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Google to show off new Pixel phones, Android and Chrome OS merger, on Oct. 4

Google's Nexus line of devices may be at an end. The upcoming Google phones are rumored to be called the Pixel and Pixel XL. Google has confirmed it will announce a new smartphone, and likely other devices, on October 4.
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Google Slides now lets you conduct presentations from your smartwatch

The newest version of Google Slides adds presentation controls to wrist-based devices -- specifically those of the Android Wear variety. It is rolling out to Android users in the coming weeks.
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Google may have to pay up to 5 years of back taxes in Indonesia

Indonesia says Google isn't paying the taxes it ought to, and the country wants the search giant to pay up to 5 years of back taxes. That could total out to be more than $400 million -- for 2015 alone.
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Lenovo's touch keyboard/tablet combo, the Yoga Book, now available to pre-order

Lenovo has opened up pre-orders for its unique Yoga Book 2-in-1 tablet. This device comes packed with a second touchscreen for typing and writing, eliminating the need for a standard physical keyboard and keeping the closed unit super thin.
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Google’s new Trips app aims to help with the stress of planning your itinerary

Google's new Trips app for iOS and Android collates your trip itineraries, plus recommends sights and attractions you're most likely to enjoy based on search history and crowdsourced data.
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Google Photos improves sharing, adds ‘creative concepts’ for mini-videos

A new update for Google Photos adds faster sharing features, but also introduces a new "creative concepts" function for those mini-films of your trips the Assistant creates. They will be created using a specific style or concept.
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Google wants to help you find new ebooks to read on Google Play Books

Looking for a new book to read? Google is here to help -- the company has launched a new 'Discover' tool for Google Play Books, aimed at helping you find the best new books to read based on your reading history.
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Apple's iPhone 7 puts Galaxy Note 7 to shame in real-world performance test

We already knew that the iPhone 7 was a high performer in benchmarks, but it seems as though it dominates in real-world tests, too -- a video has been published pitting the new phone against the Galaxy Note 7, showing just how powerful it…
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Sony's Xperia X Compact is available in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg

Sony's high-end smartphones are traditionally accompanied by cheaper, smaller handsets. The Xperia X Compact packs many of the Xperia XZ’s best traits in a diminutive package, but does come at a cost. Find out how it stacks up here.
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In a mad dash to dethrone Apple, Samsung overextended its suppliers

Samsung execs learned that Apple wasn't going to offer new major features in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and seized the chance to "dazzle consumers" with the Galaxy Note 7. An earlier release date forced suppliers to meet new deadlines.
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Samsung sells shares in four companies to cover Galaxy Note 7 recall costs

Samsung announced that it had unloaded shares in four companies, with total proceeds exceeding $885.85 million. This will help Samsung cover the costs of the Note 7 recall that is expected to set the company back over $1 billion.
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Standby for action, a super powerful Xiaomi phone will probably launch on September 27

Xiaomi may be gearing up to release a refresh of the Mi 5, even though it's less than a year old. It's expected to come with a Snapdragon 821 processor. Here's everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi 5S so far.