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Google seeks to control Android by making more apps closed source

Google seeks to control Android by making more apps closed source

When Google's Android operating system first started as an attempt to compete against Apple and the original iPhone Google really didn't have anything to lose. The iPhone was dominating the smartphone market at the time and the way Google decided to compete against Apple was offering a free smartphone operating system that it could sell ads on the and various applications to make money. It took a while to catch on, but eventually Android became the most popular smartphone operating system out there.

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Googlers reveal products Google uses, discourages, or outright bans

Googlers reveal products Google uses, discourages, or outright bans

Google keeps a tight rein on which hardware and software Google employees can use, but chief information officer Ben Fried argues that his methods of doing so give Googlers the freedom to connect with each other and ultimately to innovate for the eventual benefit of customers, AllThingsD revealed in a recent interview. Whenever possible, Google uses Google products for internal operations and employee devices. These include Google Drive, Google Apps, Android phones and tablets, and Chromebooks. However, some "thousands" of the 45,000 Googlers do prefer to bring their iPhones to the job.

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Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

Google celebrates 15th birthday in its original home: a garage

As it seems to be with all great technology projects, Google started in a garage. As any garage band can tell you, great inspiration comes from working in someone's personal space, dreaming of the greatness of a dedicated home base - for Google, that time was 15 years ago this week. To celebrate, Google has done several things - one of them being a miniature party in the original Susan Wojcicki-owned home of Google's worldwide HQ.

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Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

Android KitKat teased with updates for Hangouts, Gmail, Search

This week the teams behind several of Google's key apps for Android have ushered in updates that tie the family together closer, ushering in an environment ripe for a new operating system iteration. That new version is, of course, Android 4.4 KitKat, and considering Google has been ushering in the press on the subject so readily over the past couple of weeks, there's little doubt that this system is far from ready for prime-time. This weeks' app updates include Gmail for Android, Hangouts for Android, and Google Now - through Google Search, of course.

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Google+ for Android 4.1 update features: multiple accounts included

Google+ for Android 4.1 update features: multiple accounts included

In an effort to bring about changes as requested from the Android community, Google has issued an update this week to the Android version of Google+, complete with a full axing of Google Messenger. While some may hold a torch for said service, it's been fully translated - transformed, even - into Hangouts, a service that's essentially the same as Messenger and has been kicking it live since back at Google I/O 2013. This service works with Android, iOS, Chrome OS, and Chrome web browsers for cross-platform text and video chat, as well as media file sharing.

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Google Babel project aims for real-time translation in phone calls

Google Babel project aims for real-time translation in phone calls

Remember Google Babel? It was the rumored name of what is now called the rebranded Google+ Hangouts. However, Project Babel still exists, and it deals with language translation. Google is working to turn phones into "universal translators" of sorts, so when you talk into the phone in one language, the person you're calling will hear a real-time translation in their native language.

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Nexus 7 brings Hangouts update for tablet-based screen-sharing [UPDATE]

Nexus 7 brings Hangouts update for tablet-based screen-sharing [UPDATE]

Google this week brings a new Nexus 7 to the market along with software updates that will allow full-screen sharing through Hangouts. What this means for the lay person is that, when you connect with a friend or colleague with the Android app Hangouts, you'll not just be able to do video and text chat, you'll be able to share the images on your tablet's screen as well. This includes document editing as well.

NOTE: This feature was shown by Google as a PREVIEW, meaning it won't be released today, but some time in the near future. We'll let you know when it's time!

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Google Glass exploit hacked wearable with QR codes

Google Glass exploit hacked wearable with QR codes

Google has quietly patched a Glass security exploit that could have allowed hackers to take control of the wearable by showing it a QR code, the researcher who identified the flaw tells SlashGear. The exploit, discovered by Marc Rogers, Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security, took advantage of Glass' streamlined setup process that saw the camera automatically - and transparently to the wearer - spot QR codes in images and use them to trigger WiFi connections and other configurations. By creating malicious codes, and hiding them in images, Rogers was able to get Glass to connect to a compromised network, show details of all network traffic from the wearable, and even take full remote control.

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Google Play Edition: Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Review

Google Play Edition: Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Review

They're the phones the most vocal minority demanded, pure Android on familiar Samsung and HTC hardware. They're also the phones the manufacturers refused to consider; HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz aren't merely window-dressing but core elements of the overall user-experience, so the argument went, and the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 wouldn't be the same without them. Now, then, with the Google Play Edition versions of both, we have the chance to see just how much that's true.

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