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Google invests in Savioke robo service start-up

Google invests in Savioke robo service start-up

Google has invested in another robotics firm, with Google Ventures taking a stake in a mysterious new robo startup called Savioke that was launched by the tech guy behind the PR2 robot. Neither how much of the $2m seed finance Google Venture coughed up, nor indeed what Savioke and CEO Steve Cousins plan to do with the cash, have been disclosed, with the startup only saying that it is targeting the service industry.

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Wearable tech: here’s how vanity replaces the smartphone

Wearable tech: here’s how vanity replaces the smartphone

According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?

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Google will sell you Glass – but should you buy?

Google will sell you Glass – but should you buy?

No more invitations, no more only-for-developer limits: next Tuesday, April 15th, Google will sell you Glass. Oh, there are still some provisos, sure - you need to be in the US, for a start, and have $1,500 to spare - but they're small-fry compared to the gated community the Glass Explorer Program has been until now. That leaves one big remaining barrier to overcome: should you buy Glass in the first place?

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Galaxy S5 Developer Edition hits Verizon imminently

Galaxy S5 Developer Edition hits Verizon imminently

Samsung’s developer-aimed version of the Galaxy S5 has been revealed for Verizon users this week. While we’re not entirely sure when the device will be released in full, today it’s apparent that this machine will take on a role very similar to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition from last year. While we saw that device available in two versions - one with AT&T data abilities, the other for Verizon - this time around just one model has shown up (so far).

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Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

Wearables market booming: ease of use leads the way

In the oncoming war of the wearable device, it’s usability, not their power or aesthetics, that will drive the market. While Samsung releases three new smartwatch devices this season with full-functioning operating systems and Sony releases a sports band that’s just about as simple as a wearable device can be, it’s clear that we’ll be seeing a full spectrum. But what drives the successful machine? Besides advertising dollars, that is.

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Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Chromecast gains Aereo: TV streamed to HDMI

Google’s Chromecast device caused quite a stir when it was first released, turning the television into a "show me anything" display overnight. With a $35 price tag and integration open to any developer wishing to integrate, this little device is in thousands of homes across the world. Today the team at Aereo have made clear their intent to leverage that group of users.

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Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google will sell you Glass on April 15th

Google has confirmed plans to throw Google Glass ownership open to general access in the US on Tuesday, April 15th, temporarily doing away with the current invitation requirement. The promotion - which will be for "a limited number of spots" in the Glass Explorer Program, though Google doesn't say exactly how many units it has - will still come with a hefty price, however: $1,500 with tax.

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Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google adding continuous rogue Android app scans

Google is updating Android to continuously check phones and tablets for rogue apps, picking out those with malware behavior even if they've managed to squeeze through the initial verification. The new feature, which builds on Android's existing "Verify apps" system that sifts through software at the point of installation to flag up any concerns, will add real-time and ongoing checks.

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