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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Nexus 8 specs revealed

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Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus 8 have been circulating for a while now, but we have some juicy details for you. If these leaked specs are true, this will be the tablet of the year.

The Nexus 8 is codenamed T1, and it’s expected to sport an 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600) display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra chip, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, and optional LTE. How is that for some serious power?


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Amazon discounts Chromebooks for back to school sale

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Google has positioned Chromebooks as an excellent laptop to choose for educational purposes, and so far, they’ve sold fairly well. If you’ve been thinking about picking one up, you’re definitely going to want to check out Amazon’s pretty big sale on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes for back to school. Some models are seeing around $20 – $40 price drops, but others, like the HP 11-inch Chromebook, have dropped about $80 down to $199.
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Google Fit now available to developers as a preview SDK

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Google announced Google Fit at Google I/O, which will gives developers the tools to build amazing fitness apps. The set of APIs can store and access data from fitness apps and sensors on Android devices or other wearables. With the user’s permission, apps will now be able to access fitness history data allowing for detailed insights, personalized coaching, recommendations, and more.


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Samsung’s U.S. market share grows as LG, Motorola, and HTC all see small dips

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For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.

Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
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Google scoops up smart IM client Emu

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Google latest acquisition is the instant messaging company, Emu, that left beta status earlier this year. Emu set itself apart from other messaging services by allowing users to use voice controls to do things like set calendar appointments and other tasks, not unlike a Google Now or Siri. Not only that, but Emu used contextual information from the conversations you were having to make recommendations on things like restaurants or places of interest that you might enjoy. 
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Google Search updated to version 3.6 with new app deep linking and hints of a hands free mode

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Google is pushing out an update to Google Search, bringing the app to version 3.6. This is a really minor update with the only visible change being the ability for developers to deep link app information through Android’s linking API. This basically means you’ll be able to be linked directly to content in another app, if you have it installed and the developer has implemented it within their own application.
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Google expands the universe of email addresses it will recognize in Gmail

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Google announced today what they think is a significant step forward in enabling communication via email around the globe. Google’s Gmail application, and soon Calendar, will now recognize accented Latin characters or non-Latin characters used in an email address. Google points out that less than half of the world’s population uses a mother tongue based solely on the Latin alphabet. By accepting additional characters as part of an email address, the possibilities for people to get email addresses that make more sense to them is broadened.
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