Google and Lionsgate celebrate Mad Men’s last episode with an interactive web experience and free episode

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If you’ve been watching the TV program, Mad Men, then you probably already know that its last episode will air on Sunday, May 17th. To celebrate this, Google has teamed up with the show’s production company, Lionsgate, to showcase ‘The Mad Men Experience‘, an interactive website documenting the program’s characters, themes and storyline. You can relive some of your favourite moments from the program while taking in some of the behind-the-scenes action and interviews with the actors.

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Google’s self-driving vehicles have only been involved in 11 accidents over 6 years

Google self driving carGoogle’s self-driving cars are a big focus point for the company, but drivers and manufacturers alike are keeping their eyes on the safety of those autonomous vehicles. Fortunately for everyone (except maybe insurance companies) Google’s self-driving car program hasn’t caused any accidents over the 6 years and 1.7 million miles since it took to the road.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been any accidents where a Google car was involved, but none of the 11 recorded accidents were Google’s fault. To top that off, all 11 accidents that the self-driving cars were involved in were minor, so no one was injured. That’s pretty impressive, and seems far safer than what most human drivers can typically pull off. Read more

Android 5.1.1 OTA update and factory image now available to download and flash for the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi

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Google has finally pushed the Android 5.1.1 update to Nexus 9 Wi-Fi devices. The factory image was already posted and now we have the link to the official over-the-air update as well.

Flashing the OTA is probably your easiest method since you don’t have to lose your data. However, you need to make sure you are on Android 5.0.2 (version LRX22L) before you can do it. Android 5.0.2 was already pushed about a week or so ago, so if you won’t have it, you will need to flash that OTA update first. You can also opt for flashing the factory image, but you will lose your data if your Nexus 9 doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader.

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Google Play launches app pre-registration feature with Terminator Genisys: Revolution

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Being able to sign up for a product before it is actually available is not a new sales strategy and is actually used quite often in the smartphone industry. Google has been working to bring a similar strategy to their Play Store. For example, Avengers: Age of Ultron was made available for pre-order at the same time it hit theaters. Now Google is bringing this feature to the Apps portion of their marketplace. Read more

Google Search offering new ‘Place an order’ button for restaurants

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Google continues simplifying search for users around the world with the introduction of the ‘Place an order’ button. Searching for a nearby restaurant returns the usual amount of results, but this new button allows users to jump right into ordering. The ‘Place an order’ button has Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com integration. Having these services, with more on the way, sitting behind a single button means snappy (and happy) ordering.

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Sources say Google will give Android users more privacy controls

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Sources from Bloomberg are saying that Google is ready to give Android users more control over what data applications are allowed to access.

The Android operating system with give users more accessibility in that they have choices over what applications are allowed to access, people familiar with the matter said. A move to giving users more privacy controls would be excellent. After all, what game really needs access to your phone calls? And what texting app really needs access to your photos? It’s a big privacy concern for many Android users.

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Google runs into LinkedIn snag in effort to build new headquarters

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Earlier this year Google revealed some conceptual drawings and a video for a new headquarters it hoped to build in Mountain View. The concepts came out when Google filed documents with the Mountain View City Council. The tech behemoth has run into a snag though as a council vote awarded the bulk of the development space to LinkedIn instead of Google. The portion of the 2.2 million square foot space that is left for Google to use would leave space for just one of the four buildings the company had planned to eventually construct. Read more