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Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

Google, Netflix, Amazon team for one video format to rule them all

This week the Alliance for Open Media was launched in hopes of bringing a single open format to video streaming services worldwide. This single format would be adoptable by all, and given the members of the alliance that've announced their allegiance so far, this Alliance is going to be adopted by the biggest of the big. Founding members of the Alliance include Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix. If there were a group of technology leaders able to make this format happen, it's this one.

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Google 2015 icons made available with new animations

Google 2015 icons made available with new animations

Today we're tearing apart Google's new brand identity to capture the bits and pieces that'll be applicable for your smartphone and tablet. While Google will eventually bring most or all of these icons and imagery to your device in the form of a software update in the future, we know what you want - you want it now. You're an Android addict, and you demand satisfaction once you've seen a new logo from Google. You need a few new wallpapers too, so lets to it!

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Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

Google’s new logo on Android and everywhere: identity evolved

This morning Google revealed their new logo and design language evolution, complete with Android implementation. We're having a look with what Google describes as "designers from all across the company, including Creative Lab and the Material Design team" at what it took to design this logo and this new look. We'll see first how the new look will appear in a web browser on your desktop or notebook computer. We'll also see how it'll appear on Android - colors, animations, and everything in-between.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

CyanogenMod update smashes Stagefright

This week the folks behind CyanogenMod have released their version 12.1 with an added bonus of a Stagefright fix. This update is something you're going to WANT to get as fast as possible to protect yourself from the potential evils of Stagefright and - if you're not already on Android 5.1 - an update to the perks of that bit of software. This update will not be available for all CyanogenMod-covered devices immediately, but there ARE a whole lot of devices ready to roll from the get-go.

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Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

Google just recently launched YouTube Gaming, and with it a new generation, not to mention new market, of video streaming users. But while that's well and good from a business perspective, it poses a technological problem for the future when video streaming has become as common as, say, simply loading web pages. Add to that the growing number of 2K, and even some 4K, video content that will soon snake its way online. Good thing then, that Google is already developing the next gen VP10 technology to face those situations head on.

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Nest 3rd Gen detailed with larger, sharper display

Nest 3rd Gen detailed with larger, sharper display

The third generation Nest Learning Thermostat has been revealed with a new physical design and Farsight. So-called for its ability to see further than previous Nest devices, Farsight is a feature that "takes advantage of the new high-res screen", allowing users to glimpse information on the thermostat from distances much further than the previous 3-foot requirement. This new Nest will be made available today at a variety of online retailers.

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AT&T launches GigaPower map highlighting current and planned cities

AT&T launches GigaPower map highlighting current and planned cities

AT&T's plan to combat Google and its fast Google Fiber internet service is called GigaPower. Earlier this year, GigaPower came to Kansas City, the first location where Google rolled out Google Fiber. The next moth AT&T rolled GigaPower out in Cupertino, Ca. There are a number of folks wanting to know when they might be able to get GigaPower service in their area and AT&T has made that easier to track and discover with a new map.

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Google’s self-driving prototypes will be testing Austin roads

Google’s self-driving prototypes will be testing Austin roads

In early July, Google broke its self-driving cars out of California and headed east to Austin, Texas, to continue its road test in less familiar territory. And while there, Google decided to take a trip to Austin's children's museum to give some younger minds a peek at what their future might look like. After all, when it comes to imagination, nothing beats a child's still unhindered mind. Of course, they are also still unconcerned about road safety and legalities, which makes them a perfect captive audience.

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Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear’s iOS victim isn’t Apple Watch, it’s Pebble

Android Wear has been updated to work with iOS, and while some suggest it's the Apple Watch that'll suffer, we're thinking Pebble. The smartwatch that took hold a couple years ago with its super-simple interface, physical buttons, and most important of all - iOS integration from the get-go. Being the only smartwatch in the world worth a second glance was great for Pebble when it launched. Now things are different. Now there's competition, and Pebble really, truly looks like it's behind the times.

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Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Google to work with Sanofi on diabetes research

Leading diabetes medication makers Sanofi will be working with Google in the near future on the monitoring and treatment of the condition. In the near future this Google Live Sciences division will be split off into its own company under Alphabet. For now, it's still inside Google. Google Live Sciences is currently led by Andrew Conrad who suggests that this Sanofi partnership is just one of many made in the recent past to grow Google Life Science's involvement in medication, software, medical devices, and computing infrastructure.

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Google On app launched for your smart home

Google On app launched for your smart home

Today the first Google On app has been launched, prepared at first for the device OnHub, a device Google says is "a router for the new way to Wi-Fi." Inside this app you won't find a whole lot - unless you've already got a Google OnHub in your home. For now this device will act as a smart Wi-fi control tower, distributing your internet service throughout your home in a set of smart ways. In the future, the Google OnHub and On app will act as smart controllers for all of the smart home products in your immediate environment.

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