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Google prepares the way for WebAPKs and Progressive Web Apps in latest Chromium for Android build

Google's very hot on the whole web apps topic, with it promoting things like Chrome Apps on both Chrome OS and Android, as well as things like Instant Apps, introduced earlier this year at I/O. Well, it seems like Google is preparing another assault, this time with 'Progressive Web Apps,' a way to make web apps more powerful and useful to end users, plus make it easier for developers to put them together.

A Progressive Web App is a powerful web application that can be used anywhere, on any OS. As you use the app more and more, it gradually will get more powerful.

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Automatic Pro brings 3G car tracking and IFTTT support for $129.95

The original Automatic was a $100 adapter that connected to your car's OBD II port and synced with the Automatic companion app. It wasn't incredibly useful for the price: it tried to help users with tracking road trips and speeding warnings, but it received mixed reviews.

Automatic is back at it again with the Automatic Pro, yours for the taking at $129.95. It's more expensive than the first model, but at least in my opinion, a much better deal. Instead of connecting to your phone via Bluetooth, the Automatic Pro has an always-on 3G connection included at no extra charge (for the first five years).

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Google Duo review: When video calls are this simple, I will surely use them more

Of the two communication apps that Google announced at I/O, Duo surely seemed like the less interesting one. Video calls have been done again and again, and by now, if you have someone you want to talk to and see at the same time, odds are you already have your preferred way of doing that. But my last few days with Duo have shown me another side to the story. Duo isn't trying to revolutionize video calls, it just wants to approach them from a more modern perspective, one that builds on our smartphone-carrying habits, our needs for immediacy, and our disdain for complexity.

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Android Pay expands to 44 more banks and credit unions in the US and Australia

Android Pay has been gaining support for a ton of banks and credit unions lately, and 44 more have just been added. Most of these banks and credit unions are local ones most of us haven't ever heard of, but hey, maybe your local bank is included. No, Chase isn't on here; I double-checked. There are a few Australian banks and credit unions on here as well.

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Google Now-powered New Tab Page is coming to Chrome

Google makes frequent changes to the New Tab Page in Chrome, and they show up first in Chrome Dev. It looks like Google is toying with a New Tab Page powered by Google Now, and you can take a look at it right now in Chrome Dev. You might need to toggle a flag, but it seems to be live for everyone. It also works a little bit in Chrome Beta, but not at all in stable.

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Google's video chat app Duo will support audio-only calls soon

Google finally released Duo the other day nearly three months after announcing it. The pitch for Duo at I/O was that it makes video chat really quick and easy—it makes video chat simple, but what about audio calls? A Googler says that's coming too.

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[Update: Live on Android] Google announces new Google Classroom features for back to school

The day is approaching when kids will be back in school and out of your hair. For schools that use Google Classroom, there will be a number of nifty new features to help both kids and their parents stay on top of things. There's even a new tool for VR field trips, no permission slips needed.

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Fragment, a prismatic art app, is down to £0.10 / €0.10 in a few European countries and Australia (no US)

Apps that do things with photos are becoming very popular these days, with Prisma racking up a considerable amount of downloads since its release on Android almost a month ago. Today, Fragment, an app which converts photos into prismatic works of art, is available for €0.10 in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, 10p in the UK, 10 RUB in Russia, and $0.20 AUD in Australia.

Having played around with Fragment, it certainly makes photos look really good with little to no effort. There's a shuffle button if you just want to get some kind of prism of your photos, or you can choose what you'd like in the myriad of options.

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[100% Chance of Pants] New weather app matches questionable fashion with current conditions

I'm the first to admit I do not understand fashion, but I do have a pretty good grasp on the basics of weather. A new app called Skyler matches what I assume is trendy fashion up with the current conditions so you'll never again have to stress about how to dress for the weather. And of course, all the clothing is totally practical and not weird at all. Nah, I'm kidding. It's all painfully trendy.

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Google updates Santa Tracker open source code with changes from last Christmas

Is it Christmas time already? Not quite, but we don't have long before kids start counting down the days to Santa's visit. When they ask, Google is again ready to provide an answer.

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