Google Play will soon begin telling you if an app has any ads

alcatel-onetouch-idol-3-4.7-google-play-store-taGoogle is updating their Play Store policies that will require developers to list whether or not their application features any in-app advertisements, which is actually already required for any apps listed in Google’s Designed for Families category. This policy change will affect every app on the Play Store and will begin to be enforced in January, 2016. Read more

Google Search can now dive into app data


Search is one of the foundation functions of Google and recently the company has been working to make improvements to this basic feature. Earlier this week Google revealed that Search could handle complex questions and figure out the meaning of what is being asked. Now they have revealed a tool for the other side of the equation that helps provide better answers. This will be accomplished by being able to dive into the data that is locked away inside of apps instead of just relying on what is available on the web. Read more

The YouTube Kids app launches in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK

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Just in time for all the kids receiving smartphones and tablets as Christmas presents next month, YouTube’s kid-friendly app has launched in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. The YouTube Kids app offers a selection of filters for parents to choose from to shield adult or inappropriate content from being seen by the little ones.  Read more

Google Chrome surpasses 800 million monthly mobile users



As you may or may not know, Google is in the midst of holding its annual 2-day Chrome Developer Summit in California. During the conference’s opening ceremony this morning, the search engine giant revealed that the mobile version of its Chrome browser is currently being used by more than 800 million people each month, which is pretty impressive seeing as this time last year, the amount of Chrome mobile users was only estimated to be approximately 400 million — so in the last twelve months alone, it has doubled its user base. By the end of Q1 2016, Google expects there to be over one billion users using the service.

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Google+ getting a revamped interface on desktop, mobile overhaul coming soon


Google has announced a new interface for its social networking site, marking one of the biggest changes Google+ has gone through since spinning off features like Hangouts and Photos into their own respective services. The new interface prioritizes the Communities and Collections aspect of Google+ which have apparently been the most popular sections of the site. Read more

Google Maps ready to help Thanksgiving week


Google has been busy making some improvements and adding new features to Google Maps recently, like the ability to check out special store hours during the holiday season or find cheap gas or a detour. Combining Google Maps with data mined by the search giant’s computers from the last three years, Google is offering up some tips and insights for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Read more

Find your lost device with Android Device Manager


Losing your smartphone can be a big problem, especially if you have pertinent data on it, such as bank information, passwords, personal addresses, and so on. Thankfully, Google has implemented a handy piece of software within Android to make sure thieves can’t get access that sensitive information.

Android Device Manager will let you attempt to locate, disable, and even erase your device remotely from your computer or another Android device. However, there are some measures you might want to take before accepting that your handset is gone forever.

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