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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google…
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Flash Player goes away at the end of this year, and it’s taking FarmVille with it

FarmVille was one of the first big Facebook games that really solidified social media’s place in the gaming industry, and it left a huge impact on the market whether you were into it or not. Even if you weren’t playing it, I can guarantee you probably saw at least a few of those FarmVille requests […]

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Will the Galaxy Note 20 launch on August 5th this year?

We’re itching for more Galaxy Note 20 details, but we might not have to wait too much longer for something official directly from Samsung. A new rumor has popped up confirming when Samsung’s next Unpacked will be, and the date falls in line pretty squarely with previous Galaxy Note launches. Galaxy Note 20 launch date […]

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The Motorola RAZR 2 is supposedly coming this year with a bigger screen, better processor

The Motorola RAZR had a fairly bumpy launch. People couldn’t buy it, there were tons of quality control issues, and at the end of the day it just didn’t seem like a great phone. Well, even mediocre phones can still get successors, and it looks like the Motorola RAZR 2 is right around the corner. […]

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Apple supplier Broadcom suggests a delayed iPhone launch this year

There’s no official word about any iPhone delay yet, but Bloomberg reports that Broadcom CEO Hock Tan’s comments on a quarterly earnings call lend credence to their earlier rumor that the new device will launch a few weeks later than usual. New mains…
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YouTube Music 2020 review: Getting better every year

It’s about that time of year again when we dig into Google’s shiny new music streaming service. YouTube Music was designed to eventually replace Google Play Music, which seems like the most beloved music streaming app on the internet. But here we are, two years later, and we’re only just now starting to see YouTube […]

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WSJ: Google will ‘likely’ face antitrust lawsuits later this year

For nearly a year there have been reports about the Justice Department investigating Google for antitrust violations when it comes to search and advertising. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports it’s “likely” that the DoJ and state attorneys general…
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After a year on the Epic Store, ‘Journey’ is heading to Steam

More than eight years after it first came out on the PlayStation 3, almost five years after its PlayStation 4 rerelease and about one year after coming out on PC, Journey is finally making its way to Steam. The game’s PC publisher, Annapurna Interact…
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Always-On Display coming to OnePlus phones sometime this year

OnePlus is reportedly testing bringing an Always-On Display feature to its phones. We don’t know exactly when that’ll happen, but it’s confirmed to be in the works directly from the company. The confirmation comes OnePlus’s IDEAS program, where users can submit their most wanted features on OnePlus phones. OnePlus Always-On Display If you’ve wanted an […]

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SpaceX will fly space tourists to the ISS as soon as next year

Houston-based private space company Axiom has forged a partnership with SpaceX to fly paying tourists to the ISS as soon as the second half of 2021. Under the terms of their deal, SpaceX will use the Crew Dragon capsule to ferry three tourists and an…
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Coronavirus claims another victim: Google I/O 2020 is getting canceled, will be online only this year

If you thought 2020 was going to be the year of folding phones, game streaming, or the Linux desktop, you’d be wrong. This year is all about things getting canceled and ruined thanks to the coronavirus. Google I/O is the next on the reaper’s list, and Google has officially nixed the physical event for their […]

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Hot Wheels brings its NFC-enabled stat-tracker to even more toys this year

For stats-obsessed kids, last year's release of Hot Wheels ID was a godsend. The NFC-based system let you scan your cars into the app to keep tabs on how fast and how far the cars in your collection had traveled. And it definitely solved the problem…
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Huawei’s Richard Yu confirms P40 Pro to launch in March next year without Google apps

It’s just a couple of months since Huawei launched the Mate 30 Pro in Munich, Germany, a phone that was pretty much universally accepted as being outstanding with a single, fatal flaw – the conspicuous lack of Google apps and services thanks to the ongoing US ban. In a show of resolve, or perhaps just […]

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Android TV 10 on track for later this year with new hardware in 2020

Though it has not seen the level of adoption of Android’s primary mobile OS, Android TV remains the most popular home media OS and its next update is coming soon, with new hardware a bit later. Following Android 10’s launch on Google’s Pixels, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone, and Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro earlier this month […]

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After a year of Epic Games exclusivity, ‘Hades’ heads to Steam Early Access

Hades, the next game from Bastion and Pyre developer Supergiant Games, is coming to Steam Early Access on December 10. The game has been available in early access on the Epic Games Store since December of last year.
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London’s Tube will finally offer 4G coverage from next year

It's finally happening: 4G is coming to the London Underground. After years of promises, Londoners will at last be able to check their email while traveling on the Tube.
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Lenovo’s brand new Moto Z4 won’t even get one year of updates

Since Google’s sale of Motorola to Lenovo in 2014, the Motorola brand has swiftly fallen from amongst the best Android updaters to perhaps the worst, a trend to officially worsen with their brand new Moto Z4. Lenovo‘s latest flagship from their Moto brand – which they acquired from Google in 2014 – released only days […]

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‘Doom’ will be streaming on iOS later this year

Earlier today at E3, Bethesda announced its new game streaming technology, Orion. The company promises Orion will be able to work with any game and any platform, and later this year iOS users will be able to test that promise out with Doom. The 2016…
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Samsung’s first-quarter profits took a nosedive, down 60% from last year

Samsung had already issued a warning that the first quarter of the year was not going to be very kind to their bottom line, and the results are in. They weren’t wrong, either; revenue for the company fell about 13%, while profits were down a painful 60%. There’s a multitude of things going wrong for […]

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Nintendo has ‘no plans’ to reveal a new Switch at E3 this year

If you've been waiting for a cheaper, kid-proof Nintendo Switch, bad news: the company won't reveal one at E3 this year. "As a general rule, we're always working on new hardware and we will announce it when we are able to sell it," Nintendo CEO Shunt…
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Disney’s Netflix killer is coming later this year, and it’s cheap

Disney has announced some details about its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, and it looks like it’s as close to a Netflix killer as The Mouse could possibly hope for. There’s an absolute ton of stuff here, ranging from all of Disney’s signature kid’s programming, Marvel and Star Wars movies, and more, plus some other stuff […]

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Is the Pixel Watch really real and launching this year??

We’ve heard plenty of rumours for a Google Pixel Watch dating back well into last year, however newly uncovered patents suggest the new wearable could actually exist and be launching this year. Ever since Google announced Android Wear way back in 2014 there have been murmurs of the company releasing their own exemplary smartwatch, however […]

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Nintendo could launch two new Switch consoles this year

Nintendo might launch two new Switches as early as this summer, reports the WSJ. As previously rumored, one would likely be a smaller and cheaper model with a focus on portability. However, Nintendo might also release a higher-end model Switch aimed…
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Essential brings Newton mail app back from the dead, still costs $50 per year

2019 is gearing up to be a pretty weird year, and Essential is here to help. After purchasing CloudMagic a few months ago for some reason, the phone maker has revived CloudMagic’s failing email app, Newton, after the company shut down the app in September. They’ve changed basically nothing, they’re still charging a ton of money […]

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Samsung announces 2018 earnings with a painful drop at the end of the year

Samsung has announced their 2018 earnings, and things aren’t so perfect for the top dog in the Android space. We were already expecting this from a warning directly from Samsung, but now it’s official: Q4 of 2018 saw Samsung take a sharp hit to revenue and profit for what’s typically the best quarter of the […]

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Nintendo Switch outsold every other console in the US last year

Demand for the Nintendo Switch didn't cool down one iota in 2018. The NPD Group has published its sales data for last year, and the Switch was the top-selling system in the US both in terms of dollars and raw unit count, outpacing a previous record…
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New gaming platform will debut one short game each day of the year

A new gaming platform called Meditations could be a great fit for people who love playing those random online games a few minutes a day to decompress. It promises to launch one new "tiny game" every day in 2019, each one accompanied by text to serve…
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2018 is the year AI got its eyes

Computer scientists have spent more than two decades teaching, training and developing machines to see the world around them. Only recently have the artificial eyes begun to match (and occasionally exceed) their biological predecessors. 2018 has seen…
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2018: The year Amazon became even harder to avoid

It's been ages since Amazon was just a place to buy books. But even now, it's still easy to think of the company as a big online store. Resist that urge. Amazon's size and scale mean it's almost preternaturally good at selling and delivering things,…
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Barnes & Noble releases their second tablet of the year with the Nook 7″

Barnes & Noble hopped back into the tablet game almost exactly one month ago with their brand new 10-inch Nook tab, and now they’re followed it up almost immediately with a smaller, 7-inch version of the Nook. It still fundamentally works the same, allowing you to access your B&N digital book library while still keeping […]

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Volocopter will test its autonomous air taxis in Singapore next year

Volocopter is preparing to run inner-city tests of its autonomous air taxis in Singapore, starting in the second half of 2019. The company and the city-state's civil aviation authority are determining the scope of the tests, which Volocopter plans to…
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Huawei hints at a trendy foldable, 5G phone for next year

Huawei knows that two major upcoming trends in smartphones will be folding screens and 5G connectivity, and they want to jump on that bandwagon ASAP. That’s why they’re planning on releasing a phone that does sometime in 2019 in what will certainly be an expensive, mediocre device that will only be worth it to extremely […]

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From the weekend: Google confirms no Pixel Watch coming this year

We’ve been hearing rumors about a Pixel Watch for a while, which originated as rumors of a Nexus Watch way, way back. But up to this point, Google has never actually made their own smartwatch like they’ve done with phones and tablets. They’ve left Wear OS to third-party partners, for better or worse. Unfortunately for […]

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Bethesda brings the Elder Scrolls Blades to your smartphone, launches later this year

Bethesda has had a very busy e3 conference, and in the middle of their announcements was a plan to bring their famous Elder Scrolls franchise to mobile in the best way possible. The newest installment in the Elder Scrolls family is titled Elder Scrolls Blades, and it’s coming to your smartphone later this year. The […]

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Evan Blass hints that HTC will be adopting a notched display this year

Notched screens are all the rage, whether or not you actually like it, and pretty much every major manufacturer is using a notched screen at this point. HTC seemed like one of the few exceptions with the leaks of the HTC U12, but nope, apparently they’re still going to work a notch into that line […]

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Samsung is still preparing a Bixby speaker for later this year

Bixby honestly isn’t that great, but Samsung loves it all the same. And with Google offering several Google Assistant speakers, Apple pushing their own HomePod, and even Microsoft taking misguided stabs at the market with a Cortana speaker, of course Samsung has to try their hand at things. We’d heard rumblings of a Bixby speaker […]

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2017 was Amazon’s best year for new Prime subscriptions so far

Amazon's fourth quarterly earnings results has just come in and, as expected, it was a pretty great holiday season for the online retail giant. According to the release, the company made $ 60.5 billion in the last few months, which is close to a 36 pe…
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Samsung might start building its mythical Galaxy X folding smartphone this year

Rumors of a bendable, foldable smartphone from Samsung have been floating around for years. There are more questions than answers at this point, but it’s looking (slightly) more likely that Samsung will indeed start manufacturing the so-called Galaxy X folding smartphone this year. The company has already publicly stated that the phone would launch in […]

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Motorola’s entire 2018 lineup has leaked two weeks into the year

We’re just over two weeks into January of 2018, and to put it bluntly, someone at Motorola or Lenovo seriously screwed up. The company’s entire phone lineup for this year has supposedly leaked to Droid Life, including the Moto Z lineup, Moto G lineup, and the next Moto X. The only thing that’s missing is […]

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Samsung is adding Dolby Atmos to the Galaxy S8 this year

Good news, movie junkies; Samsung wants to add Dolby Atmos to your Galaxy S8. At least, if a leaked build of Android Oreo for the Galaxy S8 is accurate, that’s the plan.  The update is an incremental build from Samsung’s beta program for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8, so that’s a […]

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Google and Amazon likely lost money on smart speakers this year

Amazon and Google were extremely aggressive with their small smart speakers this holiday season, cutting the price on both the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini to just $ 29 for months. That was down from a $ 50 price point on both units before Q4. That move was great for customers, and I’m sure both Google […]

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YouTube Ads Leaderboard: The top ads you watched and shared this year

Snoop Dogg and Desiigner rock out to Frank Sinatra, Melissa McCarthy saves the whales, and two very dedicated Samsung servicemen trek through Chandu’s sheep to help the most amazing kids ever. As 2017 comes to an end, these are the best moments from the top ads of the year.

In our annual year-end edition of the YouTube Ads Leaderboard, we’re celebrating the ads that got the most views, shares, and all around love from YouTube audiences across the globe. Together, they generated 539 million views, 14 million hours of watch time and 3.6 million likes (with an impressive 3 million of those going to YouTube’s Dude Perfect).

While each ad stood out for its own unique reason, inclusion, diversity and empowerment were the popular themes in this year’s list. Brands like adidas showed us a new generation of Originals, Budweiser told the inspiring story of founders Anheuser and Busch, and Samsung claimed the number one spot with a video that got 100 million views in its first seven weeks.

And we’ve got more. Starting today, you can vote for your favorite ads at #TheYouTubeAd of 2017. Tell us which ads made you laugh the hardest, cry the most, or inspired you to take a stand.

And now, we present the top ads of 2017.

  1. Samsung India Service (SVC) – We’ll take care of you, wherever you are. #SamsungService
  2. Clash Royale: The Last Second (Official Commercial)
  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  4. MISS DIOR – The new Eau de Parfum
  5. Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl Commercial | “Born The Hard Way”
  6. 2017 Kia Niro | “Hero’s Journey” Starring Melissa McCarthy
  7. adidas Originals | ORIGINAL is never finished
  8. iPhone 7 — The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day — Apple
  9. Levi’s® “Circles” Commercial l Full
  10. Mr. Clean | 2017 Super Bowl Ad | Cleaner of Your Dreams

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BBC to stream 1,000 extra hours of live sport each year

The BBC continues to reduce the amount of public money it spends, it's led to some notable sporting events being cut from its programming. It's already been forced to drop the rights to big-name British golfing tournaments, Formula 1 and perhaps the…
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Google’s pop-up stores will sell Pixels and Google Homes this year

Google occasionally does pop-up locations in big cities to show off their products and give people a chance to test them out before buying them. The “stores” don’t really sell anything, but the hands-on experience is unique for Google since they don’t really have a physical retail presence in the US like Apple or Microsoft. […]

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‘Eve Online’ is going mobile next year with ‘Project Aurora’

Popular space MMO Eve Online has been doing pretty well lately, bringing a massive map, galactic trade economies and the vastness of space to players over its 14-year history. It's made several moves to keep folks interested in its PC-based game titl…
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Mercedes-Benz is giving all its customers a year of Tidal HiFi

Tidal has had a rough few months, what with Kanye leaving in a huff, having to find a third CEO in two years and exclusives like Jay-Z's 4:44 being held back from new subscribers. The streaming service continues to stay relevant, though, perhaps thro…
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Huawei set to launch a flagship device with AT&T next year

Huawei is one of the world’s biggest handset manufacturers, behind only Apple and Samsung. If you live in the US, though, you’d probably have no idea, as the company has consistently struggled to develop a meaningful relationship with any of the big four carriers. Part of the reason for Huawei’s struggles in the US has […]

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T-Mobile plans to revamp smartphone installment plans later this year

T-Mobile was the first major carriers to completely ditch two year contracts for its customers and introduce more transparent installment plans, and it’s going to be the first to shake up that industry standard one more time. A new leak suggests that we can expect some serious changes to T-Mobile’s installment billing in the later […]

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Old drug gets an absurd price hike to $89,000 per year

Martin Shkreli doesn't have a monopoly on jacking up drug prices. Marathon Pharmaceuticals has received FDA approval for an old drug used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, deflazacort, and in the process has raised the price to ridiculously high…
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Instagram nabs 400 million daily active users less than a year since its previous milestone

Instagram now has 400 million daily active users. The photo-sharing app’s unabated growth has seen it add an extra 100 million new daily users to its already impressive tally in just over seven months.

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