Project Ara Flippypad Game Controller

Awesome Project Ara concept teases a bright future for mobile gaming

By on April 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM.

Awesome Project Ara concept teases a bright future for mobile gaming

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone will take the smartphone universe by storm next year and developers have already been given a glimpse at what such devices will have to offer. Module makers will be able to build a variety of smartphone components for Project Ara phones, with a new concept showing what a modular smartphone may bring to mobile gaming. Imagined by The Aether Technician, Flippypad is a game controller concept that snaps into one of the Project Ara’s modules on the back to offer gamers a better way to interact with their mobile games.

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Google Play Nest On Sale

You can now buy a Nest thermostat on Google Play for $249

By on April 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM.

You can now buy a Nest thermostat on Google Play for $249

The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest unit sold on Tuesday. Nest, which was founded by former Apple exec Tony Fadell, was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Earlier reports have indicated that Google isn’t interested in Nest just for its smart thermostats but also for its team’s design prowess that won it accolades from several Apple fans over the years.

 

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Hangouts 2.1 for Android Changelog

Google makes its Android chat app even better

By on April 22, 2014 at 6:55 AM.

Google makes its Android chat app even better

Google has released a new major update for its Android chat application, Android Police reports, including several interesting features. Hangouts 2.1 for Android brings SMS improvements and a homescreen widget, Google’s Mike Dodd wrote on Google+, with the main feature of this update being Merged conversations. Starting with Hangouts 2.1, SMS and Hangouts conversations with the same recipient will be merged into a single conversation. A switch will let users choose what kind of message they want to send, and different message types will be easily spotted. More →

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Nexus 8 Release Date

Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to launch in Q3

By on April 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM.

Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to launch in Q3

Google’s Nexus 7 might not be the most popular tablet in the world, but it is clearly one of the top choices for Android enthusiasts looking for a pure Google experience at a surprisingly affordable price. Starting at just $229, Google’s 7-inch tablet is indeed a tremendous value. According to a new report, however, Android fans may soon have an even better option when it comes to purchasing a new tablet. More →

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iOS vs Android: Exclusive Games

Here’s why you still have to wait for popular mobile games to launch on Android

By on April 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM.

Here’s why you still have to wait for popular mobile games to launch on Android

Android fragmentation may be one of the reasons developers still choose iOS over Android at first, even though there are more Android device users in the world than iOS users. However, The Wall Street Journal says there’s one more reason why users on Android have to wait for some popular mobile games to launch on Android: platform exclusivity. More →

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Virus Shield Android App Scam Refund

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

By on April 21, 2014 at 7:30 AM.

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam turned best-seller

A fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customers into buying it, even though it didn’t really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store once the fraud had been uncovered, but the fact still remained that more than 10,000 users purchased it – The Guardian says more than 30,000 buyers were duped. However it looks like Google has taken the issue into its own hands and it’s making amends to those affected. More →

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$100 Google Nexus Smartphone

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

By on April 18, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

New report says sub-$100 Google Nexus smartphone is coming

Google may be working on a new kind of Nexus device that could be even more affordable than its predecessors, a new report from Asia says. However, the device won’t be a high-end model like the others, but rather an entry- to mid-range device that would sell for under $100, thus being significantly more affordable than any previous Nexus handsets. More →

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Google Glass Self-Driving Cars Robots

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

By on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

New poll shows Google’s Glass, robots and self-driving cars are tough sells

According to a recent survey, Americans are excited for futuristic technology that you might see in a sci-fi novel, but are anxious about how we’ll get there. That’s the conclusion from a report from a Pew Research Center released today which asked 1,000 Americans what they thought of various technological advancements. More →

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IOS Default Search Google Yahoo

Yahoo offers to help Apple purge Google from the iPhone’s default settings

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Yahoo offers to help Apple purge Google from the iPhone’s default settings

Yahoo may help Apple deliver a huge blow to Google’s bottom line in the future, as Marissa Mayer wants its search engine to become the default option on iOS devices. Re/code reports that the company is focusing its search efforts around mobile, preparing to pitch Apple its own take to mobile search. More →

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Google CAPTCHA Hacking Technology

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

By on April 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

New Google technology tears apart CAPTCHA puzzles

If there’s one thing more annoying than passwords, it’s CAPTCHA puzzles that websites use to screen out robots from registering for accounts. However, Google has just developed a new algorithm that’s able to read its own CAPTCHA puzzles with 99% accuracy, which is obviously a problem since CAPTCHA puzzles are designed to be used by humans only. More →

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Google Q1 2014 Earnings

Google whiffs on Q1 2014 earnings with EPS of $6.27

By on April 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

Google whiffs on Q1 2014 earnings with EPS of $6.27

This past quarter hasn’t been the most eventful one in Google’s history but analysts were still expecting it to be a profitable one with a consensus earnings estimate of $6.40 per share on about $15.5 billion in revenue. The company on Wednesday missed those expectations by posting a first-quarter profit of $6.27 per share on $15.4 billion in sales.  More →

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Google Fiber New York

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

By on April 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Google doesn’t have ‘any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York’

It was too good to be true after all. Speaking with Ars Technica on Wednesday, a Google spokesperson made it clear that there are no plans to bring Google Fiber to the New York area at this time, despite a seemingly surreptitious job listing discovered earlier this week. More →

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