Google testing Ultra Violet “chat heads” for Hangouts on desktop

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Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.

The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active.
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Best Android apps for taking notes [August 2014]

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With smartphones and tablets so widely available now, it’s easy to replace pens and notebooks with more efficient note-taking apps. From wireless syncing to tagging and discovering older notes, it’s easy to drop paper forever with some of these apps. Several months ago we covered the best available note-taking applications available on Android, but since then, a few of the apps have disappeared and others have adopted new features to make them more competitive with heavyweights like Evernote. Below you’ll find a list of the best apps available on the Play Store to help you take notes faster and more easily.


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Google opens Google Classroom platform today

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Earlier this year Google launched a new platform called Google Classroom that was aimed at educators. When initially launched, Google made it available for beta testing by educators with a projected availability date of September. It appears Google’s testing went better than expected as they have officially announced Google Classroom is now open for any educator to sign up to use.
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Google+ app gets ability to cast your stream to Chromecast

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Google+ for Android received an update today — in addition to the usual bug fixes, you’ll now have the ability to cast your Google+ stream to Chromecast.

You’ll be able to manually flip through posts on the stream or you can automatically play through the stream. The posts fill up the whole screen, but it looks like GIF-support is not included for now.

The update is pushing out now, so be patient. If you’d rather not wait, head on over to the source link and grab the download files.

Source: Android Police

 

Chromebook demand to shift to consumers, increase 79% during 2014

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Gartner has released a new study that says the market for Chromebooks is changing amidst rapid growth. They predict sales of Chromebooks during 2014 will increase to 5.2 million units which would be an increase of 79 percent compared to 2013. Gartner says by 2017 those numbers will triple to 14.4 million units. Meanwhile, Gartner says buyer demographics are changing. As recently as 2013, the vast majority of Chromebooks were being purchased in the education sector that accounted for 85 percent of sales. Gartner thinks that will shift with more than half of sales going to consumers during 2014.
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Blame record labels for Play Music deauthorization mess until Google fixes it

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Being a subscriber to Play Music can be a little bit confusing and a hassle considering there is once again a limit on the amount of devices replaced (or deauthorized) on a account within a single year. The reason why this policy has been reimposed is because of the music industry itself. Record labels feel that not having a limit of replacements set allow customers to abuse the system and allow others to piggyback off of them. They are worried about missing out on potential customers if they can simply share an account with an already present subscriber.

Google is working to fix the issue, though. It is known that the entire flashing process on an Android device uses a deauthorization and that hurts subscribers. Google did not share what exactly its fix is, nor did it offer a completion time. So, for now, just sit tight and wait until Google takes care of this mess.

Source: iTechTriad
Via: Ausdroid

Google Play hosting summer sale with nearly 50 apps discounted by up to 85%

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Looking for some great applications and games to keep you busy during the summer? Then head over to the Play Store because Google is hosting a summer sale full of goodies. While the majority of the items are now free, others have been discounted. And some of the discounts reach 85% off of the regular price. If you see an app that is normally free, its in-app purchases have been discounted instead. There are 50 apps and games to choose from, so there should be something for anyone.

Source: Google Play

Yahoo working with Google to create encrypted email system

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Google will not be alone in its quest to design an encrypted email system. Yahoo has announced it will be joining Google in doing so. The encrypted email system would be ready sometime next year and act as an optional, not mandatory, feature for users. Both companies would be able to bring privacy their more than 500 million combined users, a subject that has long been in question.
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