Google working on small wireless network project in overseas markets

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Sources have revealed that Google is engaged in talks with Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, owner of U.K. wireless carrier Three, to establish a “small scale” mobile network. The network does not appear to be one that consumers could sign up for regular service, serving instead as a means for U.S. travelers to use their phones while traveling abroad without incurring expensive international charges. Ultimately the wireless service in overseas locations would be tied back to Google’s attempt to create a U.S.-based mobile network to compete with the existing major carriers.
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Antitrust lawsuit against Google gets dismissed

Google_logo_474844Recently, two smartphone customers filed a class action lawsuit against Google claiming that they were artificially driving up the price of smartphones by forcing Android OEMs to use Google apps as the default on their devices. This made it harder for a company to rely on Bing or Yahoo! Mail instead of Google and Gmail. Kind of a tough argument to prove, but the suit was filed anyway.
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[Deal] Best Buy takes $75 off the Nexus 9

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Want one of the best Android tablets around? Then head over to Best Buy and purchase the Nexus 9. The electronics retailer is selling Google’s flagship tablet for $75 less than its normal price and both 16GB and 32GB models are eligible. That means the 16GB model costs $324 while the 32GB model has been lowered to $404. The Indigo Black and Lunar White color options are available in either storage size with the discount.

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Google Play version 5.4 debuts immersive hero images for Lollipop devices

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Starting today, owners of devices with Lollipop will begin to notice some changes in the Play Store. The latest version, 5.4, introduces immersive hero images throughout the application. Coloring, sizing, and placement have all been altered in certain areas, too. The changes are not considered part of an overhaul, but something like the transparent status bar is noticeable.


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Google+ photos in Drive coming to Google Apps users April 6

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Earlier in the week, Google gave notice that photos uploaded to Google+ would be forever available in Google Drive. The feature has long been requested since Photos’ debut much the same way Dropbox backs up photos. Well in typical fashion when something arrives from Google, personal users get the new goodies long before Google Apps users. However this doesn’t seem to be the case with this feature.


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Android malware was cut by 50 percent in 2014

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Google’s crackdown on malware has been working, at least according to them. In a new Android Security Report, Google says that the global rate of malware installs fell by 50 percent in 2014.

According to Google, only 1 percent of all Android devices had a harmful application in 2014. There’s even better news for those that only install applications from the Play Store as that number drops to .15 percent.


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New Chromebook ad shows they are ‘for everyone, everywhere’

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After the recent announcement of new Chrome OS-powered devices, consumers have options on the low-end and high-end to match their needs. There are devices ranging from $149 to more than $1,000. So it makes sense that the latest advertisement for Chromebooks focuses on the devices being ‘for everyone, everywhere.’ The ad shifts through various scenes in which people are using a Chromebook differently. The uses highlight education, photography, editing, entertainment, and more. Some of the brands spotted are not available in the United States which actually shows how easy it is for Chrome OS to go from market to market with ease.

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Yale Study discusses disconnect between what you actually know and what you assume to know from Googling

 

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In a world where everything you want to know about anything is readily available by just visiting Google, it’s never been easier to educate yourself in the vast varieties of human knowledge. From mathematics to sociological theories, it’s all there for your cherry-picking pleasure.

But if you’ve spent any time on Internet forums or maybe even at real-life social events, you inevitably come into contact with “Internet Intellectuals”. This term is not for those who just simply read something cool on the Internet, but rather those theoretical physicists who were awarded their PhD from the University of Google or the YouTube Institute of Technology.

Well, psychologists from Yale have made a recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology that discusses this very phenomenon. 
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Google introduces new analytics tools to help game developers

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Following up on an announcement a few weeks ago at the Game Developers Conference, Google is make the new Play Games Player Analytics tool available to all developers through the Google Play Developer Console. The Analytics tool will help developers manage their business to revenue targets, identify hot spots using metrics to develop new game updates, and understand how players are progressing, spending and churning.
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