Google Drive offers tips to simplify the holiday craziness

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The holidays are hectic for everyone because there is so much do to in a short amount of time. Luckily, Google shows that everything can be simplified with the range of products underneath the Drive umbrella. Sending out those holiday cards is organized with Forms because of the text fields for information. With the Avery Label Merge add-on, you can take addresses from Sheets and port them into a template in Docs to create holiday cards. For those very personal holiday letters, use Docs so that every member of the family can collaborate simultaneously. And take advantage of Slides so that everyone can make a wishlist presentation with unique styles.

Google Drive can do a lot professionally, and now it can do a lot for the holidays.

Source: Google Drive Blog

Google Play carrying Nexus 9 with LTE for $599

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Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.

The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.

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Google releases infographic about the top apps, games, and media of 2014 on Google Play [Infographic]

google-play-logoWith 2014 winding to a close, Google is recapping everything that’s happened on Google Play over the year. They’ve posted up an infographic detailing the top apps, games, and media that we’ve been downloading for the past 12 months, and some of the info might surprise you.

It’s not hard to guess that Facebook was the most downloaded social app on the Play Store, and it makes sense that health and fitness apps saw the most growth thanks to the surge in wearable fitness trackers and software from major OEMs promoting an active lifestyle. Some things might surprise you, though. For the full graphic, hit the link below and let us know what you think about what we were downloading in 2014.

source: Official Android Blog

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Your friends can now stream to your Chromecast without using your Wi-Fi

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Google has just flipped a switch on the server side of its Chromecast mobile application, which now furnishes your family and friends with the ability to easily cast videos to your streaming dongle by way of the new “guest mode” feature. This latest functionality allows anyone in the room with an Android device to access your Chromecast — even if they’re not connected to your Wi-Fi network.


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Chromecast app now sports Material Design, Android 4.4.2+ devices get Cast Screen beta

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On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.

Hit the break for download links.


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Android 5.0.1 OTA update for Nexus 6 now available to download, here’s how to install it

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Earlier today, Google started pushing the Android 5.0.1 update to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 6. Of course, it’s likely to take a few weeks for all devices to receive the over-the-air (OTA) update.

We have good news for those that just can’t wait a minute more. You can download the OTA Zip file and manually update your Nexus 6 without losing any of your data.

Just follow our step-by-step guide. If you already know what you’re doing, we have the download link below.

Nexus 6 (shamu) From LRX21O to LRX22C (5.0.1)