New Photowall experiment is nifty, collaborative photo collage for Chromecast

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Google has released a nifty new Chrome Experiment app, Photowall for Chromecast, that works with the Chromecast using the Chrome browser or your Android device. Using your smartphone or from your computer, you simply connect to your Chromecast device and you are then able to add images to a new Photowall. Perhaps a little bit unique is the fact that the app can be used from several different devices so a group of people, at say a party or family get together, can all take their own photos and add them to the wall. The app handles all the updating and displays the results almost immediately on your TV thanks to the Chromecast connection. Read more

Google Now is a go for all Chrome desktop users

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The wait is finally over. After nearly 2 months in Beta, Google Now is coming to all Chrome desktop users. This version of Google Now will show a subset of the Now cards that you see on your mobile device. It will use your device’s location, which you can edit on your Android or iOS device at any time. If you use multiple devices, you need to manage your location settings for each device independently. Location Reporting must be turned on for the devices that you want to be part of the Google Now reporting.

The rollout will take a couple of weeks, so don’t expect it to be available today unless you are one lucky soul.

source: +Google Chrome / more info

Google updates Cast icon to make it easier to read state

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Leon Nicholls with the Google Chromecast team has announced a small, yet potentially useful, change to the Cast icon used by developers in their apps. Until now, when a user changed their app so that it was casting to a device, the only indication on their mobile device was a change in color of the Cast icon. This could be a challenge to pick up depending on what kind of background the icon was set against. Google has changed things a bit so that the icon will now show up with a solid fill when an app is casting. Read more

OnePlus One to come equipped with Snapdragon 801

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OnePlus continues to march toward a release of their CyanogenMod powered smartphone, the OnePlus One, during the second quarter of 2014. Certain to be a much sought after device by developers and others who prefer more control over their devices than the typical manufacturer allows, this same crowd is likely to be interested in rocking the latest hardware. When it comes to chips from Qualcomm, although powerful, the Snapdragon 800 is not the most recent release from the company. Instead, the Snapdragon 801 gets that label and is sure to be the chip preferred by buyers who want whatever is most “current.” With the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the new HTC One getting the Snapdragon 801, OnePlus fans were crying out for OnePlus to do the same. It appears they have obliged based on their +OnePlus Google account. Read more

LG will cut the price of the G2 and G Pro 2 when the Galaxy S 5 releases

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LG and Samsung are two of the most competitive Android OEMs, so it’s not uncommon to see the two base some of their strategies around what the other company is doing. LG is making the latest move in the form of some price drops right around the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S 5.

According to an LG official, the LG G2 and the G Pro 2 will see some international price cuts. The devices aren’t ancient by any stretch, but they aren’t on quite the same level as 2014 flagships, so a price drop will make them very desirable for the forseeable future. It’s probably not going to deter many people away from getting the latest and greatest devices if that’s what they’re after, but for someone that’s trying to get the most bang for their buck, they could very easily be swayed towards a cheaper 2013 high-end phone. Read more

Is President Obama switching to Android?

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Last week it was reported that the White House was testing both Samsung and LG smartphones for what could be the end of BlackBerry. You really didn’t think that would happen did you? I am almost certain that if the White House ever dumped BlackBerry, it would be in favor of the iPhone. Even so, it doesn’t look like either is up for the challenge because a White House spokesman has made it clear that the Executive Office of the President is not testing non-BlackBerry phones.

I think the White House is BlackBerry’s last customer. The Pentagon, Capital Hill Offices, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security all allow employees to use a Samsung Android phone or iPhone. I guess we will have to wait until 2016 for BlackBerry to leave the White House.

source: Washington Post

Where’s Google Going Next? Watch the recent Larry Page TED interview to find out

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Last week we told you about how Robert Scoble was all upset because Larry Page was interviewed on TED, but he wasn’t wearing Google Glass. Now you can see the interview in it’s entirety. The interview was conducted by PBS’s Charlie Rose and is titled “Where’s Google Going Next?” It lasts about 20 minutes, and you will get to hear about how we need to get computers to understand us better, the NSA, and of course, Android.

If you want to give it a watch, look no further than here because we have the full video after the break. Enjoy!!

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Galaxy S 5 gets unboxed courtesy of T-Mobile

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You can pre-order your Galaxy S 5 at T-Mobile today, and just in case you’re not excited enough for it, T-Mobile released an unboxing video. Yes, it is a box with a phone in it along with a power cable and a battery. It usually works out that way. Surprisingly, there is even a big “5” on the box. Wow!!

Anyways, if you want to pre-order your Galaxy S 5, you can do so now. The Un-Carrier is offering it for $0 down along with payments of $27.50 per month for 24 months. Check out the video after the break before you run over to your local T-Mobile store.

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Huawei condemns NSA for snooping

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Huawei made a statement on Sunday saying that they would condemn the NSA for snooping if reports of the agency doing so proved to be true. According to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA may have been monitoring executives at Huawei and their communications.

According to the New York Times, a goal of one of the NSA operations, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to find connections between Huawei and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Apparently the NSA also wanted to exploit Huawei’s technology and use telephone networks that Huawei sold to conduct surveillance.

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