Google will give you and your friend $5 when you introduce them to Wallet

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Google has just launched a new promotion for all Wallet users in the US. The search engine giant is offering to give both you and a friend $5 each in your Wallet Balance when you introduce your pal to the service. All you have to do is send a sum of money, which could be as little as “a penny,” to a buddy who doesn’t have a Google Wallet Balance yet, then when they claim the funds, you’ll each receive $5 free credit within 3 working days.

Hit the break for the full list of terms and conditions.


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WhatsApp now has end-to-end encryption, at least on Android

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The most popular messaging platform is getting better today. The update to the WhatsApp Android app now includes end-to-end encryption. Using open source code from Open Whisper Systems, even WhatsApp won’t have the ability to decrypt your messages.

Only the users will have access to the conversation, which means that law enforcement officials won’t be able to force WhatsApp to share your messages since they won’t have access to it.


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Google encourages developers to use the newer Saved Games feature (Snapshots) instead of AppState

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Back in 2013, Google Play Games launched giving developers the ability to implement game saves using the AppState API. The API made it easier for developers in that they didn’t need their own server for the saves. However, it was limited to only 4 slots of 256k of data, which wasn’t enough for some games.

Google followed up with a new Saved Games feature that used Google Drive and gave developers 3 MB per game and unlimited slots. This was introduced a few months ago at Google I/O, but the older AppState continued to exist.


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Lollipop ‘Smart Lock’ now works with locations after Google Play Services 6.5

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Yesterday, Google announced Google Play Services 6.5 with a slew of new features, but it looks like there is at least one more hidden gem. Smart Lock is a new feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that already allows you to set certain Bluetooth devices (Trusted Devices), NFC stickers, or even your face as a way to bypass the security lock screen. So for example, if you set your Bluetooth headset as a trusted device, you won’t need to enter your security PIN if your phone is connected to it. That’s all good stuff, but Google didn’t include locations or WiFi networks with the initial launch of Lollipop. That’s changing with Play Services 6.5.


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Google Play Services version 6.5 updates Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit [Updated with APK Download]

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An update is rolling out now to Google Play Services, bringing new features to a slew of the company’s products. Maps, Drive, Wallet, and Fit are all involved in the version 6.5 update. On top of all of this, developers are being handed more control over the APIs utilized by an app.


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Google Keep gets new Material Design facelift and note sharing capabilities

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Google is currently in the process of pushing out an update for its official Keep application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the ability to share notes with others, together with a makeover that falls in line with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Kwikset launches Kevo beta app on Android

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The incredibly-popular Smart Lock startup, Kwikset Kevo, which is powered by Unikey, has finally brought its mobile app to Android. Customers in the United States can now register for an invite to join the “Kevo Beta Program for Lollipop.” Once installed, users will be able to remotely open and lock doors in their homes and offices from their smartphone and/or tablet.


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New York City adds Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks as “official” tools

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In a new post on the Google for Work blog, Hal Friedlander is given a guest spot to discuss the New York City Department of Education’s decision to add some Google tools to their official list of solutions available for teachers and students. Friedlander is the Chief Information Officer for the school system. The NYC Department of Education recently gave official approval to the use of Google Apps for Education and for the deployment of Chromebooks for use in the system.
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Uber and Spotify join forces to improve your ride with music

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Uber and Spotify have announced a new partnership to help make Uber rides even better. If you have a Spotify premium account and your Uber ride is enabled with Spotify music through their vehicle’s sound system, you can select the music to stream during your ride or even remotely control selections during the ride. The fun starts when you request an Uber ride. Look for a music bar in the Uber app when you get matched with an Uber ride. If present, you can tap on the music bar and choose a song or playlist from your Spotify account. When your ride starts, the music will start up on its own.
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