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Google Maps to provide alerts for all rail crossings in the U.S.

Google Maps will have alerts for all rail crossings in the U.S. Photo: Flickr/Mike Brown (CC)

Google Maps will have alerts for all rail crossings in the U.S. Photo: Flickr/Mike Brown (CC)

Google has teamed up with the Federal Railroad Administration to bring rail crossing warnings to Google Maps. Every crossing in the U.S. will be added, and drivers will receive alerts while using turn-by-turn directions in the Maps app.

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Tim Cook and top tech heads celebrate marriage equality ruling

Tim Cook. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook calls SCOTUS ruling ‘a victory for equality’. Photo: Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

The country is talking about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling that gives all citizens the right to marry the person they love, regardless of sexual orientation, and the tech community is stoked. Everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook to T-Mobile to Uber are coming out in favor of the ruling and love.

Take a look at the celebration party everyone’s having on Twitter:

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Galaxy S6 beats iPhone 6 and everything else in ‘real-world’ speed test

The Galaxy S6 is a beast. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

The Galaxy S6 is a beast. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 has beaten out the iPhone 6 and other flagship rivals in a “real-world” performance test. The device came first in six out of nine challenges, which tested for things like Wi-Fi speed, camera load time, gaming performance, and video editing.

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Portable battery pack juices up a MacBook with OnePlus 2’s USB-C cable

One connector to rule them all. Photo: OnePlus

One connector to rule them all. Photo: OnePlus

If you’re still wondering why everyone’s so excited about the new, do-it-all USB Type-C standard, check out the video below, which shows Apple’s new MacBook being juiced up by a portable battery pack and the OnePlus 2’s new USB-C cable.

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Samsung ad takes shots at iPhone’s lack of wireless charging

That'll charge it. Photo: Samsung

That’ll charge it. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s samey marketing team is back with another ad for the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge that again picks on the iPhone. This time, it’s for the lack of wireless charging, which comes built-in on the South Korean company’s latest devices.

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Gmail’s handy ‘Undo Send’ feature comes to Inbox

Undo Send can be a lifesaver. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Undo Send can be a lifesaver. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

We’ve all sent emails to the wrong person accidentally. Sometimes it’s as harmless as inviting your grandma to a drum and bass rave; other times it’s pictures to your boss that no one should see.

But if you use Gmail, those mistakes can quickly be reversed with the awesome “Undo Send” feature — which just made its way to Inbox.

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Android running on a TI graphing calculator is uselessly cool

Android on a calculator. Photo: Josh Max

Android on a calculator. Photo: Josh Max

When it comes to cool Android hacks, this one’s got to be up there with the best.

Developer Josh Max has managed to get Google’s mobile platform running on a Texas graphing calculator with about as much power as a kitchen wall clock. It doesn’t just boot up, either; it’s also capable of running apps, like early Android game Lunar Lander.

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Poor kid’s smartphone strength test ends in tears

The face of regret. Screenshot: Cult of Android

The face of regret. Screenshot: Cult of Android

No matter how robust you believe your smartphone case to be, battering it with a hammer just for the sake of it is never a good idea. One young boy learned this the hard way when he smashed his smartphone to bits in an effort to show friends how strong his case was.

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Beat this, Apple! Google conquers El Capitan (on Street View)

Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Thanks to iOS and Android, Apple and Google have been locked in a battle with each other for years now.

Which is why it’s all the more ironic that Google would choose to unveil its latest Street View feature by letting users scale Yosemite’s “El Capitan” — the vertical rock formation which just so happens to also be the name of Apple’s next OS X iteration.

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Amazon’s Echo is now available to all, all, all, all

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Basically a Star Trek computer for your home.

Remember Echo, Amazon’s Siri-in-a-tube which was first announced back in November, but until now has only been available on an invitation-only basis?

If the idea of getting hold of Jeff Bezos’ standalone virtual assistant appeals to you, today is your lucky day — as Echo is now available to all U.S. customers for $179.99 via Amazon.com.

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