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All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

All the best apps on my iPhone are made by Google and Microsoft

By on February 12, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

About a year ago, I penned an article about how happy I was that Google was taking over my iPhone. The premise was simple: Android is no match for the iPhone in most key areas — read my earlier article titled “8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android” for more on that — but Google’s mobile software and services are almost always far superior to Apple’s.

Three of the most popular Apple bloggers in the world recently began talking about Apple’s serious app and service problems, and it shoved this ongoing issue back into the spotlight. It also made me stop for a moment think about how I use my iPhone, which led to an interesting revelation that’s dripping with irony: All of the best apps on my iPhone are made by Apple’s two biggest software rivals. More →

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Google Android VR Headset

Google’s home-grown VR headset won’t need a smartphone or PC

By on February 12, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Google’s home-grown VR headset won’t need a smartphone or PC

After a rumor recently said Google is working on a better version of its virtual reality Cardboard headset, a detailed report indicates the upcoming device will be far more advanced than the paper model. Google’s new VR device would be a stand-alone piece of hardware that would not rely on a smartphone, PC or game console. More →

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Facebook Google Data Privacy

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

By on February 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

It’s no secret that Facebook and Google, and pretty much every company that sells connected devices or online services, tracks their customers to some extent. Internet companies have repeatedly been scrutinized and even taken to court for mismanaging users’ private data, and customers have become more interested in protecting their digital data in the past few years following Edward Snowden’s leaks.

So why do these companies mine your data? And is there a way to prevent it? More →

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Gmail Security Settings

Gmail just added 2 new features aimed at keeping you safe

By on February 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Gmail just added 2 new features aimed at keeping you safe

Happy Safer Internet Day! Wait, you had no idea it was Safer Internet Day? And you say you don’t even know what Safer Internet Day is? As noted on the Safer Internet Day website, it’s a day each year in February that Insafe organizes to “promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.” Online security is a hugely important topic, needless to say, so BGR fully endorses this great annual event. Guess who else endorses it: Google.

The world’s top Internet company is celebrating this event in a few different ways, the most widely publicized of which has been a simple offer that will get you an extra 2GB of Google Drive cloud storage for free if you perform a quick security check. But Google has also just announced two new Gmail features that are aimed at keeping you and your private data safe. More →

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Free Google Drive Cloud Storage

How to get 2GB of free cloud storage from Google right now

By on February 9, 2016 at 9:18 AM.

How to get 2GB of free cloud storage from Google right now

In celebration of Safer Internet Day, which is something that you’d probably never heard of before today, Google is giving all of its users a chance to earn 2 gigabytes of free storage on Google Drive by completing a Security Checkup on their accounts. More →

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Android Nexus Virtual Reality Android N

Forget Android N, ‘Nexus’ VR hardware and Android VR might steal the show at Google I/O

By on February 8, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Forget Android N, ‘Nexus’ VR hardware and Android VR might steal the show at Google I/O

It’s no secret that Google is interested in virtual reality. Made out of paper, Google Cardboard is Google’s first foray into VR, but the Search giant apparently plans to release a more advanced product later this year, a “Nexus” of VR headsets, which might be running on its rumored VR-centric Android VR initiative. More →

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Google Chrome Security Update

Google found a new way to keep you safe in its latest Chrome update

Google found a new way to keep you safe in its latest Chrome update

By on February 4, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Exploring the sketchier regions of the Internet, you’ve undoubtedly run into sites so full of ads that it’s nearly impossible to tell which buttons or links will actually take you to the content you’re looking for. Yes, that one button might say “download,” but chances are that clicking on it will just take you to a site you really don’t want to visit.

Thankfully, Google is stepping in to help. More →

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Chrome Extensions Best Productivity

7 free Chrome hacks that will instantly make you more productive

By on February 4, 2016 at 11:48 AM.

7 free Chrome hacks that will instantly make you more productive

Google’s Chrome browser might be a battery hog on occasion, but it still offers one of the best Internet browsing experiences out there. One of the things that make Chrome so useful is the large number of available extensions that add various features to your browsing experience, and most Chrome extensions are available as free downloads.

We have already shown you 30 add-ons that can change the way you browse the Internet, so now let’s look at some “hacks” that can boost your productivity.

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Google Project Skybender 5G Internet

Project Skybender might be Google’s most important moonshot yet

By on February 1, 2016 at 4:50 PM.

Project Skybender might be Google’s most important moonshot yet

We’ve known for a while that Google has been experimenting with beaming wireless Internet services down from weather balloons as part of its Project Loon initiative. However, it looks like Google’s ambitions to beam us Wi-Fi from the skies goes even farther, as a new report from The Guardian details. Google right now is testing out solar-powered drones that use millimeter wave technology to deliver wireless Internet service that is as much as 40 times faster than current 4G wireless data services. More →

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Apple iPhone Vs. Google Nexus

Google will reportedly exert ‘Apple-like’ control over future Nexus phones

By on February 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

Google will reportedly exert ‘Apple-like’ control over future Nexus phones

Given how far Microsoft has moved in Apple’s direction by designing its own hardware with the Surface Pro and Surface Book, we shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Google is considering similar moves with its Nexus line of smartphones. The Information is reporting that “Google CEO Sundar Pichai and his lieutenants have signaled to colleagues and outsiders that the company wants to take greater control over its program for making ‘Nexus’ smartphones” and that “the change would effectively reduce the level of involvement of hardware partners that make the phones with Google, a group which has included Samsung, Motorola, LG and Huawei.” More →

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Google Chrome Material Design Update

Google is going to give Chrome a big visual makeover – here are the first images

By on January 31, 2016 at 8:45 AM.

Google is going to give Chrome a big visual makeover – here are the first images

By most accounts, the transition to Material Design has been a successful one for Android. It’s more responsive, it’s easier on the eyes and it’s even made its way over to iOS to some degree. So it only makes sense that Google would take what it’s learned from Android and implement the best elements in the Chrome browser.

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