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Google’s going after Facebook, could announce chatbot play of its own this week

According to a recent report, Google is going after Facebook, and is set to announce chatbot plans of its own at I/O 2016 later this week. It's unclear exactly how the company will implement chatbots.
Movies & TV

In a mysterious tweet, Xiaomi VP says company will “be a part of Google I/O”

The global vice president of Chinese electronics company Xiaomi says the company will "be a part" of Google's 2016 developer conference in some capacity. He didn't reveal any more than that, unfortunately.

Watch any Youtube video in VR mode with Google’s new iOS update

Android users have had access to VR mode on YouTube for a while now, but iOS users have been left out -- until now, that is. Google has finally updated the YouTube iOS app to offer VR mode, for use with Google Cardboard.

eyeSight wants to bring gesture control to smartphone-based VR

Smartphone-based virtual reality is great, but it's still a little hard to control. eyeSight, however, hopes to change that with its gesture-control tech, which works on even basic Cardboard-based VR systems.

You can now say ‘OK Hound’ in SoundHound to trigger voice searches

You can now ask SoundHound to play a song, or identify music, with just your voice. The company has brought its natural language voice assistant, Hound, to its popular music app.

Google’s Android Experiments winners include a game based entirely in notifications

Google has announced the winners for this year's Android Experiments competition, which include an Android phone-based robot, a phone-based 3D controller, and a game that takes place entirely in Android's notifications.
Social Media

Does Twitter’s new ‘Live’ streaming button signal the end for Periscope app?

Twitter for Android is testing a new "Live" camera button that connects to Periscope, allowing users to quickly launch live broadcasts. The feature sees Twitter once again playing catch-up with rival Facebook Live.
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Lenovo debuts the Vibe C, a midrange phone bound for Croatia

Lenovo's angling for budget smartphone buyers with the Vibe C, an affordable Android handset bound for Croatia. It's specs are nothing to write home about, but certainly not the worst of the midrange bunch.

Sony's newest Xperia X member is a phablet with a 16-megapixel selfie camera

Sony just announced a fourth device to its Xperia X lineup -- the Xperia XA Ultra. The 6-inch phablet has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, paired with optical image stabilization, for selfies.

20 cases and covers to protect your shiny, new Galaxy S7

We take a look at the some of the best Galaxy S7 cases and covers to help you safeguard your new Samsung phone. Find a style that suits you and protect your S7 from damage.

You can join Waze’s new carpooling program if you meet some very specific criteria

Google-owned navigation app Waze is launching a pilot carpooling program in San Francisco. It's partnering with a select number of companies, to start, and isn't paying drivers a salary -- only a fee to cover gas and maintenance.

Google code hints of RAW+JPEG photo capture support in Android camera app

A few lines of code in Google Camera's APK shows Nexus devices might soon have the ability to capture RAW+JPEG photos, inside Android's stock photo app. The feature will let users shoot uncompressed photos for editing and JPEGs for sharing.