November 29, 2016

AAPL: 111.46

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Google has made its Featured Photos screensaver – previously limited to Pixel, Chromecast and Google Fiber devices – available on the Mac. The screensaver pulls in the highest-rated shots Google+ users have chosen to make public, so you get a constantly-updating flow of often breathtakingly gorgeous photos.

The screensaver works especially well on multiple monitor setups, as each monitor displays a different photo …

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November 28, 2016

AAPL: 111.57

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November 15, 2016

AAPL: 107.11

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Google Photos is getting a number of updates today that improve the editing experience through machine learning and more manual controls. Additionally, a standalone PhotoScan app for iOS allows you to digitize your old physical prints with just your phone’s camera.

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9to5toys 

November 14, 2016

AAPL: 105.71

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Apple Music may be working hard to dethrone streaming music market leader Spotify, but it also can’t afford to ignore the other horses in the race. Google Play Music has today launched a major revamp of its iOS and Android apps, using machine-learning to put together context-specific playlists and ensuring that you always have music to listen to even if you forget to download offline music.

The move happens on the same day that Amazon Music Unlimited began its international expansion …

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November 10, 2016

AAPL: 107.79

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Adobe has updated its Photoshop Express app for iPhone and iPad to allow automatic creation of photo collages, and to add support for Google Photos.

The company said that collage-creation was its most-requested feature, and that ‘studio caliber’ collages can be automatically created in 5-7 taps …

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November 7, 2016

AAPL: 110.41

1.57
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9to5google 

October 26, 2016

AAPL: 115.59

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Google’s new flagship Pixel XL phone landed in my hands early Monday morning, and I’ve been taking it for a test drive ever since. I’m obviously someone who prefers Apple devices over Google devices, but this phone is so fascinating that I just had to try it.

I should note that this isn’t a review — if you want a review you should definitely check out Stephen’s review over at 9to5Google — these are first impressions from an iPhone fan. Considering that the Pixel is the first real Google-branded smartphone, one that’s obviously meant to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s best offerings, I felt obligated to try it out. Here’s a brief look at a dozen of my initial thoughts. expand full story

electrek 

October 25, 2016

AAPL: 118.25

0.60
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October 24, 2016

AAPL: 117.65

1.05
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Google today is rolling out an update to Google Maps on iOS that bumps the app to version 4.24 and brings a few useful new features for users. Now, users can more quickly order food from their favorite restaurants, as well as easily add photos of places from directly within the app and find plus codes for locations around the world.

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October 22, 2016

AAPL: 116.60

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With the release of Google Assistant, supplanting Google Now on the new Pixel with Android 7.1, Google’s speech recognition/AI engine is supposed to be more personable and less robotic. At the same time, Apple has been improving the accuracy and intelligence of Siri, which has until now been a distant second in the assistant space when it comes to accuracy. With the below video comparing iPhone 7 Plus and the the Pixel XL, YouTuber MKBHD shows that both have come a long way… expand full story

October 19, 2016

AAPL: 117.12

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Google’s Gboard iOS keyboard has been one of the better received third-party keyboards yet. Today Google is releasing Gboard version 1.2 for iOS with a few highly requested features. New themes, additional emoji, and support for 3D Touch and the handy cursor placement trick are all included plus more.

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9to5toys 

October 13, 2016

AAPL: 116.98

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The latest update to the Google Photos app is a big one: it uses AI technology to add four new features, from resurfacing old memories to fixing sideways photos. The new features are available in the iOS app, Android app (shown above) and on the web.

While the iPhone should recognize whether you’re holding the camera vertically or horizontally, there are times when this doesn’t work reliably. The app will now automatically detect photos which appear to be sideways and offer to fix them for you with one tap.

The three remaining new features all focus on ways to highlight memories and share moments with others …

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October 10, 2016

AAPL: 116.05

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You might have thought things couldn’t get any worse for Samsung after a series of fires and explosions forced it to recall its flagship Galaxy Note 7. It had already been forced to recall almost 2.5 million devices at an estimated cost of a billion dollars, with all U.S. major carriers offering customers the option to return replacement devices also.

But things have now gotten worse. Much worse. The Verge has found that no fewer than five replacement devices have caught fire in the U.S. alone.

When it was just one case, I cautioned against jumping to conclusions, but with five separate fires in such a short time, we’re well beyond the point of being able to ascribe this to the simple statistics of lithium battery failures. All four major U.S. carriers have now pulled the Note 7 altogether, and Samsung has ‘temporarily’ halted production of replacement Note 7s …

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October 6, 2016

AAPL: 113.89

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9to5google 

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the quiet death of the Apple TV 3, iPhone 7 Plus dual camera impressions, 2017 iPhone and iPad rumors, Google’s event and new Pixel phone, and the hope for new Macs this month. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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October 4, 2016

AAPL: 113.00

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Google’s keynote today was knocked by some observers for having a similar style to Apple keynotes: a funny video to start things off, an intro from the CEO to set the stage, and product leaders announcing new products that they work on. I don’t really buy into that as a critique. Apple usually does an impressive keynote; they use a format that other companies should copy.

Something else that stood out is Google’s habit of using subtle references to Apple critiques to pitch its products. That’s just not very Apple. There was a reference to ‘bumping phones’ a few years ago when Apple introduced AirDrop, but Apple tastefully avoided any combustion jokes when it introduced the iPhone 7 last month. Google, on the other hand, just couldn’t leave Apple out of its keynote.

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Today at its press event to unveil its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, a rebranding of its Nexus-line of devices, Google also took the wraps off new features coming to its Assistant and Home platforms and more. The company highlighted claims that its new smartphones have the best camera of any mobile device yet, including comparing it to the new iPhone 7 camera.

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electrek 

September 27, 2016

AAPL: 113.09

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