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Sphero’s New Lightning McQueen Makes Me Excited For the Future of Robotic Toys

I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero’s new Cars toy. My colleagues hate the way the robot announces it’s going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They’re also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up in trying to understand Pixar’s Cars world to realise that they’re playing with the incredible future of robotic toys. Read More >>

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The Best Apps for Hearing the News Before Anyone Else

You might have noticed we’re in a crazy news cycle right now, and in these times of political and civil uncertainty, staying on top of breaking news is more important than ever. If you want the most relevant stories delivered to your phone in the shortest possible time, we’ve got the apps for you. Read More >>

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The Samsung S8 Dex Dock Works With Old Microsoft Lumia Phones

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company included a new feature designed to turn your phone into a desktop PC. Called "Dex", the idea is that you can plug your S8 into a dock, connect a screen, keyboard and mouse, and have a desktop-style user experience. Read More >>

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Android O Will Allow Graphics Driver Updates Via The Play Store

The recently revealed "Android O" may not have knocked it out of the park for Google, but there is a nifty feature coming to the upgraded platform that will appeal in particular to mobile gamers — graphic driver updates independent of full OS ones. Read More >>

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7 Android Apps That Actually Work Properly on a Chromebook

If you haven’t heard, a lot of Chromebooks can run Android apps now, but not everything in the Google Play Store is going to make sense for your lightweight laptop — we’re looking at you, Snapchat. Here are seven Android apps that are actually well suited to running on top of Chrome OS. Read More >>

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Now All Android Apps Can Hide Themselves From Rooted Phones

The other day it was revealed that Netflix was hiding itself from rooted Android phones, and Google is making this a official feature for all apps on Google Play. Read More >>

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The Best and Worst of Google I/O 2017 (So Far…)

Another Google I/O keynote has happened and, again, we have mixed feelings about what we saw. Apparently, the search giant is shifting from being mobile-first to being AI-first. What does that mean? Who the hell knows. Read More >>

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Everything New About Android From Google I/O

Today at the annual Google I/O developer conference, we finally learned about all the updates coming to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, dubbed Android O for now—at least until its official release later this year. This is the eighth version of the OS (Android 8.0), and even though we’ve seen some of the additions in the developer preview that launched in March, there’s a whole swath of new goodies that Google highlighted at the show. So, without further adieu, here are all the new updates coming to Android. Read More >>

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How to Install Lightweight Versions of Your Favourite Apps

With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don’t burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here’s how to give them a test drive. Read More >>

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This Simple Smartphone App May Just Trick People Into Thinking You Don’t Suck at Drawing

Have you ever dreamed about impressing the people around your neighbourhood with preachy Banksy-inspired graffiti? SketchAR is an augmented reality drawing app that uses a smartphone and its camera to let you trace images. And when used with a device that supports Google’s Project Tango technology, suddenly anyone can become a tagger who doesn’t suck. Read More >>

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Google I/O 2017 Is Coming: What to Expect From the Future of Android, Chrome, and More

Google’s annual I/O developer conference kicks off Wednesday 17th May and continues through the end of the week. We’ll be on the ground at the show covering all the breaking news, but before then we’re taking a closer look at what we can expect from this year’s conference. Read More >>

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Netflix App Starts Blocking Rooted Android Users

Streaming giant Netflix is infuriating the hardcore Android users of the world right now, after an updated version of its app for Google phones started stating that it will no longer work for users of mobiles running rooted or aftermarket bootloader unlocked versions of the Android OS. Read More >>

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5 Things Google Assistant Does Better Than Siri

Good news for anyone with an Android phone that isn’t a Pixel: Google Assistant is rolling out to more phones, new and old. That means many more of us will be able to take advantage of Google’s latest and smartest AI. There are some things both the Google Assistant and Siri are excellent at—like pulling up emails or showing photos you’ve taken in the last week in a specific city (Apple really seems to be catching up to Google in the image analysis department). Read More >>

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How to Set Up Auto-Respond Texts When You’re Driving

It’s incredibly tempting to reach out and respond to a text you get while you’re driving, but maybe less so when you realise that distracted driving is causing thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. Take away the temptation by having your phone reply to messages for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. Read More >>

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How to Abandon Android and Switch to iOS

Maybe you like the curves of the iPhone 7, maybe you just don’t trust Google with your data any more, or maybe someone just gave you an iPhone as a birthday present. Whatever the reason, here’s how to get your entire digital life from Android to iOS with as little head-scratching as possible. Read More >>