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Google gives NGO’s real-time satellite data for free

Published by on Oct 28th, 2014, No Comments

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A couple of the acquisitions Google has made over the last 5 years have yet to be revealed to the market in any consumable form as most companies were bought to integrate its patent arsenal or use its intellectual expertise. But this isn’t true of Skybox, a satellite startup that Google acquired earlier this year. (more…)

Google updates email with the launch of Inbox (video)

Published by on Oct 23rd, 2014, No Comments

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It’s somewhat unnerving to think that Gmail is over ten years old, but it is. The service spread like wildfire and Google boasts billions of active accounts around the world. But now, Google is taking a fresh look at the emailing services available to users, and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences, called Inbox by Gmail. (more…)

Gmail to become all-encompassing email app?

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, 1 Comment

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The application Google created for their Gmail service is already extremely simple and easy to use, and great at linking multiple Gmail accounts (especially on Android). With a new version of the app on the horizon, we weren’t quite sure what we could expect in terms of new functionality. (more…)

The Science of Talking to Computers (video)

Published by on Oct 21st, 2014, No Comments

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It is quite staggering how quickly computing has evolved. It has changed almost every part of our lives, from the mundane to extremely exciting.

Voice recognition and communicating with computers have been staples of science fiction for many years, but it turns out that it is actually one of the harder things to do with a computer. In part, because language is extremely complicated when it comes down to the mathematics, it is much more difficult to teach a computer to speak to you than it is to play chess (and very well), for example. (more…)

Google announces the new Nexus 9 tablet

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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It’s great to see HTC back in the Nexus line, and this time they have built the tablet Nexus, which hasn’t seen an upgrade in three years.

As was widely expected, we’re looking at a larger, squarer design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centred on the front of the display. There’s a microUSB port on the bottom for charging. (more…)

Android 5.0 is official and called Lollipop

Published by on Oct 16th, 2014, No Comments

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Yes, today is all about the big G. Not only do we have two new Nexus devices, but we also have the official release of Android 5.0 or ‘L’, which is now officially called Android Lollipop.

Summing up the new Android release, which includes some 5,000 new APIs and the new Material Design visual style, Google describes Lollipop as an OS for interacting with a bunch of different screens — from phones and tablets to set-top boxes and wearables. (more…)

Nexus 6 goes official: newest stock Android superphone

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, 6 Comments

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We don’t use the word ‘superphone’ lightly. We’ve only used the term on the highest of high end devices, and never on the Nexus line of stock Android devices.

After months of speculation and rumours, debates and leaks, to and fro in the tech community, Google has finally taken the warps of the Nexus 6, a Motorola built phone this time around. A big change for the brand, this year the Nexus 6 is a full on phablet, a 5.9-inch behemoth. (more…)

This is the Nexus 6: a 5.9-inch phablet

Published by on Oct 15th, 2014, No Comments

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We are probably only a couple of hours away from seeing the latest Google Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6. It might not be what we were all hoping for in terms of the form factor, but we are excited to see what Google intends to do with a screen this large.

Unfortunately, all we see here is a pretty regular looking phone – a design language we’ve come to expect from Google Nexus devices. (more…)

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