Google Wallet updated with ability to store gift cards and more

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Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.


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Android One program to hit India this October

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Google’s Android One program, which is aimed at bringing affordable devices to developing markets, will be making its first stop in India later this year.

Google’s Sundar Pichai will be heading to India to promote and officially launch the program this October — the devices are expected to sell for only $100 each,  and will be manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn, Spice, Intex and Celkon. Pre-installed apps will be allowed, although Google will be handling the OTA updates.


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Google partners with Udacity to teach about Android app development

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We all want to create an application. While there are simplified tools out there allowing users to drag and drop blocks to build something of their own, it does not go very much further. And learning to develop apps is a time-consuming task that not many people have the patience for. It can be rather difficult. Google, though, wants to promote the education of developing Android apps and is doing so by partnering with Udacity.
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Samsung chatting with SmartThings about purchase for around $200 million

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The next target for Samsung? Your home. The company is reportedly in talks to purchase SmartThings for a deal in the range of $200 million. According to TechCrunch, the deal has yet to be completed but it is very well on its way to being so. Google owns Nest and Apple is launching HomeKit, so it is only right that Samsung gets in on the action.
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Google will indicate if devices are not compatible with websites before opening

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It can be a little frustrating when hitting a link from a Google search and the website does not fully work with your device. Most of the time, this is because the website still uses Flash and Android devices no longer play nice with that technology. The outcome is either a blank page or a page that is missing content. Google wants to warn searchers of what is to come with such websites and will have a small note below the link. An example of that note can be seen above.

Source: Google Webmaster Central Blog (Official)

The internet will be a safer place thanks to Google’s Project Zero

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Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.

Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.

This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.

source: Google Online Security

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis pairs with Google to make smart contact lenses a reality

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Well that didn’t take long.

Just yesterday, former Google X director Babak Parviz announced he was leaving Google to work for Amazon.

Since he’s left, Google has already announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to commercialize Google’s smart contact lens technology, one of Parviz’s main projects.


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Relive Google I/O in under 2 minutes

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Google I/O was only 2 full days, but it was jam packed with probably more stuff than any of the previous years. We are all very busy and can’t always find the time to watch the entire keynote or many of the sessions that happened over the course of the 2 days. Well here’s Google to the rescue with a short video highlighting all the important stuff. When I say short, I mean short. We are talking 1 minute and 42 seconds to be exact. I think we can all find that much time, so hit the break to watch the video. And if you need to catch up on any news from Google I/O, click here.


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