Google expanding beyond the computer screen to your TV screen

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At the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, Google’s president of global partnerships Daniel Alegre spoke at the closing general session about steps Google is taking to increase their involvement with the TV industry. This includes improvements to help viewers find shows they want to watch, changes to the DoubleClick ad platform to make it an effective option for TV, and even a little bit of help for content creators.

Google’s first 360 VR live-action film, ‘Help’, offers a glimpse into the future of cinematography

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In case you haven’t realized, 360-degree video is fast becoming a thing in 2016. Google launched 360-degree live video streaming and spatial audio to YouTube a couple of days ago, as well as its VR View platform that makes it easy for developers to embed VR content into websites and apps back in March. If you caught the trailer for its 360-degree short live-action film called Help on YouTube, then you may want to join us after the break to watch the full 5-minute video.

Play podcasts right in the Google app

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On Monday, podcasts went live on Google Play. Now your episodic listening habits can be satisfied by using the same digital hub that stores apps, games, movies, and music. But if you just want the quickest way possible to listen to podcasts, the Google app might just be your best avenue. Today, the Google app went live with in-app playback for podcasts after just searching the name of the show.

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Google improves handling of offline files Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Google Apps for Work allows an admin to specify which files users can save offline, but it’s currently not a fine-tuned experience. Enabling offline access simply downloads a subset of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to a local device, mostly based on how recently those files have been accessed. Not a terrible solution, but not great either.

Google Glass successor loses key team member

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Project Aura, the name given to the successor project for Google Glass and potentially other wearable technology, has lost a key member of the team. Geoff Dowd came on board last fall to head up the user experience design component of the project. A new report indicates that he departed Google in March, a mere five months into his tenure. Dowd joined Google and Project Aura after working for Adobe on their user interface team.

Here’s how 3D Touch could work on Android N

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The second Android N Developer Preview has been out for just a few days, and people keep noticing changes. We’ve already discovered new features like an extra quick toggle, new folders, shortcuts, and emoticons. With some further investigation, Phandroid was able to get an iPhone-like 3D touch feature working, that could let app developers set homescreen shortcuts for their apps.