Google IO 2015 Coverage

Google Maps offers up new traffic alerts just in time for the Memorial Day weekend craze

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Those of us here in the U.S. are excited for a three day weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day. However, the one downer is traffic. Since this weekend is kind of like the unofficial start of the summer, a lot of people travel to visit family and friends which results in a lot of congestion on the roads.

Finding your way is the easy part if you use Google Maps, but finding the best route with the shortest delay is no easy task. Google Maps already helps with traffic alerts, but a new update might makes things a little easier.

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Download and Install the Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4

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The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling to Nexus 4 devices, but who the hell wants to wait 2 to 3 weeks for it? You can manually download the actual and official over-the-air (OTA) update from Google and flash if yourself.

I know what you’re thinking. You think you need to be a rocket scientist or you need a rooted device. Well you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it. Just hit up our very extensive guide that will walk you through each and every step. If you happen to be a seasoned pro and don’t need the guide, just grab the OTA update from the link below.

Nexus 4 (ossam) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Google suffers from another Google Maps hack

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A few weeks ago, Google Maps was hacked through the Map Maker function which resulted in an image of an Android peeing on the Apple logo near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Google immediately apologized and removed the image. They supposedly suspended Map Maker as well.

Now they have suffered something similar. Don’t bother trying this because it has already been taken down, but yesterday if you searched for “N***** king” (yes that is the N word), you were directed to the White House. It even worked with the search term “n****a house.”

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Basis Peak now exports data to Google Fit and has new leather bands to celebrate

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The Basis Peak, developed by a company underneath Intel, finally has support for Google’s health and fitness platform. The Basis Peak now shares data with Google Fit and other similar platforms. The data normally stored in the official app — heart rate, calories, and activities — can be on the move. Meanwhile, the app allows users to import their weight data from outside platforms.

Hit the break to see what else the Basis Peak got today.

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Google’s new photo sharing and storage service to come next week

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Next week, the split between Google+ and features involving photographs is expected to be complete. Bloomberg reports that Google will likely use I/O 2015 as a launch pad for a photo sharing and storage service. Users will be able to share photos to other services while storing them underneath Google’s name.

The move could be in response to competition, such as Facebook owning Instagram, moving ahead in the mobile photography space.

Are you interested in what Google has coming with photos? Let us know in the comments if you are already locked in with another service for sharing and storing photos.

Source: Bloomberg

Tweets now appear in Google Search results on mobile

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Results when using Google Search are going to look a little different starting today. Google has worked with Twitter to bring tweets to the search engine’s results on mobile devices. Most searches will have tweets appear organically, but users can force them to appear by attaching “twitter” to entries. Tweets come from both official accounts and users discussing the searched topic.

Google plans to bring support to desktop and additional languages over time.

Source: Google

Google partners with the University of Washington to make stunning timelapses from public photos

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Millions of images are uploaded to photo-sharing websites every day, but many go unseen by members of the public as it’s only those with a larger following that gain attention.

However, Google teamed up with the University of Washington to develop a fully automated way to make use of these unseen pictures by creating time-lapse videos of popular tourist landmarks using shots from Flickr, Picasa and other sites.

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