Google hired writers from Pixar, The Onion to bring personality to Google Assistant

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Chat bots and other virtual assistants have quickly become a popular way to not only get information, but to provide entertainment and the feeling of chatting with an actual human. To continue to breathe more life into its new AI platform, Google has reportedly hired writers from various Pixar films as well as The Onion to bring humor and a bigger personality to Google Assistant.

Join us after the break for more.

It’s official: The Galaxy Note 7 has been permanently discontinued by Samsung

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So, in the two months since launching to rave reviews, the Galaxy Note 7 has moved from being the hottest phone on the planet, to well, literally being the hottest phone on the planet and getting a pink slip. It would be a vast understatement to say that it’s been quite a wild ride for the latest (last?) edition of the Galaxy Note series, culminating with Samsung bowing to pressure to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 once and for all from carriers, regulatory groups, and the fear of lasting damage to its brand. After a recall and replacement program still couldn’t fix the issue of the handset burning up, the Korean electronics giant really had no other choice but to cancel the Galaxy Note 7 in its entirety. If you are in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, you are advised to return the handset to where you purchased it from so you can receive a full refund or a different handset. Join us after the break for a timeline of how the Galaxy Note 7 went from hero to zero.

Tile Mate review

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always losing things. I haven’t yet lost anything extremely important, but quite regularly do I lose my keys, misplace my wallet and sometimes even my phone. When this happens, I often spend countless hours running around trying to figure out where I’ve set these items. They usually end up being in plain sight, but in the moment of panic of losing these items, it never feels like it, and thus the endless search for these items begins.

And that’s just what the Tile Mate aims to prevent. Not the loss of these items, but giving you quick access to finding them without investing a huge amount of time in turning your house upside down. The Tile Mate is Tile’s newest product and comes with a few neat improvements over the original Tile.

System images for Pixel and Pixel XL now available

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Twitter tipster and developer LlabTooFeR managed to get the device images for Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and has made them available for download. This is not going to be useful for the general public or even folks who want to try to flash them onto their device as they will only work on the Pixel devices. However, this does mean developers can start to dig into the software included on the new phones, so we should have some interesting findings to surface while buyers wait for their new devices to arrive.

Best launchers for Android

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We use our phones for everything. From managing the office to organizing family schedules, making phone calls to making lists, keeping up with our friends and public figures, to recipe and academic research, many of us depend on our phones to get through the day with ease. And let’s face it, there’s nothing more grand than receiving that brand new device in the mail. But after using it all day, every day, the same standard look may eventually seem a little dull.

That’s exactly why today, we’ve compiled this list of launchers for you to take a look at. By downloading a launcher, you can either change the way your phone looks and works by a little, or by a lot, depending on your preference. Each of the following apps will change your setup in some way, and some more than others. Forget getting a new phone when you can just get a brand new launcher.

Google releases sample video, pictures for new Pixel phones

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If you hesitated in placing a pre-order then you are probably well aware that Google is currently out of stock on several versions of the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones that they revealed last week, so demand does not seem to be an issue for the moment. However, that did not stop Google from releasing a bunch of sample photos and even a 4K video captured with one of the devices to help showcase how powerful the camera is on the Pixel and Pixel XL. If you are on the fence about placing an order and the camera is a question mark for you, then you are the target of this effort by Google.

Samsung altering its production schedule for the Galaxy Note 7 after more battery fires

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Samsung was reported to have brought worldwide production of the Galaxy Note 7 to a screeching halt after multiple reports of battery fires emerged. Now, in a statement given to Android Central, the company says it will be “adjusting” its production schedule to ensure quality and safety, something that was thought to have been done for the first round of replacement devices.