Google acts to remove adware laced Chrome extensions from web store

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In December, Google added some language to its policies that targeted rogue Chrome extensions designed to deliver ads by replacing links in existing web pages. The new policies were not scheduled to be enforced until June, but Google has already moved to ban two extensions that had effectively become vectors to deliver adware. Both Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page were removed from the Web Store. » Read the rest

Woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass gets cleared

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Back in October, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing her Google Glass while driving in California. On Thursday, however, a traffic court in San Diego found that she was not guilty since there was no proof that her Glass was being used. The ticket was the same as ones given to drivers that have screens distracting them.

Despite this single case, other states are gearing up to prevent issues with Google Glass wearers. New Jersey, Delaware, and West Virginia are all in the process of passing bills that ban the device. If the bills pass, it should be interesting to see how many states follow in their footsteps. Even Google warns: “Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”

Google working on Android fitness API

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With wearables getting as big as they are, it makes sense that companies should be working on software that is wearable friendly. Well it seems like Google is doing just that.

Android 4.4 brought a number of features to Android that were especially helpful for things like fitness tracking. A new API that Google is working on brings this to the next level, allowing apps to be able to view and edit fitness tracking data, as well as read and write raw and transformed data.

It’s not yet clear when we will see the API be integrated into Android, but it will likely be in a future update to the operating system.

Source: GoogleSystem Blogspot

Walter Isaacson, Jobs’ biographer, says Google innovates more than Apple

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There is probably nothing better an Android fan can hear from someone surrounded by Apple. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs’ biographer, did an exclusive interview with CNBC Wednesday morning on “Squawk Box.” Isaacson started off by talking about Apple’s expansion into China and an anchor asked if it was a bigger move than Google buying Nest. Shockingly, he went on to say the Nest acquisition was bigger.

Isaacson said it “shows an amazingly strong, integrated strategy that Google has to connect all of our devices, all of our lives … the Internet of things is actually real, there are these devices we’re gonna want to have and Google’s going to get ahead of that game.” The biographer followed this up by praising Tony Fadell, one of the men who helped create the iPod, for joining Google. Isaacson said Fadell’s tenure was “when Apple was so innovative.”

Source: CNBC

Google Now integration with Chrome getting closer, now available in latest Chrome Canary build

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Who wants Google Now integration with the Chrome desktop? Well it’s coming, and today’s news is a hint that it could be here sooner rather than later. It is now available in the latest Google Canary build (34.0.1788). If you’re not familiar with Google Canary, it is basically an Alpha build for either Windows or Mac. It is reserved for developers, but any “early adoption” fan can use it. Just expect bugs, but it does get updated daily.

Google Now cards are displayed using Chrome’s notification interface in the Windows system tray or the Mac menu bar. Assuming you use Google Now on your mobile device, you will be able to see certain cards on the desktop including weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and even reminders. It will use your device’s location for location-specific cards.

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Chromebook 11 re-appears in Play Store, overheating issues fixed

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Remember when Google and HP recalled the Chromebook 11 because of overheating charger issues? Well the device is back and better than ever with a (hopefully) perfectly working charger— you can get one now for $279, the same price it was being offered for before.

If you need a refresher on the specs, it packs an Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB RAM, a 1366 x 768 display.

Some extra information just came in as well— Best Buy has the Chromebook 11 with Verizon LTE connectivity listed online as well. This variant costs $379 with a potential $50 mail-in rebate. You can add it to a shared data plan for only $10 if you’re up for it.

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‘Nextbit’ team of superstars promises to “build something bigger” for mobile

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If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.

Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”

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Google Play Edition of the Motorola Moto G shows up in Google Play Store

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The Motorola Moto G offers users about as close to a stock Android version as you can get from one of the large smartphone manufacturers. Others, like Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony insist on putting their own UI on top of Android. Fortunately, Google has managed to work some deals with these manufacturers to produce Google Play Edition versions of the devices that come with stock Android for users that don’t want to go through the trouble of rooting and removing the extra stuff on their own. Useful for buyers that are not interested in all the extras, apparently Google and Motorola thinks there may be some purists out there that would be interested in the same treatment for the Moto G as they have released a Google Play Edition of the device.

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More information surfaces on YouTube’s new music service

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We have heard for a few months now that Google will launch some sort of YouTube Music Service. It was originally rumored to be released last year, but the most recent report has it pegged for early this year.

What exactly will the service be, and what will it offer that’s different from Play Music All Access? Well obviously YouTube is more visual so you can expect that to be a key, but rumors indicate that it will much like Spotify in that it will sport a powerful search engine for every music taste. There will also be a function called “Art Tracks” that will offer a collage with photos of the artists as well as covers.

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Latest leak says Nexus 7 finally ready to debut on Verizon

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While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.

Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.

Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?

source: @evleaks