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  • Google highlights, awards best Material Design apps

    28 May 2015, 11:30 pm by: JC Torres

    Like it or not, and some definitely do not, Material Design is going to be what Google will be talking about for a long time, at least in terms of design. And rightly so, considering it is poised to unify Google's visual identity not just on Android but across…
  • Test Android apps across devices with Google’s in-house Cloud Test Lab

    28 May 2015, 11:03 pm by: Lindsey Caldwell

    Android developers need to make sure their apps work on a wide variety of mobile devices, while iOS developers only have to worry about iPhone and iPad variations. According to an Open Signal report, there were over 18,000 distinct Android devices in existence…
  • Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

    28 May 2015, 10:30 pm by: JC Torres

    Google has just formally announced Android Pay over at I/O 2015, so imagine our surprise and bewilderment when it rather revealed another wireless payment scheme simply called "Hands Free". While it does sound like something you'd associate with cars, but this…
  • Unsend emails using Inbox by Google—no invitation needed

    28 May 2015, 9:53 pm by: Lindsey Caldwell

    Inbox is Google's Gmail-based app that offers deeper integration with calendars, photos, and your daily life that basic Gmail. The mobile app's goal is to "help you spend less time with email," which is a welcome goal for any smartphone user. Inbox debuted in…
  • Halo Back smart screen cover adds ‘back’ button to iPhone

    28 May 2015, 9:04 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Have you made the switch from an Android device with a back button to the iPhone, which lacks one? If so, you've probably hit for that non-existent back button on more than one occasion, and now there's a solution (or, at least, the promise of a solution).…
  • Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

    28 May 2015, 9:00 pm by: Chris Davies

    Android Pay is coming, and it's impressively streamlined compared to the overly-complicated and feature-bulging Google Wallet. Officially revealed alongside Android M at Google I/O today, the mobile payments system supports both NFC for dropping virtual cash…
  • Acer Aspire Z Series AiO PCs updated, bring Windows 8.1

    28 May 2015, 8:34 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Today Acer took the wraps off a couple of updated all-in-one PCs in its Z Series product lineup. These two new AiOs — the Aspire Z3-710 and the Aspire ZC-700 — are loaded with Windows 8.1, though they’ll be getting a free Windows 10 update when such a…
  • Latest 15″ MacBook Pro is first to support 5k displays

    28 May 2015, 8:03 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The newly introduced 15-inch MacBook Pro has officially become the first with the “MacBook” name to support both 5k-resolution displays and 4k displays with a full 4096 x 2160/60Hz resolution (single-stream). Such is made official via a support document…
  • Amazon tipped in plan for self-branded grocery items

    28 May 2015, 7:17 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Are you ready to have a jug of milk in your fridge with an Amazon logo on it? How about the cereal in your cupboard and the jars of baby food? According to sources that have cropped up, such will be possible in the future, with the retail giant looking to roll…
  • Inside Google Photos: A super-smart cloud for your memories

    28 May 2015, 7:02 pm by: Chris Davies

    Google Photos isn’t the first cloud photo storage service, or the first media management platform, but first impressions suggest Google has raised the stakes with its smart new system. Announced at Google I/O today, and further detailed in a later session by…
  • Hubble captures time lapse of shock collision from black hole

    28 May 2015, 6:44 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    In a galaxy far away — about 260 million light years from our planet, to be exact — there was a plasma jet blasted from within a giant black hole. We know this thanks to the Hubble telescope, which captured images of the event that were later assembled…
  • Prehistoric murder indicated by newly discovered skull

    28 May 2015, 6:01 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    There’s a prehistoric murder mystery in the news, and it’s not the plot of a movie. Rather, researchers have discovered a 430,000 year old skull that is thought to be the oldest (discovered) murder victim remains. The skull is said to belong to a primitive…
  • Drop everything and watch: Kung Fury has been released

    28 May 2015, 5:51 pm by: Chris Burns

    The most epic 30 minute of film grandeur has been released to blow your eyes out of their sockets simultaneously. This is Kung Fury. Behold the original article back in December of 2013 when we demanded that you support the crowd-funded project. Now that's…
  • Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

    28 May 2015, 5:35 pm by: Chris Davies

    Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away,…
  • IRS on hack: all signs point to Russia

    28 May 2015, 5:25 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Earlier this week, it was reported that the IRS had been hacked and the tax returns for more than 100,000 people were swiped. That reality has not changed, but now there’s a potential culprit: Russian hackers. The news was stated by Illinois Rep. Peter…
  • Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

    28 May 2015, 5:21 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive…
  • Nintendo delivery truck heist leaves pre-orders up in air

    28 May 2015, 4:34 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Nintendo pre-orders -- particularly of the amiibo sort -- are a hot thing right now, and trying to get an item before it is sold out is hard enough. What makes it harder are heists -- robberies, that is -- that snatch already-ordered gear. Such a reality has…
  • Apple buys augmented reality specialist Metaio

    28 May 2015, 4:21 pm by: Chris Davies

    Apple has apparently acquired augmented reality firm Metaio, a surprise purchase of a specialist in computer vision, tracking, and even "virtual Holodeck" tools for developers. The news suggests Apple is adding to its portfolio of computational vision…
  • This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

    28 May 2015, 4:00 pm by: Chris Davies

    GoPro has been busy lately, first showing off a spherical rig yesterday and then following up today with this, a 16-camera 360 Array to work with Google Jump. The first example of a Jump-compatible rig for recording entire panoramas of footage, the 3D-printed…
  • Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

    28 May 2015, 3:58 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they…
  • Periscope live tour held by The British Museum

    28 May 2015, 3:45 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Periscope is a livestreaming service, and it can be used for more than piracy and vlogs. Case in point: the British Museum gave a live broadcast of an exhibit earlier today using Periscope, and we can only hope it'll be doing more of them in the future. This…
  • NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

    28 May 2015, 2:57 pm by: Chris Burns

    If Nexus Player was Android TV's trailer, NVIDIA SHIELD is the platform's first big blockbuster. This piece of hardware exemplifies all of the high points of NVIDIA's hardware history, taking the Android TV operating system to a place that not only shows off…
  • Google JUMP made for cameras shooting VR video

    28 May 2015, 2:51 pm by: Chris Burns

    A rig and software for shooting virtual reality video in 360-degrees is presented by Google as "JUMP". This system will include schematics that'll be given away by Google to the public. With these plans, you'll be able to build your own JUMP system with…
  • Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

    28 May 2015, 2:45 pm by: Chris Davies

    Google is taking Cardboard into classrooms, with a new Google Expeditions pack containing everything a teacher needs for their class to go on a virtual reality fieldtrip. Taking advantage of the affordable VR viewer that folds up around a regular smartphone…
  • Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

    28 May 2015, 2:38 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google reveals their second virtual reality headset for phones, a larger Google Cardboard. Clay Bavor of Google Cardboard spoke up today at Google I/O about the starting run of the company's virtual reality efforts. The second Google Cardboard unit will have a…
  • Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

    28 May 2015, 2:34 pm by: Chris Davies

    You can't argue that the Google Play store isn't heavily-trafficked, with 50 billion installs over the past twelve months, but now Google is adding tools to help developers get discovered. Revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, the extras include…
  • Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

    28 May 2015, 2:28 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google's next version of Android is revealed to have a "Dozing" feature which puts your phone sleep, effectively. What Google will do with Android M is to bring a Doze mode that sees when your phone has not been in use for an extended period of time. When…
  • Android Wear has 4,000 apps – is that enough?

    28 May 2015, 2:12 pm by: Chris Davies

    Android Wear now has 4,000 apps, Google confirmed today, with the wearable's latest software update featuring things like sketchable emojis added. The new software also supports flick-gestures for navigating through Android Wear's card-based UI, along with…
  • Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube offline support extended in a big way

    28 May 2015, 2:11 pm by: Chris Burns

    Google goes offline in multiple respects with apps like Google Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. Android will soon have a version of Chrome that'll allow you to save a webpage for offline viewing. That's the simplest update here of the three. While YouTube offline…
  • Google Photos includes free unlimited storage

    28 May 2015, 2:00 pm by: Chris Burns

    With the introduction of Google's newest iteration of their app "Photos" comes the promise of Unlimited Photo and Video storage. This system is what Google calls "a home for all your photos and video, [helping] you organize and bring moments to life [and…

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