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The robots are winning: Google's neural network OCR gives names to the nameless (streets)

Everyone uses Google Maps, but not often do we consider where, exactly, all that data comes from. When a new road goes in, or a bypass, or the name of a street changes, it isn't as if your local city reaches out to Google to make sure everything is up to date. Some of that used to come from user submissions in the Map Maker forum. Now those tools are being rolled into Maps itself, but that's not the only source of information. Google's fleets of Street View cars collect an insane number of images, and nestled in with them are pictures of businesses, street signs, and addresses, and Google's latest research blog post goes into some interesting details about all that potential data.

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Nexon is probably turning Titanfall into your typical Android PvP game

If I told you that Titanfall was coming to Android, I bet you would be pretty psyched. What if I told you that NEXON Company had teamed up with Respawn Entertainment to bring us Titanfall: Assault, a real-time competitive multiplayer game. How would you feel then?

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Google releases official statement on widespread Google Docs phishing email

Phishing emails are annoying and potentially dangerous, but very rarely do we see one as nefarious as this. A specific email, shown above, has been making waves in the news and Google has released an official statement regarding it.

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[Update: It's back] WhatsApp is down for everyone right now

Having trouble sending WhatsApp messages? Don't worry, you're not alone. The entire service seems to be down for everyone at the moment. The outage has lasted over an hour at this point, with the web interface showing a "Trying to reach phone" screen:

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AT&T Galaxy S6, S6 edge, and S6 active are receiving their Android 7.0 Nougat updates

In the last month, both Sprint and Verizon have updated their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge units to Android 7.0 Nougat. These are some of the last phones to receive the 7.0 update, but hey, they're two-year old Samsung carrier devices. Now, AT&T is sending Nougat out to the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920A), Galaxy S6 edge (SM-G925A), and its exclusive Galaxy S6 active (SM-G890A).

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[Deal Alert] Here are 9 temporarily free and 7 on-sale apps, plus the 0.10 game of the week

Half of the week is gone (or mostly), which means it's time for yet another round of app sales. The list is much smaller today than it was Monday, and some of the apps from that post are still free or discounted so be sure to check it out.

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Spaceplan is out on Android a day early

Spaceplan is the latest incremental game to be released on Android. What was originally a web-based idle clicker prototype, is now a full featured title with plenty of expanded content. Developer Jake Hollands has been hard at work porting Spaceplan to Android, iOS, and PC for release on May 4th. Lucky us, it would appear that the Google Play Store has gotten it a day early.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Sphero remote-controlled BB-8 with Force Band for $122 ($78 off) on Amazon

What's better than a remote control BB-8 toy, you ask? A remote control BB-8 toy on sale. Perhaps a day early for May the 4th (as in "May the Force be with you"), Sphero has discounted the popular toy to just $122 on Amazon.

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Gameloft launches Blitz Brigade sequel 'Rival Tactics' on Android

The current state of mobile gaming isn't to everyone's liking, and if you're one of those people you should move along now. The new Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics from Gameloft has all the makings of a modern mobile game from the in-app purchases to the screaming guy app icon. This is, of course, a followup to the original Blitz Brigade, but it's a very different kind of game.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Verizon/GSM unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $825 on eBay ($15 off, no sales tax)

The Galaxy S8/S8+ are the best phones of 2017 so far with the top-of-the-line SoC, gorgeous display, and an improved software experience. Either costs a pretty penny, so any sort of savings is worth it, right? Today we have the Verizon/GSM unlocked Galaxy S8+ for $824.99, which is only $15 off the price straight from Big Red. This one, however, is free of taxes and shipping costs. Makes it more interesting.

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