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    Our first taste of what the Google Assistant can do for us in our everyday lives is within the Google Allo messaging app that got released today. Now, you can get your undergarments scrunched up about all the chat apps that Google has floated out, but we'll save the debate for another post. What got released today for both Android and iOS seems to be an attempt to become what Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, iMessage and [insert your app of choice here] have become — cuter, more versatile and smarter. While that includes the usual pack of stickers or the doodly-doos on your pictures, ...

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    Flying solo to a market in desperate need of a non-exploding hero device may have been the right call for LG after the colossal G5 and Friends flop, with the V20 at least seemingly building on V10’s undeniable strengths while keeping gimmicks to a minimum. Of course, any early comparison, in lack of rigorous testing and lengthy real-life examination, can be highly subjective and, at the end of the day, prove flat-out wrong. But the LG V20 undoubtedly improves on G5’s dubious primer paint-including construction with a legit metal back, not requiring costly accessories to deliver premium ...

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    Instead of employing just one generic design across its many high-end and mid-range Android smartphone families, with minor build quality differences and the most significant distinctions left to the internal department, Huawei seems to understand the meaning of the words “diversity” and “choice” at a much deeper level than other OEMs. The Nova and Nova Plus, for instance, might be sharing a name, but they actually go in opposite directions in terms of aesthetics. Well, not as much opposite as decidedly different. They’re both as premium as sub-flagships come, one resembling the ...

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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    Smartphones come with a lot of expectations. Sony's move away from the Xperia Z, and some of the more outlandish specs delivered on the Z Premium, was advertised as an appeal to common sense smartphone computing. Sony was going to focus on what mattered, and that's how the Xperia X was born. This is an admirable goal, and we've praised many manufacturers which have taken a "back to basics" approach to manufacturing. Sony however faces an onslaught of competition from other top tier flagship devices, and from a new collection of budget busters aiming to deliver high end specs at mid-range ...

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    Microsoft is finally going to catch up to the Joneses on the mobile payments frontier with the release of its Wallet 2.0 app for Windows 10 Mobile. There's one big addition that arguably should've been working since 1.0 and that's the ability to Tap to Pay using NFC. Windows Central was able to get an internal build of the app onto a Lumia 950 for trying out the Tap to Pay functionality. As with other mobile payment systems, cards' compatibilities with the system will vary, so it'll be interesting to get a list of those cards. Tap To Pay did work as advertised: the phone will wake from ...

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    It’s one thing to wish for a major imminent VR breakthrough from the world’s most profitable tech company, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to realistically expect Apple’s Daydream answer at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen. Not so soon, at least, and not at an event described as a “snoozefest” by our own Adam Doud. Of course, it’s even less likely we’ll be hearing a single word on iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware upgrades at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium keynote on Monday, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm ...

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    If you're in HTC's new Preview program, you'll be able to find the Boost+ app. It's an app that scrapes other apps off your RAM and trash temporary files (as well as some of those other files, too). There's also an app locking feature, though unlocking your questionable app does require a lock pattern on the bottom half of the screen and, occasionally, an ad on the top. Dime a dozen these things are, we sorta find that HTC's design language makes things barely tolerable. If you're an anti-kleptomaniac, if you're pathologically wired to just wipe everything away ... well, the app's actually ...

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    Nokia saw the need for an optimal optical option in the smartphone market and decided to take apart each step of the picture process for a mobile device. It had the optics; all the optics. But while you can have a nice glass and rack some cool bokeh, it means nothing without translation, without the camera app. The Lumia Camera app, now known as Windows Camera, was the ace in Nokia's second sleeve with some versatile lightroom techniques and creative after effects. But while there was major emphasis on stills, the video suite was shorter-stacked in features. Turns out ...

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    Microsoft has been hard at work at re-inventing itself, and among those changes, we've seen how the company has broadened its focus for one of its biggest assets, Microsoft Office. We've seen how the company has expanded the reach of these apps to now work on iOS and Android in a big way, and we've also seen its serious revamp to its Outlook email client. Still, that doesn't mean the company has ignored its core Windows business, and part of that vision comes with Microsoft Office 2016. Microsoft has just launched the preview for both Office 2016 and Skype for Business to the public. Keep ...

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    As rumors come and go about Apple's plans for the future of OS X, it's clear that the company has done a lot of progress in trying to merge both platforms as much as it can. We've even seen the OS X and iOS teams merge together recently in order to reach this goal, and today's earlier leaks even show iOS 8 might include Preview and TextEdit apps as part of the update. We were all left with some confusion over why these apps are making it to the mobile platform, but new developments start giving some sense to the strategy. As it turns out Apple is planning to bring the functionality of ...

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    As we reported yesterday, the rumors of what to expect for iOS 8 are already strong. We've already heard that Apple will be focusing heavily on improving the experience of Maps for its new mobile operating system, and we even heard that iTunes Radio is also getting some usability tweaks as well. Today we get more leaks that we're still trying to believe, but that hint to the evolution of iOS into additional areas like fitness. Today we get the first screenshots of what to expect for iOS 8. These hint to Apple bringing us a new service called Health Book, which looks dramatically similar, ...

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    Apple's recent release of iOS 5.1 is anything but surprising. It took very little spotlight at Tim Cook's recent Keynote, but that doesn't mean it isn't important. The update has a full list of the updates that current customers are looking for, like improved performance in battery life for the iPhone 4S and the ability to delete unwanted images from Photo Stream. Obviously, if you're enjoying all the benefits behind a Jailbreak, upgrading to iOS 5.1 can prove to threaten your freedom. If you're asking yourself if this update is worth your time and lock-down, have a look at our following ...

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    This week's Xbox LIVE game comes out tomorrow, and again we've got an early preview for you. Kinectimals for Windows Phone is a portable version of the innovative Kinectimals game for Xbox 360 with Kinect. You can choose a virtual pet from a number of wild animal cubs, name it, train it, and take care of it. As you teach it tricks, you'll get points and money that you can use to buy food, beverages, collars, toys and other items for your pet. Sometimes it will ask you for food, sometimes it will get a ball or jump-rope and want to play, and sometimes it will get dirty from rolling in the ...

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    Tomorrow's new Xbox LIVE game for Windows Phone is called "Bug Village". It's a free game and there are no advertisements, but there's still a catch. First off let me tell you about the game. The object is to attract ants and bees to your village by building houses for them, feeding them, and giving them things to do. On one side of the river is your village, while on the other side is your garden area where you can place piles for the ants to collect, and food for them to eat. Sometimes a stinky bug will show up that you'll want to get rid of, or a lady bug who you'll want to help out. ...

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    This week's "Must Have Game" for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone is Bullet Asylum. It comes out February 8th for $2.99 in the Windows Phone Marketplace, so be sure to check it out then. Of course a free trial will be available, but in the meantime, check out our video preview below. The game's graphic style is similar to that of "Our Manic Game" and "Orbital"... all of the elements seem to be made of colored light beams. It's a very futuristic Tron-like effect. The game also has a great soundtrack and if you go into the sound options, the three buttons at the bottom will actually install 3 very ...

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    This week's new Xbox LIVE game is Splinter Cell: Conviction. This one was announced long long ago in 2011, but it's finally becoming available tomorrow on February 22nd. This isn't your average casual pick-up-and-play-whenever game that many are used to for smartphone games. This is a real shooter with lots of controls and buttons to learn. You've got a virtual joystick on the left to control the direction in which your character will walk or run, then you've got buttons on the right for doing all sorts of actions including shooting, sniper mode, crouching, jumping over things, etc. ...

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    We first saw "Chickens Can't Fly" at Comic-Con New York last year and it looked entertaining. This week it will finally be available on February 15th for $2.99 in the Windows Phone Marketplace and in addition to the humorous cartoon-style game play, it has a few other special features. This is the first Xbox LIVE Windows Phone game to support live tiles and multiple live tiles. If you pin the game to your start screen it will occasionally flip over to show your current progress. You can also pin different laboratories to your start screen for quick access to whichever level you're working ...

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    Windows Phone 7 launched last year with a lot of hype and some great reviews. This year there's going to be a significant update to the new mobile operating system which is said to bring 500 new features. Really, in Microsoft's database, there are around 1000 new features, but some of them are kind of minor. I have no intention of actually counting them, but if you look at that scrollbar on this page, we have found a pretty significant number of new features to talk about. Today we've got a preview of the new Windows Phone "Mango" update and it continues Windows Phone 7's concept of making ...

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