Highlights from Google I/O 2015 day one

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Google is holding its annual developer conference this week, and I was one of the lucky thousands of Google I/O attendees that made it into the Keynote on the first day of the developer conference. There were so many things revealed that it was difficult to keep track. Throughout the day, I scrambled from one […]

Google Chromecast gets its game on

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Google’s Chromecast is a $35 device that you plug into the HDMI port of a TV to stream music, video, or other content from the internet. But that’s not all you can do with a Chromecast. Last year Google added support for some video games which let you use your phone or tablet as a […]

What’s new in Android M?

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Google’s next version of Android is set to launch in the third quarter of 2015. That’s when Google will release the software to the public and release the source code so that phone and tablet makers can bring the update to their users. But developers and early adopters can try an early version. Google released […]

Google Play gets new family-friendly features (video)

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Google is making it easier to find Android apps, games, videos, and other content that you’d feel comfortable letting your kids use. The Google Play Store now has a Family button for Apps, Games, and Movies & TV sections and a Children’s Books section in the Books area. Parents can also use updated controls to […]

Google Maps to support offline navigation

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Google Maps for Android already lets you download maps to view later, even when you don’t have an internet connection. But right now offline Maps have limited functionality. Later this year Google plans to roll out an update that lets you download a map for a region and then search for places and even get […]

Google Photos offers unlimited photo and video storage

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Google is launching a new service for managing, storing, and sharing your photos and videos. It’s called Google Photos and if it looks familiar, that’s because it’s the evolution of the Photos portion of Google Plus. But you don’t need a Google+ account to use the new service… and you don’t need to pay. Google Photos […]

Google unveils Brillo, an operating system for Internet of Things

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As expected, Google is developing an operating system for the Internet of Things. It’s called Brillo, and it’s based on Google Android, but Brillo is designed for simple devices like connected light bulbs, refrigerators, thermostats, and ovens. Brillo will be available as a developer preview in the third quarter of 2015, and Google plans to […]

Google introduces Android M Developer Preview

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Google is introducing the next version of Android, code-named Android M. The company will be making an Android M developer preview available today for the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. A public launch of the operating system will be available later this year. Update: The Android M Developer Preview and SDK […]

HBO Now is coming to Android, Android TV, and Chromecast

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Google has announced that HBO’s subscription-based streaming video service is coming to Google Play. That means subscribers will be able to watch HBO content on an Android phone or tablet, on Android TV, or on any TV with a Google Chromecast. Speaking of Chromecast, Google has revealed that it’s sold 17 million units of the $35 […]

Deals of the Day (5-28-2015)

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Want a relatively inexpensive Microsoft Surface tablet? Microsoft sells the new Surface 3 for $499 and up. It has 10.8 inch, full HD display, an Intel Atom x7 processor, and support for an optional Surface Pen or Type Cover. But if you’ve got a little more money to spare you can buy a refurbished Surface Pro […]