iPhone Default Search Engine

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM.

Microsoft may recruit Apple to help stick a dagger into Google’s search business

If Yahoo and Microsoft have anything to say about it, Google won’t be the default search engine for the iPhone in 2015. According to The Information, Apple’s contract with Google, the contract which allows Google to remain the default search engine in the Safari mobile and desktop browser, is up next year.

It’s unclear whether or not Apple is actively looking to replace Google, but Yahoo and Microsoft have reportedly both begun pitching their search engines to Apple’s senior VP Eddy Cue. More →

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How to Fix Android 5.0 Bugs

Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them

By on November 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM.

Here are all the most annoying Android 5.0 Lollipop bugs – and how to fix them

The gradual rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop has been an exciting one, but as with any major software upgrade, there are a few bugs that will need quashing in the coming weeks and months. We’ve covered a few of these bugs recently, including the accidental removal of Silent Mode and the unfortunate persistence of recent apps to stay open after being swiped away. More →

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Google Android Billboard in Times Square

Google takes over Times Square with massive, interactive Android billboard

By on November 25, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Google takes over Times Square with massive, interactive Android billboard

Even though Android is the dominating smartphone platform when it comes to market share, enjoying huge popularity in many markets, Google appears to be interested in heavily promoting it this holiday season, especially now that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 have all been launched. Google has taken its Android video commercials — the ones telling the audience that Android is supposed to offer user a unique experience  to a whole new level, Android Central reports, renting ad space on a huge, over 25,000 square feet, billboard in Times Square.

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Google Netflix Uber Vs. France

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

By on November 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille. More →

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Google EU Breakup Plan

Europe is about to go nuclear on Google

By on November 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Europe is about to go nuclear on Google

It turns out the Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations against Google were only the beginning. The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s parliament is working on a proposal to force Google to unbundle its major search business from all its other services. In other words, it sounds like Google will have to keep data on what you search for separate from all of the other services it offers, such as Gmail, Google Maps and more. It also sounds like Google would be prohibited from giving favorable treatment in its search results to its own services. More →

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Best Email App For Android iPhone

6 apps that completely revolutionize email

6 apps that completely revolutionize email

By on November 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Email. Is there anything in our lives that is more necessary and more burdensome? It seems like everyone hates email and no one can live without it, so the obvious next step is to fix it. Of course, in the context of email, the question becomes: What does “fix” even mean and who will finally pull it off?

There are dozens of companies that have taken a crack at “fixing” email, and some have done a better job than others. None have managed to solve all of our email woes, of course, but there are a handful of companies that have actually managed to launch fairly revolutionary email solutions.

And if you haven’t yet tried them out, you really should. More →

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Nexus 6 Encryption and Performance

How to boost Nexus 6 performance… and why you can’t do it just yet

By on November 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

How to boost Nexus 6 performance… and why you can’t do it just yet

Google’s recently released and hard-to-find Nexus 6 is likely the company’s best Nexus smartphone to date, but it can of course still be improved. In fact, when looking at storage performance, AnandTech discovered that because the Nexus 6 comes with full data encryption, its read and write memory performance has taken a significant hit. More →

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Google Rockstar Patent Settlement

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

By on November 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium

While the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. More →

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Google Chrome Hidden Game

You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser

By on November 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM.

You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser

Google knows that it’s a bummer when your phone has no Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Because of this, it’s hidden a game in its Chrome mobile browser that you can play when your phone isn’t connected to the web. More →

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Google Keyboard App Translation

Google is working on a mobile keyboard with an incredible real-time translation feature

By on November 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Google is working on a mobile keyboard with an incredible real-time translation feature

With so many awesome third-party keyboard apps out there, it can be hard to distinguish yours from the crowd. It seems that Google has been working on a keyboard app that really delivers something we haven’t seen in any other keyboard app so far: The ability to have conversations with people in multiple languages that will automatically translate for you with the help of Google Translate. More →

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Google Search Tips

This new feature will make Google Search much better on Android phones and the iPhone

By on November 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

This new feature will make Google Search much better on Android phones and the iPhone

Can you imagine where we would be today if not for Google search? Say what you will about Google being “evil,” but there’s no company on Earth right now that plays a more pivotal role in connecting people with information. Google is always improving its many apps and services, of course, and the latest update to the company’s core consumer-facing product — search — will make searching for answers on your Android phone or iPhone a much better experience. More →

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Android 5.0 Lollipop SMS Bug

Android Lollipop might have another serious bug affecting Nexus smartphones

By on November 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

Android Lollipop might have another serious bug affecting Nexus smartphones

The recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop update is Google’s most important OS upgrade in recent years, bringing users a completely new design language as well as many new features. But it appears that Lollipop also comes with a serious bug that affects some Nexus smartphone owners who already upgraded their devices to Android 5.0.

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