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ARCore v1.5 adds support for OnePlus 6T, ROG Phone, Razer Phone, Xperia X, and many more [APK Teardown]

Google's ARCore team just rolled out a new update that appears to bring the augmented reality framework to several more phones and tablets. Some hot new (and upcoming) devices are on the list, like the Galaxy Note9, OnePlus 6T, and ROG Phone. These are also joined by some older models like the Sony Xperia X.

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Instagram's co-founders are leaving Facebook

Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom are leaving Facebook "to explore [their] curiosity and creativity again," Systrom announced in a blog post. Bloomberg reports that the departure comes amid increasing friction between the pair and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Instagram adds notifications to its browser app and Instagram Lite

If you use Instagram's mobile web app, then you've likely been waiting patiently for the addition of notifications since it launched in the first half of 2017. That wait is finally over. Now, Instagram users who log in from Chome can turn on notifications for when they get new followers, likes, or comments. The change also applies to Instagram Lite, which is still in testing, and more or less a wrapper of the mobile site.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

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Google Search undergoing 'fundamental' shift towards more tailored, personalized results — but will that hurt discovery?

With the growing commercial use of AI, the platforms we use daily are becoming more and more customized. When a social media platform recommends the best content for you, it's distilling out things that you don't like — providing you with that infamous echo chamber effect. Of course, this isn't constrained solely to social networks. Google Search uses AI, as well. In fact, the tech giant has just announced that it's adding several "intelligent" recommendation features to its original product, with a focus on what it calls "longer [search] sessions," that span multiple days. In the announcement blog post, Google calls this a "fundamental transformation" — but is it one that could harm the discovery of different sources and viewpoints?

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Jaybird announces $100 Tarah earbuds, available this October

Jaybird released its X4 earbuds not even two weeks ago, but the wireless headphone manufacturer is already back at it. Today, the company announced the Tarah, a new set of athletic earbuds set to retail at $99.99. They'll be available in three color combinations starting in October.

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Google Voice Wi-Fi calls rolling out to more people

It's always been hard to explain what Google Voice is because it feels like a VoIP service, but it's not. Google Voice has operated as a phonecall relay system all these years, forwarding your calls through another number. Earlier this year, Google started beta testing Wi-Fi calls in Google Voice, and it looks like the feature is rolling out to more users.

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Professor Layton and the Curious Village brings its mind-bending puzzles to Android

Talk about a stacked Tuesday. First, a full HD port of Monster Hunter World Stories releases on the Play Store, and then Level-5 announces that Professor Layton and the Curious Village has been ported to Android, complete with an HD makeover, and it's also available on the Play Store starting today. There's already a couple of Layton games on Android, though this is the first to actually star Professor Layton. It's also the first game in the main series, so if you'd like to see where it all began, this is the title for you.

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Android Messages' search feature is getting an overhaul this week

Android Messages is getting a big upgrade to its searchability. You can already search in Messages using the magnifying glass icon at the top of your conversation list, but right now, the functionality is limited to text. Soon, that icon will access a much richer search function, allowing you to easily find photos, videos, and places you've shared in text messages.

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10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade

Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced - the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.

In honor of Android's 10th birthday, we're taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era.

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