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Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they went on to celebrate their first billion user products and the release of Android Pay. Needless to say, this wasn't a super Chrome-focused sort of day. This was a day of mobile engagement from the start of this first keynote to the end. All about movement and tiny device software.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review

If Nexus Player was Android TV's trailer, NVIDIA SHIELD is the platform's first big blockbuster. This piece of hardware exemplifies all of the high points of NVIDIA's hardware history, taking the Android TV operating system to a place that not only shows off everything Google's done, but adds on features that make this environment even better. In NVIDIA SHIELD you'll find your new best bet for a top-notch living room TV controller, gaming system, and media center all in one.

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Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Google has announced Brillo, its play for the Internet of Things, and the Weave common-language that devices from connected locks, fridges, and alarms can interact. "We've taken Android and polished it down - hence the name - this is basically the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer, and the connectivity," Google SVP of Product Sundar Pichai said on-stage during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. And, as rumored, it's Google's most ambitious play for the smart home to-date.

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Starting at 9:30 AM Pacific Time Google begins their first big keynote of their developer sessions for Google I/O 2015. This event will be streamed live here - check below for the full stream all day long. This will be the first in a collection of talks given by Google and Google associates over the next couple of days. While all talks will be developer-focused, there's always some interesting information to be had by consumers as well. New phone software, new virtual reality bits and pieces, and new Chrome updates are likely to pop up throughout this morning and the rest of the next couple of days.

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Mophie Watch Dock for Apple Watch Review

Mophie Watch Dock for Apple Watch Review

Splash out $10k+ on an Apple Watch Edition and the gold-plated wearable's box doubles as a charging dock; the rest of us have to look elsewhere. Mophie waded in with its Watch Dock back in April, a $60 stand promising to elevate your wrist jewelry with the same sort of style that Apple might reserve for its own hardware. Having squeezed its aluminum and leather foot onto the cable-madness that is my desk, though, does Mophie's dock fit the bill?

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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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2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it. Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

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Samsung NX500 Review – the TARDIS of cameras

Samsung NX500 Review – the TARDIS of cameras

Is a bigger camera necessarily better? Or, put a different way, does a big sensor need to have a big body wrapped around it? Samsung would argue no, and the NX500 is its evidence. Distilling much of the NX1 into a form-factor only slightly larger than a point-and-shoot, it’s 28.2-megapixels of interchangeable lens camera with a 4K video recording bonus. Samsung can’t work miracles, mind, especially for $799 with a lens thrown in, and so there are some compromises to consider along the way.

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2016 Camaro first-drive – Look out, Mustang

2016 Camaro first-drive – Look out, Mustang

Don’t underestimate the 2016 Camaro, or indeed how important it is. The chunky Transformers styling may border on the caricature from some angles, but the Camaro is deadly serious when it comes to winning new converts to GM: a full 63-percent of the outgoing model were General Motors virgins. So, when Chevrolet asked if I wanted to take the current engineering prototype out on the track, it seemed rude to say no.

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