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The Coming Test of the GOP’s House Majority

Fred Barnes, Weekly StandardPresident Trump sees himself as harassed and abused. True enough. Presidents often feel oppressed. But Trump is protected and defended in a way that he appears to take for granted. It comes from having both houses of Congress controlled by his own party.The political safety this provides is all he has known in the four months he’s been in the White House. But it may not last. Republicans are in jeopardy of losing control of the House in next year’s midterm election. If that occurs, Trump would…

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Samsung Chromebook Pro is (finally) coming May 28

The Samsung Chromebook Plus has been around for a while, having been announced at CES and released shortly after. The higher-end, professional-aimed Samsung Chromebook Pro, which was delayed from the original launch window, is finally coming to stores May 28. The Chromebook Pro is the best Chromebook Samsung has ever built, and it comes with a 360-degree hinge, a 12.3″ 2400×1600 touchscreen display, an included pen and Google Play Store apps, which will be on the stable channel rather than the beta channel most Chromebooks are currently using apps on….

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VR and AR experiences are coming soon to Chrome for Android

Developers can now enable virtual and augmented reality experiences to run inside your mobile browser. It’s an issue I face constantly: the inability to download an app because there isn’t enough room on my 32GB Pixel XL. Thankfully, Google’s announced that developers can now run web-based virtual and augmented-reality experiences inside the Chrome browser, though it’s not clear if this includes full-size apps. The announcement was made at Google I/O 2017 during the virtual and augmented reality session. It isn’t particularly new, as you’ve already been able to access Daydream…

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Android Pay coming to Canada, Spain, Brazil and others, debuts peer-to-peer payments

Android Pay is expanding to new markets, and expanding its U.S. capabilities. Even though Android Pay is available in 10 markets right now, it’s been a relatively slow, plodding expansion for Google’s mobile payment platform. At Google I/O 2017, the company announced that it is expanding to a further five markets in the coming months, launching in Canada, Brazil, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. There have been numerous hints that Android Pay was imminently launching in Canada and Russia, so it’s nice to finally see the plan put on paper. At…

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Youtube on TV is uber-popular, 360-degree video support coming soon

The YouTube TV app is getting support for live 360-degree videos this summer! YouTube is a big deal, but you already knew that. At Google I/O, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced Google’s video services serves one billion unique viewers every month, and delivered over a billion hours of content every day in 2016. Those are mind-boggling numbers! Furthermore, Wojcicki noted that while 60% of watch time occurs on mobile, the fastest growing screen is actually the TV, which saw over 90% growth in the past year. This is partially due…

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Watch out, Alexa: Hands-free calling is coming to Google Home!

You’ll be able to call any landline or mobile number — for free! As expected, Google announced some great new features for Google Home during the Google I/O keynote. One of the coolest new features is hands-free calling, which will allow you to call any landline or mobile number in the U.S. or Canada absolutely free. This is a direct response to Amazon, who announced Alexa Calling for it’s Amazon Echo devices last week. But while Alexa Calling only lets you call anyone with an Echo speaker or the Alexa…

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Actions are coming to Google Assistant on phones

Google Assistant has gotten plenty of time on stage at Google I/O, and one of the cooler announcements to come out is that Actions are coming to Google Assistant on Android and iOS. That means Assistant will be able to tap into some pretty cool third-party interactions on your mobile device. On stage, Google showed off Assistant working with some transaction Actions, showing that it can handle payments, deliveries and more. One impressive demo involved ordering from Panera via Assistant, including making alterations to an order. Assistant even pulled address…

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