Google confirms original-quality photo uploads from the 2016 Pixels are grandfathered for life

Ever since Google went out of its way to put a (very short) expiration date on unlimited photo uploads for the new Pixel 2s, there’s been some concern about the original 2016 Pixels, as they never had a limit placed on them. We reached out to a Google representative for some clarification and were told that nothing has changed when it comes to the original Pixels. Both the 2016 Pixel and 2016 Pixel XL will continue to receive free unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos with no time limitations.

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Sony’s Xperia Touch interactive projector hits the US for $1,699.99

News of the Xperia Touch has been trickling out slowly over the last two years. The original projector was only a concept shown off at MWC in 2016, but it became quite real earlier this year. In fact, just a few months back you were able to pick one up in Europe for €1499.99. Now it’s come over to this side of the pond in all it’s touch-sensing majesty for the kingly price of $ 1,699.99.

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Google drops the price of Type-C to headphone adapter from $20 to $9

I have bad news, and I have good news. The bad news is headphone jacks are dying, and Google is helping to kill them. That means you need adapters to keep using your existing audio devices with 3.5mm jacks. The good news is you can buy a Type-C adapter on the Google Store for much less money than you could a few days ago. Silver lining, and all that.

When Google launched the revamped store with all those new Pixel accessories, the “USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter” was priced at $ 20.

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Google’s awesome Science Journal just received a huge update with more sensor types, a tweaked UI, and more

Back during 2016’s I/O festivities, Google quietly launched what I consider one of its biggest sleeper hits: Science Journal. I could wax poetic about the app (and I will later), but the name is quite descriptive. Yesterday it saw a significant update, with support for more sensors, UI changes, and a new snapshot feature for capturing data points. An iOS version of the app was even released, so people of all platforms can more easily engage in the pursuit of quantitative inquiry.

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Finish off the week with 45 temporarily free and 42 on-sale apps, including Icewind Dale and both Baldur’s Gate titles

October is already almost half-over, if you can believe that. The end of a week is always nice, so why not make it better with some app sales? I promise there are some good ones here today… very good ones. I’m sure you’ve guessed them by now, but let’s get into this.

Free

Apps

  1. Colours Speak: Color Analysis, Undertone, & Style $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 hours left
  2. Deep Space VR $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 hours left
  3. Privacy Filter Pro – guard from prying eyes $ 3.00 -> Free; 4 hours left
  4. Weather Route $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 hours left
  5. Voice Recorder Pro (License) $ 2.49 -> Free; 1 day left
  6. English for all!

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Google’s Android Messages app hits 100 million downloads

Google has a long and often complicated history with messaging. For a time, there was no core Android SMS app while Google dabbled with SMS in Hangouts. Well, the Nexus 6 debuted with the Messenger app, later renamed Android Messages. Hangouts has since lost SMS capabilities, and now the Messages app has hit 100 million downloads in the Play Store.

We’ve covered Messages over the years because it’s one of the apps that ships pre-installed on Google’s phones.

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Google partners with Udacity to offer 50,000 new scholarships for aspiring developers

Grow with Google is the company’s educational initiative offering free training and tools to help kickstart the careers of budding developers across the United States. The platform has several partners with which Google works to create learning programs and provide support. One such partner is Udacity, which offers free and paid online courses for a range of different technical disciplines.

Together, Google and Udacity are offering 50,000 new scholarships in the US.

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NVIDIA won’t update the SHIELD Tablet and Tablet K1 to Oreo

It’s been a few years since NVIDIA released a SHIELD Tablet, but it’s been keeping them up to date with regular OTAs. However, this appears to be the end of the line. NVIDIA won’t push an update to Oreo for the SHIELD Tablet and Tablet K1.

This news comes by way of Manuel Guzman, who works at NVIDIA on software QA. According to his recent Twitter reply, NVIDIA is working on an update for the tablets based on Nougat, but there won’t be an Oreo release.

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Lyft drivers are getting new in-app navigation built with Google Maps

Until now, Lyft drivers have had to set up a job in the Lyft app and then switch to a different one for navigation. The annoyance of having to do that will vary depending on the phone, but it’s certainly not ideal. It’s impossible to talk about the ride-hailing service without comparing it to its biggest rival, Uber, which has a proprietary in-app navigation system that’s seen as a big advantage.

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BlackBerry and BLU settle patent dispute and agree on license agreement

A couple of months ago we learned that BlackBerry CEO John Chen decided a good way to arrest his company’s decline was to go into patent lawsuit mode. His first victim was rival manufacturer BLU, against which BlackBerry filed two separate infringement lawsuits covering 15 different patents. One of the suits was mainly based software while the other looked at hardware, specifically relating to phone signal transmission.

Before filing the suits, BlackBerry said it approached BLU with terms for licensing the patents, but that the offer was turned down, and so legal action was taken.

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