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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 autonomous miles on the roads since we started the [...]

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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 things I tried to get our content back into the [...]

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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 download come with a laundry list of user [...]

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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 Work” session—though, to be completely honest, I [...]

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May 3, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google is Buying Patents to Help Protect Them from Trolls; Ouya Puts Itself Up for Sale

Thanks for stopping by for this weekend’s edition of the Wrap-Up! Companies in the news this week include Google, Ouya, Microsoft, and Apple. Let’s find out why.

Google is Buying Patents to Thwart Trolls

Patent trolls are individuals/companies that don’t actually do anything with a patent; instead, they sue whoever they believe is infringing on it. Google has an interesting idea for how to deal with this problem: buy all the patents. Well, not all the patents, but Google will be accepting submissions from [...]

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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 better that Google has plans for even more [...]

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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 the first devices to run Android Wear, has been [...]

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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 as altruistic as the company might like us to [...]

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April 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Google Launches Project Fi! :) On its Poor-Selling Nexus 6 :(

This may have been a big week for Apple, with the launch of its Apple Watch, but let’s be real — we’ve known it was coming for weeks now. You can’t have news without the word new. Google, however, did manage to make a couple of headlines (for good reasons and bad), as did Microsoft. And Apple did manage to sneak in for a bit of a kerfuffle with its App Store, and, yes, it is related to the Apple Watch.

Let’s jump in.

Google Launches Project Fi

If you’ve been waiting for a wireless [...]

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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 2 percent quarter over quarter, driven really by [...]

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