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Android Wear Oreo

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Android Wear 3.0 but the update does bring the Android 8.0 Oreo to wearables.

Google is beginning to roll out its Android Oreo update for Android Wear devices today, according to a post on the platform developers’ Google+ page.

Google says already has the update, or should be rolling out:

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• LG Watch Sport
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• Michael Kors Sofie
• Montblanc Summit

 

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Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

shazam.jpg Apple is acquiring the music identification app Shazam and will be officially announcing it on Monday according to TechCrunch. The deal is reportedly for $400 million, according to Recode, which also confirmed the news.

The app adds some features on top of that, namely keeping track of your audio discoveries, plus providing links to listen to the songs. Earlier this year, Shazam launched an augmend reality platform for brands, building upon the visual recognition technology it launched back in 2015.

1 billion downloads, Shazam has been popular.

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Jony Ive retakes direct design control

JI.png Jony Ive, Apple designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm’s product design teams.iPhone maker’s design team after two years in a largely hands-off role, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Richard Howarth became head of Industrial Design, while Alan Dye was head of User Interface. Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Apple told Bloomberg in a statement.

With the completion of Apple Park,” spokesperson Amy Bessette told Bloomberg in a statement, “Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design.”

 

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Google’s Files Go is now available

google files go Google also announced a suite of new features and apps today. he launch of Android Oreo Go edition for low-end phones with less than 1GB of RAM.

Files Go lets you transfer files directly between devices, so long as both devices have the app installed. Files Go is built for Go edition devices, but the app works with any Android devices running Lollipop (5.0) or higher. Google says the average person is saving around 1GB of space by using it.

Google also announced other features, including Google Assistant on JioPhone, a “two-wheeler” mode in Maps that shows shortcuts for motorcycles and scooters that aren’t accessible to cars, and a new customized way to pay bills in its Tez app.

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Android Oreo Go edition launched for low end phones

Android-go-980x420 , Google promised a version of Android custom-designed for low-end devices. Today, “Android Go (Oreo edition)” is being made available for device manufacturers and developers. It’s a build of Android Oreo that is designed to run better on phones with either 512MB or 1GB of RAM.

“Go” versions of a handful of Google apps — including the main Google app, Google Assistant, Google Maps, Gmail. Go edition special comes from Google’s own apps.

First phones to use it will be launched in India.

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Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV

apple_tv_4k Amazon Prime Video app is now available for the Apple TV. The tvOS version is available to download on Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos refused to sell Apple’s streaming TV box unless his company’s Prime Video app could be installed. “We want our player, our Prime Video player, to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms,” said Bezos at Code Conference 2016.

 

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Microsoft Windows 10 PCs all-day battery life

IMG_2293 Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today.  Microsoft has worked with Qualcomm to create these “always-on” PCs so that they’re always connected to LTE connections.

These devices should have battery benefits and the type of LTE connectivity.Microsoft isn’t supporting apps that use kernel mode drivers. That means most third-party antivirus software won’t be compatible.

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Facebook Messenger Kids

messenger kids.jpeg Facebook today announced a new version of its Messenger chat app designed for children ages six to 12. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, Facebook found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

Facebook says there is a “library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities.”

Messenger Kids is only launching on the iOS App Store. Facebook says it will have an Android version of the app ready to go soon