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Android Messages Is Getting Some of the Best Features From Google’s Abandoned Chat App

A couple months ago, Google announced that it would be suspending development of yet another messaging app to focus on Android Messages and to help carriers adopt Google Chat, a new messaging protocol based on RCS that should make texting a whole lot better. Read More >>

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Google Wants to Replace SMS With a Better Messaging Platform 

Texting is long overdue for a makeover. The simple, utilitarian Short Message Service (SMS) has served our messaging needs well for more than a decade, but as our texts become increasingly crammed with photos, videos, and more, it’s clear that SMS can no longer meet the needs of the average smartphone user. That’s where Rich Communications Services (RCS) comes in: the much-better platform that Google wants to put on your phone. Read More >>

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App-Connected Scalextric Cars Give You Mario Kart-Like Power-Ups and Damage

Who knew that when Super Mario Kart first hit the SNES so many years ago it would have such a lasting effect on us? Even Scalextric, who've been making slot car tracks for decades, are finally introducing a new accessory that wirelessly connects to an app so you can add SMK-like crash damage, power-ups, and even stat tracking to back up your bragging rights. Read More >>