Google I/O 2015 Liveblog Link

We’ll be live from the Google I/O keynote today at 12:30PM ET!

By about 2 hours ago.

We’ll be live from the Google I/O keynote today at 12:30PM ET!

In just a few short hours, Google will take the stage at the Moscone Center for its Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation. Although Google I/O is primarily for developers, there’s sure to be plenty of news relevant to end users as well, including the reveal of the highly anticipated Android M update. More →

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Android M Granular Permissions Controls

This will be the most important (and possibly most overlooked) new Android M feature

By about 4 hours ago.

This will be the most important (and possibly most overlooked) new Android M feature

The way Android handles your privacy isn’t perfect, and various studies have shown that apps can and will take advantage of the way you set up app permissions to mine personal data for commercial purposes. However, a new leak indicates that Android M will offer users better privacy by introducing new features that’ll give them granular app permission control. More →

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Google Search Instant Answers Questions

Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

By on May 27, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

Google is rolling out an exciting new update to its searches that will answer your questions before you’re even done typing them. The answer will appear listed directly in the autocomplete dropdown options just like search suggestions do, The Next Web reports. That way, the user doesn’t actually need to finish the sentence, or even wait for regular search results to appear. More →

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iPhone Vs Android Advertising

Why the iPhone is more important to Google than Android

By on May 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Why the iPhone is more important to Google than Android

Though Google these days has its hand in everything, from robotics to advanced AI, the company’s billions by and large continue to come exclusively from advertising. More to the point, 90% of the $66 billion Google generated in revenue in 2014 came directly from advertising-related ventures

Not surprisingly, an increasingly important part of Google’s advertising machine is mobile search. In 2014 alone, 18% of Google’s ad revenue, or about $11.8 billion, came from searches done on mobile devices.

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Android M, N, Z Release Date

Forget Android M, I can tell you when Android Z will be released

By on May 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM.

Forget Android M, I can tell you when Android Z will be released

Forget for a second that Android M will be unveiled this week at Google I/O, which is a secret Google wasn’t able to really keep. There’s already better news for Android fans: In a recent interview, a Google executive confirmed that a major Android update will be released every year moving forward, so now I can tell you when Android Z will land on your phone. More →

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Comedy Central Free Shows

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

By on May 26, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

Every day, we try to bring you the best selection of free apps we can find on the App Store, but today we have the unique pleasure of being able to alert you to some free TV shows as well. For a limited time, Comedy Central is giving away an episode from 12 of its most popular shows as part of a huge sale on Google Play. More →

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2015 Nexus Release Date LG Huawei

Android fans’ delight: Report claims two new Nexus phones coming this year

By on May 26, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

Android fans’ delight: Report claims two new Nexus phones coming this year

Over the past month we’ve been hearing plenty of rumors that Google might release two different Nexus handsets in stores in 2015, and now a website with a solid track record on Android leaks has confirmed that two new Nexus devices are indeed coming this year. More →

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Android M Release Date Features

Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details

By on May 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details

Google is about to unveil Android M, its next major Android update, but various reports have already provided details regarding what’s in store for Android fans. However, in addition to new features such as fingerprint recognition and a new photos app, Google also wants to improve Android’s performance with its M release, and it will accomplish its goal in a fashion similar to Apple’s plans with iOS 9.

Furthermore, a new report also shares details about potential release timing for the upcoming new version of Android. More →

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Android M Name: Macadamia Nut Cookie

Let’s hope this isn’t Android M’s official name

By on May 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Let’s hope this isn’t Android M’s official name

We may not know the official name for Google’s Android M until the fall. However, the company is already using an internal code name for Android M that we’d have a hard time believing is the final name because it simply doesn’t roll off the tongue.

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Google Fiber Piracy

Google Fiber sends ‘automated fine letters’ to suspected pirates

By on May 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM.

Google Fiber sends ‘automated fine letters’ to suspected pirates

Et tu, Google?

With piracy running rampant these days, we’re starting to see content producers and owners going after pirates via each suspected individual’s specific ISP. HBO, for instance, began employing this strategy not too long ago in a rather unsuccessful effort to quell Game of Thrones piracy.

The messages that content producers relay to end users through individual ISPs can vary. In some instances it’s just a warning. In others, automatic fines with settlement demands are levied. While most ISPs have no problem passing along warnings to suspected pirates, most opt not to pass along threatening settlement demands. Even Comcast, which is no stranger to questionable customer service practices, sides with the consumer on this particular issue.

But Google, oddly enough, has chosen to take a different approach.

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Google Creepy Robot Teddy Bear

Revealed: The creepiest Google product ever

By on May 25, 2015 at 9:29 AM.

Revealed: The creepiest Google product ever

Anyone who’s inclined to think of Google as a bunch of creepy privacy invaders will likely have their suspicions confirmed by a newly revealed patent that shows the creepiest Google product ever created. Per Engadget, Google’s X Labs team has been working on a “smart” teddy bear that can watch your children and respond to things that they say. As an example for how this would work, the patent describes how “the anthropomorphic device may aim its gaze at the source” whenever a child moves and from there it could “express curiosity, may tilt its head, furrow its brow, and/or scratch its head with an arm.”

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Android M Update Nexus 5, 6, 7, 9, 10

Android M and Nexus updates: The good, the bad and the ugly

By on May 25, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Android M and Nexus updates: The good, the bad and the ugly

Android M is expected to be unveiled later this week at Google I/O, and it will bring several new features to Google’s mobile platform according to various reports, including a brand new device update guarantee for Nexus devices. More →

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