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Samia Perkins is a writer and editor at SlashGear and Android Community. She is a science geek, former science teacher, technical writer, and a mom of two. She has been writing for R3 Media since January, and also is the author of SlashGear's Science Week in Review.

Google I/O Day 2 On the Runway

Google I/O Day 2 On the Runway

We're revving up and getting ready for Day 2 of Google I/O, with the keynote starting in just a few minutes. Yesterday was jam-packed with annoucements, from Google Music Beta, movie rentals on Android, Honeycomb 3.1, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android at Home. You can see all of our coverage, including the full keynote video, here. Our buddies Vince and Ben are at the event, getting ready to head into the keynote any minute, and we will be giving you up to the minute coverage on the news as it comes out. Today's keynote will likely focus on Chrome.

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Apple Likely Partnering, Not Purchasing Nuance

Apple Likely Partnering, Not Purchasing Nuance

There has been all sorts of speculation around the web about whether Apple will shell out some of the pile of excess cash it has laying around and purchase Nuance. And last year, Steve Wozniak made a big flub and speculated that Apple would buy Nuance, later retracting his statement. But a move yesterday by Nuance to make an acquisition itself casts doubt on a purchase of the company by Apple.

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Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google has showed, on the first day of this year's I/O event, that they have no end of surprises up their sleeve. We noticed an announcement on Twitter today that Google's +1 button will be available to publishers in the coming weeks, and to "stay tuned". We venture the speculation that Google has big plans for the +1 button, and that it will be a significant competitor to Facebook's "Like" button, but Google will likely want to differentiate +1 from Facebook.

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Zynga Goes “Gaga” with “GagaVille”

Zynga Goes “Gaga” with “GagaVille”

Zynga and Lady Gaga have worked together before, when Zynga was raising money for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Zynga has also had quite a few high-profile partnerships with musicians and entertainment companies, including Snoop Dogg, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, The Green Hornet and others. This deal with Lady Gaga, however, is the biggest one to date. May 17, Lady Gaga and Zynga will be unveiling GagaVille!

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Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

The free gear continues to flow at Google I/O. Samsung and Verizon have handed out cards which are good for a free Verizon Mobile Hotspot and a SIM card which gives three months of complimentary service from Verizon. The tickets can be exchanged for the gear tomorrow afternoon at the Gear Pick Up location at the conference. This fresh gift of gear comes immediately after the announcement during the first keynote that every attendant of the conference will be getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich Officially Announced at Google I/O

Android Ice Cream Sandwich Officially Announced at Google I/O

Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been officially announced, coming in Q4 2011. It comes with a super awesome logo, which you see below. There are some amazing new features being announced, including 3D. Google says its goal is to deliver "one operating system that works everywhere, regardless of device." Update: Ice Cream Sandwich will be able to run on nearly all current Android hardware, so it can work on older handsets as well. It won't be limited to just the newer phones.

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Getting Ready for the First Keynote at Google I/O

Getting Ready for the First Keynote at Google I/O

Today at 9AM Pacific Time is the first Google keynote speech. We're in the crowd waiting in line for the door to open, along with about fifteen billion other people. But we will be giving you the big news first! We'll be ready with not only news, but analysis, and our thoughts on what the announcements mean. Ice Cream Sandwich? Google music service? Chrome? You'll see it first here. [Update: We're in, and its starting now!]

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Woz was right after all: Apple may be looking to acquire Nuance

Woz was right after all: Apple may be looking to acquire Nuance

Last November, Steve Wozniak spoke out of turn and said that Apple was planning buying Nuance who specializes in voice recognition software. He later had to come out and say he was "totally wrong". Now, it seems he may not have been completely off-base, as today speculation has surfaced that Apple is, in fact, looking at a deal with Nuance. Apple is reportedly very interested in improving its voice recognition capability in iOS 5, and Nuance would help them do that.

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Next-Gen Looxcie Video Camera Gets Look from the FCC

Next-Gen Looxcie Video Camera Gets Look from the FCC

Last month, our own Chris Burns reviewed the Looxcie LX1 video camera, a small camera that you wear around your ear, like a Bluetooth headset. The camera gives a first person perspective, and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Now, Looxcie has taken the next generation camera, the LX2 to the FCC. There seem to have been some improvements, though we will have to wait for more information to know the full feature set of the new camera.

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