I ditched Google, used Bing for a month and here’s what happened

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Google is synonymous with search engines to the point where it’s turned into a verb on its own. If you need to find something online, you Google it. That stranglehold on the search engine market helps Google maintain their 70% hold on internet searches, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from heavily advertising Bing as a serious competitor to Google.

While Google has its name ingrained in the average person’s brain, Microsoft has thrown some advertising dollars at trying to make Bing a thing. The Bing It On campaign tried to highlight the strengths of Bing right next to Google, and while it hasn’t lead to 70% market share for Microsoft, Bing is sitting at #2 with a little more than 10% of the market. That’s a pretty sizeable gap, but hey, it’s something.

Latest Project Fi APK reveals group plans are in the works

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Google’s Project Fi wireless service tends to fly under the radar when compared to the major U.S. carriers or even some of the second-tier carriers that focus on pre-paid plans. That status is not entirely bad for Google as Project Fi, like so many Google projects and initiatives, is a bit of a work in progress. This means Project Fi continues to work on new features for users. One of the most often requested items is a group or shared data plan option for Project Fi. A teardown of a forthcoming updated APK for the Project Fi indicates group plans may be close to becoming a reality.

Nest announces a slew of new products and features including an outdoor camera and person recognition

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Nest has announced a few new products and some useful features for their existing products that will make your home automation that much better.

The simplest change to their lineup is that they’re now offering the iconic Nest thermostat in three new colors in addition to the stainless steel finish that the smart appliance launched with. Now you’ll be able to pick up one in white, black, or a very bold copper finish. These new colors should make it a bit easier to find a Nest thermostat to fit into whatever room you’re trying to match.

To modular or not? Nexpaq says ‘no’ despite rumors

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Yesterday news broke about Google’s decision to pull the plug on their modular phone initiative, Project Ara. This was a big disappointment to many who had been looking forward to the concept finally becoming a reality. Since then the rumor mill has been in full swing thanks to a tweet from Nexpaq regarding Dan Makoski, founder of Project Ara and former head of design with Google ATAP, as well as an earlier tweet about the company’s work on modular tech.

Rumors suggest ‘Nexus’ brand may be retired for new Google smartphones

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In what will probably be seen as a major change for Google and their efforts to provide hardware to consumers, sources are indicating that the company may be abandoning the “Nexus” brand for the next round of smartphones slated for release this fall. According to a variety of sources and leaks, Google is planning to move their own brand to the forefront, although it is unclear whether “Google” will take the place of “Nexus” or some other brand will be used. In any case, indications are that the Android purists’ favored brand is on the verge of retirement.