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Google I/O vs. WWDC: Which software summit will rule the summer?

Friday Night Fights returns!

Friday Night Fights returns!

Dueling developer events Google I/O and Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference will happen in the next couple of months, which makes this an exciting time of year for Apple and Android fans.

Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Both events attract a lot of attention — they’re two of the biggest software-focused conferences in tech — and getting a ticket to either one is nearly impossible.

But which is better? Find out what we think in this week’s Friday Night Fight with Cult of Android versus Cult of Mac!

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Google’s self-driving cars hit public roads this summer

Coming soon to a street near you. Photo: Google

Coming soon to a street near you. Photo: Google

If you live in Mountain View, CA, get ready for a new sight this summer. That’s because, several years after starting its self-driving car program, a handful of Google’s autonomous vehicles will finally be leaving the test track and hitting public roads in the area.

With human safety drivers on board, of course.

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Watch a Galaxy S6 edge get obliterated by a Desert Eagle

Take that, TouchWiz. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Take that, TouchWiz. Screenshot: Cult of Android

We don’t normally approve of the destruction of perfectly good gadgets just for the sake of it, but we’re willing to make an exception for this awesome video from Unbox Therapy, which shows a brand new Galaxy S6 edge being completely obliterated by a Desert Eagle.

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Foxconn invests in iOS competitor Cyanogen

Cyanogen shacks up with Foxconn. Photo: Cyanogen

Cyanogen shacks up with Foxconn. Photo: Cyanogen

Foxconn has become one of the world’s biggest tech suppliers thanks to its close relationship with Apple assembling iPhones and iPads, but the Chinese company is looking to hedge its bets by investing in the competing Cyanogen operating system.

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Consumer Reports: the iPhone is better than the Galaxy S5 is better than the Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S5 nexts to the Galaxy S6. Photo: Consumer Reports

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Photo: Consumer Reports

Insanely, Consumer Reports used to refuse to recommend the iPhone. Instead, they recommended Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy.

Oh, how the tables turn. Now, not only is Consumer Reports saying that Samsung’s Galaxy S6 looks just like an iPhone (as a diss), they’re also saying the S6 is an inferior smartphone to the last-gen S5.

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Here’s how Samsung’s trying to seize Apple’s Digital Crown

Samsung explains the rotating bezel that will feature on its new Gear. Photo: Samsung

Samsung explains the rotating bezel that will feature on its new Gear. Photo: Samsung

Samsung today rolled out its new smartwatch SDK in preparation for “the next generation Gear device,” and it confirms one of the wearable’s biggest selling points (and Samsung’s answer to the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown) — a new rotating bezel.

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How to connect a Moto 360 to your iPhone

Your iPhone finally works with Android Wear. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Your iPhone finally works with Android Wear. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Android Wear isn’t officially iPhone-friendly just yet (though it should be very soon) but you can already connect a Moto 360 to your iPhone. A new Android app called Wear Connect makes the unlikely pairing possible, and it requires no jailbreak or unauthorized hacks.

The video below shows you how to get set up.

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GIF-wrap your email with Giphy for Gmail

Next to the "send" option is the Giphy icon, which allows Gmail users to select and embed GIFs into messages. Photo: Giphy

Next to the “send” option is the Giphy icon, which allows Gmail users to select and embed GIFs into messages. Photo: Giphy

Email seems antique for modern communication, but Giphy freshens it up a bit with a new Chrome extension that makes it easy add animated GIFs to Gmail messages.

Just download the free Giphy for Gmail extension extension and you’ll see Giphy’s rainbow icon in your Gmail composition window. Click on the icon to search a handful of popular GIFs, then select one to be embed into your Gmail message.

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Google suspends Map Maker service after peeing prank

Google isn't happy about this. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Google isn’t happy about this. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Android lovers couldn’t have been more excited to see the Android bot peeing on an Apple logo in Google Maps last month, but Google was far from pleased with the coverage. The company has now suspended the Map Maker service that allowed pranksters to create the image — and more more like it.

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Forget Apple Watch, this Android Wear device runs Mac OS

Photo: Corbin Davenport

Photo: Corbin Davenport

Released in 1987, the Macintosh II was a significant breakthrough for Apple, being the first Mac to boast color graphics. Now close to 30 years later, an enterprising fanboy has figured out how to squeeze a fully-functional version of Apple’s System 6 O.S. onto an Android Wear smartwatch.

And despite being completely impractical, it’s pretty darn cool!

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