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Waze now works in standalone Android Auto on your phone

When Waze finally added support for Android Auto last year, it unfortunately required a proper Auto head unit, a discovery that tainted the good news. That's no longer the case as Waze recently started working in the standalone version of Auto, the one that uses your phone as a display and doesn't necessitate any other additional gear.

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Google DeepMind founders and others including Elon Musk promise not to develop AI weapons

Some of the world's most powerful tech leaders and many esteemed academics have signed a pledge promising not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. The most notable signatories include the three co-founders of Google-owned AI research company DeepMind — Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman — as well as controversial Boring Company founder Elon Musk and the head of Google's AI division, Jeffrey Dean.

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Corning Gorilla Glass DX and Gorilla Glass DX+ want to make your next smartwatch tougher

 

Corning is primarily known as a manufacturer and supplier of hardened glass products for essentially every major smartphone brand in the world. But following yesterday’s introduction of the Gorilla Glass 6, billed as the company’s most durable cover glass yet, we’re now reminded Corning also designs market-leading glass composites for wearable devices. Your next smartwatch, be it a Wear OS or Tizen-powered product, is likely to use either Corning Gorilla Glass DX or Gorilla Glass DX+ protection. Since wearables are more often used in the great outdoors than smartphones, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the focus here is on display readability.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 pairs huge screen with even huger battery, starting at $250 in China

It’s getting harder and harder to justify the utility of tablets, especially 7 to 8-inchers, when rising mobile industry stars like Xiaomi keep releasing bigger and bigger phones. The Chinese company’s latest sports an almost ridiculous 6.9-inch screen, and to prove how far it’s come in the war against bezels, the gargantuan Mi Max 3 is illustrated alongside an old 4.7-incher. Next time you complain there’s still a "chin" on your new device, take a look at that side-by-side picture, and marvel.

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[Deal Alert] Sennheiser HD1 headphones down to $200 on Amazon

We've featured deals for the active noise cancelling-equipped version of the Sennheiser HD1 headphones quite a few times, with the lowest price for those coming in at $314. But if you just don't need ANC and you prefer a wired connection to Bluetooth, the regular HD1 has been discounted to $199.95, $50 off its Amazon price and a full $150 off initial MSRP.

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Instagram testing Facebook-like reactions in its Stories

It's been over two years since Facebook first introduced reactions to go along with the famous 'Like' button, and about a year since those reactions spread to the comments section. At some point, reactions were added to Facebook Messenger as well. Now, though, Facebook is bringing them to an entirely different platform altogether: Instagram.

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Digital media use, including social media, tied to higher rates of ADHD in teenag... aw sick new vid. Like, subscribe. Where am I?

Social media is often considered a distraction, but based on the results of a recent study, that influence could have larger implications. According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), frequent use of digital media, including social media, by adolescents could be associated with ADHD—though the causal direction of that relationship is undetermined. 

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[Bonus Round] Amethlion, Hags Castle, Magibot, Isle of Skye, Super Speed Runner, and KleptoDogs

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a deep indie survival game, a throwback to old-school first-person dungeon crawlers, a strategic platformer, a digital adaptation of a popular board game, a deceptively challenging minimal platformer, and a kawaii-themed dog collection game.

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[Update: Slight delay, ready now] You're not being phished—Google is rolling out a new sign-in page

Google has slowly but surely been updating its web features to use material design principles. Some of these updates have been more successful than others. The company is now undertaking a simple but potentially treacherous update: the sign-in page. G Suite users will start seeing the new page soon, and it'll probably reach everyone eventually.

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Play Store beats App Store in downloads for Q2 2018 by 160% but loses in spending by almost half according to App Annie

For a while now, App Annie has been offering its metrics to interested parties so developers can better understand their place in the app economy. Careful examination and integration of data like this, paired with the knowledge of a target audience, can influence where a developer's time can be best spent. And according to App Annie's latest report, Play Store downloads are up significantly, with a 20% rise year-over-year, and 160% higher than Apple's Play Store. On the other hand, consumer spending is still 80% higher on iOS. 

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