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Google Makes Contacts App Available for All Android Phones

Apart from technical reasons, there is one big thing that gave Pixel and Nexus a slight edge over other competing smartphones – a complete access to all of the latest perks (services) from Google. And, Google Contacts was certainly one of those apps. But, wait! Things seem to be changing now as Google has made Contacts app available for all Android phones.

Sounds cool, right?

For those who don’t have clear understanding of what Contacts really is: It is a Google’s app that manages all your contacts. The app was previously accessible on Pixel, Android, Nexus and Google Play Edition phones, but now anyone having Android Lollipop 5 or above can make the most of it.

Contacts is extremely useful for people having multiple Google accounts and looking for a platform that can allow them to access all contacts easily from one channel.

So, if you have been utilizing third-party apps because you don’t have a Pixel, Nexus or Android One, don’t worry. From now on, Contacts will work perfectly on your Android phone as well.

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Gmail for iOS Gets Serious About Phishing Links

As we all know that a couple of month ago, Google got extremely serious about phishing links, and in result it introduced an “anti-phishing feature” for Gmail on Android. It had to be done because of a widespread attack that affected millions of users.

Now it’s been official that Google is going to take the same precautionary steps for Gmail on iOS.  Most probably after fifteen days or so, the feature will be activated.

So, if you are an iOS user, you will receive a warning message with pop up when you click on any suspicious link. The reason behind this warning is to let you know that the URL you are trying to access will take you to a malicious site. However, even after getting notified, if you still want to open the link, Google will load another warning that the website you are trying to visit has been marked as a fake.

The approach Google has adopted against phishing links is pretty commendable, and will make sure that you stay away from such websites and resources.

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Google Reportedly Competing with Snapchat by Building Similar Style News System

We all are very aware of the fact that Snapchat’s discover mode is a splendid way for brands to create interesting visual stories that get spread out across 158 million daily users. A couple of days ago, a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed that Google is now working on a quite similar feature, named “Stamp”.  It’s been reported that publishers including CNN, the Washington Post, VOX Media and Time have some serious plans to participate.

More possibilities for the feature to live beneath the search bar, whereas Android users are already provided with the list of recommended websites and news stories.

According to the report, Google is developing this feature around its AMP webpage tech. As this way, the stories, whatever form they are in, would load quickly without any clutter.

This is what one of Google’s Spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal: “Ever since the beginning of AMP we’ve constantly collaborated with publishers, and are working on many new features.”

Well, it certainly makes a lot of sense as news delivery is turning out to be a pivotal part of social media. And technically, Google has a lot of advantage over Snapchat because it can elevate stories to search results, whereas Snapchat’s discover posts are restricted into the app itself.

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Dota 2 Is Not Going to Be So Overwhelming to Newcomers

Dota 2 has decided to be a little merciful with newcomers by making changes in its initial stages, which is going be a very highlighted factor during and after The International 2017, the game’s world championship that begins next week.

Of course, there are some helpful players, but MOBAs are quite negatively known for experts who are literally aggressive with players having less awareness of the game. This is what Valves wants to fix. And to do this, it is introducing a Dota 2 update that will match newcomers with players who have high behavior score. This, according to Valve, will eventually lessen the chance of a newcomer getting scolded by the experts.

Valve said it is crucial that new players have a remarkable social experience when they are first entering into the arena, and this adjustment will not only pair new players with others by skill level, but also by the behavior of opponents.

Although these alterations are not big changes, but still they can surely play an integral role in maintaining Dota 2’s momentum.

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Apple Gets Green Signal to Test 5G Wireless Technology

The FCC has given green signal to Apple to start testing its 5G technology, and that certainly adds the company in the list of those who are already working towards making 5G available to the masses. T-Mobile is expected to launch its 5G technology in 2020, whereas Sprint is going way head as it has plans to launch the technology in 2019. Moreover, Verizon and AT&T are also looking extremely serious to join their competitors.

Apple has always been optimistic to make an impact by improving the efficiency and quality of internet, therefore the company applied for the license in May. While doing this, Apple revealed some of the details about the plan and what objectives it holds.

Well practically, the approach is pretty sensible because it will provide immense technical data relevant to make necessary alterations within the technology before the launch.

As far as the tests are concerned, they will take place at two different locations in Silicon Valley, one in Milpitas and the other one close to Apple HQ in Cupertino. And according to the company, testing will be completed within the time period of one year.

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Razer is Reportedly Building a Phone for Gamers

Who doesn’t know Razer? After all it’s one of the best companies that creates high-end devices for gamers. From desktops and laptops to power banks and even projection systems, every device that Razer creates is aimed at game enthusiasts.

During the start of this year, the company also acquired NextBit and its cloud phone called the Robin. And according to Bloomberg, this acquisition is going to come up with something bigger as Razer is planning to build a smartphone specifically for gamers.

With such news, a lot of questions are left unanswered, and the first one is, whether the gaming smartphone will be launched under the BextBit or Razer brand. Also, whether the company will be able to make it worthwhile.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, Razer is hopeful to make its (IPO) in Hong Kong this coming October with a valuation of $5 billion. It seems that the company is quite optimistic to expand its horizon in the gaming industry beyond hardware.

Well, we will have to wait for a couple of months more to get appropriate insights into what’s cooking.

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Facebook Fights Fake News by Disabling Modified Link Previews

Facebook has started rolling out a new feature that aims to eradicate fake news from making it on the social channel. The new feature acts as a solid barrier against non-publishers who usually edit the link previews that appear on the website when they post a story. And, that also includes the image, headline and text snippet which become the target to manipulate audience.

According to Facebook, the new feature will assist the social network in eliminating false news. Because, a lot of fake news distributors have been misusing the ability to customize metadata for spreading unauthentic information. Not only this, they have even been replacing the image, headline and snippet with controversial content for the sake of likes, shares and comments.

However, this feature disables the capability to modify link previews, which will eventually help Facebook overcome one of the ways people use to mislead the audience.

On the other hand, Facebook also made sure that original publishers don’t have to suffer by adding a new tab under Page Publishing Tools which can be used to apply for link ownership.

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Now You Can Share Any File You Want on WhatsApp

Not many weeks ago, it was all over the internet that WhatsApp will allow users to share any type of file they want through its application. Fortunately, the news has now become a reality. And, it is surely going to be an amazing update for people who use WhatsApp extensively for work.

The update is finally available on both Android and iOS. And, if you have not updated your app yet, do it now. For many years, WhatsApp only allowed its users to share media files such as photos and videos, but in the recent past, the developers made sure that people are able to share documents such as PDFs by adding a support.

With this latest update, it seems that users will have the power to share just about any file on their phones. However, there are some limitations in terms of file size. The maximum size of a file that you can send is 100MB, which certainly means that you shouldn’t expect WhatsApp to allow you share movies or any file bigger than this size.

But with this, there is also good news. WhatsApp won’t compromise the quality of your photos which it used to do in the past. You can now send photos and not worry about the quality because it is never going to get downgraded.

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Samsung to Take on Amazon Echo and Google Home Thru Its Bixby-Powered Smart Speakers

Samsung is all set to give some real tough time to Amazon and Google with the launch of its artificial intelligence-powered smart speakers.

A report conducted by The Wall Street Journal reveals that Samsung is working on a voice-controlled speaker codenamed “Vega” that uses Bixby, Samsung’s virtual assistant.

As per the report, the specifications are not yet decided and there is no clear news about the release date as well. However, if the South Korean electronics giant wants to standout in this tough competition, it will surely need to come up with something impressive.

Samsung, being an ultra-dynamic electronics company, is completely aware of the fact. And Bixby, its AI assistant, seems like an answer to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri.

In March, Samsung’s executive vice president Injong Lee gave a subtle hint about the company’s desire for Bixby, and it is right to say that Vega will likely to be incorporated into these plans.

“Starting with our smartphones, Bixby will be gradually applied to all our appliances. In the future, you would be able to control your air conditioner or TV through Bixby. Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby.”

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Xiaomi Introduces New Cinema-Quality Mi Laser Projector

When we talk about home theater setups, high-quality projectors have always been the most expensive way to enjoy a quality movie time. But, it seems that a Chinese tech company Xiaomi has solid plans to change the trend with its new cinema-quality Mi Laser Projector.

Xiaomi’s newest addition priced at 9,999 yuan which is quite reasonable as compare to a complete home theater setup and boasts a 150inch display to offer you a tantalizing theater like experience.

The Mi Laser Projector uses LPD 3.0 laser light source tech which is developed by Appotronics. By the way, it is the same company that has developed the laser tech in almost 90 percent of China’s movie theaters.

To make this latest addition a more exciting yet fully integrated home theater, Xiaomi has added a built-in speaker system which makes Mi Laser Projector a one stop-solution for the audience. Well, in all honesty, the technology is not something new, but the cheap prices are putting it in a more favorable situation.

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