Google exploring paths to tap into the kids market

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A new report from The Information says Google is working to expand some of their services so that they can tap into the market of children under the age of 13. Currently Google’s terms of services forbid users under the age of 13. However, Google apparently wants to allow some access to their services for children in that demographic, subject to appropriate restrictions and in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Similar to other online services that allow young users to setup accounts, Google’s new offerings would require parental authorization.
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Afterlight, a photography editing app, now available in Play Store following iOS success

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There are many options when it comes to editing a photograph on a mobile device. You can go with an all-in-one like Instagram that is an editor and social network. Or you can use the bundled editing features shipped with your device. But there are standalone editing applications becoming increasingly popular due to the options set and the lack of social network features. The newest photography editor is Afterlight, making the move to Android after a successful tenure on iOS.

Simplicity with an impressive amount of tools, filters, and texures is the focus for Afterlight. There are fifteen tools to adjust an image. For filters, Afterlight has fifty nine and some of which are borrowed from other platforms. And there are sixty six textures to keep things different. Once you edit an image, you can always share it with other apps. Afterlight is $0.99 and the amount of features really justify its small price.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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Google Search will now listen for multiple languages at the same time

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For multilingual folks, using Google Search can be a little bit of a hassle. The voice search feature would only support a single language at any given time. If another language was necessary, they would have to go through the settings and change the default language. Google has realized that one language at a time is not practical and has opened up the amount of simultaneous language support. Now, a user can have Google Search prepared to listen to five languages all at once. You can change languages in the middle of a search and it will still return accurate results (to the best of its ability).

Via: Android Police

Glympse adds support for Pebble smartwatches

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Hey Pebble wearers, listen up!! Glympse, the best damn location sharing app, is now available in the Pebble Appstore. Now you can quickly and easily share your location and ETA with your friends and family from your Pebble watch. It will only take a few taps, and you can leave your phone in your pocket. You can also increase the sharing expiration time in 15-minute increments from your watch if you run into some traffic.

You will need the Glympse app on your Android phone (iOS users too), which you should already have. If you don’t, you can hit the break below for download links. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to setup favorite Glympses for those friends and family that you regularly share with. This will make it that much quicker when initiating a Glympse from your Pebble. To get Glympse working on your Pebble, just download it from the Pebble Appstore.


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HTC’s Zoe (Beta) hits the Play Store, works with all Android 4.4 devices

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Earlier this week, HTC announced that its proprietary software would launch in the Play Store for other Android devices. The company’s first application part of this new strategy is now available to download. Zoe is an app that can put together highlight videos based on the content captured with your device. It works with both photographs and videos to produce the final product. Users sign in with a Google, Facebook, or HTC account.

Zoe can serve two purposes. It has editing features to enhance your highlight reel. There are filters and users can attach a soundtrack. Then there is the social aspect. A profile contains a users content and others can like and comment on it. Also, content can be shared to other social networks. There is an option to choose who can see what on your profile. The entire app is in beta and the first full version will not arrive until sometime this fall. Because of this, HTC is open to any feedback in order to improve Zoe.

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Google Sheets gets trendlines and allows users to move charts to other spreadsheets

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The Google Drive suite keeps getting more and more productive. Today, Google is introducing two new features focusing on Sheets. Users can implement a trendline after inputting data and composing a graph. If you are having a hard time getting a trendline to appear, Google has supplied a support page with directions. There are options to tailor trendlines to your specific needs, so do not feel restricted to a single design. The other feature that Google has brought to Sheets is the ability to move charts around. By copy and pasting a chart, you can relocate it to another spreadsheet.

Source: Google Drive (Google+)

Google Now adds Field Trip cards

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Here’s something that probably should have been implemented from the get go. Remember Field Trip? Yup, that’s the app from Niantic Labs that was sort of like a virtual tour guide. It tells you when you’re near something interesting, and of course provide more details.

Well it looks like Google Now is implementing Field Trip. You should start seeing cards titled “Nearby Discoveries” with these hidden treats. So now you can learn about the local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun.

If you never tried Field Trip, hit the break for download links.


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Google may be working on a smart assistant for enterprise with HP

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Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.

The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
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