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Material design spec adds guidance on 'up' vs 'back' navigation, strong words for notification spam, and more in August update

After adding an entirely new section on motion - and new guidance on onboarding and growth - back in May, Google Design is back with another update to the material design spec.

The August 2016 release includes new documentation for Nougat's new notifications, confirming and acknowledging user actions, and widgets, with updates coming to the navigation and full-screen mode sections.

Nougat's notifications, as we've seen through a handful of preview releases now, have a somewhat more complex or info-rich design compared to previous generations. In its new section on notifications, the spec breaks down all the bits and pieces from headers to action areas.

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Google Drive on the web gets UI tweaks, better file downloads, and more

Google is making some much-needed improvements to Drive today, but not the app. We're talking about the web interface. Even if you're primarily using Drive on Android, you'll end up visiting in the browser on occasion. When you do, you'll see a refined UI and much better file downloads.

Here's what Google says is coming in the update.

  • You can now compress and download Drive items into multiple 2GB zip files. Files have an improved name structure, for example: drive-download-20160516T125832Z.zip for the first file and drive-download-20160516T125832Z-2.zip for subsequent archives.
  • Better Google Forms handling.
  • Empty folders are now included in the zip.
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Twitter is getting more granular notification settings including a 'quality filter'

Twitter has announced a pair of new features that will be live in the official app and web interface soon. Both are aimed at improving the notification experience and making Twitter a little less annoying to use. You'll be able to control which notifications you see, and there's a filter that allegedly removes low-quality tweets. I have to wonder how well that works.

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The Galaxy Note7 gets torn down by iFixit, is slightly easier to repair than the S7

iFixit's been providing smartphone teardowns for a while, and now they've got one of Samsung's latest and greatest for us to look at. Considering the Galaxy Note7 is a water-resistant phone with curved glass on both sides, it's not unreasonable to think that it would fare poorly. That being said, it does do marginally better than the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge did.

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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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Canadian carrier Telus says Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Nougat updates coming August 22nd

At this point we're just waiting for Google to release Android 7.0 (and the new Nexus devices that come with it) to the masses. The company never gives exact dates for this kind of thing, though a vague "fall" pattern generally leads us to expect new Android hardware and software sometime between August and October. According to the official support forum for Telus, an exclusively Canadian cell carrier, Nougat updates will be coming in less than a week.

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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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[Deal Alert] Get a nearly new GSM unlocked Galaxy S7 for $430 on eBay

If you're looking for a current flagship, desire a smaller phone, and don't want to spend an astronomical amount of moola, the Galaxy S7's a pretty decent choice. It may not be the top dog in Samsung's lineup, but it's equipped with a fantastic camera, a beautiful display, and water resistance. Now, you can pick one up for a penny under $430 from an eBay seller with 98.8% feedback spread over nearly 116k ratings.

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T-Mobile announces T-Mobile One, a single unlimited data plan with a surprising number of caveats

T-Mobile just announced a surprise Uncarrier program that will do away with all its current plans. Instead, there's only one plan that T-Mobile is calling T-Mobile One. It has unlimited data, which is great. However, it's not really an unlimited plan. There are plenty of limits that you should be aware of.

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[Deal Alert] Get the Nextbit Robin for just $199 (50% off) for Amazon's Gold Box deal today

The Nextbit Robin, a crowdfunding idea that actually came to fruition, can be had at a massive discount through Amazon's daily Gold Box deal. Originally $399, for today only you can get it at a paltry $199. If you're on a GSM carrier, there's a lot to like here, especially at the price.

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