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Revenge of the web apps: Google moves to bridge native and web experience

Little by little, web apps have started to act more like native desktop and mobile applications. They can be added to the home screen on your phone, send notifications, work offline, and more. At today's Chrome Dev Summit, Google expressed its desire to give web apps even more abilities normally only reserved for native applications — like accessing local files.

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Unlocked LG V30+ falls to just $400 on Amazon for today only

LG's latest phones themselves haven't been horrible, but the bang for the buck they've been offering hasn't been great. The V30+, an upgraded V30 with more storage and earphones included, was released back in late 2017 at an MSRP of a whopping $929.99. This latest Amazon deal brings the price down to a much more reasonable $399.99, though it's only available for around 10.5 more hours as of publishing time.

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Gboard goes official with GIF, emoji, and sticker AI suggestions, picks up over 40 new language varieties

After tests popped up throughout the summer, Gboard has now officially announced it is using on-device AI to provide suggestions for stickers, GIFS, and emoji based on what users are typing. It was always possible to search for such content through the keyboard, but this feature brings up suggestions automatically, alerting users via the Google button on the upper left hand side of the keyboard. Additionally, Google's keyboard app gained support for 37 new languages, including new variants of Russian and Arabic, as well as several indigenous North American languages. 

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Samsung's Linux on DeX turns your phone into a Linux computer [APK Download]

Samsung debuted DeX last year to make your phone behave a bit more like a computer when plugged into a monitor. This year, DeX functionality has improved so you don't need to expensive custom dock, just a video cable. At Samsung's developer conference last week, it announced DeX would also get full Linux support. It's only officially available to those in the beta program, but we've got the APK.

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It's time to vote for the Google Play User's Choice Awards 2018

Nevermind the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the accolades we really care about here at AP are the Best of Google Play Awards. It's time to dust off your dinner jacket and shine those shoes — the 2018 nominees for the User's Choice categories have been announced. As usual, there are three categories: Best App, Best Game, and Best Movie.

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Lyft Rewards will let you earn free upgrades and ride discounts

Lyft is about to roll out a new feature intended to keep its most frequent riders happy. Soon, you'll be able to earn points with "Lyft Rewards" just by using the service. There aren't too many perks to unlock with points just yet, but Lyft says it's exploring some options.

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[Update: Fixed] It's not just you: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus are down, with WhatsApp affected

If your Facebook app hasn't been reloading or your messages haven't been sending, you're not alone. An outage has just hit Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Oculus, with WhatsApp's functionality affected as well. Instagram appears to be running fine.

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Sennheiser HD1 headphones are just $149.95 on Amazon right now ($100 off)

If you're lucky enough to still have a headphone jack on your phone, you might be looking for something decent to plug into it. You can't go far wrong with a decent pair of Sennheisers, and the wired HD1s have been well received by pretty much everyone who's reviewed them. You can currently get them for $100 less than the retail price from Amazon.

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What the Chromebook needs before it's going to be considered a real computer [Opinion]

I love Chrome OS. I use it every day, for nearly everything. But that’s the problem—it can only do so much. Everything else it can’t do has to be done on another computer, with another platform because the Chromebook doesn’t run the full suite of apps that I need to be consistently productive.

It isn’t just for my line of work. With the Pixel Slate running Chrome OS launching soon and poised to compete against the Microsoft Surface Pro and other related hardware, it’s a wonder if it can replace the full-throttle laptops that working professionals and creatives have long relied on.

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Twitter CEO says tweet editing is achievable, but the company 'can't just rush it out'

It seems Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been feeling the pressure to launch a tweet editing feature on Twitter more than usual lately — even Kim Kardashian is using her sway to gain some in-person petitioning time. At a recent press event in New Delhi, he finally broke his silence on the feature, talking about some of the considerations Twitter needs to take into account, and stating: "We have been considering this for a while and we have to do [it] in the right way. We can't just rush it out."

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