Google News & Weather app gets redesigned for first time since Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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The Google News & Weather application has been bundled with stock Android for quite some time. While it can be considered useful, Google has left it relatively the same since the days of Android 2.3 Gingerbread back in 2011. Today, the Google News & Weather app has been completely redesigned to represent the company’s vision for the operating system and its design language.


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Google Chromecast regains Rootability

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Google had all but locked down its media-streaming device, the Google Chromecast, soon after its release, but if you’ve been waiting for root access to your device since then, your time has officially come. According to the XDA developers forum, developers GTVHacker, Team-Eureka, and fail0verflow have exploited a new vulnerability which allows root access to the current software build and new models.
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Lemon Meringue Pie looking likely as Android L nickname

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If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering what the new Android codename will be for the upcoming October release will be. We know it starts with L, will likely be 5.0, and will be the name of something sweet. As of right now, it seems like Lemon Meringue Pie fits the mold. According to Android Police, there are multiple sources in documentation and code that hint at the next release being referred to as such. The current preview builds are referred to as “lmp-preview-release” by the Android SDK. 
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Google Knowledge Vault will be presented next week as a massive information repository

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Google is on the verge of introducing something big. The company will present the Knowledge Vault that Google Research’s Kevin Murphy describes as “the largest repository of automatically extracted structured knowledge on the planet.” The Knowledge Vault, though, has much more depth to answer a question that requires much more depth and detail. It will use machine learning to pull information from across the internet. By being able to reach out for new content, the Knowledge Vault has the ability to remain updated on its own.


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Google acquires Gecko Design to integrate with research lab

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The Google X research lab will be getting help with a company experienced in product design. The product design firm is Gecko Design Inc., based in California’s Bay Area, and has worked in the past with companies including HP and FitBit. Gecko Design will be integrated into the research lab at Google to work on future products that are currently unannounced. The Google X research lab has been responsible for Glass, the driverless car, Project Loon, and contact lens that check for glucose levels.

The message above was left on Gecko Design’s site, praising past clients and thanking Google for its new opportunity.

Source: Bloomberg

Chrome Remote Desktop to get a recording option

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It looks like we will be getting a recording option very soon within the Chrome Remote Desktop for PCs and laptops. François Beaufort took to Google+ to announce that the Chromium team is adding it “as we speak.”

This could be very useful for those that want to create how to videos for friends and family, or even broadcasting to the world through YouTube.

How long till the update actually hits is anyone’s guess, but I can’t imagine it will be too long.

source: +François Beaufort

Google ordered to remove Secret from Play Store by Brazilian judge

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A Brazilian judge is demanding that Google remove the social networking app Secret from the Play Store and from all Brazilian phones that have the app installed.  This comes after multiple cases of bullying and harassment carried out through the popular app. While the ruling sounds a little extreme, Google has the power to remove the app from devices remotely, though they reserve such measures for malicious or harmful apps.


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Project Tango tablet gets torn down, shows some custom parts

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The folks over at iFixit have given the Project Tango tablet a teardown. With a device capable of 3D mapping, it is no surprise that the internal specifications are impressive. And by internal specifications being impressive, something like the processor being NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 clocked at 2.3GHz is not important. The amount of sensors to make the vital features possible is.


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YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

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There has been no doubt that YouTube is working on a music streaming service. In fact, it is expected by the end of this summer. It has faced a ton of speedbumps do to design faults and trouble with negotiations between record labels. Today, Android Police has uncovered YouTube Music Key. The launch of this new service would also include a rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key.


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