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Google, Audi to Announce Partnership at CES – Bringing Android to Cars

David Smothers December 30, 2013

According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, next week’s CES should be big not just for small consumer electronics, but for the automobile industry as well. Google and Audi are reported to be teaming up, set to unveil a new partnership and platform to bring the Android mobile OS to vehicles worldwide. With Android… Continue Reading »

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Hyetis Crossbow: A $1,200 Smartwatch With 41MP Camera

David Smothers November 11, 2013

While we are waiting anxiously to know all about the smartwatches that are coming from Samsung, Google and Apple, an impressive wearable tech has just been revealed. Say hello to the Hyetis Crossbow. The Swiss-made smartwatch features a 41-megapixel camera, the same one on the Lumia 1020 as you probably know, and a ring flash… Continue Reading »

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How the Nexus 5 Compares to Its Toughest Smartphone Competition

David Smothers October 31, 2013

Finally, the long-awaited Nexus 5 has arrived in the form of 5 inches of pure, unfiltered Android just the way Google always intended. That all sounds nice, but as Google’s flagship response to other big dogs like the iPhone 5S and Lumia 1020, does the refreshed Nexus have the specs to keep up with the… Continue Reading »

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Handwritten Translations Now Available In Google Translate 2.0

David Smothers September 20, 2013

When it comes to translating on-the-go, fumbling with a dictionary or an electronic translator can waste time and energy. That’s why the new handwriting feature added in the just-released Google Translate 2.0 update will prove indispensably useful to anyone who needs a quick translation. The app, which is currently only available for the iPhone, iPad… Continue Reading »

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Eric Schmidt Says Government Surveillance Is Just Part of Our Society

David Smothers September 14, 2013

Since the whole PRISM thing blew up, and dozens of other Snowden revelations followed it, there’s been a lot of talk about government spying—foreign stuff and domestic survellience—and what these revelations mean. According to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, not much; this is just part of our society now. In an event hosted by the… Continue Reading »

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Android passes a billion activations; next version will be KitKat

David Smothers September 6, 2013

Sundar Pichai took to Google+ just a few minutes ago and revealed a big milestone, along with the apparently well-kept secret that is the name for the next version of Android. As the headline reads, Android has now passed a billion activations. This comes just a little over three months after they hit the 900… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft buys Nokia Cell Phone Devision: Look Out Competition

David Smothers September 2, 2013

Forget open systems, an Android-powered world, and possibly the entire concept of hardware partners. Microsoft just subscribed wholeheartedly to the Apple model of vertically integrated software and hardware. So is end-to-end the end of platforms? Remember when Apple lived and died by vertically integrated software and hardware, while Google and Microsoft stood their philosophical ground… Continue Reading »

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Stream Everything To Your Chromecast With This Clever Workaround

David Smothers August 11, 2013

People are greedy. We just are. What we want is all the content. All the content streaming to our Chromecasts. And as the dog days of summer have slowly ticked by Vimeo, Redbox Instant and Hulu have been the main streaming services to promise apps for our precious little dongles. Which is great, but we… Continue Reading »

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You’d Be Crazy Not to Buy Google Chromecast

David Smothers July 24, 2013

Google’s relationship with television is spotty, at best. Google TV, whether as a set-top box or as a built-in product, has been an ongoing punchline. It didn’t even sell television shows in the Play Store until a year ago. But Chromecast is different. It’s Google’s cross-platform answer to AirPlay, a video-friendly dongle that fits snuggly… Continue Reading »

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Tested In-Depth: Google Glass Explorer Edition

David Smothers June 29, 2013

Will and Norm show off the new Google Glass Explorer Edition to explain exactly how it works, what you can do with it, and what the experience is like wearing the augmented reality headgear in public places. Turns out, you get a lot of stares. And what about wearing Glass in a public bathroom? We’ve… Continue Reading »

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