YouTube Music Key is on the way, will bundle Google Play Music Key with it

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There has been no doubt that YouTube is working on a music streaming service. In fact, it is expected by the end of this summer. It has faced a ton of speedbumps do to design faults and trouble with negotiations between record labels. Today, Android Police has uncovered YouTube Music Key. The launch of this new service would also include a rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key.


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Image analysis app Jetpac purchased by Google

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In Google‘s quest to purchase everything, the tech giant acquired image recognition startup Jetpac for an undisclosed sum. Jetpac’s claim to fame is their advanced image analysis which scans publicly available Instagram photos to compile information about over 6,000 cities worldwide. Employees at Jetpac will join the Google Knowledge team, whose goal is to build a more relevant search engine.


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Google exploring paths to tap into the kids market

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A new report from The Information says Google is working to expand some of their services so that they can tap into the market of children under the age of 13. Currently Google’s terms of services forbid users under the age of 13. However, Google apparently wants to allow some access to their services for children in that demographic, subject to appropriate restrictions and in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Similar to other online services that allow young users to setup accounts, Google’s new offerings would require parental authorization.
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Google’s underwater data cables are now shark bite victims

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With a massive fiber-optic cable spanning across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the United States, Google should expect some issues. While that project will not be completed until sometime in 2016, Google is already working on fixing other data cables in the same area after sharks have taken to biting them. These cables are carrying data between continents are largely responsible for the Internet being able to function.

The belief is that the magnetic field from the cables’ high voltage is resembling the same as a fish. So these sharks are approaching what they think are fishes; however, they are sadly mistaken and instead chomp onto data cables. This issue has only come recently as copper cables have begun getting phased out.

Hit the break to watch the video of a shark biting into a cable.


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Making Sense of Shamu: Motorola’s next flagship is the Moto S, and could be the first Android Silver device

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It’s no secret now that Motorola will be responsible for the upcoming Nexus 6 phone, which is starting to look like a beast (specs-wise) of a device — something rarely seen in Nexus devices.

This new Motorola device, which is currently going by the codename “Shamu,” will apparently be called the “Moto S” once is comes to market.

Because this device (according to the photo at the top) seems like it’ll be branded as the Moto S, we believe that this could be the first Android Silver device, and not necessarily a Nexus phone, but there’s more to come on that for sure, so stay tuned.

The phone, which is looking to be a Verizon exclusive (for now), has some conflicting reports on specs, but some remain constant. Hit the break for all the details.


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Google Search will now listen for multiple languages at the same time

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For multilingual folks, using Google Search can be a little bit of a hassle. The voice search feature would only support a single language at any given time. If another language was necessary, they would have to go through the settings and change the default language. Google has realized that one language at a time is not practical and has opened up the amount of simultaneous language support. Now, a user can have Google Search prepared to listen to five languages all at once. You can change languages in the middle of a search and it will still return accurate results (to the best of its ability).

Via: Android Police

Google’s Brin and Page get dunked for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you still check Facebook on a regular basis, your newsfeed has probably been overrun with videos of people participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit research into a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Add to the list of celebrities and top executives taking on the challenge Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The two got dunked in front of a large crowd of spectators in response to a challenge from Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, issued to Larry Page.
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Google promotes Android Wear with four new videos

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Now that we know the Moto 360 (and some other new Motorola products) will be launched September 4, Google will look to kick their marketing for Android Wear into full gear.

Four new promotional videos for the wearable-OS have popped up online — the videos mostly show off the voice command capabilities of the devices. Hit the break for the four videos.


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Google Sheets gets trendlines and allows users to move charts to other spreadsheets

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The Google Drive suite keeps getting more and more productive. Today, Google is introducing two new features focusing on Sheets. Users can implement a trendline after inputting data and composing a graph. If you are having a hard time getting a trendline to appear, Google has supplied a support page with directions. There are options to tailor trendlines to your specific needs, so do not feel restricted to a single design. The other feature that Google has brought to Sheets is the ability to move charts around. By copy and pasting a chart, you can relocate it to another spreadsheet.

Source: Google Drive (Google+)

Google Now adds Field Trip cards

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Here’s something that probably should have been implemented from the get go. Remember Field Trip? Yup, that’s the app from Niantic Labs that was sort of like a virtual tour guide. It tells you when you’re near something interesting, and of course provide more details.

Well it looks like Google Now is implementing Field Trip. You should start seeing cards titled “Nearby Discoveries” with these hidden treats. So now you can learn about the local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat, and have fun.

If you never tried Field Trip, hit the break for download links.


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