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Google launches Camera app to the Play Store

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Google has just launched its own camera app in the Play Store, which it simply called Google Camera. It looks somewhat different than what you might find on a Google Nexus, and is available for any device running Android 4.4 KitKat (which admittedly, is still only a few). (more…)

Top smartphone manufacturers sign anti-phone theft pledge

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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The crackdown on smartphone theft has jumped another level after some of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, as well as cellular carriers, signed a new pledge to combat this ever increasing problem.

The new pledge stipulates that companies who have signed, now pledge to help make it harder for thieves to steal smartphones by means of ‘kill switch’ applications.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, HTC, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Huawei have all agreed to build their smartphones in a way in which it would be difficult for a thief to do anything with a smartphone once the so-called ‘kill switch’ has been engaged.

The idea is that the companies will make it possible for every smartphone user to remotely block and wipe their phones, should it be stolen. This will then in turn speed up the process of blocking your phone and rendering the device ‘unusable’ to the criminal. (more…)

Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara Developer’s Conference (video)

Published by on Apr 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yesterday was day one of the Project Ara developers conference.

Imagine having a smartphone with modules that can all be swopped and replaced, allowing you to upgrade certain parts of your phone at will. You would be able to concentrate on what you find important in your device. If you like photography, install a better camera module; if you prefer more storage for all your music and apps you can rather include that. The concept is called Phonebloks.

This concept brought on Project Ara, which Google took control of after buying Motorola. Google are completely transparent with this idea, and has started with a developer’s conference to get as many people on board as early as possible. Check out their progress below: (more…)

Google beat Facebook to the punch in Titan Aerospace acquisition

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Last month we caught wind that Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet to more people around the world. The company’s solar drones would be able to stay in the air for years at a time and deliver satellite internet from above.

Google has beaten Facebook to the punch, though. Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace and according to the Wall Street Journal Mountain View hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which would have been a direct competitor to the solar drones.

Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta. Check out the official press release from Titan Aerospace: (more…)

Google’s Project Ara modular phone update (video)

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

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Even though Google quickly sold Motorola after making the acquisition a couple of years ago, they have kept some very important parts of the business. One is of course all the patents the company brought with it, and the other is what Motorola called Project Ara – the ‘build-your-own-phone’ project set to come to market relatively soon.

It spawned from what was something called Phonebloks, and Google are now calling it Project Ara by Phonebloks. They aren’t leaving us completely in the dark, though. Check out their update of where the project is and will be going below: (more…)

Google wants Android TV to simplify your entertainment

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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In the past couple of years we have been hearing rumours of possible Google TV launches, but none ever came to fruition. It seems that Google has completely moved away from that concept, now starting talk about what they call Android TV.

The Verge have reportedly found documents revealing a new Android TV release with a more conventional living room interface. The new OS would rely on a simplified card layout centred on accessing content quickly. (more…)

‘Search nearby’ comes back to Google Maps

Published by on Apr 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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Last month I tried to use the very handy ‘search nearby’ command in Google Maps just to find that it doesn’t work anymore. It turned out this was because of Google Maps being completely redesigned. Luckily, that great feature is now back and works in the new design of Maps. (more…)

Google Maps parody, ‘Google Naps’, shows you the best places to nap

Published by on Mar 31st, 2014, No Comments

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Sometimes you just feel like having a nap. Especially when you’re traveling the world and doing all sorts of exhausting, tourist things. The only problem is, how would you know where the best place is to have a nap in a foreign country? Well, that’s where Google Naps come in to the picture.

Google Naps is a parody of the popular Google Maps, and, basically, shows you the best places to take a nap all around the world.

The service has exactly the same interface as Google Maps – with beacons place on the map showing you where the best place would be to get some shut eye. However, these places are not hotels or guest houses, but rather public places that will be adequate for a quick power nap.

The areas marked as nap spots are usually public areas with soft grass or benches. (more…)

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