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Google is ditching Instant Search because most searches happen on mobile

Google announced an incredible, revolutionary thing in 2010. No, not Android 2.2 Froyo. I'm talking about Instant Search, a feature that would load suggestions and search results dynamically as you typed. It was hailed as a major advance in 2010, but today Google announced Instant Search is dead, and it was mobile that killed it.

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The Revenge of Shinobi is the latest Sega Forever game on the Play Store

It feels like these Sega Forever games keep trickling out every couple of weeks. This time around we have the release of The Revenge of Shinobi, a classic ninja themed platformer with a hack and slash feel. If you couldn't tell from the title, this is a sequel to the first game in the series, Shinobi. While many feel that the second game is the best in the franchise, the question remains, how does it hold up on Android as a Sega Forever release?

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Here are 36 temporarily free and 40 on-sale apps for your Wednesday

Here we are on the final Wednesday app sales post for July. Crazy to think about. Today's list is a lot longer than we're used to on Woden's Day, but we'll manage.  Be sure to check back at Monday's post. Let's get down to it.

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New Windows 10 preview build allows users to send links directly from their phone to their PC


Over the past several months, Microsoft has been slowly disinvesting its efforts on its mobile operating system and focusing instead on getting Android and iOS to work better alongside Windows. Microsoft announced several of these initiatives at its Build 2017 event earlier this year, including Microsoft Graph — for providing deeper integration between PCs and smartphones — and a 'cloud clipboard.'

A new Windows 10 preview build released today includes a first set of features the company has been working on, focused mostly on cross-device web-browsing. The setup process involves pairing your Android device (iPhone support is coming "very soon") to your PC through the new 'Phone' section in the Windows Settings panel and installing an app on your phone called "Microsoft Apps." After the setup process is complete, you'll be able to send websites directly from your phone or tablet to your linked PC, with even the option to have the page instantly open up on your PC.

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[Hands-on] Trivia Crack Heroes, the easiest quiz game that you will never win

Trivia Crack Heroes is the latest Trivia Crack game from Etermax. It's an strange mix of simplistic MOBA gameplay and trivia questions. You will be collecting heroes via a loot crate system in order to battle them against live opponents. While the premise may sound appealing, the execution has left me feeling utterly unimpressed, thanks to the clear pay-to-win design.

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Chromebooks may soon sync your SMS notifications

Google can't seem to decide on a chat protocol and stick with it for any length of time, but SMS has been around for years and will continue to exist long into the future. The problem: it's tied to your phone. Some third-party apps can sync notifications to your computer, but Google looks to be preparing a built in SMS connection for Chrome OS.

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The latest Google Feed may have removed the swipe to dismiss card gesture

Just after Google pushed out the new personalized Feed this past weekend, reports for problems started to roll in. It would appear that some users are having problems with dismissing items in the new layout. Swiping to dismiss cards in the Feed isn't working for everyone.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X announced with 5.5" 1080p screen and dual camera setup, along with Mi AI Speaker

Xiaomi's phones are traditionally great value for money, and with the unveiling of the company's latest smartphone, there don't seem to be any plans to change that. The Mi 5X, despite its very iPhone-inspired looks, packs some impressive hardware inside for its 1499 RMB price. Xiaomi also announced the new Mi AI speaker, which takes aim at products like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

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EasilyDo rebrands itself as Edison and renames its popular 'Email' app to 'Edison Mail'

Earlier this year EasilyDo released a new app for Android, with the descriptive name 'Email.' It was basically a feature-clone of Google's Inbox for non-Gmail accounts, giving you the same intelligent mail sorting, package tracking, travel bundling features on your third party accounts. It is a popular application. And, today EasilyDo is changing their name to Edison, and 'Email' will now be known as Edison Mail. 

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Opinion: Motorola's Z phones are quickly becoming little more than Mod money grabs

Motorola announced the Z2 Force at an event in New York City yesterday, ostensibly the 2017 flagship for the struggling smartphone brand, following up the Z and Z Force of 2016. The Z series is notable both for marking a major transition in Moto's flagship strategy, but also for the Moto Mods that underpinned the alleged reasoning behind that shift.

Motorola loves to toss out figures about the adoption rate for Moto Mods, but it hasn't issued any really solid ones in regard to which Mods people are using or how often they're using them. The reality is that this is probably because the battery Mod - the most painfully, glaringly, obvious use case for Mods - makes up the great bulk of that uptake.

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