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Inside Google Photos: A super-smart cloud for your memories

Inside Google Photos: A super-smart cloud for your memories

Google Photos isn’t the first cloud photo storage service, or the first media management platform, but first impressions suggest Google has raised the stakes with its smart new system. Announced at Google I/O today, and further detailed in a later session by Bradley Horowitz along with the rest of the Google Photos team, much of the near-magic is what’s going on behind the scenes, such as how it uses landmark recognition to fill in missing geotags, intelligently deals with diminishing storage on smartphones, and even differentiates dogs.

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Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away, though the broadly-misunderstood network is certainly going to change according to VP of Product Bradley Horowitz speaking at Google I/O today.

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Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive foam. No more magnets. Still velcro, but a little bit different use of metal than before. This allows not just Android devices to work, but any smartphone. Even devices that aren't necessarily running iOS, if you want to be especially explorative with it.

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This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

GoPro has been busy lately, first showing off a spherical rig yesterday and then following up today with this, a 16-camera 360 Array to work with Google Jump. The first example of a Jump-compatible rig for recording entire panoramas of footage, the 3D-printed framework holds more than a dozen GoPro cameras and, optionally, a microphone with them, so that users can capture everything going on around them and share it on the new YouTube service.

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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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Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google Expeditions takes classes on a Cardboard fieldtrip

Google is taking Cardboard into classrooms, with a new Google Expeditions pack containing everything a teacher needs for their class to go on a virtual reality fieldtrip. Taking advantage of the affordable VR viewer that folds up around a regular smartphone but turns it into a 3D eyepiece, Expeditions will feature content from high-profile providers like the Palace of Versailles.

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Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google reveals their second virtual reality headset for phones, a larger Google Cardboard. Clay Bavor of Google Cardboard spoke up today at Google I/O about the starting run of the company's virtual reality efforts. The second Google Cardboard unit will have a button instead of a magnetic washer mechanism, and it'll be large enough to support 6-inch display-toting smartphones. This release will include a Cardboard SDK - developer kit for creative types to get ready for the oncoming wave of Virtual Reality apps.

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Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

Google wants to make app discovery better: Here’s how

You can't argue that the Google Play store isn't heavily-trafficked, with 50 billion installs over the past twelve months, but now Google is adding tools to help developers get discovered. Revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote, the extras include developer profile pages which can be used as a landing page to set out a virtual stall for both code and company ethos. On Google's side, meanwhile, there'll be better search so that finding apps is more straightforward and accurate, and a Family Zone for age-appropriate software.

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Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Google's next version of Android is revealed to have a "Dozing" feature which puts your phone sleep, effectively. What Google will do with Android M is to bring a Doze mode that sees when your phone has not been in use for an extended period of time. When you've accidentally left it on the counter over a long weekend away, for example. When your Android device senses this happening, it powers down all non-necessary functions. This could potentially extend battery life by 2x or more on your device.

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