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Google is building a live support app with screen casting for Nexus phones

Are you a first-time Nexus smartphone owner? Google is developing a live support app that uses screen casting to help Google experts show users how to use their shiny new phone. It's unknown exactly when this app will be released.
Mobile

Android N’s navigation buttons could get a face-lift

Google may be saving some design changes in Android N for the final developer preview, or even the official release. The navigation and home buttons could get a new look, which might also signal the arrival of other features.
Social Media

Google offers VR solution for those who are barred from marching in gay pride parades

Meet #Prideforeveryone, a montage of pride parades in 25 countries across the world that you can access on YouTube 360 and Google Cardboard by way of your smartphone. From Belgium to Brazil, Sao Paolo to Sydney, you can be a part of Pride.
Mobile

Android N's Freeform desktop mode won't be enabled on the Nexus 9 or on the Pixel C

In a strange move, an Android Developer Advocate says Android N's Freeform Mode won't be enabled in the Pixel C or in Nexus devices. The feature turns Android's interface into a desktop mode with floating apps as windows.
Computing

Microsoft may be clearing the way for a new Surface tablet

Microsoft recently confirmed that it will stop manufacturing the Surface 3 tablet by the end of the year. The device is also currently in limited supply, with only one model in stock on Microsoft's store and two models offered by Best Buy.
Wearables

Bye bye, OLED: The 2017 Apple Watch may use a Micro LCD screen instead

Rumors about the Apple Watch 2 are starting to heat up. Reports say it will be more independent, have better fitness support, and come in more styles. The company could introduce the Apple Watch S as a light refresh.
Mobile

Apple's differential privacy won't start until iOS 10 launches, and it will be opt-in

Apple unveiled a technique it is implementing in iOS 10 to boost user privacy when gathering data -- differential privacy. Apple didn't invent it -- in fact, Google has been using the technique in its Chrome browser since 2014.
Social Media

Soon, you’ll be able to chat with AmEx in Facebook Messenger

The latest innovation to come out of the Cannes-Lions Innovation festival in France is a new Amex bot for Facebook Messenger that lets consumers see real-time purchase alerts and key information about American Express benefits.
Mobile

MIT researchers develop eye-tracking program for your smartphone

Researchers at MIT and the University of Georgia have developed a program that uses your smartphone's front-facing camera to track eye movement. By the end of the year, the team hopes to have it ready for commercial purposes.
Mobile

Qualcomm flexes its muscles in China, sues Meizu over patent licensing problems

Qualcomm has accused Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu of infringing on its patents, and has lodged a complaint agains the company. It follows a difficult year for both companies.
Mobile

WhatsApp’s 1 billion users now make 100 million calls every day

WhatsApp wants the world to know that it is much more than just a messaging app. The chat platform has just announced that its users also make 100 million phone calls per day.
Mobile

Chicago passes restrictions on Airbnb, but some don’t see them as enough

Thanks to a new measure passed by Chicago's City Council, Airbnb can now list short-term rentals in the city. However, the new measure also includes certain restrictions the company and advertisers alike must adhere to.