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[Who Needs Humans?] Alexa and Cortana will start talking to each other later this year

Some companies see competition in the same field as an adversary that needs to be eliminated in the most cutthroat way, and others see it as a potential for synergistic growth. That latter approach seems to be the philosophy Microsoft and Amazon are taking when it comes to voice assistants. The two companies have just announced that their two brainchildren will be able to talk to each other by the end of the year.

Well, not exactly talk, talk, because that would be creepy if Alexa and Cortana started chit-chatting together without any human input (although at the rate we're going, that doesn't seem to be too far a possibility), but they will be able to call upon each other when asked nicely.

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[Update: Live] Alexa is finally rolling out to Amazon's Android app, starting this week

Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is best known for being on its Echo line of speakers, but it's available on both iOS and Android. There's a dedicated Alexa app on both of those operating systems, but only iOS has Alexa built into the main Amazon app. However, that's changing very soon.

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[Update: AP build number calculator updated] Google changed the build number format in Oreo—here's how to read it

The format of Android build numbers has been the same for years, but it's changing in Android 8.0. The first non-preview version of Oreo just rolled out with the new format, which is a big departure. Rather than being three letters followed by three other characters, it's split into three blocks of numbers and letters separated by periods. It looks confusing at first, but you actually get more information from it.

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat kernel source code is out for Moto Z and Moto Z Droid

Android Oreo is all we've been hearing about for the past week or so, but it's important to remember that virtually every phone is still on Nougat. That includes the Moto Z and its Verizon sibling, the Moto Z Droid. Both phones have just had their 7.1.1 Nougat kernel source codes released by Motorola on GitHub.

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Verizon pledges a staggering $10 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, dwarfing AT&T's $350k donation

Verizon is committing an astonishing $10 million to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. A lot of you guys may not like Big Red, but it's hard to deny that this is a stand-up move. Direct competitor AT&T donated a not-insignificant $350k, while Google plans on donating $2.25 million. In total, corporate America has thus far donated around $40.9 million.

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MediaTek's new Helio P23 and P30 chips come with LTE speed improvements, support for dual cameras, and more

MediaTek is still in the mobile SoC game and while it's easy to forget about the chip manufacturer here in the U.S., the company continues to improve upon its product line. Adding to the Helio family, the P23 and P30 are both set to offer LTE speed improvements, dual camera and dual-SIM VoLTE support, and better power scheduling to the low-end and mid-range system-on-chip market.

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Official Nexus/Pixel factory image and OTA pages updated with Oreo downloads

Android 8.0 Oreo made its official debut a little over a week ago, but since then, only devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program have received an official OTA to 8.0. Verizon Pixel phones began receiving the official version earlier today, but it looks like other devices haven't been as fortunate. Luckily, Google has just uploaded factory images and OTAs for Nexus and Pixel devices to their respective pages.

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31 new and notable Android games from the last week (8/23/17 - 8/29/17)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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LineageOS adds support for OnePlus 5, more LG G6 variants, and other devices

LineageOS has done an impressive job with adding official support for more and more devices. The last time we took a look at the ROM, it had improved its Jelly browser and merged the August security patch to all its devices. Now even more phones are receiving official builds, including the OnePlus 5.

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Instagram now allows multiple photos/videos posts to be in aspect ratios other than 1:1, adds minor design tweaks

Back in February, Instagram began allowing up to 10 photos/videos in one post. However, they were restricted to a 1:1 (in layman's terms, a square) aspect ratio. With the latest version 12 update for Instagram on both the Play Store and Apple's App Store, those multiple photos/videos can now be in any aspect ratio, so long as the photos/videos within one post are of the same ratio.

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