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Google Chromecast SDK released to developers, Google Play Services updated as well

Devs now able to start making 'Google Cast-ready' applications on Android and iOS Google has announced the availability of the Google Cast SDK for all developers, opening the floodgates to devs wanting to incorporate Chromecast support into their Android and iOS apps, or web content through...
Nexus 5, HTC One M8

HTC One M8 versus Nexus 5

How does HTC's latest match up to Google's six-month-old Nexus? With the launch of the new HTC One M8 last week, the first major Android flagship of 2014 is finally upon us. And as we said in our full review of the phone, the M8 is one of the most impressive Android devices we've used. But...
Nest, 'Relax' edition

On Google, advertising, and invading your home appliances

In answering federal regulators' questions last year, Google merely stated the obvious — 'mobile' doesn't fit the new categories of device of the future Can't say I didn't see this coming. Late last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission — one of the bodies that helps make sure businesses...

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Investigation underway after Indian agency issues fake certificates to Google domains

The Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (India CCA) has launched an investigation into the issue of unauthorized digital certificates to Google by the National Informatics Center Certifying Authority. Such a certificate could have been used to trick a service into thinking that a fake...
Songza acquired by Google

Google takes on Beats with Songza acquisition

Google is taking on Apple's acquisition of Beats Music with its own acquisition of Songza, a streaming service that delivers "contextual expert-curated playlists" to listeners. Right now, Google is running Songza as a separate company, but Google Play revealed in a Google+ post that it expects to...
Android TV announced at Google I/O

Android TV announced at Google I/O

As expected, Google has taken the wraps off a new version Android for the living room at today's Google I/O 2014 keynote. Android TV, the successor to the ill-fated Google TV, brings a new, streamlined user interface to TVs, game consoles, and set top boxes, designed to put content front and...
Nest

Google's Nest is officially in competition with Apple HomeKit

Not that this is any sort of surprise, but Google has finally announced a developer program for the Nest division. The timing couldn't be much better since I just finished writing about why I'm looking forward to the primary mobile players, Apple and Google, integrating "Internet of Things" hooks...
Nest thermostat

Nest announces smart home API, brings third-party integration to connected devices

Nest has launched a "Works with Nest" certification program and API that allows third-party companies to communicate with Nest's Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector. Companies initially in the certification program included IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Logitech, Mercedes-Benz,...
Data center, Google style

Google starting its own domain name registration service

Google is using some of their data center space to start up a service to help you register your own domain name on the Internet. The service, aptly named Google Domains is an invite-only beta for the time being, as we have come to expect whenever Google rolls out a new product or service. Google...
Nest creator will now lead Google's hardware business

Father of the iPod now leading Google's hardware initiatives

Tony Fadell, widely considered as the father of the iPod and creator of the Nest, is now joining Google's leadership to head up the company's consumer hardware business. It's still unclear what that means for the future of Google's hardware business as the company doesn't produce that much in-...
Glass

Google Glass UK hits the UK, priced £1000

For the first time since its announcement Google Glass is officially available to purchase outside the United States. Today Google has announced that Glass is now available to purchase from the UK Google Play Store, priced £1,000 ($1,700). Like U.S. buyers, Brits get their choice of free frame or...
Dropcam

Google and Nest buy Dropcam for $555 million

Nest has just acquired Wi-Fi video streaming camera company Dropcam for $555 million. As you know, it was just a few months ago that Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. This move will bring Dropcam into the Google family. A blog post on the Nest website alleviates any concerns over ads...
Android Wear

Android Wear video highlights Google's design views

Google's Android Wear platform will likely be a major talking point at this year's I/O conference, which will be conducted next week. Ahead of the event, Google is giving a glimpse of what its new platform can do through a series of videos posted to its YouTube dev channel. The latest video...

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