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Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

Google dangles 2 GB of Drive space to secure your account

It's mid February again. While that time is usually associated with chocolates and sweet nothings, for Google, it's associated with keeping your online accounts secure, especially your Google account. In celebration of "Safer Internet Day", Google is encouraging everyone who accesses the Web to take concrete steps to make sure their identities and payment information are safe and sound. And to make that exhortation even more enticing, it is dangling once more the promise of free 2 GB storage on Google Drive to everyone who takes those steps.

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Galaxy S7 Edge glimpsed in-hand with benchmark

Galaxy S7 Edge glimpsed in-hand with benchmark

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge appears to be photographed by a user in China just weeks before its public release. This is the closest cousin to the Samsung Galaxy S7, and a device that's closest in form to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. It's big. It's pretty gosh-darned massive compared to the Galaxy Notes that went before it. It has no S Pen. It's all about flaunting the edge on a big, big surface.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 in-hand photo appears, flaunting backside

Samsung Galaxy S7 in-hand photo appears, flaunting backside

An unidentified smartphone appears in a photo whose creator suggests depicts a Samsung Galaxy S7. This device would roll with features mentioned in tips and rumors from the past several weeks, but appears to have several bits and pieces that don't quite fit the bill. First - the metal. While previous Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 models had silver metal rims around their camera arrays, this one returns to plastic - or at least appears to.

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Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google is primed to further expand their delivery system for virtual reality content (VR) this year as cardboard is called just "the first step" by the CEO of Alphabet. As we mentioned earlier this morning with the following article, Google's about to make another sweeping gesture: Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR. They're going to do it. They're going to come in and give VR to everyone like Oprah giving her audience a bunch of bees. It's going to be amazing.

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Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Splash Cars channels Splatoon for Android and iOS

Developer Craneballs releases game Splash Cars for iOS and Android, channeling the Nintendo Wii game Splatoon in the process. This game has its users driving tiny cars and trucks, rolling around maps that are subsequently covered in paint. This game follows the "paint road racer", you, the hero. In your mission you'll not only paint the world red (or blue, or green), you'll summon friendly citizens to help you. You'll be at war with your fellow paint racers - it's up to you to re-create and paint the world in your image.

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Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

Odd Project Ara “tablet” sighted in benchmark site

If you have forgotten about Project Ara, Google's promise of a modular smartphone, you can, perhaps, be forgiven a bit. Promised, although tentatively, to launch sometime in early 2015, the now almost mythical device is still nowhere to be seen. Except in developer conferences, blog posts, and, apparently, benchmarking websites. An certain Google Project Ara, model A8A01, appeared on GFXBench and while most of the specs seem normal for a high-end smartphone these days, one detail or two make it sound more like an odd and gigantic tablet instead.

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Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR

Google already has one foot in the virtual reality train but Cardboard is more like a tentative, hobbyist contraption more than a serious, longer lasting consumer product. Well, that is about to change, according to the usual people familiar with the matter. Google is allegedly working on a new virtual headset along with an accompanying "Android VR" platform, that will also use smartphones as the display and processing power. In other words, it will be a direct jab at Samsung's Gear VR, jointly made with Oculus, now part of Google's rival Facebook.

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London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

London wants Google to bring its autonomous cars across the pond

Now that Google's little self-driving pod cars are making their way to more cities in the US for testing, overseas metropolises are starting to show an interest. Transportation officials in London revealed this week that they've begun early discussions with Google to bring their autonomous cars to the UK capital. This new comes right after the vehicles have made Washington State their third testing ground, following cities in Texas and California.

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Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

Google looking into wireless charging for its self-driving cars

As Google's self-driving cars continue to make progress and move to more locations for testing, it appears the company is now making plans on how to better charge the small pod cars. A FCC filing discovered by IEEE Spectrum indicated that Google is looking into wireless charging as an option, with plans to install system around its headquarters, as well as the former Air Force base that serves as the self-driving testing grounds.

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Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google releases Android Studio 2.0 beta with improved developer tools

Google has just announced that a beta of its Android Studio 2.0 software is now available for download, offering new and improved tools for Android app developers. As the latest version of the IDE (integrated development environment), Android Studio 2.0 doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but sometime before May seems likely. Those interested in trying it out can download it now from the Beta channel website.

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