Google+ might be killed off after Vic Gundotra’s departure

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Earlier today, Vic Gundotra left Google. Gundotra’s primary responsibility within the company was their (in)famous social network, Google+. Now that he’s leaving the company, many are wondering what’s going to happen to G+ in the coming months, and while no one has a crystal clear answer, sources are confirming that the social network is going to see some drastic changes and cutbacks.

The biggest change is that Google will stop considering G+ as a product, but instead as a platform. This means Google won’t be trying to compete with networks like Twitter, but will instead use the social network as a launching point for other products. A Google spokesperson denied those claims, but according to some other sources, Google is shuffling around teams away from Google+, so that denial may not hold much water. » Read the rest

Google testing a mobile UI redesign called LEGO

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Google is apparently testing a mobile UI redesign called LEGO, which is essentially a sandbox for mobile search. The UI looks a little different than it does now, but what really stands out is the new super smooth animations.

It’s possible to access the redesign here on mobile, but Google may or may not block it soon. Also, since this is an experiment there’s debug data in the image searches , and it’s suggested that you append “bacon” to your searches. It’s also a little buggy, so keep that in mind. Hit the break for a video showing the new UI!

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Google says Glass store opening is only temporary

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Since users discovered earlier today that orders for Google Glass could be placed at the Glass store without an invite, similar to the one-day sale they had last week, folks have been scrambling to figure out whether this was an official move by Google to open sales up to the general public instead of a limited program for approved invitees. Google has now issued a statement indicating: » Read the rest

[Breaking] Vic Gundotra is leaving Google

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After almost 8 years with Google, Vic Gundotra is leaving the company. Vic’s position was Senior Vice President for Social at Google ,and he led the creation and rise of Google+.

In a Google+ post, Vic said……

Today I’m announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years. I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else.

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Google opens Glass orders to the public, price remains at $1500 [Updated]

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Only a few days after their one-day public sale of Google Glass, Google has now opened the Glass store for public orders of the Explorer Edition without an invite being necessary. Like the one day sale, Glass is available in a choice of five colors, including the Cotton color that appeared to sell out during the one-day event. In addition, buyers can still get a lightweight titanium frame or a set of shades thrown for free with their order. The other thing that has not changed is the price which remains at $1500.

If you missed the one day sale and have not been able to get an invite and you are ready to place your order to join the Explorer program, just hit the source link below. You may note though that Google has not released any word as to whether this is an official move on their part to open the program up to the public or if it is some glitch in their system. So you may not want to hesitate.

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50GB Google Drive offer on AT&T HTC One M8 down because of glitch

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HTC‘s Advantage program has a number of great selling points, including the free Google Drive space that you get with it. HTC has just posted a message on the Advantage website alerting customers to a bug with the AT&T HTC One (M8) Google Drive deal.

The message states the issue as being a “minor technical error”, and there’s really no other details except that HTC is working on fixing it. We don’t really know who exactly is to blame, but the feature will reportedly be back up in mid-May. To see the notice for yourself hit the source link below, and then click on “AT&T HTC One (M8) ALERT” under the free storage column.

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Google Maps now lets you look at old Street View collections

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Ever wonder what the Freedom Tower in New York City looked like while it was being constructed? Now you can take a look at that and more famous locations with Google Maps’ Street View. Google announced today that Street View will give users a look back at “historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.”

All you have to do is open Google Maps and some locations will feature these collections. Others include the construction of a 2014 FIFA World Cup stadium in Brazil and the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan compared to just before.

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Google ‘Stars’ being tested with Chrome, allows favoriting URLs and more

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On the web, you generally do not want to bookmark everything you see. Bookmarking is typically reserved for sites that you frequently visit or sites that you need on-hand for a task. However, there is nothing to favorite a link and have it stored in case you want to go back to it for whatever reason. I understand that you can technically “favorite” something as a bookmark, but the function basically ends there. And that is where Google Stars would come in. » Read the rest

Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

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A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices. » Read the rest

Google hosting Spring Google Play sale on several premium games

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Google is hosting a big sale on some popular games on the Play Store right now, offering top titles at a pretty big discount. Games like Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, Need for Speed, and 10000000 are on sale for a buck, and others like NBA 2k14 have dipped to around 3 dollars.

If you’ve been itching for a new game to play on your commute in the mornings, hit the link below to take advantage of the deals.

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