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Oct
20
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There are a number of apps and services available to help you detect what song is currently playing around you: products like Shazam, SoundHound, or even Google Now. Such services typically rely on your smartphone’s microphone to record a sample of music and then compare that sample against a database of songs.

The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL house a feature similar to what is described above, but with a couple of key...
Oct
20
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Downtown Singapore from Elgin Bridge. Photo credit: Erwin Soo.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) – the country’s central bank – today revealed a streamlined framework for the regulation of VC fund managers.

The relaxed requirements for managing VC funds are intended to make it easier for startups to access growth capital. The revised rules largely reflect proposals put forward by MAS alongside a public consultation earlier this year, after the Singaporean government’s Committee on the Future Economy (CFE)...
Oct
20
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Sea CEO Nick Nash (L). Photo credit: Tech in Asia.

The news (extracted from The Financial Times):

  • Singaporean internet company Sea is seeking to raise more than US$1 billion via its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange later today, The Financial Times reports.
  • Sea has priced its stock at US$15 per share, above the range of US$12 to US$14 it had indicated in an earlier regulatory filing.
  • Chinese tech giant Tencent, which currently owns a 39.8 percent equity interest in Sea, told...
Oct
20
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Mobile security is paramount and Google is stepping up to the plate to ensure your apps are safe. Today, Google announced that it was launching a new bug bounty program named the “Google Play Security Reward Program”. It aims to encourage developers and white hat hackers to poke and prod apps from the Play Store for vulnerabilities.

Right now, the apps in the new program will be via invite only. The list is...
Oct
20
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The folks over at XDA-Developers are working hard to figure out a way to remap the Google Pixel 2’s squeezable shortcut, but it may not be all that easy.

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Google Pixel 2 XL unboxing and first impressions

Google is fast becoming an AI-first company, and to really put AI at the core of the smartphone experience, it needs to control the entire stack, including services,...
Oct
20
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by Android Authority at 03:03
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Apart from being companies, what do AT&T, Google, Sony, and Dish have in common? They have all released streaming TV services that sit alongside other offerings. Unfortunately for Verizon, it will reportedly not have such a service to call its own until at least spring 2018.

According to a report by the folks at Bloomberg, the delay is partially due to Verizon not yet able to finalize distribution...
Oct
20
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by Android Authority at 00:45
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Back when Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it also took the wraps off some other goodies as well. The recently released Google Home Mini was one, but another was the updated Daydream View VR headset. We weren’t given a release date at the time of the announcement, but it looks like the headset has just gone live.

You can now head over...
Oct
19
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by Android Authority at 23:12
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iFixit

If you’re waiting on the brand new Google Pixel 2 XL, we have something that might tide you over until you can get your hands on it. Today, iFixit published its teardown guide and repairability score for the phone and gave us a look inside the device.

There are several interesting facts we can glean, like exactly how modular the components are and which parts will be the hardest to replace.

If the battery goes bad in your unit, you’re probably going to want to take...
Oct
19
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Today, Google announced some changes to its Google Play Store. The biggest of which will add a new method for people to try apps without going through the process of installing them first. The new feature leverages Google’s Android Instant Apps functionality that was introduced last year.

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Android Instant Apps: what do they mean for users and developers?

Do you really need to download an app to own it? I’m not being philosophical here (do we truly own...
Oct
19
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by Android Authority at 21:53
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Update: A new “Made for Google” page has made its way to the Google Store. The page further highlights some of Google’s partners, and clicking on some of the options in the list will bring you to these brands’ websites where you can check out some of the official Made for Google accessories.

Original: Earlier this week, we brought you news about a rumored “Made for Google” program. The few details we had pointed to a program where Google would certify third-party accessories much in the same way that Apple does with its MFi program. During its...
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