Cyanogen and BLU to release Google-less phone later this year

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Amongst the hoopla of Cyanogen’s announcement that they had secured $80 million in new financing to help fund development of its operating system, we are discovering that Cyanogen is partnering with BLU to produce a smartphone that does not use any Google services or apps. Connections between BLU and Cyanogen have been noted in the past when Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has talked about toppling Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market.
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Schmidt weighs in on Google Glass

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Ever since Google announced they were shutting down the Explorer program for Google Glass earlier this year, there has been lots of speculation as to whether the wearable device was dead or not. Many people believe the shuttering of the old beta program was a sign that Google’s experiment had failed. However, others noted that Google had moved it to another part of the company, Tony Faddell’s Nest division, a sign that it would eventually re-emerge, probably with a more consumer-ready focus. Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has now weighed in and made a clear statement that Google is committed to the Glass platform.
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Google files for patent on cancer-killing wearable

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Google X, the company’s “moon shot” research lab, is known to be involved in a lot of projects in a wide variety of fields. Last fall one of those projects was revealed to be a pill that could be used to detect cancer and other diseases. Now the company is back with a patent application for a wearable device that may be able to capitalize on that pill research to do something about the bad cells that it finds in a person’s body.
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Users reporting new “On Body Detection” lock mode in Android

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Based on reports starting to be made by users, Google is either testing or slowly rolling out a new lock mode for Android devices designed to detect when a device is physically in a user’s possession. The lock mode, called “On Body Detection” uses a device’s sensors to detect whether a device is being held in a person’s hand or is in their pocket and will keep the device unlocked. If the device is set on a table or something similar, the device will lock, requiring a user to employ their normal unlock method.
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More details emerge about TAG Heuer’s Google/Intel collaboration smartwatch

tag_heuer_google_intel_partnershipWe know TAG Heuer is jumping into the smartwatch game, backed by Google and Intel, but we haven’t heard any concrete details about the watch just yet. Some new details have surfaced from Jean-Claude Biver of Swiss watch-making fame.

He didn’t divulge too much about the inner workings and specs of the watch, but he did give some insight into how much the watch will cost and how it’ll fare against Apple’s upcoming watch.
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Google offering new promotions with Chromecast purchases

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Google’s Chromecast has been one of the more successful pieces of hardware the company released, combining a low price with ease of use for buyers who want to use their flat screen TVs for more than traditional television. Since the release of Chromecast, others have jumped into the market or revised their products with similar features and many online services have worked to take advantage of casting capabilities. Although the low price is a key selling point, some potential buyers are still looking for something more to tip the scales in favor of a Chromecast purchase, so Google has announced some new promotions to that end.
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