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Android For Work arrives on Google Play

Published by on Apr 17th, 2015, 1 Comment

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Earlier in February this year, Google officially revealed Android for Work – a profile (for Lollipop users) or app (for Ice Cream Sandwich to KitKat users) designed to integrate enterprise and business functions into an employee’s private Android phone.

Yesterday saw Google release the official Android for Work app on the Play Store, which allows Android users to keep two copies of the same app – one for work, and the other for personal use.

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Review: Acer Chromebook C720P – Laptop evolution?

Published by on Apr 15th, 2015, No Comments

Acer-C720P-Chromebook-600x339The Chromebook is a bit tricky to understand. It looks like an ordinary laptop but we’re somewhere between tablet and PC, phone-style speed computing and an older, more old-fashioned computer. Chrome OS, which is Google’s browser-based, all-cloud operating system, tries to bridge the gap between a laptop and tablet with an OS that’s really just a fully-featured super-browser with a keyboard, storage and Webcam attached.

Partnering with Acer (and various other companies) Google brings you the Chromebook. These low cost devices, stripped down to the bare necessities – low-power processors, low-resolution screens and a minimum amount of memory and storage is a very affordable alternative to the super expensive laptops out there.

We got our hands on the Acer Chromebook C720P to see what all the fuss is about. (more…)

Google bringing ‘Designed for Families’ to Play Store

Published by on Apr 15th, 2015, No Comments

designed-for-families Google wants to make sure that finding family-friendly content is easier in Google Play with their latest program, Designed for Families. There are currently a number of developers who create family-oriented content, and Google wants to make sure that it is easy to find and download these apps and games. Developers who tailor their apps towards age-appropriate content, by optimizing the user interface and adding features that entertain and educate, will soon see their work promoted in the Play Store. (more…)

Chromebit turns your TV into a Chrome OS PC

Published by on Apr 1st, 2015, 1 Comment

Chromebit-mainGoogle and its PC OS has come along in leaps and bounds. The biggest challenge for Chrome OS is to get itself noticed. Google has partnered up with various PC manufacturers to push the their Chrome OS (i.e. the ASUS Chromebook range – watch out for our upcoming review!).

Now though Google has taken it a step beyond the laptop and even their Chromecast product. Their latest HDMI dongle, called the Chromebit, will turn any TV with an HDMI jack into a full-fledged Chrome OS PC. (more…)

Google to open Google Now API to all apps

Published by on Mar 16th, 2015, No Comments

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In early January this year, Google initiated a pilot program to allow 40 select apps and services to integrate with the company’s Google Now digital assistant, which is available on Android smartphones on tablets. At South By Southwest (SXSW) this weekend, the company announced that it would soon be opening its Now API to any app developers which are interested.

This will ultimately enable any app to present cards and information within Google Now, and sync information across any devices using the service. This includes not only smartphones and tablets, but alerts present in Google’s own internet browser, Chrome.

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Google sends their Street View cameras on a zipline through the Amazon

Published by on Mar 6th, 2015, 1 Comment

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Not many of us will have the opportunity in to experience the immense beauty of the Amazon rainforest in our lifetime. While it may be a tick on the bucket list for many, the reality is that it might not ever happen.

Luckily, there is one way that you can, sort of, experience the wonder, all in the comfort of your own home, thanks to a little thing called Google Street View.

Google Street View is an amazing tool that allows you to explore various places on Earth, virtually. Sure, you’re not there in person, but it’s as close as you will get to the real deal. (more…)

Apple, Google and others cough up $415 million in employee poaching scandal

Published by on Mar 5th, 2015, No Comments

Employee_lawsuitThe technology industry is a cut throat world where everyone needs to have an edge to stay ahead. Over the past 5 years the big tech companies have had many a court battle where they accused each other of patent infringement, competition law breaking and various other legal skirmishes. Now though it seems like they are facing an attack from a different source, their own employees. (more…)

Inside Project Loon: Google’s ambitious internet balloon project (video)

Published by on Mar 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Google’s aerial ambitions are becoming larger every year and continuing unabated. The last time Google decided to speak publicly about its fleet of internet-beaming Project Loon balloons, they could languidly hang in the atmosphere for about 100 days, but that is up to more than 6 months now.

That’s not a bad stretch considering these things can now deliver LTE data speeds to devices on the ground, but Google’s got these things running even better than before. (more…)

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