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HTC J Butterfly: HTC’s most powerful phone you can’t have

HTC J Butterfly: HTC’s most powerful phone you can’t have

HTC reveals the HTC J Butterfly, a large-screened smartphone destined for carriers inside Japan. This smartphone works with many of the same specifications at the HTC One M9, but here works with a 5.2-inch WQHD display (that's 1440 x 2560), also known as 2K. This device also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood alongside 3GB of RAM, more than enough to get you through your biggest and best apps and games. In Japan, of course. Not the United States as such.

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Google I/O 2015 app is live, go make your schedules

Google I/O 2015 app is live, go make your schedules

In just a few weeks, two to be exact, Google's main developer conference will be taking place. And to prepare attendees as well as interested onlookers, the company has launched a couple of tools, the last bit being the annual Google I/O app. Both a virtual ticket to the I/O world as well as a reference for app designers, this I/O 2015 incarnation lets you draw up your own schedule for the two-day event, mix and match sessions, and even review the highlights of the previous years.

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Google transparency report details ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Google transparency report details ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Even though we warn inept teenagers about the permanence of the Internet, in Europe, it's not so simple. Last year, the European Union enacted a "right to be forgotten" policy which lets anyone petition Google, directly, to have specific URLs removed from search procedures. More often than not, the petitioner is not affiliated with the site in question, the URL is simply host to embarrassing information that the requester would rather have withheld from search results. Since its official request process began on May 29, 2014, Google has been inundated with removal requests detailed in its latest transparency report.

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Google Fit adds Android Wear face plus deeper data

Google Fit adds Android Wear face plus deeper data

Google Fit, Google's exercise tracking platform for Android and Android Wear, is getting cleverer, adding tools to better monitor health progress both day to day and over longer periods. Launched in October last year, Google Fit is now able to figure out exactly how far you've walked, jogged, or run each day. Meanwhile, if you're willing to fill Google in on some demographic data, it can also figure out how many calories you've burned in the process.

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Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Facebook Instant Articles 101: The Basics

Today Facebook is pushing their newest service, Instant Articles, bringing full News Articles to the public through Facebook alone. With this service, publishers like National Geographic will be bringing full-on articles and videos to Facebook without any buffer. The companies that work with Facebook this way will receive ad revenue, and Google will - essentially - be cut out entirely. Unless you're looking at the article on an Android phone, of course. You'll be leaving all your news requirements to Facebook and the publishers they deem to be worthy.

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Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Google’s ‘News & Weather’ Apple Watch app has ‘fail’ written all over it

Apple Watch apps are typically pretty good at being unique, but offering up an experience that’s both familiar and approachable. Some go a bit above and beyond the call of app duty, making Apple Watch features that stand out. Google isn’t one of them. Today, the largest conduit of information on Earth updated their News & Weather iOS app to support Apple Watch, and it’s not good. It’s barely passable, really. Compared to other apps that offer similar info, Google’s News & Weather falls well short of being exciting, much less interesting.

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I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I still trust autonomous cars more than I trust you

I told my grandmother about Mercedes-Benz’s self-driving F 015 concept the other week, and she was horrified. “However could you trust it to drive you safely?” she wanted to know, perhaps thinking of how her DVR regularly and unpredictably dumps her favorite recordings and extrapolating that to a crazed silvery space-pod crashing and taking her grandson with it. In fact, I told her, I trust autonomous vehicles far more than I do my fellow human drivers, and recent news of self-driving car crashes in California has done nothing to change that.

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Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

If you’re on iOS, you likely use Facetime for video chats and iMessage for more casual text-based back-and-forth talks. If you use Android, Hangouts likely handles the same workload, but maybe not in the same way. While Apple’s chat services use end-to-end encryption, it’s now been discovered Google doesn’t subscribe to that school of thought. In a recent Reddit AMA, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) employee prompted a Googler to disclose just how secure Hangouts is. Spoiler: it isn’t very secure.

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Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Nexus 9 Android 5.1.1 OTA update out now – factory image too!

Four days after mentioning the update to the public, Google is now pushing Android 5.1.1 to the Nexus 9 tablet. This HTC-made device suffered apparent issues in-between Android 5.0 and this newest update, and this newest update is ready to roll to bring the fixes. In addition to the OTA (over the air) update, the Factory Image for this software has also been posted for your self-loaded satisfaction. OTA will only work for you if you've got a completely pure, un-edited bit of operating system under the hood.

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Self-driving cars have accidents, too — but humans are to blame

Self-driving cars have accidents, too — but humans are to blame

Autonomous cars have many excited, and enough worried about their safety. In a new blog post, Google’s self-driving car lead, Chris Urmson, says while the autonomous vehicles do suffer the occasional fender-bender, it’s not their fault. Those accidents also aren’t much more than paint-swapping incidents; 11 accidents with no injuries to passengers in the car and light damage to the vehicle. Urmson also says none of the accidents autonomous cars were involved in can be attributed to the tech inside.

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