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Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth has always been an impressive feat of technology on its own, but today things got a lot more beautiful. As a follow up to its first cloud-free mosaic of our fine planet (which was released a whole three years ago if you can believe it), today Google rolled out a new version of the mosaic using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite. The results, as you can imagine, are quite awe-inspiring.

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Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google’s Expeditions app is now open to all Androids

Google's most awesome VR experience for Android has been released to the public. This is Expeditions, an app originally intended for classroom use, now available for the masses - everyone who ever wanted to go on a trip to a strange place without having to pack their bags. You'll be able to select from a "growing list" of over 200 Expeditions, all available for free to Android users right this minute. You might want a Cardboard headset to go along with this app, but you could always try it out without one first.

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Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Project Bloks is Google’s DIY anything platform for aspiring creators

Google reveals a DIY set of computer parts that connect together to create learning experiences for young coders. Of course you don't have to be a programmer to use these blocks - you can be whoever you'd like to be. Google suggests that Project Bloks is a research project whose aim is "to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids."

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HP Chromebook 11 G5 surfaces with optional touchscreen

HP Chromebook 11 G5 surfaces with optional touchscreen

HP is turning our attention back towards Chromebooks, announcing its latest entry in the space today. The HP Chromebook 11 G5 will look instantly familiar to those who follow the line of super-affordable Internet machines, but the company is looking to land a few home runs with some of 11 G5's features. Chief among these big ticket items is the fact that the Chromebook 11 G5 will feature an optional IPS touch panel for its 11.6-inch display.

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Chrome bug aids in pirating Netflix, Amazon videos

Chrome bug aids in pirating Netflix, Amazon videos

DRM, or Digital Rights Management (some call it Digital Restrictions Management), is a class of technologies and software aimed to protect copyrighted material from unauthorized access, a.k.a. piracy. But what if that DRM itself is guilty of helping pirates do exactly that? That is somewhat the position Google is finding itself in when the DRM technology it uses in its Chrome browser has been found to have a bug that actually makes it easier to lift encrypted videos streamed from the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime and spread them around illegally.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets hacked by OurMine

Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets hacked by OurMine

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has had his Quora account hacked by OurMine, the same hacker group that gained access to Mark Zuckerberg's twitter and Pinterest accounts earlier in June. Since Pichai's Quora account was tied to his twitter account, the messages the hacker group sent out also went out to the 508,000 followers of the Google CEO on twitter.

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Android navigation buttons rumored for yet another change

Android navigation buttons rumored for yet another change

Android's navigation buttons are almost the perfect example of what user interfaces should be. They should be near invisible to the user's mind, not requiring conscious thought to use. They really only get noticed when things break or change. The latter will seem to be the case according to a recent insider tip. According to the source, Google will be introducing visual changes to the navigation bar icons that will go beyond just subtle aesthetic tweaks. It could, however, also be a prefiguring of behavior changes.

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Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android users, developers, and OEMs should probably be used by now that new, almost experimental features that Google introduces in "Release A" don't get polished until "Release A+1". That was the case with Doze mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well as the "hidden" split window API in the same release. Now it seems that it will be true as well for the free-form resizable windows of Android N. To be clear, the API will be there for app developers and OEMs to use and implement, but as far as Google's Nexus and Pixel C devices are concerned, it's going to be a no show.

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Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

If you have been wondering why there has been relative silence on the rumor mill about a 2016 Nexus, aside from a HTC leak here and there, this might be the reason why. According to your usual anonymous sources, Google will be launching a new smartphone later this year, but it won't be a Nexus. Or hopefully in addition to a Nexus. It might be a shocking revelation, unless you've heard the rumors before. Google is eyeing directly making its own Android smartphone, not unlike Apple directly making its own iPhones. And this could simply be the first of the "more opinionated" smartphones Google has planned.

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Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors talk about how Huawei, like Samsung, is building a contingency plan so that it won't be tied to the crutch of Android. This "Plan B" was supposedly prompted by whispers of Google's intent to exert more control over the mobile platform. Company "Rotating" CEO Yu Chengdong (Richard Yu) has taken to Weibo to express continuing solidarity with Android. But with one important caveat. He says that Huawei will keep on using Android as long as the platform remains open.

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Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Headphone jack axe wont send iPhone 7 users to Android

Apple's next iPhone might not have a headphone jack, and it would appear that you're not excited about that. Not excited about that one bit. We've run a couple of polls on the subject this afternoon on Twitter, coming away with results that suggest two things. The first thing we've found is that those of you that have smartphones overwhelmingly find use for the headphone jacks therein, at least some of the time, but for many of you, using that jack is more than just a "not often" sort of situation.

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Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Brexit voters Googling “What is the EU?” after voting Leave

Google says top searches in UK following Brexit vote inquire what the European Union actually is. What better time to find information on the EU, the subject that you JUST voted on, than right after the vote has been cast? It's like interviewing someone after you've hired them with a lifelong contract. It's like drinking a glass of liquid, asking what was inside only after you've swallowed.

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