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Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people's daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate reality, as the Internet company responds to competitive threats posed by Facebook, Amazon and Apple.<p>As part of an onslaught of upcoming products, Google …

Virtual Reality

Google Duo makes mobile video calls fast and simple

Mobile first, mobile only<p>Google is releasing a new video calling app later this summer. It's called Duo, and it's probably the fastest and simplest video calling app I've ever seen. Like its companion chat app, Allo, Duo is mobile-only. It uses your phone number as an identifier, and it will work …

Android News

Android Wear 2.0 coming this fall with improved messaging, smarter fitness and better battery life

Even iPhone users might consider an Android Wear smartwatch after this next update.<p>If the next version of Android Wear does its job, you'll be futzing with your smartwatch a lot less.<p>Google on Wednesday unveiled Android Wear 2.0, an update to its wearable software that promises a streamlined …

Wear OS

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo, round 2: Google strikes back

At Google I/O, new announcements help Home edge into the lead, but the Echo's far from finished.<p><b>Editors' note, May 18, 2017:</b> <i>Since I updated this piece a month ago, both Google and Amazon have announced major upgrades to their respective smart speakers. The piece has been updated accordingly, though</i> …

Smart Homes

Android Auto is getting wireless support and 'OK Google' commands

Android Auto will be getting a couple new features this year that are relatively minor, but promise to make the platform quite a bit more usable.<p>First up is support for wireless connections. Currently, phones need to be plugged in via USB in order to use Android Auto; with this new capability, …

Android Auto

Lenovo is working on an 18.4-inch tablet to compete with the ridiculous Galaxy View

Remember the Galaxy View? Samsung announced the behemoth of a tablet late last year, then pretty much forgot about it and stopped reminding anyone …

Lenovo Moto G and Moto G4 Plus are official, equipped with 5.5-inch screens, Snapdragon 617, more [Update]

<b>Update:</b> There’s also a smaller, less powerful version called the Moto G Play coming to the States with a 2,800mAh battery. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor, has a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, water repellent coating, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front snapper and 16GB internal storage …

China is investigating whether Apple products are a security threat

The Chinese government has reportedly started to increase the number of reviews it carries out into products being sold in the country. These investigations, which target other companies as well as Apple, look into the capability of electronic devices sold in the country, and examine things like …

China

50 Cent & The Game Reunion Did Not Happen, But There Is No Beef

Los Angeles, CA – Hip hop media went crazy yesterday speculating wildly about a possible reunion between 50 Cent and The Game — a reunion that would …