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AI-focused mail app Astro adds calendar support

The AI-infused email client, Astro, now has a built-in calendar.

Version 3.0 of the app, available today, adds a calendar view that pulls appointments from your existing Google or Office calendar and integrates with Astro’s AI assistant, Astrobot. Astro says calendar functionality “has been a top requested feature since day one.”

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Google adds new features to Files Go, including better SD card support

Google tends to keep the Go apps locked down in the Play Store, so most devices can't download them directly. However, it opened up Files Go to everyone a while back. This app helps clear space on your device, and it's getting an update today with three new features.

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LG suffers more losses in mobile for fourth quarter, record high revenue overall

LG Electronics released its fourth quarter and full-year 2017 financial results this morning, and while the news is mostly very good for the company, its mobile division continues to suffer losses.

LG took in $55.4 billion in revenue for 2017, an increase of 10.9% over 2016 and the highest ever for the company. Profitability increased by 85% over last year at $2.23 billion. For the fourth quarter alone, LG saw a 15% growth over Q4 2016 revenues with $15.3 billion, and a profit of $330.9 million, which we reported when the company released its preliminary results earlier this month.

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Reolink Argus 2 is a $129.99 outdoor wireless security cam with a rechargeable battery and a $30 solar charger option

Reolink is one of the lesser known security camera brands available. The company, like Amcrest, is more recognized in the NVR world, but it recently started stepping into the connected cam market. I reviewed its Keen and Reolink products last September and now the Reolink 2 is out with one major advantage over the original version: a rechargeable battery.

In my review of the Argus, I had lamented the lack of a recharging option, which forces you to use 4 CR123A batteries, that depending on where you live, could be difficult to find or expensive. That also means you have to keep changing the batteries every few months, which may not be ideal for an outdoor security cam that you placed in a far-to-reach place.

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SHIELD TV gets new Assistant capabilities, including broadcasting and security camera streaming

Since the Nvidia SHIELD TV added Google Assistant support last year, it's been slowly catching up with other Assistant-enabled devices by adding new functionality. It looks like a couple more capabilities are now available. At least we think so, as Assistant features across different devices are so inconsistent that it's sometimes hard to tell what's new and what's not.

According to Nvidia, broadcasting messages and the ability to summon your security camera stream on your TV via the Assistant are both new additions. Apparently, if you tell the Assistant on the SHIELD TV to "broadcast that it’s time to watch TV," it will relay the messages to Google Home devices around the house.

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Nintendo announces Miitomo service ending on May 9th

Nintendo has announced that services for Miitomo will end on May 9, 2018. The ability to buy coins inside the game has been disabled as a result of the announcement. Remaining coins can be used inside the game, or can be exchanged through the My Nintendo service for discounts on game downloads for 3DS or Wii U, among other items. According to Nintendo, users can receive daily login bonuses of coins and game tickets in order to continue playing Miitomo Drop and use other features in the game until the end of service.

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[Update: Back up] Allo is down, but you probably didn't notice because you're part of the 99.99999%

Allo's small userbase has become somewhat of a joke in the Android community, but the fact of the matter is that there are actually people who use Google's latest messaging service. Crazy, right? If you do use Allo, you might have noticed that your messages have been stuck on "Sending..." with none of them actually being sent. Don't worry; you're not alone. Allo seems to be down for everyone right now.

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Project Fi gets smart replies via the Android Messages app

Google's smart replies have shown up in a few apps including Inbox (the original), Gmail, and Allo. Now, this handy feature has arrived in the Android Messages app. However, it's not for everyone. This is a feature for Project Fi subscribers only.

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[Update: Just on-body detection] Security flaw in Moto G5 Plus Prime Exclusive grants access to phone with the tap of a lockscreen ad

Amazon has been running its Prime Exclusive program for some time now. Essentially, the company partners with phone manufacturers to offer noticeably lower prices on devices in exchange for preloaded Amazon apps and advertisements on the lock screen. However, it appears that these lockscreen ads have led to a security flaw on one Prime Exclusive device, the Moto G5 Plus.

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Samsung sends out press invite for Galaxy S9 unveil at MWC, boasts about 'reimagined' camera

As it does with every major flagship and smartwatch release, Samsung has just sent out a press invite for the Galaxy S9's unveiling. You'll note that the invitation doesn't explicitly mention the S9, but given the gigantic purple "9," it's safe to say we know what Samsung will be taking the wraps off of.

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