Google’s VR platform, Daydream, to launch ‘in the coming weeks’ with exclusive content

With the release of Android 7.0 Nougat, Google is moving past the Summer break and springing right into the dense, final months of the year with a series of exciting announcements, which more or less span across all of its properties. With software comes hardware, too, but while we may have to wait just a tad longer for the upcoming Nexus devices to be unveiled officially, VR may be really close…

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Samsung unveils its context-aware ‘Bixby’ AI assistant ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

We’re barely a week away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and among the phone’s unique hardware features, Samsung is also looking to introduce some new software tricks, spearheaded by the Bixby AI assistant. Today, Samsung has made that new assistant official.

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Nintendo claims non-Mario games chosen for mobile launch to broaden appeal of brand

Many Nintendo fans were disappointed when the company chose to launch a new game Miitomo for its first move into mobile, rather than the popular Super Mario series. The company later revealed that it will be bringing existing Nintendo game franchises to iOS later this year, but again, no sign of Mario. Instead, we can expect Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.

Engadget notes that Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has offered some explanation for the decision.

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Google is flexing its marketing muscle ahead of the Pixel phones’ October 4 launch [Gallery]

Most people know Google for its software prowess and the multiple services literally billions of people use every single day, but seeing Google-branded products is still a bit weird. The company knows that, and given its commitment to hardware, it’s no wonder why it’s trying to change your mind about its status as a legit competitor in that realm.

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YouTube’s online TV service could launch over the next year with ABC, CBS, and ESPN included

YouTube is said to be making headway on an online television service that doesn’t require a cable subscription (via The Information). With a launch in the next six to nine months, expected partners include ABC, CBS, and ESPN at this point. It was first reported back in May that the “Unplugged” service would cost under per month.

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Google & Howard University launch Computer Science residency in diversity push

Google has partnered with Howard University to launch a new school campus called Howard West right within its own Mountain View campus. Google says undergraduate students from Howard’s computer science program will have the opportunity to attend the campus-within-a-campus for hands-on learning direct from both Howard staff and Google’s own engineers…

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Andy Rubin’s Essential rocked with executive departures as UK carrier launch rumored

With Essential already missing Andy Rubin’s self-appointed June ship date, the ambitious startup has been hit with major executive departures. Essential’s VP of marketing left on Friday, while its head of communications left earlier this month. In other news, the company is reportedly in talks with British carriers on a UK launch.

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