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Apps that you can stream is Google’s newest dream

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Apps on tap with no downloading? I’ll take it!

Downloading apps to your smartphone could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a software streaming service reportedly being developed by Google.

A new report claims the search giant wants to make apps available on-demand without the need to install them locally first — and Google has already acquired the company that could make it happen.

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Paris or Bangkok? Holiday searches reveal a lot about iPhone and Android users

The battle over holiday destinations.

The battle over holiday destinations could be linked to your phone choice.

Would you rather have weekends away in Paris and Dubai or Bangkok and Koala Lumpur? According to U.K.-based hotel search tool Trivago, your answer may have a lot to do with whether you’re an iPhone or Android user.

Looking through its searches, as made from both iOS and Android devices, Trivago concludes that iPhone users opt for popular, pricier destinations averaging £113 ($180) per night, while Android users are more likely to seek out cheaper, offbeat destinations with an average price of just £92 ($146).

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If Sony invented the iPhone, it would look like this

Photo: Pierre Cerveau

Photo: Pierre Cerveau

Ever imagined what it would be like if Sony, not Apple, had delivered the first truly modern smartphone? If the Walkman had never gone out of style, just evolved with the times?

Well, it’d probably look something like this.

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Samsung’s shameless attempt to be as popular as Apple laughably backfires

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Better try harder Samsung!

Another day, another Samsung PR error that tries to knock Apple but winds up just making the South Korean tech company look a bit foolish.

This time, Cleveland baseball player Trevor Bauer tweeted out a list of demands, similar to the joke ransom note Tim Cook showed off at the start of last week’s WWDC. As you would expect, the demands this time were for a variety of Samsung products instead of Apple devices.

The problem? The tweet was sent from an iPhone.

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Bring Skynet to your smartphone with the Terminator’s Waze directions

Follow him if you want to live. Or need the nearest McDonald's. Photo: Cyberdyne Systems

Follow him if you want to live. Or need the nearest McDonald’s.

The Terminator may have struggled to find John Connor, but he’ll know exactly where you’re going the next time you need directions behind the wheel.

To celebrate the launch of Terminator Genisys, Arnold Schwarzenegger has lent his voice to Google-owned navigation app Waze, so you can get voice-guided directions from the Terminator wherever you go. Just don’t let him talk you into murdering anyone.

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Range Rovers turn into remote control cars with new app

Fancy controlling your Range Rover with your smartphone?

Fancy controlling your Range Rover with your smartphone?

Taking a note out of the James Bond playbook, British car manufacturer Range Rover U.K. has developed a new prototype system allowing its rugged Range Rover Sport vehicles to be controlled remotely by way of a smartphone app.

Sound good? Check out a video below.

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What it’s like to get a cup of coffee with CarPlay and Android

What's it like to ride with CarPlay?

What’s it like to ride with CarPlay?

CarPlay and Android Auto are Apple and Google’s first attempts to slowly invade the automobile, but finding a car that supports them hasn’t been easy the past year. If you’ve been curious what it’s like to drive around with either system, the folks at Consumer Reports put the two systems head-to-head during a morning drive to get coffee.

Each interface has its promises, but the report also highlights a lot of areas that need to be worked on — like how you can’t change your car’s FM radio while using Apple Maps. Unlike your car system though, CarPlay and Android Auto will probably be upgraded every year, giving you new features each year, just like your smartphone

Here’s what it’s like to ride with CarPlay and Android :

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Samsung outranks Apple where it really hurts… in the patent department

Who's really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Who’s really ahead in innovation? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

In an effort to prevent rivals from stealing its ideas, Apple patents everything it invents — from the iPhone and the iPad, to app icons and even “magic” tactile gloves. But compared to its biggest competitors, Apple’s patent portfolio from 2015 looks surprisingly bare.

Microsoft, Sony, Google, and LG have all outrank Apple in the patent department this year, while arch rival Samsung has absolutely crushed it.

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The image selection gesture in Google Photos is so good, Apple stole it

The Photos app on iOS.

The Photos app on iOS.

Google made it even easier to select images photos in its new Google Photos app by giving users a simple drag gesture. It works so well, in fact, that Apple stole it for iOS 9.

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Root mod brings Apple’s Force Touch gesture to Android

Force Touch on the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

Force Touch on the Apple Watch. Photo: Apple

A new Xposed module for rooted devices brings Apple’s new Force Touch gesture to Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Dubbed Force Touch Detector, the mod offers 7 different force gestures, and users can customize each one to perform different actions, such as opening up the app launcher, expanding the notifications pane, or navigation back to previous pages.

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