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Google's 'Year in Search' highlights solar eclipse, natural disasters, elections, and technology

Google has a yearly tradition of publishing the most-searched terms and phrases, aptly-named the 'Year in Search.' Earlier today, the company revealed the top searches of 2017 with a new video and a detailed Trends page.

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Google Assistant is rolling out to phones running Lollipop and tablets on Marshmallow or later

Google launched Assistant over a year ago with the original Pixel phones, but it expanded to more devices just a few months later. However, only phone with new-ish software were included. Starting now, Assistant is coming to more phones and (finally) tablets.

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AMD Link is a (buggy) way to monitor your Radeon-powered PC from your phone

AMD released the newest version of its Radeon Software yesterday, the program used for configuring AMD graphics cards (similar to GeForce Experience for NVIDIA). While most of the new features are only interesting to PC gaming enthusiasts, the new AMD Link feature allows users to monitor their PC from their phone or tablet.

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Google seems to have locked the Pixel Launcher's install count to '1-5' in the Play Store [Update]

The Pixel Launcher comes pre-installed on Pixel phones, but it's also listed in the Play Store for easy updates. However, Google appears to have made an unusual change to the app listing there. It no longer shows the actual number of installs. Instead, it's locked to the smallest "1-5" group.

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Google Backup & Sync for desktop gets a big update with ignored file types, photo/video-only sync, and more

Google completely revamped the desktop Google Drive client this year with the move to Backup & Sync. The initial rollout was a bit of a mess with Google essentially breaking Drive for some people. It eventually worked all that out, and Backup & Sync has been running smoothly since then. There haven't been many feature additions, but there's a big one rolling out now. In the latest version, you have more control over which files are synced, and it's easier to add new folders to Drive.

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AUKEY has you covered for all things USB Type-C [Sponsored Post]

It's hard to get excited over something as simple as a charging port, but USB Type-C definitely makes using technology easier. I can have just one cable for my phone, laptop, and tablet - that's pretty fantastic. Even though the older USB-A and microUSB ports are still far more prevalent right now, USB Type-C will eventually replace them both.

AUKEY is one of the best technology accessory manufacturers around, selling a wide range of chargers, portable batteries, headphones, computer gear, and more. The company has a several chargers, batteries, and hubs for USB Type-C devices. Whether you're looking for a useful holiday gift for someone else, or you want to stock up on chargers for your own devices, AUKEY has some great accessories in stock.

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[Update: Releasing December 20th for $4.99] Aperture Laboratories will make a return in Headup Games' recently announced 'Bridge Constructor Portal' [Video]

Imagine a world where Bridge Constructor combines its bridge-building gameplay with Valve's puzzle-platformer Portal. Well, imagine no longer as apparently Headup Games have been secretly working on just that very thing. That's right, Bridge Constructor Portal is a thing and it's coming to Android really soon. There is even a trailer available for your viewing pleasure, so hit that "Read More" button and check it out!

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Here are 31 temporarily free and 21 on-sale apps for your Wednesday, including Star Wars: KOTOR

Wednesday is already here. This week is flying by for me, but that's usually the story around finals time. Today's list of app sales is a bit longer than usual, and it includes the (admittedly shoddy) Mega Man ports. The big one here, highlighted in bold, is Star Wars: KOTOR, one of the best games around (especially in the Star Wars franchise).

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Google PhotoScan version 1.5 adds automatic saving to Google Photos [APK Download]

It's been a while since we've seen an update to Google's handy photo digitizing app, PhotoScan. Back in April, version 1.4 brought with it in-app sharing and the ability to turn off the glare removal feature – although I'm not sure why you'd want to do that. Version 1.5 is now available on the Play Store, and it now saves your creations to Google Photos automatically.

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Most Wanted: The best smart home products you can buy

One of the biggest trends in consumer technology over the last few years has been the rise of the smart home. The number of different device categories that now make up the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) has grown immensely, with connected appliances now found in many households across the US and beyond.

The smart home was once an expensive hobby for tech-fiends only but has now become an affordable aspiration for normal people. You can get started for less than $30 these days, with some lights or a smart switch that can connect to your Wi-Fi network and be controlled with your phone.

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