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    Google Seems to be Working on Headphones with Google Assistant (Aug 21, 2017)

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    Google Reportedly Readying New Pixel Laptop and Smaller Home for Fall Launch (Aug 21, 2017)

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    Google Releases Android Oreo, Which Will Take Over a Year for Meaningful Use (Aug 21, 2017)

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    Google is Working on Subscription Tools for News Publishers (Aug 18, 2017)

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    Asus ZenFone AR Review Suggests Tango Will Remain a Niche AR Product (Aug 18, 2017)

    Android Police has a review of the Asus ZenFone AR, the second phone to carry Google’s Tango augmented reality technology. It sounds like it’s a big improvement over the clunky first phone from Lenovo, but it certainly doesn’t sound like it’ll be a big seller, while Tango itself doesn’t sound like it’s moved on much either. The review is worth noting because Google has been in AR for far longer than Apple, and yet Tango seems to have stalled at the experimental phase, with lots of effort from Google and yet very little to show for it. Two phones, neither of which will end up selling in large numbers, very few apps and essentially no meaningful position in AR just at a time when the space is about to take off thanks to Apple’s entry through ARKit in iOS. That’s something of an indictment of Google’s failure in this area, with its Daydream VR effort faring a little better but also not yet finding a sizable market niche to call its own. One other thing to note from the review here: it sounds like Tango absolutely hammers battery life on this device, and that’s something that will be well worth watching when ARKit-based apps launch on the iPhone in September. Pokemon Go has already taught us that apps featuring AR (and location-based elements) can be hard on batteries and still be popular, but it will detract from AR’s popularity on the iPhone if ARKit apps show a comparable tradeoff in battery life.

    via Android Police

    Google Buys AIMatter, Which Makes Photo Manipulation Tools and Apps (Aug 17, 2017)

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    Google Might Pay $3.5 Billion to Samsung and $3 Billion to Apple in 2017 (Aug 16, 2017)

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    Google Home Phone Call Function Rolls Out to Users in US and Canada (Aug 16, 2017)

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    Tech Giants File Amicus Brief with Supreme Court on Phone Data and Privacy (Aug 15, 2017)

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    Qualcomm Announces Next-Generation AR and 3D-Capable Image Signal Processor (Aug 15, 2017)

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    Google Acquires Smartphone Health App Maker Senosis (Aug 14, 2017)

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    Google Adds 30 Language Varieties to Voice Dictation, Cloud Speech API (Aug 14, 2017)

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    Google Cancels Diversity Town Hall over Harassment and Threats (Aug 11, 2017)

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    Google’s Criteria for Acceptable Ads Failed by Several Big Web Publishers (Aug 8, 2017)

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    Google Employee Pens Memo Arguing Against Diversity Initiatives (Aug 7, 2017)

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    Google is Developing Snapchat Discover-Like Formats with Publishers (Aug 4, 2017)

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    Tablet and Wearables Numbers for Q2 Show Rise of Chinese Vendors (Aug 3, 2017)

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    Google Has Reportedly Had Informal Talks to Acquire Snap for $30 Billion (Aug 3, 2017)

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    Google Play App Store Will Now Take App Quality Into Account For Rankings (Aug 3, 2017)

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    Google and Cisco Partner for Hybrid Cloud Environments (Aug 3, 2017)

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