Nexus 10 Android 5.0.2 OTA update now available to download and install, here’s how to do it

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The Android 5.0.2 OTA update became available last night for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi so it was a matter of time until the Nexus 10 link became available. That time is now so if you’re rocking a Nexus 10, you can update it to Android 5.0.2 on your own or you can wait for it to be pushed to your device automatically. The auto method could take up to a couple of weeks, so if you’re anxious, then download the OTA from the link below.

If you’re not sure on how to install it or you simply need a refresher, be sure to hit up our extensive guide on installing OTA updates to Nexus devices. Have fun and let us know if you notice any peculiar bugs with this update.

Nexus 10 (mantaray) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)

Our how to guide on installing the Lollipop OTA updates on Nexus devices

Chrome to Mobile and Print to my Phone are both going bye-bye next month

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Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.

Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.


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YouTube hosting its own Super Bowl halftime show to rival NBC

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On February 1, people around the world will be watching the events taking place in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. While plenty will watch for the game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, halftime is where the spike in ratings lie. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show will be led by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It is a continuation in the trend of the Super Bowl halftime show being targeted at a younger demographic. Gone are the years of Bruce Springsteen or Prince performing at halftime. Katy Perry will get the youngsters and Lenny Kravitz will nab the stragglers. Online, YouTube has a plan of its own to compete with NBC during the broadcast for millennials.


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You can now download and install the Android 5.0.2 OTA update on your Nexus 7 2013 WiFi, Here’s how

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Last week Google released factory images for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10. The OTA update is now available for the Nexus 7, so you can manually update your device yourself.

We have the download link below, but if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing or you just need a refresher, be sure to check out our very extensive guide on how to do it. The Nexus 10 OTA is still not available, but I would expect a link to become available within the next day so stay tuned if you’re rocking a Nexus 10.

Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)

Our how to guide on installing Lollipop OTA updates to Nexus devices

Google said to be investing major dollars in SpaceX project

spacex-dragon-1600According to a report from The Information, Google is considering a large investment in SpaceX. For those that don’t know, it’s a privately funded company led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that’s set on making advancements in space travel. However instead of investing in the space travel portion of the SpaceX project, Google is apparently looking at helping to “support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globel to billions who don’t have it.” As the report says:


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New patent reveals why Google invested in Magic Leap

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Back in October, Google invested in a startup called Magic Leap, a company that makes specialized augmented reality hardware. Now a new patent is revealing just what Google saw in this company.

Magic Leap’s new technology is called “cinematic reality” and will offer a 3D experience not offered on any other device. It’s a pair of smart glasses and other than seeing 3D virtual objects and scenery that can be downloaded from the cloud, users will also be able to share the real-life environment around them to another user. Imagine being at a concert, a sporting event, or some other tourist attraction and being able to share exactly what you see with someone else.


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Marriott backtracks under pressure from FCC, Microsoft, Google

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Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.

Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.

In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,

The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

Google’s self-driving car is not familiar with snow

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The technology behind the self-driving car being developed by Google is incredible. And things are starting to look very promising for the project as Google was able to secure various manufacturing partners for a launch targeted in 2020. Right now, there is one rather important roadblock for Google. Its self-driving car is not familiar with snow. The company has yet to figure out a way for its self-driving car to operate successfully (and safely) in snowy conditions. Why is that? The self-driving car has been primarily used in California and, more specifically, Mountain View where it is highly unlikely to snow. A Google employee at the Detroit Auto Show did explain that it is something the company is working on.

Via: Business Insider UK

Google rumored to be purchasing Softcard

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Paying for merchandise using your smartphone via Near Field Communication (NFC) is all the buzz these days since Apple Pay was launched. A lot of people in the media gloss over the fact that Google’s Wallet app on Android has given us this capability for quite a while now, though. Despite this oversight in media coverage, one beneficial thing does come out of it: the momentum generated by Apple Pay should help Google with retailers that were initially hesitant in supporting mobile-based payments.

Apple Pay and Google Wallet aren’t the only products on the field, however. One company that is also offering the same NFC payment services is Softcard, formerly branded as Isis Mobile Wallet. (The name change was due to the company not wanting to be even remotely associated with the militant terror organization named ISIS.) Similar to Google Wallet, Softcard has been struggling to make headway in the payment sector, but unlike Wallet, Softcard has lacked the financial backing needed to keep it afloat while it waits for retailers to catch up.

Google, who has not really put a lot of work into making Wallet a bigger game-changer, is rumored to be eyeing Softcard for acquisition in an attempt to bolster Wallet’s weak offering to Android consumers. Softcard does have a few perks in its portfolio, which Google may find appetizing. 
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Google search results are packed with event information including tickets

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Need Ariana Grande tickets and need them fast? Google will help you get the job done. Event information is the latest addition to Google search. Now, the search engine will return expanded results for specific events and venues. Whether it is a musician or a comedian, Google will offer a link to quickly purchase tickets. This is just another way that Google is cutting out the need to hit multiple links before finding what a user was on the lookout for.

Source: Official Google Webmaster Central Blog