Highlights from Google I/O 2015 day two

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Now that Google’s developer conference is over, I pause to reflect on how many wild ideas get turned into a reality thanks to the company’s policy of allowing its employees to just try new things. With Android Auto starting to hit the streets, self-driving cars in the works, and Android Pay poised to make shopping easier, […]

What is Android Pay and how will it work?

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At Google I/O 2015, the company announced a new payment system that will integrate with users’ mobile devices. Android Pay will make it possible for you to buy goods both online and in-person simply by having your Android device nearby. During a panel discussion, Google also let us in on a project currently in development; […]

Android M includes native file browser for USB flash drives

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Want to use a USB flash drive with your Android phone or tablet? Plenty of Android devices can recognize a flash drive… but since Android doesn’t have a built-in file browser, up until now you’ve needed to use a third-party app to actually explore the flash drive. Google’s changing that with Android M. Now when you insert […]

Google’s Project Vault is a security system on a microSD card

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Google’s ATAP team has unveiled a device that looks like an ordinary microSD card. But Project Vault is actually a tiny computer that can add security features to just about any phone, tablet, or computer, allowing you to protect important files and communication. Well, almost any of those devices… it’s a little funny that Google […]

Google Project Soli: Tiny radar brings gesture support to wearables

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Smartwatches and other wearable devices promise to deliver info-at-a-glance on a tiny display. But that small screen can be hard to interact with. So Google is looking for new ways to control wearable devices and other products that don’t involve touching a screen. Project Soli is one an experimental project to use radar technology to […]

Deals of the Day (5-29-2015)

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The Google Nexus 10 tablet features a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, an ARM Cortex-A15 processor, and Android software with updates delivered straight from Google. That said, it may be nearing the end of its official lifespan. Google doesn’t sell this 10 inch tablet anymore and the company didn’t release a developer preview of Android […]

Android M has a hidden multi-window mode

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It looks like Google may plan to bring multi-window support to Android. This would let you see more than one app on the screen at the same time. For example you could watch a video while surfing the web. Google hasn’t publicly said anything about the feature yet, but it turns out there’s experimental support […]

Zotac ZBOX CI521 nano is a mini PC with Intel Core M Broadwell

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Zotac introduced a line of tiny desktop computers with low-power processors and fanless designs about a year ago. Now the company is ready for round two. The new Zotac ZBOX CI521 nano is a fanless mini PC with an Intel Core M-5Y10c Broadwell processor. The little computer measures about 5″ x 5.” x 1.8″ and […]

Highlights from Google I/O 2015 day one

Google IO 2015

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 […]