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Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.

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Samsung Gear Live joins Android Wear crew, available today

Samsung Gear Live joins Android Wear crew, available today

Ordering of the just-announced Samsung Gear Live has been made clear today at Google I/O 2014 right alongside the LG G Watch. Google is making a serious push of Android Wear today with a full demonstration of the system, following up with hardware ready to roll imminently. The Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch are coming to pre-orders today, while the Motorola Moto 360 will be made available later this year.

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Android Wear detailed: “Okay Google”, App integration, more

Android Wear detailed: “Okay Google”, App integration, more

Google is making its play for wearables, detailing Android Wear during I/O as the best way to integrate the phone in your pocket and glanceable information on the wrist. Building around Google Now for voice control, Android Wear's UI shows the most contextually relevant information on-screen by default, such as an upcoming flight or appointment, or album art for a currently playing track, along with the time.

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Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Apple's WWDC 2014 contained more than a few shots at Android earlier this month, but Google isn't going to let it go past without a reply. Google's Sundar Pichai took to the I/O 2014 stage to call out Apple's new iOS 8, pointing out that Android had things like widgets and user-customizable keyboards - both highlight features of the new iPhone and iPad platform - many versions ago.

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Google Material Design adds pixels with depth

Google Material Design adds pixels with depth

Google has revealed its new Android and Chrome design language, Material Design, cleaning up the smartphone and tablet UI by taking inspiration from paper and ink along with depth. "We took real inspiration from paper and ink," Google's Matias Duarte said during the I/O opening keynote, "but unlike real paper our digital material can reform and shape."

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Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest's announcement that it will share user data with Google as well as third-party services like Logitech and Jawbone has unsurprisingly reawakened privacy concerns, coinciding with a new hack of the Smart Thermostat that could in theory give nefarious backdoor access. The Nest Developer Program will allow fitness wearables like UP24, Mercedes-Benz cars, and Logitech Harmony remotes to link with the thermostat, but it's Google Now integration - and what that means for Nest's privacy promises - that have some concerned.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: 10.5 and 8.4 Android glamour

Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: 10.5 and 8.4 Android glamour

Samsung has always been at the forefront of envelope-pushing when it comes to slim tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S is no exception. Challenging Apple’s iPad line-up head on, and borrowing the Super AMOLED technology and fingerprint biometrics from the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 promise to finally give the Android tablet world what it’s arguably been missing: a little glamour. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass

Epson Moverio BT-200 Review: Smashing Glass

Google didn’t invent wearable technology, it just made it contentious. Glass’ play for the mass-market isn’t going smoothly, but Google isn’t the only company pushing head-mounted displays. Epson’s Moverio BT-200 may have been dismissed by many as another “me too” Glass clone when it was unveiled at CES earlier this year, but in many ways it’s the true augmented reality headset we’d hoped Google’s might be, and all it took was pretending to be a drone pilot, an engineer, and a space explorer to figure that out. Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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What to expect from Google I/O: Android

What to expect from Google I/O: Android

Ready for I/O later this week? Google’s annual Developers conference is typically rife with interesting new programs and neat updates to their various platforms and services, so it’s easy to get geeky about it. Android is prime for a few big changes, especially with the incoming wearable surge from Google. Today, we’re taking a look at what we’re expecting from Google this week as it relates to Android.

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