Link Bubble and home screens even more productive with Action Launcher, developer Chris Lacy has just unleashed TapPath — giving us even more power over the links we tap.

Here's the gist: Once TapPath is active, you have three ways of routing links. Tap once to open in, say, Chrome. (Which happens to be set as the single-tap default). Tap twice on a link to open in another app. (I've got mine set to Hangouts for easier sharing.) And tap three times to open the selector and route the link to any of your available apps.

It takes just a little getting used to — you might need to adjust the tap delay in the (nicely Material Design) settings — but TapPath quickly emerges as a fast and easy way to share links just about anywhere. It's absolutely worth the 99 cents and a few minutes of your time.

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1 week ago

Do you use a case on a rugged phone?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

We were having a bit of an internal debate this morning and figured we'd turn it over to you fine folks. On a "rugged" phone like the likes of, say, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active or the Kyocera Brigadier with its Sapphire Shield glass, would you still use a case on top of all that armor? On one hand, more protection is more protection, right? But on the other hand you'll have an even bigger phone.

What say you?

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1 week ago

Sennheiser to release a limited Ingress edition MOMENTUM headphone later this year

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Sennheiser makes some pretty nice headphones. I'd wager that more than a few of us here have a pair (or two) ourselves. Today they tell us that later this year, you'll be able to score a pair of limited edition Ingress themed Momentum cans.

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1 week ago

Google+ now lets you display your stream on the TV via Chromecast

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The latest update to Google+ caught a few people by surprise today when it enabled a small Chromecast button in the interface, letting you toss your Google+ stream up to your TV. Though the Google Play changelog doesn't indicate the change, we're seeing a Chromecast button on our own devices and many other people are too.

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1 week ago

Google brings All Access to South and Central America

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Google has announced that it is expanding its All Access pass to South and Central America, giving select countries the ability to stream Google Play Music for a small monthly fee. In a Google+ blog post, Google says that All Access is now arriving in 9 new countries.

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1 week ago

Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks

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ASUS Chromebook lid

If you love Chromebooks like we do you'll want to see these tips and tricks to make the most of them

Millions of people are using Chromebooks, but despite their simple and "for everyone" nature not every powerful feature is easy to access. Every Chromebook (or Chromebox) is a powerful tool that's just waiting to be used to its full potential, and once you know a few tricks you'll feel like you're getting even more value out of your inexpensive computer.

We're rounded up the top eight tips and tricks for you to try on your own Chromebook so you can start making the most of your machine. Read along and learn a thing or two about the computer you're using.

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1 week ago

The best Android launchers

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Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There's superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device's behaviour to suit their daily usage, so long as you're willing to put the time into defining those customizations.

If you're looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box experience, we've dug up the very best Android launchers out there. Take a look, and let us know what you think!

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