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Google Chromecast will use sound to connect nearby devices

Published by on Jun 27th, 2014, No Comments

chromecastChromecast made its debut in July of last year and since then the little multimedia streaming HDMI dongle has been a huge hit. It allows you to play audio/video content on a high-definition display by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network. Google now wants to make the Chromecast experience more social. Google will open up the device to everyone in the immediate vicinity of your living room, regardless of being connected to your Wi-Fi network. This announcement was made at Google’s I/O by Chromecast product manager Rishi Chandra. He stated that they will use a variety of different technologies to achieve their “social” Chromecast goal and one of them is quite cool… (more…)

Google’s Cardboard turns your Android device into a VR headset (cheaply)

Published by on Jun 26th, 2014, No Comments

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Facebook have spent a lot of money to buy Oculus VR, maker of the Rift, to bring you a virtual reality experience you will remember. Google has decided to go down a different route, though.

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Google surprises with Android One

Published by on Jun 26th, 2014, No Comments

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As the keynote from Google I/O started the whole conference room was abuzz as to what we would hear from Google VP Sundar Pichai. Not many people saw this coming, however.

After spouting Google’s user statistics for its Android OS – which has now hit 1 billion active users over a 30 day period – first big I/O announcement to make: the launch of Google’s Android One project.

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Google I/O 2014: What to Expect

Published by on Jun 25th, 2014, No Comments

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We’re all licking our fingers to the prospect of getting plenty of news, software, hardware and more from Google at their yearly conference, Google I/O. The key-note from the company will take place today, and we’ll be following all the goings-on with bated breath.

But what exactly are we waiting for? Here are our top predictions of things to expect from this year’s conference. (more…)

Google invests $50 million to encourage girls to code

Published by on Jun 24th, 2014, No Comments

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Boys like cars and tools and tech and girls like fashion and make up and shoes, right? Wrong. The tech industry has long been perceived to be for ‘boys only’, but a new initiative by Google is helping to change this archaic outlook.

When you think of computer coders, you primarily think of clever men in hoodies (thanks, Mark Zuckerberg) and this is partly due to the fact that it is true – computer engineers and coders are mainly male.

However, Google’s new project called ‘Made with Code’ aims at getting young girls interested in coding.

There is an inherent stigma behind coding; that is boring and only interesting for computer geeks. This is what ‘Made with Code’ is trying to abolish, by showing girls that coding is fun and that it can be used to make the things they love – from clever apps to movies.

The Made with Code launch event was held in New York City on Thursday night and was attended by hundreds of high school girls, ready to embrace the world of computer science.  (more…)

New Android version will enhance battery life and speed up apps

Published by on Jun 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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Android 4.4 KitKat was built with the single intention of allowing lower-end smartphones to work better than ever before, as Google’s mission was to get their services in as many people’s pockets as possible. Now it seems that Google will be focused on pushing the envelope even further with what we are suspecting will be called Android 4.5 (probably still KitKat), the new version to be released in this week. (more…)

Google edges closer to becoming “Big Brother”

Published by on Jun 23rd, 2014, No Comments

google_cameras_featureAfter a few weeks of on and off speculation it seems Google has purchased a home monitoring start-up company called “DropCam”. This follows a number of recent acquisitions by the search giant especially within the “monitoring” industry. The DropCam business will be incorporated into Google’s “Nest” division under the leadership of Matt Rogers. A lot of people within technology circles are concerned about Google’s recent purchase, especially taking into account DropCam’s motto: “Don’t be evil.” (more…)

Google to reveal answer to Apple’s CarPlay

Published by on Jun 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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We are extremely excited about Google I/O conference next week. Among other things, we are expecting the unveiling of Android Wear, Google’s version of its popular operating system for wearable devices such as smartwatches. But now we get word that they will also unveil their answer to Apple’s CarPlay, the operating system built into cars to allow immediate connectivity to an iOS device and all the apps on it.

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