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Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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This is Google’s new Project Ara modular phone: Spiral 2

This is Google’s new Project Ara modular phone: Spiral 2

Google has revealed its newest Project Ara prototype, Spiral 2, the latest iteration of the block-based modular smartphone it expects to change how users interact with software and hardware. Spiral 2 builds on the MDK version 0.20 which Google released earlier this month, and was shown today for the first time at Google's second Project Ara developer conference. Now with eleven different prototype modules, each of which will act as a reference design for third-party developers hoping to get onboard with Ara themselves, Spiral 2 supports hot-swapping those modules as well as making 3G calls.

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Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google Translate app update adds Word Lens

Google has announced a significant update to its Translate app for mobile users. The updated app gets several new features for Android and iOS users including a feature called Word Lens. Word Lens is really cool because it allows users to take a picture of text and get a translation for the text in 36 languages. That means if you are in a foreign city, you can do things like snap pictures of street signs and see what they mean.

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Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Galaxy S6 specifications may include “less TouchWiz”

Word on the street this week is that Samsung's next hero phone may kick TouchWiz to the curb. However unlikely that may seem, it would go with the trend. Imagine Motorola - owned by Google for a while rather recently - with a Moto X with a far more skinned UI. Imagine the HTC One M8 with Sense 2.0. Samsung may be taking a cue and making with the quicker updates to Android - straight from Google, like Nexus devices are prone to do - in the process.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 details to mirror Galaxy S5 and Note 4 Edge

Imagine a world where Samsung takes the successes of its past releases and makes a phone with a combination of winning elements. That's the world we've been living in for the past several years. The Samsung Galaxy S5 showed us for the 4th year in a row that Samsung does exactly that - takes what works and makes it into a hero phone. This week we're exploring what this strategy will mean for the Samsung Galaxy S6 as it's revealed in March at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

Microsoft knocks Google’s vulnerability disclosure attitude

We're used to rival companies trading blows, subtly or otherwise, to gain an upper hand, but there are times when the criticism becomes real and serious. Like the case of Microsoft Security Response Center senior director Chris Betz, who has taken to the company blog to slam Google's Project Zero vulnerability management. The heart of the issue is that Google publicly disclosed a serious security exploit two days before Microsoft could roll out its fix, even when Redmond explicitly asked Google to temporarily suspend its 90-day policy.

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Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Chrome Remote Desktop, Google’s method for making your computer’s desktop available via their browser for mobile devices, is now available for iOS. The Android version has been available since April of last year, and makes for a handy way to stream content to a phone or tablet. As we noted in our hands-on, the functionality makes it possible to control your computer form a mobile device, too. The app is currently available in the App Store, and is free to download.

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Google Translate to go real-time in next update

Google Translate to go real-time in next update

Translation software is a measure for bringing us all together, regardless of what language we speak. Microsoft recently made a big impact with real-time Skype translations, which let two video chat attendees converse in their native tongues while having the translated version of the other person’s speech pop up on screen. Now, Google is reportedly getting into the mix, and will have a more real-time version of Google Translate ready for us. No word yet on when the update will hit.

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What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

What the Samsung Galaxy A7 can tell us about the Galaxy S6

We're just weeks away from what almost certainly will be Samsung's next big unveiling of a super-phone. Last year the company decided to reveal their Samsung Galaxy S5 in a multi-country fashion during Mobile World Congress 2014. We've no good reason NOT to believe they wouldn't do the same thing again this year at MWC 2015. To prepare, we've been gathering rumors, leaks, and clues from Samsung to put together a puzzle that is the next hero phone from the biggest brand in Android.

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Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

It feels like an attempt to reverse the effects or even create a new Tower of Babel, but this time no actual towers are involved (unless you count cell towers). The bridging of languages is, instead, being done over the Internet, in real time, and using your voice. And at the forefront of these advancements in technology are Google and Skype (and by proxy, Microsoft) who are now starting to compete not for the best voice chat service, but for which one can translate a spoken word better.

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