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Google is giving away a free pen loop to Pixelbook owners

It’s a pretty simple solution, but it’s better than nothing. In addition to the Pixelbook itself, Google also released the Pixelbook Pen alongside it. The Pixelbook Pen is a $100 stylus that allows you to doodle on the Pixelbook and easily call upon the Google Assistant, and while its price might be tough to swallow, it’s a really fun accessory if you’ve got the cash to cover it. However, as great as the Pixelbook Pen is, one thing I always thought was a bit odd is that there’s no way…

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Android Wear 2.8 adds system-wide black theme

Gray is so 2017. For those of you that continue to march on and use Android Wear, a new 2.8 update should be arriving on your wrists soon. When it does, you’ll likely notice that things look a bit darker. According to a thread on Reddit, updating to Android Wear 2.8 gets rid of Android Wear’s system-wide gray background and replaces it with a black one. As you can see in the pictures below, this black color is found on the quick settings page, the app drawer, notification shade, etc….

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Google’s Arts & Culture face matching doesn’t work in Illinois or Texas

The culprit might be privacy laws in the states. By now, chances are you’ve heard about a new feature in Google’s Arts & Culture app that scans your face and matches it with a famous painting. It’s blown up over the past couple of days, but users in Illinois and Texas have reported that they’re unable to use it. Google confirmed to CNN that the face matching feature doesn’t work in these two states, and while it declined to comment about why this is, it would appear that it has…

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Moto Folio is an inexpensive folio case Moto Mod that costs $14.99

The Moto Folio protects your phone and has a slot for holding a credit card or ID. Since the first Moto Z came out in 2016, Motorola’s been building its Moto Mod collection at a pretty steady rate. Motorola used CES 2018 to show off two of the most interesting Mods to-date, but ahead of that, it’s released another one that might be one of its most practical – the Moto Folio. Folio cases for phones aren’t anything new, but since this is a Moto Mod, the Moto Folio easily…

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This is what Fuchsia OS looks like on the Pixelbook

Fuchsia OS technically runs on the Pixelbook, but there’s still a lot that’s broken. At the very beginning of the year, it was discovered that Google had added the Pixelbook as an official test device for its mysterious Fuchsia OS. Just about a couple weeks later, the team at Ars Technica managed to get Fuchsia running on the machine with some (expectedly) mixed results. Unlike an early version of Fuchsia that came out in May of 2017, this is running directly on the Pixelbook rather than just showing a UI…

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Huawei joins RCS movement by using Android Messages as default texting app

Google’s convinced Huawei to adopt RCS; now it just needs to do the same with carriers. Although we may never get iMessage on Android, that’s okay. Google’s been leading the charge for RCS for a while now, and in an attempt to help expand its adoption to more carriers and other partners, Huawei is joining Google in this trek. RCS is essentially the next step up from traditional SMS/MMS texting, and it allows for things like texting over Wi-Fi networks, non-sucky group chats, indicators when someone’s read your message, etc….

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These are the 20 cities where Amazon’s next HQ could be located

Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and NYC are among the contenders. After taking over most of Seattle, Amazon announced plans in early September last year for building a second headquarters that’s being referred to as HQ2. Although a final location has still yet to be determined, we’re now one step closer to this with Amazon’s shortlist of 20 potential candidates. When Amazon initially announced HQ2, it said that the new location would have to have over 1 million residents and be within a 45-mile range to an international airport. The 20…

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Honor View 10 update adds face unlock, January security patch, and more

The update is rolling out now and should reach everyone by January 24. The Honor View 10 is an incredible phone, and in case you missed Hayato’s full review, you should absolutely check it out. The View 10 packs a serious punch for its price of just £449, and a new software update that’s now rolling out to the phone makes it even better. One of the biggest things this update brings is a new face unlock feature. As you’d expect, this enables the View 10 to be unlocked by…

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This is what the Google Pixel 2 could have looked like

Google’s lead hardware designer Ivy Ross shares early design concepts for the Pixel 2, Pixelbook, and more. If you’re a fan of the design for any of Google’s latest products that were announced last October, the woman you’d want to thank is Ivy Ross. Ross is in charge of Google’s design team for its hardware division, and Google’s official blog ‘The Keyword’ recently interviewed her as part of its The She Word series. I highly recommend checking out the entire interview as it’s an excellent read, but one of the…

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What’s your favorite keyboard app?

With so many keyboard apps to choose from, picking just one can be a challenge. We all know that user customization is one of Android’s highlights, and one of the areas where this is seen is with the ability to download third-party keyboard apps. This is something that Apple eventually added to iOS in 2014, but even today in early 2018, third-party keyboards are still the best in camp Android. The Google Play Store is filled with different options to choose from, and while there is some garbage here and…

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