Michael SimonStaff Writer, Greenbot

If it has a screen, battery or a plug, Michael Simon wants to play with it. He has been obsessed with technology since he bought his first ThinkPad—the one with the lift-up keyboard that let you swap out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style.

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Google's Neural Machine Translation engine learns three new languages, with more on the way

Google is expanding its contextual Neural Machine Translation to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more languages on the way.

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Yahoo's Captain is a family assistant that lives in your messaging app

Captain, the latest chatbot from Yahoo, is built for SMS users who haven't yet figured out how to manage their family's schedule and shopping.

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Google Assistant learns how to read texts as its prime-time rollout continues

Google's voice-activated Assistant can finally read and interact with our text messages on our phones.

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6 things you might not know about the LG G6

The G6 might be more conventional than previous LG flagships, but that doesn't mean you can't find some hidden curiosities.

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Gboard beta gains translation skills, revamped theme selector

Google's first public beta version of Gboard brings Google Translate right into the search row and changes the way you apple themes.

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Google app beta indicates Goggles-like Visual Search may be on the horizon

Hidden in the latest version of Google app beta is a feature that lets you search within pictures and a new Saved Images shortcut.

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Google tweaks Photos with white balance correction as it eyes image archiving

When you use the auto corrector in the Google Photos editing window, it will now adjust the color warmth to achieve proper white balance.

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Google makes it easier to summon Assistant in Allo, adds in-app GIF searching

A new update rolling out to the Android Allo app adds a new icon for bringing Assistant into a conversation, lets you search for GIFs, and upgrades some popular emojis.

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Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50MB, but please don't send them

Google doubles the limit of the size of emails it will accept from 25MB to 50MB, but keeps the sending cap fixed at 25MB.

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Google's new Playables ad platform lets you try out games before you download them

With Google's Playables users can test limited versions of Play Store games over HTML5.

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YouTube launches streaming TV service with 40 channels and unlimited cloud DVR storage

Google-owned YouTube has announced plans for a streaming TV bundle that includes all four major networks, ESPN, Disney, and others for $35 a month.

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Google promotes Keep note app to a G Suite core service, much to our relief

As a new core component of G Suite, Google integrates Keep into Docs, letting you edit and create notes without launching a separate window.

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Samsung ups the rich messaging ante with RCS support on all Marshmallow and Nougat phones

Samsung announces it will bring support for rich messaging to all Android 6.0 and later Galaxy phones, putting more pressure on carriers to support the RCS standard.

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With 10 million Cardboard viewers in the wild, Google showcases new AR, VR apps and games

Google announces Sky VR for Daydream and The Sims for Tango as part of its continued push to get AR and VR off the ground.

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Meizu announces battery breakthrough: A full charge in just 20 minutes

Meizu's Super mCharge 4.0 will fully charge an empty 3,000mAh battery in just 20 minutes.