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Google to announce Nexus 9 tomorrow, launch in November

Google to announce Nexus 9 tomorrow, launch in November

Hey, how about that Nexus 9, huh? Sounds exciting, right? A Nexus tablet, 8.9-inch screen, and running the latest and greatest version of Android. Codenamed Volantis (which might just be some Game of Thrones stuff for you!), the Nexus 9 is set for release very soon. If the latest report from Forbes is to be believed, we’ll see that big, bad Nexus tablet tomorrow, maybe even alongside the Nexus 6. If a 6-inch phone and/or 9-inch tablet don’t excite you, you might want to rush to the Play Store now before existing products disappear.

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Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

Nexus 6 tipped in Android 2.0 Google ad spots

The next generation in Google’s Nexus universe is nearly here as the company releases three lovely videos showing the diversity in the Android ecosphere. Making use of the original Androidify app to create an assortment of Android characters, three videos released by Google this week show off how Android isn’t just singular. They don’t just have one phone for everyone. Sound like they’re aiming for a particular competitor with that bit of chatter?

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August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

August Smart Lock heads to Apple Stores officially

The team behind Apple’s exclusivity in all things has done an amazing job of making it feel like whatever they OK is golden. Take August Smart Lock for example - a keyless entry system for your home that opens your door with your smartphone. Without Apple being involved, this is just another "startup." Now that they’ve got approval to enter the Apple Store physically, they’ll be trusted implicitly. Once you're in the store, people trust that Apple will back up any claim you make. It's time for some Apple-backed home automation.

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Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

Skype Qik aims to cut down Snapchat, Instagram

There’s no doubt now that Microsoft is aiming for the throats of their software-slinging opponents. Have a peek in the Microsoft archive and you’ll see a littering of new, experimental, or otherwise modified apps in the mobile space. Today’s entry is "Skype Qik", an app that takes what Skype has - video communication - and makes it into a much more vibrant and versatile - and quick - sort of situation. Record a tiny video, send it as a message, and wait for a response.

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Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Express grows: new cities, new stores, new name

Google Shopping Express, which from now on shall be known as Google Express, takes on Amazon and at the same time doesn't. Practically delivering groceries more than specialized items, Google Express has very slowly expanded from its initial San Francisco reach since its launch early last year. Now it is growing again in scope but this time it isn't just about location, location, and location. The service has added 16 more merchants to its growing army as well letting those of legal age in the Bay Area order beer.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact released in USA without carriers

This week the folks at Sony have decided to go big with the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - but not quite so big as to released the device with a carrier in the USA. This machine is very, very similar to its larger brother, the Z3, but here comes with a smaller display and off-contract pricing. You CAN purchase the larger off-contract, but both T-Mobile and Verizon would rather hook you in. The Z3 Compact is (thus far) only offered through Sony directly, with one price - sort of.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Tokyo court orders Google to delete crime-implying search results

Google was ordered by the Tokyo District Court this week to delete a number of search results that a Japanese man claimed tied him to criminal activity he was not involved in. The decision comes not long after a European court ruled that internet users have the "Right to be Forgotten," forcing Google to accept requests for deleting URLs to misleading or false information from their search results.

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Google releases “Right to be Forgotten” transparency report

Google releases “Right to be Forgotten” transparency report

When Google was made to start accepting and acknowledging URL takedown requests in Europe — the famed “Right to be Forgotten” issue — they were almost immediately inundated with more than they could handle. In the first day alone, Google received over 12,000 requests from netizens, and it doesn’t look to have slowed down much. Yesterday, Google released info about those takedown requests, and the metrics are staggering. In the short time it’s been available, Google has seen over half a million takedown submissions.

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Misfit Flash Review

Misfit Flash Review

This is the story of how I became a believer in the activity tracking trend sweeping the smart device environment. While I was baffled that anyone would want to exercise in the first place back when products like Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and the Nike Fuelband were launched. Now I understand. I get why it makes sense to want to track how active I am. It’s like scoring points in a video game - only these points make me feel like I’m winning physically. And the Misfit Flash is inexpensive enough - and works well enough - that I wouldn’t even have had to break the bank to get here.

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