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Android to iPhone, part two: What I've liked about switching to the iPhone X

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Moni professional monitoring for Nest Secure is available today

The Nest Secure home security system plugs into the Nest app to let you know if something is going down in your house. However, it has optional support for professional monitoring if you want a bit more peace of mind. Nest noted during its announcement that Moni security monitoring would come to Next Secure later, and apparently that means today. You can register your Next Secure with Moni right now, but it comes with a monthly cost.

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Niantic teases Ingress Prime, the next generation of its original AR game

Niantic might be most well-known now for Pokémon Go, but that title was actually the company's sophomore entry into the world of AR games. Its first was a sci-fi effort called Ingress, and it came out all the way back in 2012. Ingress never quite reached the popularity of its Pokémon-based successor, but there is still a passionate community surrounding it. Yesterday Niantic announced a "reboot" coming in 2018 for the title, to be called Ingress Prime. 

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News: Snapdragon 845 exists

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 today at as press conference in Hawaii, the next generation of the company's flagship mobile processor. As with the outgoing Snapdragon 835, Samsung is the fabrication partner, and the 845 will be built on the company's 10nm process.

Full disclosure: Qualcomm paid to fly me to Hawaii, put me up at the Grand Wailea resort for three (correction: four nights, I regret the error) nights, fed me breakfast this morning (the coffee was OK) and a bunch of Mai Tais and little beef taquitos last night. The taquitos were pretty good and the Mai Tais were solid.

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Bandai Namco just released 'Amazing Katamari Damacy,' an endless runner with a Katamari theme

After it's original release on iOS and (a geo restricted release in Canada) on Android I had all but forgotten about Amazing Katamari Damacy. For one, it was yet another endless runner, which is nothing new no matter how cool and respected the Katamari theme is. And second, it released as a free-to-play title, which I am sure all of you are quite familiar with how that tends to impede on the enjoyment of just about any game. So I didn't quite feel like I was missing out on much. Now that has officially launched on Android I can't say that my opinion of it has changed.

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[Update: Amazon responds] Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV after failed talks with Amazon

Google and Amazon haven't played well over the years. Back in 2015, Amazon pulled the Chromecast and Nexus Player (among other similar devices) from its online store to boost sales of its own Fire TV products. Earlier this year, Google blocked YouTube from working on the Echo Show, and later partially restored the functionality after talks with Amazon. Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video still isn't compatible with the Chromecast or most Android TV devices.

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Google search gets expanded snippets, improved Knowledge Panels, and smarter suggested content

It's been almost ten  years since Google rolled out the first related search suggestions. A lot has changed in Google's search engine since those early days—it's no longer a list of blue links. Searches might surface data from your email, past purchases, and more. Today, Google is adding new features to search to help you discover more content.

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Android 8.1 OTA files and factory images are now live

Anxiously waiting for 8.1 to land? It would appear that today is the day. Google has just released both the OTA files for sideloading 8.1 and the requisite factory images. Intrepid Android enthusiasts can flash the update, though it is worth noting that the OTA files aren't currently working when sideloading from DP2 on at least one device. 

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First Fitbit OS update on Ionic adds new apps, more than 100 watch faces, and more

Fitbit is rolling out the first update to Fitbit OS since launching it on the Ionic two months back. The launch software was pretty bare bones, but the new version brings a ton of new apps and watch faces, along with performance improvements.

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Unicode announces Emoji 11.0 Beta list with 130 new candidates

The day you've all been waiting for has finally arrived, everyone. Google has announced the final release of Android 8.1 Oreo Unicode has announced the Emoji 11.0 beta list with no fewer than 130 candidates battling it out for a place in the final version, including cupcake, woman/man red-haired, and softball.

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