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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI  —  Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform launched more than two years ago and it's now supported by more than a dozen brands and runs on more than 100 watch designs.  Today, the company took …

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Daydream is Google's VR platform, for new Android N phones only, which offers Android VR Mode, a full ecosystem that optimizes phone performance for VR  —  Following months of speculation, Google is diving deeper into virtual reality.  Today at its I/O keynote, the company announced Daydream …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Google reveals plans for new VR headset and motion controller slated for this fall, to be part of Daydream, Google's VR platform that's baked into Android N  —  At its annual I/O developer conference today, Google is showing off a reference design for a new virtual reality headset that builds …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Google: 600 new Android phones launched this year, Play Store surpassed 65B total app downloads; currently there are more than 100 Android Auto models, stereos  —  Google kicked off the Android segment of its I/O developer conference this year as it has in the past with a list of new facts and figures to tout.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google is crowdsourcing name suggestions for Android N, reserves right to pick winner  —  Remember the rumor suggesting Google may use an online poll to name Android N?  Well, it turns the rumor was half-correct: It's more of a suggestion box than a poll.  Google wants to hear your what you've got at android.com/n.

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TechCrunch: Android N gets a low-latency VR mode  —  May 18, 2016, 10:55 amMay 18, 2016, 11:33 am  —  We don't know if Google will launch its own virtual reality headset at its I/O developer conference this year, but Android N, the next version of the company's mobile operating system, will feature a special mode for VR apps.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Google Photos passes 200M monthly active users, up from 100M users last October  —  Google's photo app appears to be a hit: Sundar Pichai, Google's CEO, announced today that the Photos service now has 200 million active users every month.  —  The company announced the news today during its annual I/O developer conference.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google shows off Duo, its new HD video calling app and answer to Apple's Facetime  —  Some have criticised Google for falling behind when it comes to social networking and new communications services, but the company is how working hard to catch up.  Today, the company announced …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google announces Allo, a messaging app with smart replies to images and text messages, Google Assistant built in, Incognito mode, available this summer  —  Google is announcing a new messaging app today.  It's called Allo and its main feature is a Google assistant that's built right in.

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Google unveils Google Assistant, a conversational virtual assistant that's a big upgrade to Google Now  —  Google today said it was unveiling a virtual assistant tool at its annual Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View called Google Assistant.  —  This appears to be similar …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google announces Google Home, an always-listening small speaker to compete with Amazon Echo, coming out later this year, price unknown  —  For the past year and a half, the tech world has been recovering from Amazon's surprise announcement of the Echo.  Now, Google is finally doing what everybody wanted it to do: release a competitor.

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YouTube: Google I/O 2016 keynote live stream  —  #IO16 starts today at 10am PT. Tune in to watch the keynote live

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YouTube: Google I/O 2016 keynote live stream, available in 360 video  — 

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The Verge: Google I/O 2016 keynote liveblog  —  N stands for New, among other things.  This year at Google IO, we're fully expecting virtual reality to take center stage — but something tells us Sundar Pichai has some other tricks up his sleeve

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Laura Rosbrow-Telem / GeekTime: Israeli cloud security startup Avanan raises $14.9 million Series A  —  Avanan, which won the startup pitch competition at Geektime's annual conference in October, just scored another, admittedly much larger victory: The less than two-year-old Israeli startup announced on Tuesday that they had raised …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: 117M LinkedIn user emails and passwords from 2012 hack offered for sale on dark web marketplace; LinkedIn is contacting affected users  —  A LinkedIn hack from back in 2012 is still causing problems for its users.  The company announced this morning that another data set from the hack …

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica: Fitbit acquires “wearable payment assets” from Coin including key personnel and IP; Coin products to no longer be sold; existing Coin 2.0 cards will still work  —  “No plans” for integration into products in 2016, but 2017 is a whole new year.  —  Fitbit devices are known …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: iOS 9.3.2 update bricking some 9.7-inch iPad Pro devices with “Error 56” message, Apple looking into the issue  —  iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple MacRumors readers and Twitter users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air.

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Nokia Corporation: Nokia licenses brand and IP to new company HMD Global to sell Android phones and tablets made by Foxconn's FIH Mobile  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has announced plans that will see the Nokia brand return to the mobile phone and tablet markets on a global basis.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Android Pay Debuts in the UK, no need to unlock device when you tap for sales under £30  —  Ahead of Google's annualI/O event kicking off later today in Mountain View, the company is unveiling its latest developments for Android Pay.  The mobile wallet for Android-powered smartphones …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn for $350 million  —  Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million.  The deal will see 4,500 employees transfer over to Foxconn's subsidiary, and Microsoft handing over the rights …

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Apple: Apple announces new iOS app design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, to open in early 2017  —  First-of-its-kind Center to Support Developers Creating Innovative Mobile Apps in India  —  Apple® today announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India's iOS developer community.

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Steve Dent / Engadget: IBM researchers find a way to store 3 bits in a phase-change memory cell, paving the way for memory technology with DRAM-like speed and a cost closer to flash  —  Flash storage is too slow for your device's main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile.  Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member's ride in real-time  —  Uber today announced a new tool that will allow family members and other loved ones to track each others' trips using its service.  Called simply “Trip Tracker,” the addition is a feature connected to Uber's Family Profiles …

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Report: Google introducing software tools at I/O to help developers build chat bots that run in messaging apps, in strategy similar to Microsoft's  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is creating tools for software developers to build chat bots that run inside messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger …

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