Google and Samsung worried about Microsoft-Nokia deal

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Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.

The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.

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Flipboard adds Google+ sign-in, CNN content, snaps up Zite for future improvements

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Flipboard has been busy and the results have surfaced over the past couple days as they announced their acquisition of Zite, a partnership with CNN, and even released an update to their app that adds better support for Google+ users. The purchase of Zite and the addition of CNN content to the app are likely linked to each other as Zite was formerly a part of CNN. » Read the rest

Google Text-to-Speech 3.0 update brings high quality voices

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Another update from Google, joining an update to Google Play Music and Google Play Games, brings some enhancements to Google Text-to-Speech as it ratchets up to version 3.0. Perhaps the most significant change included in this latest release is support for high quality voices. The files are significantly larger for new voices with the female U.K. voice weighing in at 276MB. The larger files sizes do create some delays loading the voices and getting output in certain situations. » Read the rest

Update to Google Play Music makes it possible to go offline with radio stations

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Google began rolling out an update to Google Play Music today that will be especially helpful to users who find themselves without any kind of connection to the Internet. Radio stations can now be pinned and can be listened to even if you are offline. Other items included in the update should make the interface a little easier to navigate. » Read the rest

Google Nexus 6 rumored to be “lightweight” version of LG G3

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In the past, LG G-series devices have served as the outline for Google Nexus devices. The latest LG G-series flagship device, the LG G3, is rumored to have a release date of sometime in June. Will it serve as the backbone for the Google Nexus 6? Rumors suggest that it will, but there will be a few differences in the two devices.

The Nexus 6 will likely drop a few features from the G3, as other Nexus devices have done in the past. However the fact that the Nexus 6 will be a “lightweight” version suggests that there might be some more drastic changes, such as a different processor.

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Nexus 5 camera is causing battery drain, fix on the way

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A lot of people have been complaining about their battery discharging a little too fast on the Nexus 5 ever since the 4.4.2 update. It appears the culprit is the camera, and more specifically mm-qcamera-daemon. It causes the CPU to run more than needed, which subsequently causes the battery to drain quicker. It seems as if other third party apps like Skype is accessing the camera too often. However, the problem isn’t with Skype or other third party apps. It’s something Google needs to fix.

If you have noticed your battery draining quicker than normal, you can head over to Settings/Battery and see if mm-qcamera-daemon is listed. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the situation other than doing a reboot, which is basically like taking an aspirin since the issue will come back. You can also look to uninstall any apps that utilize the camera, but then again, if you make use of those apps a lot, that might be difficult.

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Unexpected Android builds are starting to appear

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Android build numbers generally start with the same letter as the name of the current version of Android. For example, the latest build of KitKat is KOT49H (technically KVT49L for only the Nexus 7 LTE). However a couple of builds are appearing that start with the letter “A” as in ACU50C and ACU56E. This information comes from the idea133-weekly-release, which is for developers.

At this point, you would expect the next version of Android to start with the letter “L” since they have been going in order since Cupcake. Is Google planning something different? We’re not really sure, but here is how the build numbers break out.

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Casting HTML5 video added to Chrome Beta for Android

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As more and more apps add casting capability so users can enjoy their apps with Chromecast devices, this latest development may be useful for users needing a more general capability. Google has added the ability to cast YouTube videos from within the Chrome Beta for Android browser without opening the dedicated YouTube app. Testing shows that it kind of works with other HTML5 videos. » Read the rest

Feature-rich Google URL Shortener app in Google Play

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If you enjoy sharing links to stuff you have found while surfing around the Internet, you no doubt have made use of a URL shortener at some time. Developer Thomas Devaux is bringing the power of URL shortening to Android with the new Google URL Shortener app. The app includes some nice integration touches for use on smartphones or tablets, like the ability to “share” a short URL from any app or copy the new, short URL to the clipboard. » Read the rest

Google sits third as the world’s most admired company as Apple leads the pack

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Just how admired are the world’s largest tech companies? According to Fortune, very much so. Unsurprisingly, Apple finished in first. I say unsurprisingly because Apple does consistently deliver products that ‘just work’ and rarely receive severe backlash from the media and consumers. Amazon rolled into second and Google earned bronze in third place. Samsung, however, was twenty-first. This, of course, should not be worrisome as the list is comprised of companies in any industry. For example, Costco was twelfth on the list.

Check out the source link below to see the full list that Fortune created.

Source: CNNMoney