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Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

Magneto calendar shutting down December 23

MAgneto, the interesting Calendar app that tried to do more than just feed you info, is shutting down. On December 23, the service will be no more, and will simply let your other calendars take over where Magneto left off. The team also notes they’ve already used Google and Exchange calendars to sync your info, so all meetings and appointments are already in place. Magneto is also offering a simple method for exporting your to-do items, if you were using it for that.

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Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

We see a lot of leaked info pass through our hands, but not too much of it is Chrome OS related. Despite outpacing the PC, Chromebooks go relatively unnoticed until launch. The latest rumor is that Chromebooks will get a bit more like a PC, with at least one Chromebook OEM (maybe even the best) upping the screen size significantly. Acer is rumored to release a 15.6-inch Chromebook next year, and couple it with a fifth-generation Broadwell processor from Intel.

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Hangouts in Chrome adds Phone tab, desktop notifications

Hangouts in Chrome adds Phone tab, desktop notifications

Just yesterday, Google rolled out an update to Hangouts on Android that added a bit of whimsical fun via stickers. While not as cute as that, the desktop version of Hangouts is now also seeing its fair share of updates. The latest version of the Hangouts Chrome browser app has been updated not just to match the Android version's Material Design but also adds a similar Phone tab to the user interface. It also got its own desktop notifications to alert you to new messages.

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Google plans kid-friendly products starting in 2015

Google plans kid-friendly products starting in 2015

Google sees a lot of traffic pop through their servers, but how much of it is from kids? The search company has no real idea, but they’d like to have a better grasp on that knowledge. Whether it’s YouTube, Search, or other properties, kids are using Google stuff now more than ever. To that, Google promises to release kid-friendly versions of their various properties next year. The aforementioned YouTube and Search are likely going to make the cut, as could Chrome.

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Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

Google’s Santa Tracker is back to keep us all busy

December is here, and soon Santa will be as well. If your little one is far too excited for Santa, as many are, Google has you covered. As they do every year, Google has rolled out their Santa Tracker feature, meant to keep the kids entertained, if only for a short while. There’s a countdown to Santa’s arrival down your chimney, and special features rolling out daily. There’s even a Santa Tracker app for those times the kids want to keep tabs while on the go themselves.

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South Park streaming with Chromecast soon

South Park streaming with Chromecast soon

The first thing you should be saying when you hear that Key and Peel are coming to Chromecast is NOOICE. Viacom has announced that the Comedy Central app will be bringing their most highly-rated comedy series to the Chromecast streaming universe very, very soon. This includes South Park, Key & Peel, and a whole lot more. Both the Nickelodeon app and the Sesame Street Go app are coming to - edit: already here for - the Chromecast as well!

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New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

New Chromebook owners get 1TB Google Drive storage for free

Are you in the market for a new computer this holiday shopping season? If so, Chromebooks might be on your short-list of possible purchases. The pros and cons of Google’s cloud-centric computers can be debated breathlessly, but one there’s one feature that might put you over the top this year. Google is giving anyone who purchases a new Chromebook a full terabyte of cloud storage via Drive for two years. Free. that’s right, buy a Chromebook, get 1TB cloud storage for two years at no cost.

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Duke it out on Middle-Earth via a Chrome Experiement

Duke it out on Middle-Earth via a Chrome Experiement

Fans are probably just counting down the days before the final Tolkien film lands in cinemas. But while whittling down the days, they can entertain themselves, and their friends mayhaps, by taking a virtual journey to Middle Earth. No you will not need some magical portal or even a ticket aboard Air New Zealand. All that is required is for you to fire up your Chrome web browser for this interactive tour of the fantasy world that also lets you even reenact the epics battles with your friends.

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Google Keep update brings new look, real-time edits

Google Keep update brings new look, real-time edits

If you use a digital to-do list, Google Keep might be the one you turn to for Android. The app syncs across devices, and even has a decent web landing spot and Chrome extension. Now it’s got Material Design, too. Google is announcing today that their note taking and to-do app is receiving an upgrade, which keeps it current with the recent surge of apps that have been updated to fit Google’s new design philosophy. There are also some cool new features to compliment the visual upgrade.

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Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

The tiniest of Google devices, Chromecast, has opened its doors to a number of new apps for official connectivity this holiday season. Starting with games like Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz, Chromecast is growing incrementally with big names like Hasbro. Hasbro's Monopoly Dash is another of the new games coming to Chromecast, alongside Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, and Big Web Quiz. And if that wasn't enough in the quiz department, there's also the Emoji Party for questions like Google's suggestion: "how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?"

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