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Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Google puts their Nexus Player nearer its end-of-life with a change in presentation just days before Google I/O. This isn't a coincidence. The Nexus Player is about $20 cheaper than it debuted at, now coming in at $79 through the Google Store. This and the oncoming rush of Android TV sets like NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV may have Google pushing a second generation device just in time for Google I/O 2015. As the operating system gains speed, Google may just put the 2nd generation unit in developers hands this week.

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2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

With Google's I/O developers conference only two days away, Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting news and details on the next version of the operating system, codenamed Android M. But while the event may primarily focus on software development, it can also be a starting point for speculation about what hardware will be released under Google's Nexus brand later in the year. One of the latest rumors building up is that there will be two Nexus smartphones to see release in 2015, however there may not be a Nexus tablet.

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Google research reveals security questions’s vulnerability to attack

Google research reveals security questions’s vulnerability to attack

Google has just published research which puts the nail in the coffin of security question-based password protection. We like to think that security questions are reliable because the answers are easy to remember, but research shows this isn't the case. Not only are the answers to security questions often forgotten, but they are susceptible to attacks by simply guessing answers. These reasons contribute to the evolution of two-step authentication and SMS-based verification codes for quicker, more reliable password retrieval and authentication.

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First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

There have been rumblings for some time now of Google spinning off the photos features of Google+ into a separate app, and now, with the company's I/O 2015 event only days away, some of the first images of the Android version have been leaked. The timing can't be a coincidence. Google is expected to announce Android M, the code name for the latest version of the mobile OS, and a new photos app could play a big part in the new software offerings.

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“Creepy” Google robot toys would be your smart home butler

“Creepy” Google robot toys would be your smart home butler

Google is flirting with the concept of interactive robotic toys, that could provide a personable - or just plain creepy - interface to the smart home. The research, revealed in a recently published patent, is the handiwork of Richard Wayne DeVaul of Google [X], the search giant's unorthodox skunkworks lab: like a cuddly, moving version of Amazon Echo, the robo-pals would listen out for trigger words and then subsequent spoken instructions, capable of responding with not only speech but actions and expressions.

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Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Yep, it's that time of year again. Google fans and Android faithful will be glued to their screens, that is, if they're not already preparing to make an appearance at the mothership in California. Naturally, the rumor mill is teeming with what may or may not happen at the developers conference. And of course, we have our own picks of what we believe will take place, or at least wish will take place at Google I/O 2015 next week. We start off, in no particular order, with the most obvious of them all.

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Google patents kids toys with hidden microphones, cameras

Google patents kids toys with hidden microphones, cameras

If your laptop's webcam staring back at you gives you the willies, Google's newly patented connected kids toys will bring a whole new level of creepiness. The patent details “an anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, [that] may be configured to control one or more media devices.” Joining the description is an illustration showing a stuffed teddy bear and bunny rabbit with embedded microphones, cameras, speakers, and motors. We've a copy of the illustration after the jump!

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Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Good news if you use Google's messaging app Hangouts on your desktop! The company pushed out a new interface design for the Chrome app, featuring the now commonplace Material Design aesthetic that debuted with Android Lollipop. The app now better matches the mobile versions on Android and iOS, and is all-around more pleasing to the eye. The update is available for Chrome users on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, however those last three operating systems will require users to go to the settings menu and choose "Disable transparent UI."

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Google Project Fi to send out all invites by mid-summer

Google Project Fi to send out all invites by mid-summer

If you've been quite anxious to get your hands on Google's latest crazy experiment, you might just have to practice some extra restraint. Although Project Fi invitations have already started to go out to some lucky few, not everyone who has put in a request has had their prayers answered. At least not yet. Google claims that the reception has been quite hot and its doing everything it can to ensure that it offers quality over quantity. As such, it might not get to all those request until later next month.

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Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google Brillo: another OS made by Android (for IoT)

Google is tipped to be developing another new operating system, this time for the Internet of Things. This new operating system is code-named "Brillo" and will connect all devices connected to the internet. This software may be launched under the Android brand and could have the ability to run on low-powered devices. This would be another open source operating system that would allow companies of all sorts to join in on the web-connected party with ease, and more importantly, cheaply, too.

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