Google testing out new interface for Android’s calendar app

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Google has been internally testing out a new design for the calendar app in Android, and some screenshots of the new interface have leaked out for us to take a look at. The app is picking up a much cleaner look, abandoning the grids and lines that we’re used to in favor a slightly more colorful, flat, minimalist design. There’s a daily agenda feature and a heavy dose of social integration thanks to Google’s massive push with Google+.

The daily agenda feature rounds up all of your events for the day, including contact birthdays and information from G+, and pools them into one place for you to look at. Many other third-party calendars and OEM skin calendars have been doing this for a while now, so that would be a very nice addition to the stock Google calendar. There’s also a new separate birthdays menu that will show you upcoming birthdays from your contacts. It looks like a nice way be able to keep up with your friends’ birthdays without having it clutter up the rest of your calendar. » Read the rest

Google Glass might have saved this patient’s life

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Google Glass certainly has an uphill battle with consumers and their perception of privacy, but aside from the fear of someone filming them while they sip a coffee at Starbucks, Google Glass could be a valuable tool in so many other ways. Take the medical profession for example.

Five doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston are part of a pilot program in which they regularly wear Google Glass. Dr. Steve Horng was helping a patient suffering from massive brain bleeding, and thanks to Glass. was able to see that the patient had severe allergic reactions to blood pressure medications. This kind of information is usually only found on another computer or tablet. The doctor would have had to leave the patient, find the info, and scrub again. Because of Glass, Doctor Horng was able to start the treatment immediately. He went on to say….

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LG G Watch to be available before July in U.K.

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LG has confirmed that they will have the new LG G Watch available, at least in the U.K., before July. Considering Google I/O is scheduled for late June and LG is one of the manufacturers working with Google to produce Android Wear powered devices, possibly even a Google-branded device, that seems like a good time for an announcement. According to sources, pricing in the U.K. will be less than £180 ($299 USD). » Read the rest

YouTube Live Streams on Chromecast now available from the desktop

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Google has made a change to their YouTube platform so that users can now cast live videos to their Chromecast devices. This new feature only works when users are accessing YouTube using their desktop web browser where they will find the cast button now available on live streams. This capability is not yet enabled when using the YouTube app on a smartphone or tablet, but it seems like it should not take long for an update to roll out to enable this on mobile devices.

Google also recently changed the YouTube site to allow the casting of private YouTube videos. It appears that the only type of video that cannot be cast from YouTube are those where the publisher has not enabled viewing on mobile devices.

source: Android Police

Google I/O registration pushed to next week

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If you were looking to register for this year’s Google I/O today, you will have to wait until next week. Originally scheduled for today, Google has pushed it until April 15th – April 18th.

According to a post on Google+, they are making the registration process easier. That is always a good thing right? It will still work just like previously explained. Applicants will have 3 days to enter their registration, and there will be a random drawing shortly after the registration closes. Applicants will also get an email notifying them if they won.

source: +Google Developers

Virus Shield pulled out of Google Play Store for being a fake app

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When it comes to mobile security, people take it as a serious matter and try to find a solution to enhance the security of their device in every way possible. This is where Virus Shield, a so-called $3.99 security app for Android that secured the first position on Google Play’s paid apps charts, came into action to save the day (not really) by claiming that it will make your device virus free.

The app climbed to the top of the charts on Google Play’s paid apps section in just over a week, got a stunning and convincing 4.7 rating stars, and was downloaded over 10,000 times. The app claimed that it “prevents harmful apps from being installed on your device”, “scans apps, settings, files, and media in real time,” and “protects your personal information” while having a minimum effect on your battery level. » Read the rest

Google removed the SMS feature from Gmail Chat

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Google‘s experimental SMS feature which was released for Gmail Chat back in 2008 has now been removed. This means that users can no longer send an SMS to their mobile contacts via Gmail Chat. Google said users can switch to Hangouts and choose to receive messages in SMS settings.

However, US and Canada users can send an SMS through Google Voice or switch to Hangouts and “continue receiving SMS messages as follow-me (i.e. if you’re offline and receive a Hangout message, you’ll get an SMS message).” The company said that “by streamlining our services, we’re able to focus on creating the best possible products for our users”. » Read the rest

Google Play Store’s new ‘People’ option gives you recommendations based on your friends

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Google is updating the Play Store with a new option called “People.” This section will give you recommendations based on what your Google+ friends are using. This includes apps, books, music, movies, etc. The higher they rate them, the more likely you will see them.

The good news is that it’s not in your face. You will only see these recommendations if you open the section. You find it by tapping on the hamburger menu at the top left, which reveals the main slide-out menu. Just choose “People” under “My Wishlist.”

What is strange is that this new option appears in the current version of the Play Store app (version 4.6.17), but it’s being rolled out slowly. I have checked at least 5 or 6 devices, and neither of them have it yet. So if you don’t have it yet, be patient because there is no APK download that I know that will force it.

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Google takes us behind the scenes to peek at Project Ara development

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As Google prepares for a developers conference later this month for their modular smartphone project, known as Project Ara, they took some time to share a peek behind the scenes of some of the ongoing work. The video that was released focuses on a few areas of development, like the electro-permanent magnet system that has been designed to hold the modules in place. They also showed a little bit about how they will be utilizing 3D printing to produce parts with different colors and textures. » Read the rest