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Google launches the Jamboard app for its new smart whiteboard

Google announced the Jamboard a few months ago, which is a business-oriented product you are probably not going to buy. Each one of these smart whiteboards costs $5,000, plus another $1,200 if you want the rolling stand. There's an app though. The app is free, but its capabilities are limited without the $5,000 piece of hardware.

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Free Talk, Text, and Data plan forever w/ Samsung Galaxy S5 for $119.99 from FreedomPop [Sponsored Post]

Do you like deals on Samsung phones? How about free service to go with those phones? Well, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S5 along with a free talk, text, and data plan on a nationwide CDMA network for the life of the phone from FreedomPop for just $119.99. 

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Google Play promo codes are now available in 8 more countries

If a developer wants to give some paid content away, usually the best way for them to do this is with a Google Play promo code. This has always been dependent on where you live, as they're supported in some regions but not others. Now, Google has added 8 further countries to the list of those that support the codes. They are as follows: Belgium, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, and South Africa.

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Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]

An update to Google Maps v9.54 began rolling out to users through the beta channel yesterday, but it doesn't appear to have any visible changes going live quite yet. However, a teardown of the apk does bring a few hints about what to expect in the future. There are clues about a couple of new saved destinations like the Home and Work slots that have become so useful, the first stirring of support for Android O's notification channels, a few new "promos" to get people interested in various features, and a very curious feature that might turn out to be a task list of sorts.

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Nova Launcher beta brings Android O's notification dots

One of Android O's newly announced features at I/O is notification dots on app icons on your homescreen. Much like iOS or plenty of third-party Android launchers and add-ons, O will add a little dot to your app icon to tell you that you have a notification awaiting from this app specifically. Tapping and holding on the icon will show a pop-up with the different notifications coming from it, and you can swipe them away.

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[Update: False alert] Google says gifting in the Play Store is "Infeasible," marks it as "Won't Fix" in the Issue Tracker

You know how almost every app or software store lets you buy apps and gift them to someone else? Well, you better put your dreams of ever doing that on Android to rest. Or burying them under 10 feet of disappointment. Someone at Google recently took a look at the Issue Tracker, saw the issue labeled "Implement Gifts within Android Market," which has been added back in 2010 when the Play Store was still the Android Market and which has gathered over 1100 stars and hundreds of comments from users requesting app gifting, and decided to be the bearer of bad news because you know what, this is "infeasible" and Google "won't fix" it.

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[It's about time] Android Wear 2.0 is now rolling out to the 2nd-generation Moto 360

Android Wear 2.0 hasn't been as fast of a rollout as everyone had hoped, to put it mildly. The first watches to ship with the update were LG's Watch Style and Watch Sport, but existing watches have had to wait anywhere from a few weeks to several months for the update.

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[Deal Alert] Score an Asus ZenFone Zoom with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery for $180 from B&H ($170 off)

Memorial Day weekend is nigh upon us, so seeing some sales pop up is not surprising. Tonight, we have one courtesy of B&H. You can get an Asus ZenFone Zoom for $179.99 with a free ZenPower 10,500mAh portable battery pack. That's a respectable savings of $170, with sales tax only applying to New York/New Jersey residents.

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Xiaomi announces the monstrous Mi Max 2 with a 6.44" screen, 5300mAh battery, and Nougat

Xiaomi is already off to a good start for 2017. The Mi 6 was unveiled a month ago, and now the Chinese manufacturer is back with a successor to last year's Mi Max. Pushing the limits of what one could call a "phone," the Mi Max 2 packs in a massive screen with a huge battery to match. And since this is Xiaomi we're talking about here, affordability is also part of the package.

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Suggested Sharing is going live in Google Photos for some users

Google Photos is ground zero for the company's crazy machine learning technology. At Google I/O 2017, a number of new features were announced for Photos, including suggested sharing based on who's in a certain photo. But for that to work, Google needs to figure out who is who, and now the Photos web app is asking users to identify what they look like.

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