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New “Material Design-Inspired” Version of Google Play

Google has begun rolling out a new, feature-rich layout for the Google Play store on Android, inspired by its new Material Design philosophy; the new UI language already landed for Google’s Docs, Sheets and Slides services on the web, while we’ve seen a revamp teased for Chrome OS. Our latest update is rolling out right now! We're excited to share a sneak peek of what you’ll get in the coming days pic.twitter.com/k5BidxR4Vu — Google Play (@GooglePlay) July 23, 2014 What is it? Well ...
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You Can Now Mirror Your Android Screen to the TV with Chromecast

Announced at Google I/O 2014 last month, Android mirroring has now arrived on the Chromecast. What is it all about? It means you can now see a parallel projection of your phone or tablet display on your TV, going through your apps and anything else, just in a bigger form. Steps to perform this are pretty simple: you'll just have to launch the Chromecast app on your Android device, open the in-app navigation drawer, select “Cast Screen” and choose the Chromecast device connected to your ...
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Nokia and Android Meet Finally: Nokia X Review

Nokia announced an Android phone called the X just two months before completing its merger with Microsoft. Now this thing alone killed me. I felt like I did not understand one single thing anymore. Nokia? Android? What about Microsoft? What about Windows Phone? ... it led me all the way to think why the hell did Nokia ditch Android a few years back??!! Moving forward with all my perplexity, things did not get less intriguing: The Nokia X comes with a Windows Phone-like launcher, offers Microsoft ...
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Google+ Not Dead Just Yet: Just Got Updated

After the departure of Vic Gundotra, many speculated that his baby Google Plus will face death. We personally were skeptical, and believed that with the road that Google+ took, it wasn't that easy to "pull the plug" off it. With many integrations along the whole Google ecosystem, Google+ is becoming more and more important. To cut the story short, Google released today an update to Google+ with many visual changes and they added a bunch of kick-ass perks, like the "stories" feature. Yes, one ...
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Gmail for Android Now Has the Ability to Save Attachments to Drive

Gmail for Android has been updated with cool new features: It now has the ability to save attachments to Google Drive. Because space on mobile devices is somewhat scarce, being able to save files to the cloud is something awesome and increasingly practical. It just makes sense. The new update brought along Spam explanations (which presents a message detailing why a certain email has been dumped into the spam folder), improved right-to-left language support (Arabic, Hebrew and Persian) and quick ...
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Google Play Gets PayPal Support in 12 Countries and More

Sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year, with two-thirds of Google Play purchases happening outside of the US. It was hence time to broaden the payment solutions coverage to more countries. And that's what happened. Google Play Payments now gained PayPal support in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK. What does this practically means? When you make a purchase ...
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Siri, Beware: Google Search For iOS Just Got a Lot Better

Google Search app for iOS just got updated today with the ability to directly ask questions with your voice and deeper integration with Google Now. The voice integration means a “smarter” conversation with the app. Smarter as in more intuitive. Hence definitely much more productive and efficient results. The process is simple, Android users are familiar with it: You just have to tap the microphone or say “Ok Google”. then you can ask questions like about upcoming sports games, the weather, ...
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Gmail Allegedly Working on a UI/Design Overhaul

It looks like prayers can be answered, after all. Geek and The Verge recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface. And why do we say prayers? The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter.A hamburger menu on the top left hides labels and a new button on the lower right reveals a menu that offers user actions. The loathed Stars appear to have been replaced by pins and a snooze function has apparently been introduced. Now about the authenticity ...
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Android Silver: No More Nexus?

Google is apparently shifting strategies a whole lot these days. After the reported news about Google dropping Google+ to the backside bin, here comes rumors talking about the Android Silver project. 'The Information' reports that the current Nexus-branded handset line sporting Google's unadulterated vision of the best Android user experience will be trashed, to be replaced by a set of high-end Silver phones. Google is said to be planning to spend heavily on promoting these upcoming devices and subsidizing ...
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Google+ Nearly Reaching The End

Vic Gundotra, the head of Google+, announced his departure from Google today. No obvious reason was stated. But online leaks pointed out that this might have been the direct result of Google backing away from the original Google+ plan. To wrap it up in a nutshell, Google is apparently slowly planning on pulling the Google+ plug: it will no longer be aligned to Facebook and Twitter. It will also not be pushed onto and into every product Google releases. This rumored shift will most probably shake ...
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A Refreshed Google Camera App for Android Hits the Play Store

Google launched an expected refreshed camera app for Android devices. Dubbed Google Camera, the application is now available to download in the Play store. The most notable new feature which Google Camera app brings is called Lens Blur. It allows users to change the depth of field of a photo after its capture. A dedicated slider allows the user to change the point and level of focus. Panorama mode has also been improved in the new app. Users can now capture panoramas in high resolution. Photo ...
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Developers Can Now Start Building Some Cool Phones With Project Ara

Google just posted on Ara's website the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started creating modular parts. Quick reminder: Ara phones begin as no more than a skeleton, before owners plug in everything from a display and processor to a camera and Wi-Fi unit in order to complete them. The trick about the whole concept is that Google wants many of those modules to come from third-party developers. And the whole developer hype thingie is just kicking ...
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Google Now Cards Available in Chrome, on Desktops

Google today announced Google Now is being pushed to Chrome for Windows and Mac “starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.” This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. All you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently ...
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Enter the Konami Code in Google Voice Search for ‘Unlimited Free Searches’

Now here's a funny one for you Android chaps out there. Do you geeks remember the infamous Konami Code? Yeah... right. It is that sequence of button inputs that unlocks secrets and cheat modes in classic retro games such as Gradius, Contra and Castlevania. This sequence has grown above and beyond the gaming world, to become part of the Interwebz tradition and memorabilia: it’s been used as an ‘Easter egg’ on sites such as Digg and Facebook. It has now been quietly introduced for Android ...
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Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update Schedule

Sony has just announced the availability of the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. The new firmware rollout starts right now for all three smartphones, but the process is gradual so it might take some time before the update notification pops up on your phone. Here is the official change log: Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation… A tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive ...
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Google Refreshes Its Play Store App In One of The Biggest Updates Yet

Google sent us all a treat through its first Play Store update in over 3 months. You'll find the apk file for v4.6.16 towards the bottom of this article. But before getting there, let us introduce to you the main changes we personally noted. These changes come to enhance Play Store's functionality and usability. A huge deal. Batch Install Is Now A Reality We can now mass install the apps listed under the My Apps section. This makes installing familiar apps on new devices a whole lot easier, ...
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Tested: Acer C720 Chromebook

Buying a Chromebook is not meant for everyone. Let us make this clear from the very start. If you can live without true native apps, huge disk space, and offline tasks, then a Chromebook would be your perfect match. Google's Chromebooks have indeed usurped netbooks as the cheapo laptops of choice, as of late. They took the netbook concept and ported it to a whole new dimension: they put the NET in netbook. Powered by Google, all the way. These mini wonders run Chrome OS, which simply runs the Chrome ...
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Soon in Your Hands: Google’s Project Ara

Google’s project Ara smartphone could arrive in early 2015. This project, initialized under Motorola's umbrella, was kept alive when Google retained the team behind the project when it sold Motorola to Lenovo last month. What is Project Ara? It is simply Google's take on the modular phone scheme. Meaning that you will be able to build your phone based on what your real personal needs are. Pretty cool. The base model is said to include the most basic setup with Wi-Fi, but no cellular connection. ...
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Google Glass Explorer Edition Review

The future is here, this is what I thought when I first heard the announcement of Google Glass some time ago. For those of you who are not familiar with what Google Glass is (from hereon I will be referring to it as Glass), in summary, it is a wearable computer in the form of eyeglasses that works with natural language voice commands by its users to provide them with information displayed on a heads-up display. I will try to make sure that this review is brief and straight to the point, as there ...
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Google Launches “Video Quality Report” To Evaluate Your ISP’s Network Performance

Google today announced the launch of a new service that will allow the users to test their Internet Service Provider's (ISP) connection speed. The "Video Quality Report" will measure the ISP's performance based on how well they deliver an HD YouTube video, which will allow users to have an idea about the service that is delivered to them. According to Google, ISPs are graded on a scale that measures how well their networks can stream HD (720p) YouTube videos to customers in a given area. Google ...
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Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project

Diabetes is a common issue, affecting one in every 19 person on the planet. That's a fact. People affected by diabetes have a daily routine and detailed processes for managing their blood levels on a daily basis in order to avoid possible risks as well as further complications (if interested, you can read more about this subject here). People affected by diabetes need to continuously monitor their glucose level through frequent self blood tests. Scientists have been trying for years to identify ...
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Google Buys Smart Thermostat Maker Nest Labs For $3.2 Billion

In a press release on their Investor Relations site, Google announced that is it acquiring Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash. For those who are not very familiar with the company, Nest Labs is behind the popular Nest Learning Thermostat, which is a smart thermostat that learns how and when to adjust according to its users' schedule and can also be controlled from the phone. Nest Labs is also behind the Protect Smoke Detector, which, you guessed it, is a smart smoke detector and alarm that ...
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Google and Android Invading Your Car Soon

2014 is starting just the way we want it to. In a blogpost today, Google announced that they are starting to "invade" cars. What does that exactly mean? Some awesomeness in terms of related data gathered, and switching cars will be as easy as sending your personal data to your new car and every dream will become true. Batman, we're coming at you... New Partnership To Bring Android to The Open Road In this multi-screen world, switching between our different devices should be easy and seamless. ...
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Security Bunker – Part 6: Google Chrome Privacy and Security Extensions

This is the 8th article in the “PC Configuration and Security” series, and the 6th in the Security Bunker bundle. I will not talk too much about what I will be dealing with, as the title is pretty self-explanatory. All the programs used to accomplish what you will see in those articles are completely FREE. They are used and tested on 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, with 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-2430 CPU @2.40GHz (4 Cpu’s) (my current setup). I strongly recommend for you to use a Windows 7 Ultimate ...
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Motorola’s Moto G And What It Truly Means

Google now has two swords. Two sabres to fight in the smartphone arena. Two weapons of its own. The Nexus brand in one hand, and Motorola in the other. Unfortunately, both of them have not yet been truly deployed worldwide, with priority given to the U.S. market. But things will change. And they will change fast. The Nexus 5 is already much more accessible than its predecessors, since it was found in our Middle-Eastern markets barely a couple of weeks after its official announcement. Motorola is ...
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