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YouTube update allows you to select your video streaming quality

YouTube update allows users to select streaming quality

Google has just pushed out an update to the YouTube app to allow you to choose your video streaming quality on the fly. Now, with the update, you can choose if you want your videos to stream at 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p, or an auto mode that detects your connection. It seems that an option for full...
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Google Glass update lets you view notifications with a simple glance up

Google is now experimenting with a feature for Google Glass where users can open and view the full notifications by simply glancing at the screen. Prior to this update, whenever a notification chime was heard, users either had to nod their head or touch on the touchpad to open up the notification...
Android 4.4.3 on Nexus 7

Android 4.4.3 OTA updates hitting Nexus and GPe devices [Updated]

Over-the-air update files now available for multiple devices Following the recent release of Android 4.4.3 for Nexus devices in factory image form, the first over-the-air updates have started rolling out this morning. So far we've confirmed it's rolling out for the Nexus 7 2013 (Wifi), Nexus 5...
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How to not look like a geek when wearing Google Glass

Google Glass is one of the first devices to come to the wearables market that is truly next-gen. While Glass is available to the public in a beta form called the "Explorer Program," it is not ready for the consumer market right now. Setting aside all of the criticism about it invading people's...
Google demoes Android Wear notifications

Google demoes Android Wear notifications

In a Google+ post, Senior Developer Advocate at Google Timothy Jordan highlighted how notifications will be handled on Google's upcoming Android Wear platform. Basically, any app that serves notifications on your Android smartphone or tablet can be extended to show notifications on a wearable...
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Google admits it still has work to do on workforce diversity

Google has just published a blog post that gives insight into the diversity at the company. The numbers published detail the gender and ethnic diversity within the workforce. Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, admits that Google is not where they want to be when it...
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Google is building its own self-driving car with electric powertrain, no steering wheel

Google is working to build its own self-driving cars, and today it is showing off prototype vehicles with no steering wheel or traditional user controls that are in the works. Announced today alongside an appearance from Sergey Brin at the Recode Conference, the official Google Blog and a new...
Chrome extensions can now only be installed if they're from the Chrome Web Store in a move by Google to keep users safe.

Google blocks sideloading of Chrome extensions

To protect users from malicious attacks, Google has implemented a change to the Chrome browser so that extensions can now only be installed if they are downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. For end users, this means that you cannot download an extension from another source and try to install or...
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Regional weather forecast lands on Google Now cards

Google has made a back-end change to the way it is delivering weather cards. Rather than displaying stacked cards for nearby cities, a single cards with multiple lines will now display the weather information of nearby cities in a region. The update, which is handled on the server side, doesn't...
Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam acquisition

Google rumored to be expanding its home automation offering with Dropcam acquisition

Google has already kicked off its home automation plans with the purchase of Nest, the makers of smart thermostats and smoke detectors, but the company is rumored to be looking into purchasing Dropcam. This next potential acquisition is the brand behind security cameras that stream directly to a...
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Google reportedly manufacturing tablets that can map your surroundings in 3D

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is building 4,000 prototype tablets equipped with cameras and sensors that can map the world around them. The prototype is said to be a part of Google's Project Tango efforts. Details of Project Tango were first unveiled in February when Google...
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Google's distributed Wifi network plans get clearer with help from Ruckus, local businesses

A single network could span across cities, states and even countries A rumored Google initiative to provide local businesses with inexpensive Wifi access points now makes a little more sense, as new details show that Google plans to create a large cloud-connected single Wifi network. Jumping off...
Prince Charles tries on Google Glass during a visit to Canada's tech hub

Celebrity Sighting: Prince Charles tries out Google Glass

Google just gained a royal supporter as the Prince of Wales was recently seen donning a pair of Google Glass on his tour of Canada. Prince Charles tried out Google's wearable eyewear when he visited the tech hub known as Innovation Alley. Along with the Glass hardware, Charles also got to try...
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Google to offer low-cost Wifi hardware to businesses, free access to customers

Google is working to bring low-cost Wifi access hardware to small business is hopes of getting more people online around the world. According to a report out of The Information, Google Access — the same group that runs Google Fiber — is coming up with a plan that will offer small businesses...
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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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Google may serve ads on your thermostat in the future

You may soon see ads on all manner of home appliances, as Google has stated in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to serve ads on "refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities." Google's response was in...
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Dubai police force stepping into the future with Google Glass

It appears that not only consumers are getting excited for the possibilities with Google Glass (and wearables in general), but also the Dubai police force. According to a report over on Gulf News, the force will soon use Google Glass to issue fines on the spot to motorists, as well as quickly...
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Google overtakes Apple to become the most valuable brand in the world

Google is now the most valuable brand in the world. According to global market research agency Millward Brown, Google's brand value increased by 40 percent in a single year to $158.84 billion, edging out Apple's $148 billion, which saw a decline of 20 percent. Google has been making its way up...
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Google buys Divide to boost Android in enterprise

Might Android finally get serious about business out of the box? In a recent post, I compared how Android supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Mobile Device Management (MDM). We saw that out-of-the-box Android does not really address the enterprise very well, leaving device manufacturers to...
Google doodle Rubik's cube

Google commemorates 40th anniversary of Rubik's cube with interactive doodle

Google is celebrating the invention of the Rubik's cube with an interactive Google doodle which is in the form of a Rubik's Cube. Invented 40 years ago by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture at the University of Budapest, the Rubik's cube became one of the most popular toys worldwide....

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