Google’s Pixel won’t be waterproof, sports an IP53 rating just like the HTC 10

Perhaps this won’t come as a surprise considering some of the other disappointing tidbits we’ve heard lately about Google’s forthcoming Pixel flagship. Not only will the phone come at a premium, it appears more with every new leak that it won’t be much of a premium phone no matter the cost.  The latest is word (via Android Police) that the phone won’t be waterproof — it’ll only be rated at IP53…

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Google offering popular games like Monopoly & Need for Speed for just $0.10 [Update: More]

Google today has started a sale on the Play Store that offers a variety of popular games for just .10. Google is notorious for offering sales on apps at steep discounts and this time is no different. The company is offering games such as Monopoly, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and more for the small price of $.10.

13 popular games are included in the sale. The full list can be seen below:

  • Dead Space
  • Monopoly
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Bloodstroke
  • Contre Jour
  • Fleece Lightning
  • Harry The Fairy
  • In Fear I Trust
  • Incredibly Jack
  • Power Ping Pong
  • Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble
  • Spider Jack
  • Wake the Cat

You can view all of the above games on Google’s dedicated page for its .10 game sale here.

Update: The following games also appear to be getting the .10 treatment, although they aren’t listed on the dedicated page:

  • Roll in the Hole
  • Office Gamebox
  • iBomber Defense Pacific
  • Spy vs. Spy

Comment: I wish Google Home accepted different and fun wake words like the Amazon Echo

Google Home is one of my favorite pieces of tech from last year, but Amazon’s Echo is right up alongside it, and for good reason. The Echo is a fantastic product that paved the way for Google Home, but in some aspects, it’s still a superior product…

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Huawei introduces a VR headset that looks a lot like Samsung’s Gear VR

Huawei has today introduced a VR headset for its flagship smartphones (via Weibo). And, as you can tell, it looks a lot like Samsung’s Gear VR headset. This comes hot on the heels of the Chinese company’s introduction of its latest P9 and P9 Plus smartphones, and you might guess, this headset is fully compatible with them. It also works with Huawei’s previously-launched Mate 8…

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Talking Schmidt: Google has so many companies lined up they are going to use names like ‘pi’ – you think I’m kidding?

Back in the summer, Google announced a major new restructure and rebranding, with Google itself just one of many companies now owned by Alphabet. The move caught us all by surprise, and seemingly, caught Eric Schmidt by surprise too. Re/code was able to get hold of some recordings where the former Apple man stated he was on vacation when the company announced the move.

I wake up, and I’m the chairman of Alphabet. We sort of announced it without actually knowing which companies it would be. So we’re still working the details.

With Alphabet, each company within the group is given its own letter. Google, for instance, is ‘G’, and ‘L’ stands for Life Sciences. With there only being 26 letters in the alphabet, you might wonder what they’ll do when they’ve used all 26 of them. Schmidt’s answer: “After 26, we’re going to probably transcendental numbers”. Numbers like pi… “You think I’m kidding?”

Alphabet may have to start using them soon if Schmidt’s other comments are to be taken seriously. We’re to expect “a lot” of new companies: ““I’ve been meeting with the current CEOs of the Alphabet companies and the proposed ones. So you’ll see a lot coming.” He didn’t say what those new companies would be, but he apparently praised the innovation within the self-driving car move.

Schmidt was talking at the Virtuous Circle conference in Menlo Park, California when he made the comments. He spoke on many matters, including policy issues like encryption, the ‘Right to be Forgotten‘ policies in Europe and bandwidth regulation among others.  Like many, he’s worried about the tech scene in Europe, especially the Safe Harbor ruling which sees each country have its own digital borders, and their own set of regulations.

Alphabet is still in its early days, and like many of us, it seems Schmidt is excited to see what lies in the future.

It looks like the LG G6 with its 5.7-inch display won’t be any bigger than the LG G5

With MWC right around the corner, one of the releases we’re really getting excited about is the LG G6. With waterproofing, Google Assistant, and a new UI in tow, it seems like LG is going to hit a home run. Our sole concern so far has been the size of the phone, with LG confirming a 5.7-inch display on the device. With new leaks, though, those concerns have been put to rest.

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Google reportedly backing small startups from ex-Googlers, like Orkut founder’s ‘Hello’

Just a few days ago, Google revealed that it was opening a massive space in San Fransisco for startup companies to work, collaborate, and attend a number of events. Along with this effort, it appears Google has other plans for investing in startups. According to Recode, Google has quietly been investing in startup companies from former employees of the company…

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