GPU benchmarking company drawElements purchased by Google

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drawElements is a startup company that offers many GPU benchmarking and compiler tools, and it’s also the latest company to be scooped up by Google. While Google doesn’t really have much need for an individual benchmarking application, drawElements carved out a name for itself by offering a very close look at hardware compatibility and optimization. By joining a company like Google, there’s a pretty good chance they can use the tech to improve GPU compatibility in Android across different kinds of hardware. » Read the rest

Google Maps gets new Explore feature to help you find points of interest nearby

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In addition to getting new ad extensions, Google Maps is getting a brand new Explore feature that’s going to make finding new locations and points of interest even easier.

Tapping the new Explore button at the bottom of Google Maps opens up a pane that displays different kinds of places to visit in your general location. After confirming your location, you can specify how close you’d like recommendations to be (within 10 minutes walking distance or 20 minutes driving distance, for example) and what time of day you’re interested in going, and Google populates the results based on that information. This keeps the feature from suggesting you head to a breakfast spot at 8 at night, or from recommending driving locations when you’re out and about on foot for the day. » Read the rest

Google Maps now show ad extensions in search results

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Not too long ago, Google Search started returning results for eligible ads whenever you searched things like hotels or restaurants. These results quickly show you nearby and relevant locations, which is great if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat or go and need to see what’s in the area. Starting today, those ad extensions are also going to start showing up in Google Maps, too.

Whenever you search for any type of location, the results you see in Maps will show ads for businesses or places if applicable. Searching for a restaurant will show places to eat near you, and you’ll be able to quickly tap one and get directions to it. The implementation isn’t intrusive, so it’s a very welcome addition to make navigating and finding places much more convenient.

source: Google Plus

Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

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Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters and channels right from the home screen, and the ability to chat with other users and streamers.

If you regularly use Twitch on your device, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this update. Hit the link below for the download. » Read the rest

OnePlus giving out 5000 invites in a “Blizzard of Invites”

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OnePlus has officially announced their bamboo style cover, and to celebrate, they’re running a “Blizzard of Invites” contest to give away 5,000 invites for people to get their hands on a OnePlus One. In addition to the 5,000 invites, 10 winners are also going to be getting a free bamboo style cover for their new device. For the rest of us, the new style cover will be begin shipping at the end of August.

To enter, you simply need to head over to the OnePlus forum page, follow a registration link with either an email address or your Facebook account, and sign up. Pretty simple. The contest will run for 24 hours, and winners will be announced within three days of the end of the contest. If you’re interested, hit the link below.

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Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

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Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.

If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

source: evleaks

AT&T LG G3 only supports PMA wireless charging, no Qi charging available

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AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers. » Read the rest

Samsung will launch an LTE-capable Galaxy S 5 in India later this year

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In India, Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 has lacked any type of LTE support, primarily because of Samsung using their in-house Exynos processors in the device instead of Qualcomm’s LTE-capable Snapdragon chips. While other manufacturers have launched smartphones that support India’s relatively small LTE market, Samsung has lagged behind the competition. That might change by the end of the year, however. » Read the rest

Google working on fixing laptop battery drain bug in Chrome

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A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks. » Read the rest