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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Google Smartphone Facial Recognition

Google is working on experimental smartphones that can recognize your face

By on January 27, 2016 at 8:50 PM.

Google is working on experimental smartphones that can recognize your face

Facial recognition technology has come a long way over the past few years and now it looks like Google is working on making it a core part of its smartphones. The Wall Street Journal brings us word that Google is working to build smartphones that have facial recognition technology built right into their hardware that don’t have to rely on communicating with remote data centers over the web. More →

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Amazon Google Android Phones

Amazon has a daring ‘Plan B’ for stealing Android from Google

By on January 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM.

Amazon has a daring ‘Plan B’ for stealing Android from Google

The Fire phone was an epic disaster for Amazon that has been discontinued. But while it doesn’t look like Amazon wants to build a second-gen Fire Phone anytime soon, the company does seem to have a Plan B in place for stealing Android from Google. More →

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Google Doodle Scoville Pepper Game

Today’s Google Doodle is a silly game about an ice cream cone battling hot peppers

By on January 22, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Today’s Google Doodle is a silly game about an ice cream cone battling hot peppers

Looking for ways to bide the time before the incoming snowpocalypse wipes away the East Coast? Google’s got you covered! On Friday, the company updated the Google Doodle on its homepage in honor of the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville — the chemist who found a way to measure a pepper’s heat. More →

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iPhone Vs. Android

The iPhone generates more revenue in 3 months than Android has in its entire existence

The iPhone generates more revenue in 3 months than Android has in its entire existence

By on January 22, 2016 at 8:53 AM.

The one great byproduct of lawsuits in Silicon Valley is that they often reveal a great deal of interesting information that companies would rather keep tucked away from the prying eyes of the public. For instance, Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung revealed an absolute avalanche of previously top-secret information about Apple products, along with information surrounding the company’s operations and design process.

The most recent example of a lawsuit bringing confidential information to the surface comes to us courtesy of Oracle’s patent infringement lawsuit against Google regarding Java. Just last week, an Oracle attorney disclosed, for the first time, key financial details about Google’s Android business that has long been subject to immense speculation.

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iOS Safari Google

Leaked: The crazy amount Google pays Apple to be the default iPhone search engine

By on January 22, 2016 at 7:20 AM.

Leaked: The crazy amount Google pays Apple to be the default iPhone search engine

In all of tech, there’s no more valuable piece of mobile real estate than the iPhone home screen. Now if we travel back in time just a few years, it’s almost crazy to think that Google for a time enjoyed some primo app placement on iOS with YouTube and Google Maps. The Apple/Google honeymoon, however, didn’t last all that long, and effectively blew up once Google decided to go all-in with Android.

The result? Steve Jobs lost his mind and famously threatened to go thermonuclear. In turn, Apple steadily removing every Google app from its default set of iPhone apps. But there’s one spot on the iPhone where Google still remains; the search bar in mobile Safari.

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Best Ok Google Voice Commands

How to start using Google app voice commands to make your life easier

By on January 21, 2016 at 11:33 PM.

How to start using Google app voice commands to make your life easier

For many mobile users, virtual assistants are extraneous additions to the smartphone that don’t see much use. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I used Siri for anything but to hear it beatbox (which is tragically awful), but as CNET points out in a new video, the voice commands for the Google app on Android are surprisingly useful. More →

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