PSA: Google is now sending out invites (and denials) to I/O 2016 lottery entrants

We told you last week that registration for Google’s 2016 I/O developer conference opened up to the public, and now it appears those that entered the drawing are receiving acceptance and denial emails. The lucky lottery entrants that have been accepted this time around, though, are apparently getting an error preventing them from registering…

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These 2016 Nexus renders give the phone(s) some color, but they aren’t realistic [Gallery]

A few days ago we told you about a new render that is supposed to accurately depict the aesthetic of HTC’s upcoming Nexus handsets, and now a Redditor has taken those to the next level with some color. The new renders show the phone in red, white, silver, and black…

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Google open sources the 2016 version of its Santa Tracker application

Google’s Santa Tracker has long been popular for both the young and the young at heart, and now Google says it is open sourcing last year’s version of the application for just about anyone to tinker with. If you’re a fan of Google’s Open Source projects, I guess you could say it’s Christmas all over again…

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Best affordable Android smartphones you can buy [December 2016]

There are new smartphones hitting the market constantly, but which is the best to pick up when you’re trying to save a buck or two? We’ve seen some great launches this summer and we’re only expecting more over the coming months, but for now, let’s go over the best affordable Android smartphones you can go pick up today…

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Chrome to stop supporting Windows XP, Vista, and older Mac OS X versions in April 2016

Google has said today that Chrome will no longer be supported on several legacy operating systems.

While Microsoft stopped supporting XP in April of last year, Google announced that they would continue providing updates and security patches to Chrome till the end of 2015:

Millions of people are still working on XP computers every day. We want those people to have the option to use a browser that’s up-to-date and as safe as possible on an unsupported operating system.

In a post today on the Chrome blog, Google announced when they will finally stop supporting XP: April 2016. Additionally, Windows Vista will stop getting support as well. On the Mac side, Google is dropping support for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 around the same time.

Google notes that the operating systems are no longer being actively supported by Microsoft and Apple, and they encourage users to move to a newer OS in order to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge was the world’s best-selling Android phone during the first half of 2016

According to new data from Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s dominance in the mobile market has continued to rise this year. The data shows that the company’s Galaxy S7 Edge was the world’s top-selling Android device during the first half of 2016, with estimated shipments of 13.3 million units.

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CES 2016: Acer launches new all-in-one Intel Core-powered Chromebase, affordable tablet and 11-inch Chromebook

Today at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Acer announced its next lineup of budget-friendly Chrome OS and Android based products. It announced a brand new Chrome desktop with Intel Core processors, a small, durable Chromebook and an affordable tablet…

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YouTube Rewind 2016 highlights the year’s best videos, memes, and several Google Pixels

It’s hard to believe that we’re only a couple of short weeks away from the end of the year. As it has over the past few years, YouTube has taken that opportunity to release a mashup of all the top events, memes, videos, and songs from the year.

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Report: Huawei’s plans for 2016 include four P9 smartphone variants, one with unique dual-camera

Huawei went from being relatively unknown to being one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world over the course of 2015. This was thanks to a strong portfolio of devices, ranging from low to high end in prices and performance.

While the Honor sub-brand sold like hotcakes in Europe, it was the P8 which really opened our eyes to how well this company could make smartphones. Writing for VentureBeat, well-known leaker Evan Blass claims the follow-up could come in four variants

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Alphabet reports Q3 2016 revenue of $22.4 billion, surpassing expectations

Ahead of its conference call, Alphabet has just published its Q3 2016 earnings. The company is reporting revenue of .4 billion, up from .6 billion last year in the same quarter. Additionally, the company reports a net income of billion for the June-September quarter of 2016. Based on these results, Alphabet slightly beat analyst expectations, but the stock is down in after-hours trading.

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