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  • Google Photos cuts out Plus to make the app we really wanted

    28 May 2015, 10:02 pm by: Richard Lawler

    The most striking part of the just released (on the web, iOS and Android) Google Photos is how familiar it feels if you've already been using Photos in Google+, or before that, Picasa. The biggest change I noticed early on is that by separating Photos from its…
  • Google's Now on Tap makes Android M smartphones so much smarter

    28 May 2015, 9:40 pm by: Chris Velazco

    In no particular order, Google's invading our living rooms, our extremities, our skies, and - curiously - our Android phones. No, really! By announcing Google Now on Tap during today's I/O keynote, the company's going all-in on the idea that a Google…
  • Canadian man gets fined for using his Apple Watch while driving

    28 May 2015, 6:16 pm by: Mariella Moon

    Now that electronics manufacturers are releasing more and more smartwatch models, you might be wondering what the authorities' stance is on using one while driving. Well, this clears things up a bit for our Canadian readers: a man named Jeffrey Macesin was…
  • Google I/O 2015: the numbers you need to know

    28 May 2015, 4:10 pm by: James Trew

    Didn't fancy sitting through the whole liveblog from this year's Google I/O keynote? We understand. Sometimes you just want to catch the key plays via the post-game show. And that's kinda why Engadget exists, after all. As always with Google's big developer…
  • Android app makers can experiment with Play Store listings

    28 May 2015, 2:41 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Those rumors of Google letting Android app developers experiment with what you see in the Play Store? Yes, they're true. Creators can now conduct tests to see what pricing works best, or whether one icon color is more alluring than others -- you'll only view…
  • Google's Cloud Messaging now sends notifications to iOS devices

    28 May 2015, 2:10 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Google's Cloud Messaging is no longer just for sending alerts to Android devices or your web browser. The internet giant has announced that the service now pushes notifications to iOS devices as well -- your favorite app can deliver updates to all your gadgets…
  • Google Maps delivers destination info, voice directions while offline

    28 May 2015, 2:09 pm by: Billy Steele

    Sometimes you still need navigation and destination info when you're offline. Google is delivering just that with offline Maps. Even when you're not connected (or in airplane mode), the app will still provide information on places in your searches. This means…
  • Android Pay will arrive with Android M, handle payments via NFC

    28 May 2015, 1:06 pm by: Billy Steele

    Google SVP Sundar Pichai may have tipped the company's hand on mobile payments back in Barcelona, but he offered little detail on how the system would work. At I/O 2015, though, the folks in Mountain View served up a wealth of details on the matter, including…
  • Google debuts Android M, which is all about 'polish and quality'

    28 May 2015, 12:58 pm by: Devindra Hardawar

    Like clockwork, Google lifted the veil on Android M at its I/O developer conference today, an event that's traditionally served as the company's launchpad for its mobile OS updates. No, we don't yet know what the "M" stands for (we'd love to see Android…
  • HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer

    28 May 2015, 12:50 pm by: Richard Lawler

    That Apple-exclusive streaming window is ending -- Google exec Sundar Pichai just announced that HBO Now is coming to Android too. Whether you use Android, iOS or a web browser, Google Cast support is coming too -- for the 17 million or so Chromecasts out…
  • British Museum to give live tours over Periscope

    28 May 2015, 8:23 am by: Matt Brian

    Live-streaming apps may have become a new way for social types to show their vanity, but they're also great tools for delivering slices of world culture to people's mobile phones. That's exactly what the British Museum hopes to do with its popular exhibit…
  • Runtastic's latest workout app puts more junk in your trunk

    28 May 2015, 8:00 am by: Billy Steele

    Runtastic already offers dedicated apps for ab and bun workouts, and now the company takes aim at your lower half. Leg Trainer delivers over 50 exercise videos that'll allow you to select activity based on goals and fitness level. There are pre-selected…
  • Where to buy LG's G4 in the UK

    28 May 2015, 7:30 am by: Jamie Rigg

    If we were to ask what your current smartphone is lacking above all, you'd probably cite a shortage of leather, right? OK, so maybe not, but with the launch of the LG G4 in the UK, a leather-backed handset is now well within your grasp. LG's latest flagship,…
  • The new Shazam identifies boxed items, books and magazines

    28 May 2015, 6:00 am by: Edgar Alvarez

    It's true: Shazam's adding more useful features to its application, as was reported by Reuters back in March. Now, the famed discovery software can identify more than music, movies, TV shows and commercials, which has been the core functionality to date. With…
  • Apple Store app offers same-day delivery in select locations

    28 May 2015, 4:14 am by: Mariella Moon

    The Apple Store app now offers same-day delivery service through Postmates, the same company bringing Big Macs to New York City homes and Starbucks coffee to households and offices in several US cities. To be clear, the two companies have been working together…
  • Lenovo's 'Magic View' smartwatch concept hides a private display

    28 May 2015, 3:32 am by: James Trew

    Smartwatches, you know the drill: a touchscreen display, and it feeds you notifications and stuff. Pretty boring, right? Lenovo agrees, so has cooked up a "Magic View" concept to show things don't need to be this way. The problem Magic View solves is simple:…
  • Microsoft's new Windows Store policy will combat junk apps

    28 May 2015, 2:53 am by: Mariella Moon

    It's no secret that Windows Store has serious issues not just with scammy apps, but also with spammy ones. Now, Microsoft is finally addressing that problem by introducing a stricter certification policy for new and existing apps that could clean its catalog…
  • Lenovo's projector phone beams a touchscreen onto any surface

    28 May 2015, 1:17 am by: Richard Lai

    Smartphones with built-in projectors -- well, just the two from Samsung, really -- haven't exactly been a huge hit so far, but Lenovo thinks it's finally got the right use case for this combination: beaming a touchscreen or virtual keyboard onto your desk.…
  • Pixelmator's photo-editing app is coming to the iPhone

    27 May 2015, 10:41 pm by: Edgar Alvarez

    After testing the waters on Mac and iPad successfully, Pixelmator is now bringing its highly rated image editor to Apple's iPhone. Finally. Most notably, the application will feature new editing elements to assist while you're on the go, including a distort…
  • Android Pay's arrival means a new direction for Google Wallet

    27 May 2015, 8:24 pm by: Richard Lawler

    As we suspected, you'll be hearing more about the new Android Pay setup -- announced a couple of months ago during Mobile World Congress -- during the Google I/O event this week. According to a New York Times report, Android Pay will let retailers take…
  • Office Lens for Android is ready to scan your documents

    27 May 2015, 7:40 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Need to quickly capture that taxi receipt, or the notes from a meeting? You can now pull out your Android phone to do it. After several weeks of testing, Microsoft has released the finished version of Office Lens for Google-powered devices. As a recap,…
  • Pebble Time's regular pre-orders start on June 22nd

    27 May 2015, 6:43 pm by: Jon Fingas

    If you missed out on Pebble Time's crowdfunding campaign and won't get one of the early units shipping today, you now have a date to mark on your calendar: Pebble has revealed that it's going to start regular pre-orders for the color smartwatch on June 22nd.…
  • Apple is fixing a bug that crashes your iPhone with a text message

    27 May 2015, 5:58 pm by: Jon Fingas

    Beware if you have any jokester friends with iOS devices -- they might just have a way to ruin your day if you have any iOS gadgets of your own. Apple has confirmed that it's fixing a recently discovered bug that crashes iPhones and other iOS 8 hardware the…
  • Xiaomi officially launches its US and European stores in early June

    27 May 2015, 3:39 pm by: Jon Fingas

    After a brief dry run, Xiaomi is just about ready to officially launch its online store in both the US and Europe. The Chinese tech firm has announced that the Mi Store will be available in the US on June 1st, and will reach France, Germany and the UK on June…
  • LG's G4 arrives at T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular next week (update: AT&T, too)

    27 May 2015, 2:41 pm by: Billy Steele

    Have you been eyeing LG's latest flagship handset since it was announced last month? Well, it's set to arrive in the US next week. T-Mobile began selling the G4 online today, for $0 down and $25/month for two years or $599.76 if you're looking to part with a…

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