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    Google Glass is Back, and This Time it Means Business

    It’s been over two years since Google’s early attempt at wearable augmented reality blew up in their face. In 2015, Google finally had to admit that Google Glass in its then-current form wasn’t going to work as a consumer device after receiving tons of blowback about the unsettling idea of someone staring at you with […]

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    Google’s New Desktop App Can Backup and Sync Folders to Their Cloud Storage

    If you’re a heavy user of Google Photos or Google Drive or you’re looking for an easy way to back up your computer, good news today — Google Backup and Sync is finally ready to go. After some delays, the new desktop program can help you backup and continuously sync individual folders on your computer, keeping […]

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    Google Gets Rocked By $2.7 Billion Fine by the EU for Anti-Competitive Practices

    They’ll certainly appeal, but it sure looks like a European Union decision will cost Google a hefty chunk of change. In the culmination of a seven-year investigation, the EU has ruled that Google unfairly promoted its own shopping comparison service on its search engine, resulting in the handing down of a €2.4 billion (about $2.7 […]

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    Watch Out Siri, Google Assistant is Coming to the iPhone

    It’s been an interesting month for Apple and its nearest competitors. Last week at the Microsoft Build developers conference, we learned that iTunes is coming to the Windows Store as an app, and now this week we’ve got Google with some big Apple-related news. At their I/O developers conference today, the company revealed that Google […]

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    Google AutoDraw Transforms Your Terrible Doodles Into Something Pretty

    Google’s not out to judge your doodles — well, it kind of is. With their new AutoDraw tool, their machine learning technology can take a look at your doodles, guess what you’re trying to draw, and then replace your, er, work with something more pleasing to the eye. AutoDraw is a web-based canvas, sort of. It’s […]

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    YouTube Releases an App Optimized for Slow Internet Connections

    With many of the affluent markets already saturated with tech, greater and greater attention is being paid to lower-income markets. Already this year, we’ve seen an affordable new Nokia phone for emerging markets and Amazon Cash, a service that makes it easier to shop on Amazon without having a debit or credit card. Today, it’s […]

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    Google Puts Ms. Pac-Man on Google Maps for April Fools

    April Fool’s Day falls on a weekend this year. Google, worried that they wouldn’t be able to prank office managers around the world, did us all a solid and got things started a day early. Your time-waster for today is Google’s April 1 tradition — Pac-Man on Google Maps. For 2017, they’ve got Ms. Pac-Man chomping […]

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    Here are Some of the Changes Coming in the Android O Update

    We won’t get a full rundown of the changes coming in this year’s Android O update (or the official candy name), until the Google I/O developer conference in May, but Google gave us all a sneak peek with a developer preview. Meant for app developers to begin work implementing the upcoming new toys, the preview […]

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    Fossil Brings the Android Wear 2.0 Update to Their Q Line of Smartwatches

    There’s usually a big risk in buying into first generation tech. That was true with Android Wear smartwatches — the original operating system wasn’t great, requiring a huge number of taps and swipes to get something done. Fortunately, Android Wear 2.0 brought a lot of refinements, plus new dials that make those digital watch faces a […]

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    YouTube TV is a Streaming TV Service with Unlimited Cloud DVR

    YouTube is becoming ThemTube. The video hosting site that first got big featuring random videos from random people is now getting into pay TV thanks to the cord-cutting trend. Announced today, YouTube TV is a streaming television service that will include over 40 channels for $35 per month, plus unlimited cloud DVR. It looks like […]

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    Google Boss Tables Seven-Year-Old’s Application With a Smiley Face

    Call it a dream deferred. Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater of Hereford, England sent off a handwritten letter straight to Google HQ (addressed to “Google Boss”) inquiring about job opportunities (and praising office amenities), and hey, she got a response! In other words, she’s probably already doing better than most applicants to Google. To be fair to […]

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    Google Finally Introduces Android Wear 2.0 Along With Two New Smartwatches from LG

    Smartwatch news wasn’t good for anyone last year, but it was especially bad for the Android Wear crowd. Lenovo was the only Android Wear device maker in the top five at fourth, alongside Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, and Pebble — and the last one doesn’t even exist anymore. But, Apple reportedly saw good holiday sales following the release […]

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    Launchpad Toys Releases Kid-Friendly 3D Cartoon Version of Their Toontastic App

    Since early in the decade, Launchpad Toys‘ Toontastic app has been a great way for kids and adults alike to create fun, animated stories, complete with narration and music. It’s great for art and animation classes as a quick, gentle introduction to storytelling, but for a while, it was only available for iOS. Well, that […]

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    The Top 10 Apps of the Year Will Not Surprise You

    It’s been like this for a while, but the Wild West has been tamed. The world of apps has been whittled down to a few giants, and it’s those giants that dominate the top 10 apps of 2016. Nielsen has been getting into mobile analytics lately, and they’ve put together the list based on average […]

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    Cronologics, Makers of the CoWatch, Have Been Acquired by Google

    2016 has been a rough year for smartwatches — not only did sales drop over 50 percent from last year, but the entire year has gone by without an update to Google’s Android Wear smartwatch operating system. Android Wear 2.0 is slated to arrive early next year, but it’s already seen considerable delays, and some Android […]

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    Google Flights Now Tells You When is the Best Time to Buy a Plane Ticket

    Google Flights has quietly been Google’s answer to sites like Skyscanner and Kayak for a while now, but it’s mostly offered the same services as those other sites — aggregating flight tickets to help find the cheapest or most direct route for trips. This week, Google Flights is hitting cruising altitude by adding some powerful new […]

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    Pixel XL Review: Android’s Yardstick

    It’s the end of an era. After seven generations, the Nexus brand is no more. This year, Google gives us Pixel and Pixel XL, the first phones developed by the company in-house, and sold without any kind of co-branding. With prices ranging between $649 and $869, these are expensive devices, and the company is betting […]