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Opera shuts down Max

Opera shuts down Max Only a few years ago, Opera Max was the rising star in the browser maker’s portfolio. The service offered a system-wide data-saving proxy that funnelled all app data through Opera’s servers to compress images and videos. Now, however, Max is heading for the deadpool. The company, which is now owned by a consortium of Chinese firms, today announced that it will shut down Max. “Opera has now decided to discontinue Opera Max. The product had a substantially different value proposition than our browser products, and represented…

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Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited

Beijing’s public transport system gets an app for paying fares — but Apple isn’t invited Apple continues to be locked out of China’s massive mobile payments space. The latest reminder came this week when Beijing’s transportation system opened up to smartphone payments… via an Android app. Already Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Alibaba’s Alipay services dominate China’s mobile payment space, which is estimated to have processed $3 trillion last year, but now Apple has missed out being part of what is sure to be a very convenient usage case. The Financial…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones. Apple was also watching. And this summer the company signaled its own conviction in the technology by announcing ARKit: a developer toolkit to support iOS developers to build augmented reality apps….

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Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps

Google opens its Nearby Connections tech to Android developers to enable smarter offline apps Google announced today the public availability of a developer tool that will allow Android apps to better communicate with nearby devices, even while offline. The company touts a number of potential use cases for this technology – like hotel rooms that sense your entry then set the temperature accordingly and turn on your favorite music, or phones that can merge their address books while in proximity, among other things. However, the initial implementations of the technology…

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Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges. Ozlo launched with a consumer-facing app back in October 2016. Jolley told me at the time that the conversational AI space was rapidly consolidating (Samsung had just bought Viv) and he was happy to run a service independent of the major…

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Waze finally arrives on Android Auto

Waze finally arrives on Android Auto After a beta that kicked off earlier in 2017, crowdsourced navigation app Waze is coming to Android Auto. The Google-owned Waze seemed like a shoe-in for gaining app support for Android’s native in-car mode, but it’s taken a while to bring it to Android Auto – but the months-long beta and the time show that Waze wanted to get the experience right for drivers. The Waze experience in Android Auto actually brings a lot of the app’s experience to your in-car display, provided you…

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Google releases the final Android O developer preview

Google releases the final Android O developer preview Google today launched the fourth and final developer preview of Android O, the latest version of its mobile operating system. As expected, there are no major changes in this release and, according to Google, the launch of Android O remains on track for later this summer. There’s still some time left before the official end of the summer (that’s September 22, in case you wondered), but given that Android Nougat was on a very similar schedule, I expect we’ll see a final…

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Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos – including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more sharable GIFs. Today, Google says it’s bringing Motion Stills to Android, along with a few changes. Obviously, Android users aren’t in need of a Live Photos image editing tool. Live Photos, after all, are a format Apple introduced back in…

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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer’s main shopping app. However, that integration – which allows you to ask Alexa about news, weather, basic facts, or use the assistant’s add-on “skills,” among other things –  was available only for iPhone users. This week, Alexa is arriving on Android, as well. Amazon hasn’t made a formal announcement about the launch but, when asked,…

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Adobe launches redesigned Lightroom for Android

Adobe launches redesigned Lightroom for Android Adobe launched an update for its Lightroom photo management and editing apps on iOS and Android today. The iOS app for iPhone and iPad is getting a few new features, including support for Adobe’s selective brush, a new details tab and an interface update for the iPad version. That’s all pretty nice, but the biggest news here is that Adobe also completely redesigned the Android app from the ground up. Adobe has long been an iOS-first shop and, while it now offers most of…

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