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11 hours ago

Save $5 on the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio at the Google Store

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The Google Store is currently offering a $5 savings on the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Normally, each of these costs $35, but for a limited time you can grab one for $30. Whether you are looking to stream audio or video, there is a Chromecast for you.

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12 hours ago

Capital One among 48 new U.S. banks supported by Android Pay

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The official Android Pay bank support list in the U.S. has been updated with a large number of new additions, including Capital One.

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12 hours ago

Gululu is a water bottle from our insane, adorable future

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If your water bottle is going to have a computer baked in, it might as well be adorable.

It's a well-documented fact that most adults don't drink enough water each day. Some of that can be fixed with some focus and documentation, but the easiest way to get an adult to drink enough water each day is by making it a part of their routine as a child. Getting kids to drink the right amount of water each day is incredibly important, especially when surrounded by so many other choices each day.

Bowhead Technology believes the answer to teaching kids to drink the right amount of water each day is embedding an animated pet into the side of an absurdly high-tech water bottle and turning it into a game. It's called Gululu, and for the last 10 days we've been testing this system with one of our kids to see what happens.

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12 hours ago

Google I/O 2016: Sometimes the Great Outdoors isn't so great

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An outdoor Google I/O was worth trying. We hope it tries it again — but learns a few things from 2016.

Google broke from tradition and held Google I/O 2016 at the Shoreline Amphitheater (conveniently located next door to Google's Mountain View campus buildings) instead of a more mundane but well-proven event center like the Moscone Center. By now you've certainly heard about the show — and a lot of complaints — online from both people who attended, as well as many who didn't. Words like festival, faire (the maker kind, presumably) and even Burning Man have been used to describe it, but those are a little off the mark.

Google I/O was still very much a developer conference, filled with people who are more used to the controlled environment most developer get-togethers are held in. And that was one of the many problems with Google I/O 2016 — people weren't ready to spend three 10-hour days in the same place they would go see The Cure on Thursday evening.

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12 hours ago

Google Photos on the web now lets you easily tweak the date and time of multiple photos

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Chances are, at one point or another, you've wished you could easily change the date and time of multiple photos at once, and now you can do just that with Google Photos on the web.

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13 hours ago

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow now rolling out to NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE in the U.S.

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If you happen to own the LTE variant of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, your Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update is on its way — at least if you call the U.S. home.

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13 hours ago

Samsung confirms it has no plans for future Android Wear smartwatches [Update: Samsung rebuts]

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Update: In a statement to Engadget, Samsung has rebutted "Fast Company's interpretation," stating:

We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms.

Original Story: Samsung has officially confirmed it has no plans to release any future smartwatches that will use Android Wear. This may not come as a shock to many as the company had only released one Android Wear smartwatch, the Gear Live, in 2014.

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13 hours ago

OnePlus 3 rumored to have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820, NFC and more

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According to long-time leaker Evan Blass, or @evleaks, the rumored OnePlus 3 will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 820 and much more. The new information comes from Blass on Twitter, where he also revealed that the phone will have 64GB of storage, a 16MP rear-facing camera and even NFC this time around.

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14 hours ago

ComiXology Unlimited offers access to thousands of comics for $6 a month

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ComiXology, the digital comics service that's owned by Amazon, has launched ComiXology Unlimited in the U.S. It offers access to thousands of digital comics for $5.99 a month, with a free trial.

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14 hours ago

Intex launches Cloud String HD with fingerprint sensor and VoLTE support for ₹5,599

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Indian handset maker Intex has announced its latest smartphone — the Cloud String HD — with fingerprint sensor and VoLTE support for just ₹5,599 ($83).

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14 hours ago

Android N's three multi-window modes, explained

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Android N split screen mode

There's more to multitasking in Android N than split-screen mode.

One of the biggest user-facing features of Android N is the ability to run more than one app on the screen at a time. Sure, some manufacturers like Samsung and LG have offered similar features for years, but from N onwards it'll be supported at the operating-system level, which means better app support, and (eventually) less custom code.

When most people think about multi-window mode, they imagine the traditional split-screen view pioneered by Samsung and LG, and included in newer iPad models. However Android N actually has three distinct ways to run more than one app at once.

Let's dive in.

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15 hours ago

Twitter will roll out exceptions to 140-character post limit in the coming months

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Twitter has announced that it will add a number of exceptions to the social network's strict 140-character post limit in the coming months.

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15 hours ago

Pebble introduces Pebble 2, Time 2 and Pebble Core

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Pebble has just announced its third, and what the company is calling its best, Kickstarter campaign. This time around, Pebble is offering up the Pebble 2, Time 2 and Pebble Core. The Pebble 2 goes back towards the design of the original Pebble, but adds heart rate monitoring this time around. The Time 2 once again features a color display, and keeps the design of the Pebble Time, but now the battery is said to last 10 days. Pebble is only offering a steel version of the Time 2.

The all-new piece here is the Pebble Core, which can be used for a variety of purposes. Pebble is offering a Pebble Core for Runners and a Pebble Core for Hackers. The running one clips on to your running gear, letting you leave your phone at home. You can listen to music and more without needing to lug around anything else. The hackers version is a keychain computer that "becomes your magic button for anything."

All of these are now available to be backed on Kickstarter. Pricing for the Pebble Core starts at $69 on Kickstarter, and it will retail for $99. The Pebble 2 is available on Kickstarter for $99, with its retail price being $129, and the Time 2 can be yours for $169 ahead of its $199 retail pricing. Shipments look to begin as early as September 2016 for select units, or as late as January 2017 for others.

See at Kickstarter

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15 hours ago

LG G5's 'Friends' now available directly from LG

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LG has announced that its company website, LG.com, is now selling its selection of 'Friends' companion devices for the recently launched LG G5 smartphone.

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16 hours ago

Wells Fargo plans to launch new digital wallet this summer

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Wells Fargo has announced the U.S. bank will be releasing a wallet for Android later this summer. This addition to the official mobile banking app will transform the experience into a complete payment solution. It's hoped the introduction of a wallet will help make the app more convenient to use for customers, allowing them to check accounts, perform banking tasks and make payments all from within the single mobile offering.

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