Jordan Kahn

@JordanKahn

Senior Editor

9to5Mac / 9to5Google / 9to5Toys / Electrek.co

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac. He covers Google for 9to5Google.com, the best gadgets and deals on 9to5Toys.com, and delivers a weekly roundup of EV and solar news on Electrek.co. Sometimes he makes weird electronic music as one half of Makamachine.

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May 20

GOOG: 934.01

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In this week’s top stories: Announcements from the Google I/O 2017 developer conference, hands-on with a new unreleased Pixel Launcher, Android O enter beta, Assistant and Google Home updates, and much more. expand full story

May 18

GOOG: 930.24

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As part of its Google I/O announcements this week, Google announced its latest new payments features today, including new targeted offers coming to Android Pay, a new Google API that will enable fast checkouts in apps and online, payments with Google Assistant, and more.

For Assistant, users will soon be able to send and receive money using only voice commands and a card linked to their Google account:

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

May 17

GOOG: 919.62

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Following an announcement from GE earlier today, LG is the latest appliance manufacturer to announce integration with Google Home and Assistant for a new lineup of connected appliances. The company made the announcement during the opening day of the Google I/O 2017 developer conference.

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Google is today releasing an update for its Gmail mobile apps that introduces a new Smart Reply feature with suggested quick reply buttons within emails.

The feature is something Google is bringing over from its Inbox by Gmail and Allo apps where similar functionality was already available. Google says that the feature accounts for around 12% of replies sent in Inbox, for instance.

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GE Appliances is today announcing integration with Google Home and Assistant, allowing voice control for its range of refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and more.

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May 16

GOOG: 943.00

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CTL’s J2 Chromebook has received good reviews as a popular budget option for use in the classroom. Today the company is announcing an even easier way for schools to invest in the device with a new 15-unit pack that it says will be competitive with Apple’s iPad mini bulk offers.

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May 9

GOOG: 932.17

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Accessory maker iDevices is the latest to announce integration of Google Assistant with its lineup of connected home products, which were previously compatible with competing platforms, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit.

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May 6

GOOG: 927.13

-4.53
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In this week’s top stories: Our Moto G5 Plus & Keyone reviews, the best Android phones and smartwatches for May, hints at an incoming Android O beta, new Google apps and updates, and much more.  expand full story

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May 4

GOOG: 931.66

4.62
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Niantic, developer of popular augmented reality games Pokémon Go and Ingress, plans to host community events for players in public spaces around the U.S. through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The company announced the project today, with the first event set to kick off this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Google is launching a new initiative called AIY Projects, which will include a number of do-it-yourself artificial intelligence reference kits for developers starting with a new Voice Kit it’s announcing today. Google hopes the first project will help developers build voice command interfaces directly into products, using them to replace, for example, apps, physical buttons and digital displays currently used to control appliances and other accessories.

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April 29

GOOG: 905.96

31.71
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In this week’s top stories: Project Fi’s ‘Travel Trolley’ vending machines, Google Home updates and recommendations, ZTE Max XL arrives, Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk demos its flying EV, and much more.  expand full story

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April 26

GOOG: 871.73

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Rolling out this week for Google Home users, Google Assistant now offers step-by-step spoken cooking instructions for around five million recipes. The feature, Google notes in a blog post today, is powered by various sources including Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network and more, and works by sending a recipe to Google Home via Assistant on your smartphone, or by simply asking Google Home for a specific recipe.

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April 17

GOOG: 837.17

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April 15

GOOG: 823.56

-0.76
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In this week’s top stories: Our look at the best Android phones this month, hands-on with YouTube TV, Google Allo 9.0, YouTube’s hidden dark mode, and much more.  expand full story

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April 13

GOOG: 823.56

-0.76
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April 12

GOOG: 824.32

0.97
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With an official introduction of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator today, the vehicle becomes the latest that will include Google’s in-dash Android Auto system standard.

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April 11

GOOG: 823.35

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To enhance the feature within Facebook Messenger that lets users send money to one another, today the app is getting an update that enables payments among groups of users. The feature is aimed at people that want to be able to easily split restaurant bills or send money to friends, and works via group conversations in Messenger.

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An update to Instagram coming today aims to improve the service’s Direct messaging feature by combining disappearing photos and videos with text conversations into a single thread. Previously the features were separated, with disappearing photos and videos in their own conversation separate from text chats, meaning that you could have multiple threads going with the same person(s) within Direct.

Today’s update hopes to streamline your inbox within Direct by making the disappearing photos and videos appear inline within text conversations when it’s the same contact(s):

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