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Google shuts down Nearby Notifications due to too much spam

Google's Nearby API has been available for years and had simplified a lot of close communication between devices, but you'll probably have forgotten about it unless you've ran across its notifications. In Lebanon, some malls and stores use beacons to broadcast notifications to passersby, and so far, the situation has been more or less tolerable. However, it seems some places were abusing the API to bombard users with spam, and so the Nearby Notifications feature is being shut down.

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[Update: Models] Android Auto is coming to Mazda cars with MZD Connect next month in Europe

Mazda said last year that Android Auto would be making its way to its vehicles — sometime. Now we now when: the automaker has announced that in August, an update is coming to its MZD Connect infotainment system that will allow for the use of Android Auto.

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Snapchat shed 2 million more users in Q3, but there is hope

If you're a regular reader, you probably know how most of us feel about Snapchat. I actually used to use it pretty often, but as the app became increasingly bloated and sluggish, my friends and I defected to other services or just stopped altogether. Q3 financials are in, and although Snapchat lost a further two million users, there are some signs of a recovery.

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Gboard's clipboard manager is starting to show up in v7.7 beta [APK Download]

Gboard's clipboard manager has been in the making for a few months, but more tangible signs of its launch showed up a few days ago when version 7.7.5 beta rolled out. Now, it looks like the feature is being toggled on server-side and it works exactly as its name says.

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Google Docs passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

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The layman's guide to 5G: What should we expect from the first 5G smartphones?

5G is coming soon, but if you still have no idea what it is, or why it matters, then you're not alone. It isn't easy to gain a clear understanding of the subject — most explanations on the net end up being half vague marketing jargon and half complex technical details. That's why we're adding a new entry to our layman's guide to 5G in anticipation of the first 5G smartphones and networks in 2019.

Of course, Keegan Michael Key's recent verbal explainer on the subject covers a fair amount on the topic — "It's one better than 4G, and it's two better than 3G" — but in case you want a bit more detail, we'll attempt to set out what you can expect from this new era of wireless, in the clearest terms possible.

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Pokémon Go will soon be able to reward players for distance walked when the app is closed

Walking is a big part of Pokémon Go; you have to walk not only to find monsters to catch, but also to hatch the eggs that are often the easiest way to get your hands on some of the rarer critters in the game. You have to have the app open for it to log your distance traveled, though, which is kind of a pain — but that's changing soon.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on sale for $657 after coupon code on eBay

The Galaxy Note 9 launched at $1,000 just a couple of months ago, but you don't have to pay anywhere near that much now. We've seen this phone drop a few hundred several times, but the latest deal on eBay is impressive for a new Samsung flagship. You can get the international unlocked Note 9 for $656.99 after applying a 10% off coupon code.

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[Update: Live in Google Camera v6.1] The Pixel camera app will support external microphones starting October 18

The Pixel line is known for, above all else, its wicked cameras. But one problem a certain type of mobile photography enthusiast has run into with the phones is that they don't currently allow for the use of external microphones in the default camera app. That's set to change next week, though.

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Google Docs introduces '.new' domain shortcuts for creating documents

Creating a new document with Google Docs was never a particularly labor-intensive task; all you have to do is open the appropriate site and click "New." But now, Google has simplified the process even further by allowing users to start new documents right from their browsers' address bar using domains that end in ".new."

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