Google Play Music’s New Release Radio Now Open to All

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After a short exclusive access period for Samsung Galaxy S8 owners, Google Play Music’s New Release Radio is now open for all to enjoy. The station first launched almost a month ago and provided Galaxy S8 owners a new radio station that played a “personalized mix of newly released songs.” It turned out to be a pretty good way to catch new tunes that Google thinks you might enjoy. Google says that the station uses “machine learning to select singles and album releases from the past ...

Google Adds Direct Spa and Salon Reservations to Search and Maps Results

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Back in March, Google introduced a new feature that allowed you to book your next yoga class or pilates session directly within Google Search or Maps results. Today, they are expanding on that by allowing you to do the same with salons and spas. To take advantage, just search for the place you typically get your haircut, nails done, etc., and if they are a part of Google’s reservation system, you’ll see the option to “Book” in the results. Checkout the listing below as an example ...

Google Releases Improved Backup and Sync Desktop Tool for Google Photos and Drive

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Google launched its new Backup and Sync tool for desktops today, made specifically for users of Google Photos and Google Drive who are looking to keep their photos and documents in a safe space attached to their Google account. The new tools replace the existing backup tools, so if you already use those, be prepared for the update. The backup tool works for both Windows and MacOS, but as of right now, we’re seeing Linux support. Curse you, science! To get started, simply follow the links below ...

Google Play Movies & TV Gets HDR Playback

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Your Google Play Movies & TV viewing experience is ready to be cranked up a notch in the contrast, brightness, and color departments, thanks to High Dynamic Range (HDR) support launching today in the US and Canada. Of course, you’ll need an HDR-equipped TV and a movie that can play in both 4K and HDR. Google says that when you purchase 4K Ultra HD (UHD) movies, many will be compatible with HDR playback. If available, and your internet connection is solid, HDR and 4K should stream ...

5 Android Apps to Try: July 2017

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Need some new Android apps to kick off July with? We’ve got 5 of them for you below. You’ll find a good range of apps too, from weather and wallpapers, to internet security and calorie counting. Everything should be free to use, but some may include in-app purchases to remove ads. Today Weather   Today Weather has been out for a handful of months now, but it’s definitely worth giving a shot even though there are dozens upon dozens of weather apps to choose from. It’s free ...

Twitter Reworks Notifications to Save You From the Spam

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Spam and abuse take place on pretty much all social networks, so there will never be a cease to the work these companies put in to save you from it all. Announced today, Twitter is reworking its notification system, highlighting the ability to mute accounts that don’t follow you and new accounts. To check out all of the new notification settings that can save you from seeing crappy spam and all that, head into your Notifications, tap on the little gear button, then tap on Advanced ...

Amazon Echo Devices Now Notify You When Orders are Out for Delivery

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Back in May, Amazon told us that they were going to allow services to start sending notifications to your Amazon Echo devices that were equipped with Alexa. That means Accuweather could update you on changing weather conditions or the Washington Post could ping you with breaking news. But before we get there, the first notifications features comes from Amazon and it includes all of the stuff you order from them. The next time you order something via voice through an Echo device, Amazon should let you ...

Spotify Testing an Auto Mode to Make the App Safer to Use While Driving

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According to at least one user on reddit, Spotify is currently testing an Auto Mode internally. This mode makes the app safer to use while driving, but it doesn’t appear to be quite ready for widespread rollout yet. With this mode enabled, the buttons for playback are made very large (for easy pressing), while the existence of other buttons seem to vanish. It’s basically a trimmed down version of the UI, perfect for those who find themselves distracted when it matters most. Additionally, a voice-powered feature ...