ARM Chromebook users get ability to upload music to Google Play Music

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Google has released an update to their Google Play Music for Chrome app that enables uploading of music to Google Play Music from ARM chip powered Chromebooks. When Google added the ability for users to upload their music to their Google Play Music library using the Chrome brower last year, they inexplicably did not enable the feature on Chromebooks that were powered by ARM chips, only those powered by Intel chips. This left a lot of users out in the cold.

In order to use the new feature, users have to install the Google Play Music app from the Chrome Web Store. Once installed, users can head over to https://play.google.com/music and use the “Add Music” button to upload their music to the cloud.

source: +François Beaufort

It’s all about the size: Apple’s iOS bests Google’s Android for the first time since 2012

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Remember that article I wrote shortly after Apple announced new and bigger iPhones? I asked if there was a compelling reason to buy an Android phone now that the iPhone 6 sports a larger display? To me there is still a compelling reason, but I’m not the mainstream. The people have spoken. All those iPhone faithful who said size doesn’t matter apparently lied right to our faces. Apple has enjoyed considerable success since upgrading screen sizes and the numbers prove it.


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Google Now issuing mortgage and financial advice with latest update

google now mortgage financeGoogle Now has been working on bringing new features and services into the app, and the latest update brings in a unique feature that will be useful for anyone looking into buying a house in the future.

You can ask Google Now how much you can borrow, based on percents and monthly payments, to pull up a mortgage calculator. You can fine tune values in this calculator to figure out what monthly payments will be depending on how much a house would cost, which saves you from having to download an extra app from the Play Store or to sit down and spend an hour figuring it out on your own. Definitely a useful trick.
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Google working on service to compete with Uber

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The app-based transportation network field is not too crowded but competition is present. Uber and Lyft have been fighting atop the market for sole supremacy. The only issue is that Google has an interest in being involved. The company, according to Bloomberg Business, is developing an app-based transportation network of its own. The service would likely launch alongside the existing driverless car project.


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Google releases Project Tango from ATAP

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Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are “transitioning” Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.
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Google Earth Pro features are now free for everyone

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The annual subscription fee of $399 for Google Earth Pro is gone. This morning, Google announced the the subscription to access Google Earth Pro features would be folded and activated for all users. The uses for Google Earth Pro vary from planning an office building to taking a trip into the mountains. So, yes, Google Earth Pro is pretty capable. It can also record high definition video around the globe and take precise radius and area measurements.

The following must be done to use Google Earth Pro for free:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Wait for Google to email the free license key to you.
  3. Download Google Earth Pro.
  4. Enter the license key.

Source: Google Lat Long

Factory images of Android 5.0.2 available for Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

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Owners of the Nexus 7 (2012) GSM and Nexus 7 (2013) LTE can get their hands on Android 5.0.2 immediately. Google has posted the factory images for the latest version of Android for those two tablets. Prior to the update, the software on the tablets was Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P). This version goes by LRX22G. The update arrived on other devices in mid-December and includes general fixes and minor changes.

Click here for directions on how to manually install the Android 5.0.2 update.

Source: Google Developers