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Microsoft And Google Reveal Great New Skills -- And Threaten To Leave Apple Behind

This has been a busy week for the IT industry. Two of the world’s most valuable companies by market capitalization—Microsoft and Apple—have successively hosted their hotly anticipated launch events. Microsoft’s Surface event on Wednesday revealed the new Surface Studio, a 28-inch all-in-one desktop …

Google makes Chrome 15% faster on Windows

Google is currently making a concerted effort to make its Chrome browser faster and leaner. The company announced a project to bring down memory usage earlier this month, for example. But it also quietly started work on some other optimizations recently, too, that add up to making Chrome on Windows …

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2016 Nexus w/ rear glass and fingerprint sensor seemingly shown off in first leaked image

Specs, features, and even renders of this year’s upcoming “Nexus” devices have already been leaked. But until now, the Sailfish and Marlin had yet to be photographed. Now, an anonymous Twitter account has posted an image of a purported 2016 Nexus that looks very similar to previous descriptions and …

Robot cameras snap splash shots in Rio

Photographer Adam Pretty isn't scared to go to extreme depths to get his shot. At the Olympics, his cameras are, too.<p>The Getty Images photographer is capturing some of the most memorable moments of the Rio Games' swimming competition by using robotic cameras secured to the floor of the Olympic …

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Galaxy Note 7 breaks South Korean pre-order record

<b>Update, August 11:</b> A few days after the report below from South Korea, Samsung Canada’s chief media officer Mark Childs went on record stating that there has been “significant demand” for the Blue Coral version of the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada and that “pre-orders are outstanding”. Childs went on to …

You can now install Android apps on Chromebook Pixel (2015) and Acer R11

Image credit: Ben Baggley<p><i>This post was originally published on our sister site, TabTimes.com.</i><p>Users of two new Chromebooks can now install Android apps on their devices.<p>Back at the Google I/O conference, Google said it would first roll out Android apps support to three Chrome OS devices, sometime …

Take a first look at the iris scanner on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 could easily be the most leaked device of all time; in the past weeks and months, we’ve come to know seemingly everything that Samsung managed to pack in this beast of a device, and yet more leaks keep coming.<p>The much rumored iris scanner has been “confirmed” a number of times …

The accessory that fixes Apple devices’ biggest flaw is on sale today

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon Nobody is a fan of the 16GB iPhone. Nobody. <i>Nobody.</i> And yet that's been the baseline storage option for the iPhone since 2010, …

Heartbroken Dad Demands Change in Navy SEAL Training After Son's Death

<b>This story was prepared in partnership with The Virginian-Pilot.</b><p>Steve DelBianco flew out to California two months ago to check on how his son was doing in basic Navy SEAL training. He left a couple of days later, feeling reassured.<p>Danny DelBianco, who had spent years preparing for this moment, …

Hands-on with 5 Android apps you should download in June 2016 [Video]

There are nearly 1.5 million applications currently on Google Play and with so many to choose from, finding interesting new experiences can be a hassle. That’s why today we’re kicking off a new series here at <i>9to5Google</i> highlighting 5 different Android apps each month that are worth checking out.<p>So …

Samsung says its wraparound phones are 'around the corner' (Take that, Lenovo)

The fact that Lenovo beat Samsung with a public concept design for a bendable, flexible phone that wraps around the wrist has got to sting. After all, Samsung was the first to market a curved-screen phone.<p>Lenovo's surprise demo of the CPlus prototype on Thursday in San Francisco at the company's …

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Euro 2016: Thierry Henry says France's Dimitri Payet was 'hurt'

<b>Dimitri Payet's stunning late winner against Romania in the opening game of Euro 2016 was redemption for the "hurt" he has endured in his France career, says Thierry Henry.</b><p>The Euro 2016 hosts were set for a draw against Romania when West Ham player Payet's sublime finish earned victory in the …

8 interesting facts about LG

Though it is having a little trouble competing with companies like Samsung and Apple in the smartphone space, LG is still one of the best-known smartphone manufacturers in the world. According to Statista, LG is the 3rd most popular smartphone maker in the USA with a 9.7% subscriber base (as of …

Tidal adds Google Chromecast support to updated app

Tidal refreshed its media streaming app today with an update that finally lets users send audio and video to a Google Chromecast dongle.<p>In addition to software bug patches and improvements to the play queue, Tidal's latest version 1.14.0 for iOS and Android adds an integrated Cast option that pops …

21 Chrome shortcuts you need to know

You likely use a couple keyboard shortcuts to navigate Google's browser, but why stop there? Check out this list of shortcuts to raise your Chrome game.<p>I use a Mac, so I have listed shortcut combinations for a Mac keyboard, but an equivalent Windows shortcut exists for most if you substitute the …

8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito in Google Chrome

Pinterest<p>You Need to Go Incognito in Google Chrome! Here’s Why:<p>Yep, I’m talking about Google Chrome again! One of my favorite little features in …

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Xiaomi to focus on more expensive phones

Xiaomi made much of its $40 billion-plus fortune by selling affordable midrange and budget smartphones, like the Redmi Note 3. Now, Hugo Barra, the company's vice president of international, says the brand is going premium.<p>"When you look at...the prices of our products, they have been going up," he …

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is hitting the Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung is doing a good job handing out marshmallows to its large collection of smartphones and tablets. With the big names out of the way, Samsung is now focusing on smaller devices, like the Galaxy A8.<p>The metallic mid-ranger is currently receiving Marshmallow in India, but users in other …

Google adds built-in Cast option to Chrome for desktop

Google has begun rolling out a built-in Cast option for Chrome 51. You simply have to right click a tab or click the hamburger button on the right-hand part of the desktop browser to find a line in the menu that says "Cast..." Doesn't mean the old extension is completely useless now, though -- you …

Chrome OS is getting a much-needed storage manager

With Android tablet apps coming to Chromebooks, the very basic storage management in Chrome OS is going to be an issue. You can get your total free space via the Files App, but that doesn't give you any info about how it's being used. It can also break things down file-by-file, but that can be <i>too</i> …

Entry-level Honor 5C likely coming to Europe and India

Back in April, the entry-level Honor 5C made its way to China for only CNY 899 (~$140). With the octa-core Kirin 650 processor and a 5.2-inch Full HD display under its belt, the 5C was instantly a compelling option in the budget smartphone space.<p>It looks like the capable little device will be …

Chrome 52 Beta includes many developer features to improve browser performance

With Chrome 51 rolled out to browsers, mobile, and Chromebooks, version 52 is now in the beta channel. The release adds many developer focused features that should improve the overall performance of the browser.<p>Chrome cuts down on loading and rendering times by using heuristics to determine what …

English football fans clash with locals in Marseille ahead of Euro 2016 opener against Russia

Two English football fans were arrested and one rushed to hospital with a serious head wound after trouble flared between supporters and locals in Marseille ahead of England’s opening European Championship match against Russia.<p>High-spirited scenes descended into violence in the Old Port of the city …

New Acer Chromebook 11 and 14 hit the Google Store

Looking for a new Chromebook? Acer has been one of the key players in the Chrome OS market, and today they are introducing a couple new iterations to their Chromebook line-up. These are the all-new Acer Chromebook 11 and Acer Chromebook 14, which have just arrived in the official Google Store.<p>Both …

Google suspends Chromebook auto-updates due to critical bug

Chromebooks work on the idea of putting your data and applications in the cloud (not the ones responsible for rain). Running Google’s Chrome operating system, these machines are ideal for those who live in developed countries where Internet connectivity is reliable and cheap.<p>According to Google, …

ZTE Axon 7 goes official with up to 6GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 chip and 2K screen, costs just $450

ZTE has just unveiled the next phone in its series of high performance, affordable, flagship-beating smartphones; the ZTE Axon 7. Like last year’s Axon, this year’s model seeks to offer a competitive experience at a price which undercuts similar smartphones from big-name manufacturers, and it might …

MacBook Pro 2016: What The New MacBook Might Tell Us

Apple has two excellent Retina MacBook lines, the Pro and 12-inch MacBook. One old, one new. Does the newest MacBook provide any insight into what’s next for the most powerful class of MacBooks?<p>I’ve been using the newest 12-inch Retina MacBook for about six months now. What can I extrapolate from …

Android Auto gets updated with “Ok Google” support, will no longer need compatible Android Auto car

Google’s I/O developer conference is in full swing, and the company is giving most of its products significant updates. Yesterday, on stage, we saw the final touches being put on Android N, its new VR dedicated platform and a 2.0 update for Wear, however Android Auto was not mentioned.<p>As it turns …

Google is driving another nail into the coffin of Flash

In a move that should surprise nobody, Google Chrome will disable Flash by default on most websites, starting later this year.<p>It’s been a long way coming, but the Internet is finally ready to say goodbye to Adobe’s Flash plugin. To expedite the process, Google’s Chrome browser will soon ask users …

Samsung's Next Smartwatch Could Put The Display On Your Hand

Samsung’s next smartwatch may have an interesting trick up its sleeve. Or your sleeve in fact. Or your palm. Or the desk you’re resting your arm on…<p>A new patent demonstrates that the Korean company could be working on display technology that lets a smartwatch can project onto any nearby surface.<p>The …

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