Google Search updated with compatibility for 2016 US elections

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Google has just started rolling out a fantastic little server-side update for its official Search application for Android. The purpose of this upgrade is to keep you on top of the latest 2016 US elections news by providing you with card-based information on the positions of each candidate, live tallies of the results and voting reminders for you own primary.

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Google getting close to bringing Material Design to the desktop Chrome browser

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Google’s Material Design guidelines have been around for a couple years now and have gone a long way to giving apps on Android smartphones and tablets a more consistent look and feel. The idea of a flatter landscape has slowly worked its way into things like web design as well. One place where a change has not taken place has largely been on the desktop. Although users may benefit from Material enhancements to sites they visit, the actual Chrome browser itself has not seen any significant updates to the interface to bring Material design to the desktop. That looks like it may change soon as developers have started discussions on rollout plans and recent builds of the Chrome browser even include some of the code already. Read more

Google My Tracks app reaches end of route on April 30th

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Google has announced that their My Tracks platform will no longer be available after April 30, 2016 for users who were hoping to use it to track their journeys. My Tracks is a mapping and logging app that could be used to record data like path, speed, distance and elevation changes for users who were engaged in outdoor activities like walking, running, or biking. According to Google’s support page for My Tracks, where the announcement was made, Google plans “to invest our efforts into other, more wide-reaching, mapping projects.” Read more