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Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

If you’re working with Google Maps for driving - or for being driven - this week’s update is going to change the way you do so. An update has been released - and will continue to release in increments over the next week - which allows Uber interaction for Google Maps users. This speaks volumes about how connected to Google Uber really is.

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Google Stars detailed in dogfood session

Google Stars detailed in dogfood session

This year Google will introduce a system tentatively called "Stars." This system will organize your media. It’s organized in its most basic terms into Images, Webpages, and Videos, and it’ll all be based on a tiny Star graphic in the right-hand side of your Chrome web browser’s address bar.

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Two ways you’re wasting your smartphone

Two ways you’re wasting your smartphone

A smartphone in the pocket is a tool in many ways, covering bases in academics, entertainment, science, and more. At the core, a smartphone is a means of communication: voice calls and text-based communication, both of which represent a very small percentage of what the average smartphone can do. Despite continuous increases in technology, many continue to use their smartphone in the same manner, upgrade after upgrade, and the end result is always the same: a device that is going to waste to some degree, at least in relation to its potential. How does one waste their smartphone?

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Foursquare break-off: Swarm to Big Brother your friends

Foursquare break-off: Swarm to Big Brother your friends

Users of the location-centric app Foursquare have been using it for several reasons predominantly over the past few years. One reason major enough to constitute its own app is finding friends. As such, the folks behind Foursquare have decided to do a split - sooner than later, users will be asked to use the app "Swarm" to keep an eye on their best buddies whenever they want to find them.

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Hulu Mobile going free in limited manner this summer

Hulu Mobile going free in limited manner this summer

This week the folks behind Hulu’s mobile apps have announced ad-supported full TV episodes. This means that while you’ll still have to pay for full Hulu Plus action, the app won’t be completely useless if you’re not all about pushing the full Hulu Plus experience. This release will be coming to both iPhone and Android first.

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IFTTT Android release today: recipes initiated

IFTTT Android release today: recipes initiated

Today the Android version of IFTTT, aka If This Then That will be released to the public. In Beta form for some weeks, this app has been released on iOS devices since last year. This version of the app will be working in a manner very, very similar to that of the iOS version of the app, recipes and all.

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Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung bloatware or bonus features: however generously you want to refer to them, it turns out Galaxy smartphone owners aren't actually using them, according to new research. Total usage time for a sample of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users of Samsung's key homegrown apps amounted to less than seven minutes in March 2014, whereas they used three of Google's apps for 149 minutes in all.

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