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If you’re using one of Google’s Titan Bluetooth Security Keys to sign into all your two-factor protected accounts, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news, as you can probably guess, is that Google has announced the discovery of a vulnerability that allows someone to potentially access to your accounts. The good news is Google identified the issue and will send you a free replacement that closes the loophole.

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Your device’s IP address is a critical piece of information that you probably don’t think about very much. You’ll occasionally need it for some network-related setups (if you’re trying to punch a hole in your network to access the contents of your NAS box, run a web server, or connect to your home-grown VPN, to name a few examples), so it’s important to understand how to find it. Also, you have two. Sort of.

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Google's latest addition to its Maps app lets you superimpose walking directions onto your view of the real world, using your phone's camera and augmented reality to show exactly where you need to go and when you need to turn. We just spent some time with the preview version and were left mightily impressed - in short, it makes walking directions foolproof.

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The idea that a smartphone or some other pocket computer that can work on a larger display isn't new. Samsung has tried it with its DeX system and we've seen in in movies and TV plenty of times - like when Iron Man uses his smartphone with a holographic display.

During last week's Google I/O developer conference, Andrii Kulian - a software engineer working on Android's multi-display capability - gave a talk called “Build Apps for Foldable, Multi-Display, and Large-Screen Devices" where he discussed how developers can get apps ready for a multi-display world.

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I didn’t expect Google to go soaring out of the gate soon soon after the company teased its augmented reality ambitions for Google Maps at yesterday’s I/O 2019 keynote, but here we go. Starting today, an unknown number of Android aficionados are getting access to an early preview of Google’s new “AR navigation experience,” as the company calls it.

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With its just-announced (and just-released) Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, Google has attempted to deliver the hallmarks of its flagship phone line — an excellent camera, a smooth and streamlined version of the latest Android, and a growing collection of helpful AI-powered tricks — for a significantly lower price.

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In the past, Pixel phones weren’t always the easiest to procure, especially at launch due to limited retailer support and notoriously short pre-order supplies. The newly announced Pixel 3a and 3a XL are expected to be more widely available - but only if you're buying it outright. Below is an overview of the newest additions to the Pixel smartphone line, and all the places you can buy them.

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It’s Google I/O time, the annual smorgasboard of all things Android. This includes updates to the mobile operating system, newer (and cheaper) smartphones, various smarthome gadgets that are helpful (with a few caveats), and news about the latest additions to Google’s plate—including its much-anticipated Stadia game-streaming platform and the debut of Android Auto that’s finally front-and-center in a real, you-can-buy-it vehicle!

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Each year Google runs a number of large events, usually somewhere near its home-base in Silicon Valley, where it brings together different groups that are interested in the various parts Google's product and services roadmap. In a little less than 24 hours, Google will be running their annual Google I/O event. Here's everything you need to know about the event.

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When it comes to wireless charging, I confess, I’m not that well-versed in the intricacies of smartphone electronics. More importantly, there are plenty of myths about how you should charge your device in the most effective, safest, and least battery-draining manner.

I don’t want to repeat junk science, so I’ll try to provide as much sourcing as I can for my battery-related statements.

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A few weeks ago, Google released Android Q to developers and those courageous enough to trust their smartphones with beta software. There are lots of new tools to get excited about in this latest version of the Android OS. Here are five of the features I cannot wait to get my hands on.