Sprint’s Nexus 5 now receiving Android 5.0.1

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Sprint Nexus 5 users, start spamming your check update buttons now. Of course I kid, that does little to speed up the process, but it appears that Sprint has green-lighted the Android 5.0.1 update for the Nexus 5 and is in the process of pushing the update to last year’s Nexus flagship. An expected bug fix, Android 5.0.1 fixes issues with factory resetting the device along with video playback issues the Nexus 7 (2013) was having.


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Google partners with French space agency on Project Loon

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Google and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, have announced a new collaboration to work on technologies to bring Project Loon to France. Although details have not been revealed, Google is looking for expertise from CNES in balloon technology, something the agency has been studying for several decades. Google’s contribution will include some long-duration campaigns to help CNES studies of the stratosphere and ozone.
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Google Wallet surprising some users with $5 credit treats

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Several Google Wallet users have started to report that they are finding $5 “treats” in the app when they open it. The surprises consist of gift cards to various vendors for “being a loyal Wallet user.” It is not clear how Google is selecting the users to receive the gifts as some indicate they have not been using Wallet and others are heavy users, even participating in a current promo to get a gift when you buy a gift.
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Google Drive offers tips to simplify the holiday craziness

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The holidays are hectic for everyone because there is so much do to in a short amount of time. Luckily, Google shows that everything can be simplified with the range of products underneath the Drive umbrella. Sending out those holiday cards is organized with Forms because of the text fields for information. With the Avery Label Merge add-on, you can take addresses from Sheets and port them into a template in Docs to create holiday cards. For those very personal holiday letters, use Docs so that every member of the family can collaborate simultaneously. And take advantage of Slides so that everyone can make a wishlist presentation with unique styles.

Google Drive can do a lot professionally, and now it can do a lot for the holidays.

Source: Google Drive Blog

Google Play carrying Nexus 9 with LTE for $599

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Earlier today, T-Mobile started selling the Nexus 9 with LTE. The carrier is charging customers $24.99 per month for two years with the full retail price being $599. Prospective buyers that are not with T-Mobile have another option to purchase the LTE variant of the Nexus 9. Directly through Google Play, the Nexus 9 with LTE is available for the same $599 full retail price. Color and storage options are limited to the 32GB model in Indigo Black.

The Google Play listing has the Nexus 9 with LTE leaving the warehouse by December 19.

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Google updates Hangouts extension with support for desktop notifications

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Google has just updated its Hangouts app for both the Chrome and Windows operating systems. This upgrade brings users the facility to receive desktop notifications, as well as the ability to place voice calls via the newly-implemented phone tab. If you have a Google Voice number, you can also send SMS messages to your contacts directly from the desktop app.


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