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May 15, 2015

Adorable Google Car to Drive on Real Roads

Google has taken another step forward in its mission to make an autonomous car a reality. Its super-cute Self-Driving Car prototype, which looks like it just drove out of a Pixar movie, will soon be put through its paces on real roads throughout Mountain View, California.

According to a post by the project director Chris Urmson, the cars will run the same software that was installed on the company’s Lexus RX450h SUV fleet of self-driving cars, which had “logged nearly a million [...]

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May 13, 2015

What to Do If Google News Isn’t Indexing Your Site

I’m writing this because this recently happened to us here at BestTechie after we pushed our redesign live — all of the sudden our latest content stopped appearing on Google News. “What gives?” I thought. The weird thing to me was that for a few days after the redesign went live our articles were still being indexed, nonetheless, suddenly they just stopped showing up. Like any publisher, I was determined to fix it.

Below I’m going to outline various [...]

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May 8, 2015

Android M to Give Users More Privacy Controls

That didn’t take long: hot on the heels of Google’s tacit confirmation that Android M would make an appearance at I/O later this month, Bloomberg reported that the new version of the mobile OS would offer greater control over a smartphone’s privacy settings.

According to the report, some Google insiders say that Android M will “give users more detailed choices over what aps can access,” which includes “photos, contacts or location.” That’s significant since so many apps that users [...]

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May 7, 2015

Google I/O Schedule Points to Android M Debut

Just as Apple’s annual WWDC conference will descend upon us before we know it, Google’s own I/O conference is also just around the corner, where we’re likely to hear about all kinds of new Android-based initiatives. A post on 9to5Google went to the trouble of sifting through the just-posted event schedule and sussed out some of the tastier tidbits we might see—including Android M, even.

The dissection links back to an earlier post, which offers up a description of the “Android for [...]

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April 30, 2015

New Custom Voice Actions Hitting Google Now

One of Android’s coolest features—its voice-activated “Okay Google” feature, powered by Google Now—is about to get a little cooler. The company announced today that a new batch of custom voice commands were just launched, with even more on the way.

So far, Google has two examples. Say “Okay Google, listen to NPR” will launch an audio stream on the NPR app, while “Okay Google, show attractions near me on TripAdvisor” does, well, that. It’s a nice couple of additions, and it’s even [...]

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April 28, 2015

LG Watch Urbane Available, G Watch Off Google Store

The newest Android Wear device, the LG-made Watch Urbane, is available to order from the Google Store starting today, April 28, for a price of $349. This follows up on a leaked document from a few days ago that the smartwatch would appear at Verizon stores for that very price on that very day.

Interestingly, the arrival of the Watch Urbane has resulted in some changes to other products on the Google Store. For starters, the original G Watch, the blocky smartwatch that was one of [...]

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April 27, 2015

Verizon to Sell LG Watch Urbane for $349

It’s official: LG is gunning right for the Apple Watch. Based on facts gleaned from a newly leaked promotional material from Verizon, posted on AndroidSpin on Friday, the LG Watch Urbane—the newest addition to Google’s Android Wear lineup—will cost about as much as an Apple Watch when it goes on sale at the end of the month.

Take a look at the fact sheet for the full scoop:

According to the post, Verizon will begin selling the device starting on April 28. We also [...]

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April 27, 2015

Google is Stopping Patent Trolls by Buying All the Patents

In an effort to shut down patent trolls, one of the tech world’s worst problems and roadblocks towards progress, Google has announced its Patent Purchase Promotion. Described on its Public Policy Blog as “an experimental marketplace,” the promotion looks to give patent holders an easier way to unload patents for cash without working with trolls who tie innovators up in litigation. As a nice bonus, Google will get to increase its own patent portfolio—and, of course, this may not be quite [...]

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April 24, 2015

Google Sees Disappointing Nexus 6 Sales

It seems that I wasn’t the only Nexus fan disappointed by Google’s decision to make a phablet—Google CFO Patrick Pichette told shareholders that Nexus 6 sales were lower than expected after its debut late last year.

According to 9to5Google, Pichette said that the Nexus line of devices has fallen this year, which has more to do with the Nexus 6’s poor performance when compared to its predecessors:

“Other revenues grew 23 percent year over year to $1.8 billion, but were down [...]

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April 24, 2015

Luxottica Working on Google Glass

Italian eyewear company Luxottica—one of the world’s largest eyewear makers—is apparently working on a new version of Glass in collaboration with Google, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The news comes by way of Luxottica CEO Massimo Vian, who made the announcement during a general meeting at the company, says the report.

Luxottica owns the Ray-Ban brand, among tons of others.

There are many, many details missing from this news, like whether [...]

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