Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch is now available online, starting at $299

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch — and its brother, the Gear S2 Classic — are undeniably cool entries into the wearables space. And as we reported would be the case a couple of weeks ago, they both have now launched in the US. You can grab the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic from a variety of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and more… more…

Moto E4 Plus: Available for purchase from Amazon, Verizon, and more starting at $129

After being announced for US availability this past Monday, the Motorola Moto E4 Plus is now available for purchase in the States. The phone is technically a carrier exclusive to Verizon, but there are a number of outlets where you can pick up the device for as little as 9.

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Motorola announces new Moto Mods including a gamepad and wireless charging, coming this summer starting at $39

Moto Mods are the headlining feature for the Moto Z family, and with today’s launch of the Moto Z2 Play, Motorola is launching four brand new Moto Mods, all debuting later this summer. As you might expect, they all work with the Moto Z2 Play as well as previous Moto Z devices.

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Google Home users are starting to see Netflix and Photos integration options

Update: Google has made these updates official on its blog.

Google is currently trying to sell people on the idea of a world in which everything can be controlled by their voice. To do this, though, they have to convince customers to purchase their 0 Google Home with built-in Assistant. Just three days ago, Google launched Actions which will allow third-party developers to start integrating their services into Google Assistant.

Based on what we’re seeing now, it would appear that Netflix and Google Photos are the first to take full advantage of this opportunity…

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Facebook bringing Periscope-style live video to Android app, starting in the U.S.

Facebook has today announced that it is bringing its Periscope-like live video broadcast feature to Android. The service received its debut on iPhones last month.

Facebook Live enables you to share your experiences and perspectives in real time, with the people who matter to you – whether you’re someone who wants to broadcast to friends and family, or a public figure who wants to connect with fans around the world. Live videos on Facebook are authentic and exciting, and we’re seeing people tuning in and engaging directly with broadcasters in the moment. 

The company says that people spend more than three times longer watching a video when it is live …

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Android Nougat is starting to roll out to some Verizon Moto Z and Moto Z Force users, enables Daydream VR

About two months ago, Motorola confirmed it would be rolling out the latest version of Android, 7.0 Nougat, to the Moto Z family by the end of the year. Ahead of any announcement, it appears that update is rolling out to some users of the DROID edition Moto Z smartphones

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Starting with Chrome 52, Google will disable the use of Backspace as a shortcut to go back

Power users love shortcuts. Especially when managing multiple operations across several apps, keyboards allow quick access to specific actions with handy combinations of buttons, and some have become so common and used even among regular people that it’d be hard to think of software that doesn’t take advantage of them.

For better or for worse, however, Google seems to be removing the very common key that allows the Backspace button to move back to the previous page in Chrome

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Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge officially coming to the US by the end of this year, other regions starting Nov 1st

After debuting the color on the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, Samsung announced last week that the Galaxy S7 Edge would debut in the unique “Blue Coral” in certain countries internationally, and now the company has confirmed it will be coming to the US.

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Android co-founder Rich Miner is starting an education-focused project within Google

Update: GV has reached out to inform us that Miner is starting a new project — not company — inside Google.


After founding Android with Andy Rubin, Rich Miner joined and has been at Google’s venture capital arm as a general partner. Now, he is reportedly planning to return to Google proper and launch (via Fortune) an education-focused company. Clearly, the project reflects Google’s increased interest in making products for the education market…

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