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WhatsApp will soon let you transfer your chat history from Android to iPhones

WhatsApp will soon let you transfer your chat history from Android to iPhones

After rolling out the ability to migrate your chats from iPhones to selected Samsung devices, WhatsApp is now working on letting you move your chat history from Android to iPhone. The first signs of this feature have been discovered in the latest build of WhatsApp beta for Android.

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Chrome is getting a fresh Material makeover for its system pages

Chrome is getting a fresh Material makeover for its system pages

It's been a few years now since Google gave Chrome one of its biggest makeovers to date — a perfect treat (for most) to celebrate the browser's first decade. Its Material makeover ditched the trapezoidal shapes and drab gray for a modern, rounded look that's more in line with Google's updated design system. However, the lack of theming in Chrome's system pages (settings and bookmarks, for example) is a testament to the absence of consistency in Google's implementation of Material Design. But with an upcoming change, it seems like the company finally wants to apply its attractive design language to Chrome in a consistent manner.

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Google Chrome's upcoming Memories feature will supercharge your browser history

Google Chrome's upcoming Memories feature will supercharge your browser history

Searching for websites you know you've saved or seen somewhere in Chrome can be a bit of a hassle despite the handy history overview, accessible via the overflow menu in the top right corner of the interface. When you search through it, it only gives you a chronological view of all the sites you've ever visited, without taking into account if a page is currently opened in a tab or saved as a bookmark. An upcoming feature is supposed to change that. It's called Memories and takes all these factors into account when you use it to search through your browsing history.

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Google Earth invites you to look through our planet's past — get ready to feel bad for being a human

Google Earth invites you to look through our planet's past — get ready to feel bad for being a human

Google is calling its expanded Timelapse feature "the biggest update in years" to its Earth 3D mapping system. The tool allows you to overlay historical satellite photography on the 3D topographical maps, watching years of change to the landscape in just a few seconds. You can see dramatic shifts to populated cities, or the geological progression of waterways and landmasses. But of course the most obvious application of this tool is viewing climate change in a much more immediate way.

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How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

How to enhance privacy on your Android phone

Google ships a ton of free software with Android, but you're still paying for it with your data when you use it. The company can create an incredibly detailed profile of your life thanks to all the details you share with it while browsing the web and using some Google apps. While it's impossible to get rid of all that tracking completely if you don't want to use a custom ROM or switch to iOS, there are a few things you can do to.

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Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

When Google released the new affordable Nest Thermostat in October, it also made some changes to how things are set up and controlled. Instead of using the outdated Nest app, it's all done through the Google Home app now. This is a positive move in many ways, but some of the functionality hasn't yet been migrated over for older models. Finally, it looks like Google is bringing the full new experience to more people, but it sure is a slow rollout.

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YouTube Music shows latest library additions for some

YouTube Music shows latest library additions for some

YouTube Music is slated to replace Google Play Music later this year. There are still some discrepancies and missing features, and Google is hard at work bringing over as much functionality to its new music streaming service as it deems feasible and necessary. As such, YouTube Music now tests displaying albums and playlists that you've saved to your library in the Last Played overview.

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Bill Gates says letting Android win was his biggest mistake

Bill Gates says letting Android win was his biggest mistake

These days, Bill Gates spends most of his time running the world's largest private charitable foundation, but before that, he ran Microsoft. During his tenure, Microsoft grew from a tiny New Mexico outfit to the software behemoth that nearly squelched Apple in the 90s. Gates didn't always make the right calls, though. In a recent interview, Gates admits his biggest mistake was allowing Android to win.

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[Update: They're back] Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel

[Update: They're back] Android TV apps now available for A&E, Lifetime, FYI, and History Channel

Do you need to catch up on episodes of Project Runway, or do you feel like bingeing American Pickers for a few hours? If so, you're in luck. A&E Networks has just published four new Android TV apps, each for one of its channels - Lifetime, FYI, The History Channel, and A&E.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it's expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got here. 

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