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Google Now Notification Icons Have Started Getting Tagged With A 'G' Badge

When Google thinks it knows something you might be interested in, like a middle schooler at lunch time, it has to get this information off its chest. Usually this comes in the form of a Google Now notification.

These are marked by blue icons containing a symbol that indicate what type of information you're about to read, such as a cloud for weather or a soccer ball for sports. Now these images have badges with Google's logo.

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The Galaxy S7 Rumor Breakdown: What's Plausible, What Isn't, And What We Still Don't Know

The Galaxy S7 is coming. It will be the most-anticipated Android smartphone of 2016 [relative the general populace], because it will likely be the best selling single model of Android smartphone of 2016. It will almost certainly be announced next month in the lead-up to MWC. As such, the number of rumors and general crap flying around about the Galaxy S7 right now is slowly going critical, and you're probably seeing a lot of it mucking up your readers and social feeds. The question is: what do you believe?

At this point, the summary is: not much. There are a few key tidbits out there I think really worth paying attention to, but there's also a lot of speculation and general rumor-mongering going on that makes it difficult to separate plausible, reliable information from something that would be better off on a fan forum with other fiction.

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[Deal Alert] Strap On A Refurbished LG Watch Urbane From BuyDig For Only $179

A new LG Watch Urbane will cost you around $250 on Amazon, but we understand if that's more than you want to pay for a watch that may not receive updates in a few years. So here's the deal. BuyDig is currently selling the smartwatch for $179.00.

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The Nexus 5X And Gold Nexus 6P Are $50 Off At Various Retailers, Plus Get $50 Off The Huawei Watch With 6P Purchase

Google has been pushing the Nexus 5X and 6P with frequent sales since they came out, and it looks like there's another promo coming into effect for Valentine's Day. The Nexus 5X on eBay yesterday was only the beginning. You can get $50 off a gold Nexus 6P or a Nexus 5X, but you might not see both discounts at all retailers. It's actually a bit of a mess.

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Robinhood App Gets Support For Android Wear In Latest Update

Free stock trading app Robinhood came to Android phones last year, and now it's coming to your wrist. The latest update to the app adds support for Android Wear. No longer will you need to pick up your phone to track your investments like our caveman ancestors did.

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[Deal Alert] Cambond USB Type C-To-A Cables Ranging From $6.99 To $8.99 On Amazon After Coupon Codes

You probably haven't owned that USB Type C cable long enough for it to fall apart yet, but that doesn't mean there's no reason not to stock up on a few more. Right now you can grab a couple on Amazon from Cambond for a solid price. These are C-to-A cables, the kind you need to plug in a USB Type C device with something still sporting an older USB port.

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Inbox Adds Improved Search With Smart Results Right At The Top

Gmail is still Google's flagship email product, but Inbox is growing and evolving in interesting ways. Today, Google is announcing two improvements to search functionality in Inbox. Searches can now bring up quick answer cards, and your search results will be grouped by relevance.

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Lyft Is Making Waze The Default Navigation Guide For Drivers, Has Other Integration En Route

Lyft and Waze are both Android apps focused on getting you from one place to another. The former hooks you up with a driver who drops you off where you need to be. The latter is a navigation app that tells drivers how to get there. Now the two are becoming good friends.

Soon Waze will become the default navigation app for drivers, which Lyft hopes will lead to faster routes. Drivers will see a "Return to Lyft" button inside the Waze app that opens Lyft. This will enable faster switching between the two.

As for riders, Lyft can now update a driver's route in real-time within Waze.

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Opera Mini Adds New Language Selector, QR Code Reader, And More

I love Opera Mini, not just because of its light size and data saving features, but also because the app keeps getting updated frequently with new things to check out.

This last update for example adds a QR reader and generator to the browser so that you can scan any QR code you might come across and immediately go to the linked page, or create codes to share with nearby users or online. I haven't been seeing lots of QR codes around me lately, but in the 1 or 2 instances where I came across them, I wished I could scan them easily.

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Sony Acquires Israel-Based LTE Modem Company Altair Semiconductor For $212 Million

Cell phones need modems. They're pretty important if your plans include making calls and accessing data. Like processors and GPUs, most phone manufacturers don't make their own wireless modems or radios, instead incorporating pre-existing designs into their phones. Sony might soon be able to roll its own wireless components: the Japanese electronics giant has announced that it has finalized plans to buy Altair Semiconductor, a designer of LTE modems based in Israel, for $212 million USD.

The acquisition will allow Sony to produce its own LTE hardware, and possibly sell it to competitors, as is already the case with Sony's widely-used camera modules.

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