Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can be embedded into sites

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Until today, only maps could be embedded into a site from Google Maps. Doing so provides visitors of a site with way to view a map and the surrounding area without having to open Google Maps in its entirety. Imagery from Street View and Photo Spheres can now be embedded into a site. This takes what was once an outside view to a hands on experience right from the ground level. It is so unbelievably simple to just take imagery for a link to be embedded elsewhere.

Google made this feature possible with the capabilities programmed into the Google Maps Embed API.

Source: Google Geo Developers Blog

YouTube releases invites to Music Key Beta

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Following up on the release of an update to the YouTube app on Android this week that added access to the new Music Key service, Google is now issuing invites for people to be part of a Beta of the paid version of the service. Although some thought Google Music All Access subscribers would be the first users to get invites to the Beta program, it appears Google is spreading the invites around to other YouTube users.
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Amazon releases Android apps for Echo and Fire TV

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For many of its services, Amazon keeps support limited to in-house devices. The upcoming Echo digital assistant and Fire TV Stick, though, have dedicated apps available in the Play Store. Amazon traditionally acknowledges Android as a whole much later to push its own hardware. Both apps introduced today act as remotes for each device.

The app used as a remote for Echo does everything a user can do with his or her voice. After all, Echo is a digital assistant controlled by voice commands. The Echo app shows everything that the hardware would respond with by voice. It will display weather information, music playback, and lists. Support for the Echo app is limited to just a handful of recent flagship devices.


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PayPal app officially released for Pebble smartwatches

pebble paypalPayPal makes an effort to keep its service available on just about every device out there, and Pebble’s smartwatch is the latest in a long list of phones, tablets, and other connected things. The app lets Pebble users check-in and punch in payment codes to pay for things at several retailers that accept PayPal. You’ll also get notifications for payments without having to check your phone.

This app means PayPal is available on nearly any smartwatch you can buy, including Samsung’s Gear offerings, Android Wear watches, and now the Pebble.

source: PayPal

Google releases Pie Noon, a simple game to show off the simplicity of making games for Android TV

pie noonGoogle has released a new game called Pie Noon, designed specifically to show off just how easy it is to create games for Android TV. The game is completely open-source and written in C++, and it supports all of the basics that Google wants to push with Android TV. It features multiplayer with up to 4 players, a single-player experience, dedicated touch controls, and Google Play Games leaderboards and services.
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Facebook Groups launches in the Play Store, keeping members together forever

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One of the more underrated features that Facebook has is Groups. It is a way to share content directly with the people that matter most (and are members of the same group). The social network has launched an application for Groups that is currently available in the Play Store. The Facebook Groups app greets users with their most frequently used groups. Of course, they can create their own with select people. Then control which have the ability to send notifications. Just like any social app, Facebook Groups has a Discover tab. It displays groups that may be appealing to a user.

If you would rather have everything in one place, continue using the primary Facebook app. There are no plans to pull Groups support from it.

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Amazon app updated with Android Wear support allowing purchases from your wrist

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It could not be any easier to make a purchase through Amazon. The company pushed an update to its Android application that introduced Android Wear support. Directly from an Android Wear-powered smartwatch, users can make purchases and add items to their Wish List. All of this is done with voice commands. To start, say “Start Amazon” to the device. This is for devices running Android 4.3 and above. Also supported with this update is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Finally, Amazon bundled in usual bug fixes and improvements.

What’s New:

  • Includes the Amazon app for Android Wear. Customers with Android 4.3 and above in the US with an Android Wear watch can use their voice to search, buy and save shopping ideas to their Wish List. Just say “Start Amazon” from your Wear watch.
  • Android Lollipop support,
  • Bug fixes and improvements.

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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.

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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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