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A “version of” Google Play may come to China

A “version of” Google Play may come to China

If you’re in China, Google is hard to come by. The search company pulled out of China in 2010 due to repeated hacking attempts and censorship. There’s also the sticky situation of China’s desire to have all information about Chinese users stored in their country. We’re not sure how, but a new report suggests Google will be bringing — of all things — the Play Store to China. Well, a “version of” the Play Store, at least. Light on details, the new report is intriguing nonetheless.

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You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

You can now add Photospheres, Street View to your website

Fancy adding a bit of scenery to your website? Or maybe you want to give viewers even more detailed directions to your place of business than what a map can provide. Whatever your purpose, Google's got you covered. In addition to the Google Maps Embed API that they expanded last March, the Google Maps team has now added Photospheres and Street Views to their list, allowing developers and website owners to generate HTML snippets that they can then embed in their webpages for all to behold.

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US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

The US Justice Department may have tried to hit below the belt and appeal to emotion rather than reason by painting a gruesome future. Because while tech companies are working towards strengthening a user's privacy, the government is getting worried that they will be shut off from gathering personal information that could potentially save lives. In particular, the new encryption schemes being implemented by Apple in iOS and Google in Android could prevent law enforcers from getting their hands on a user's information in a timely manner.

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YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

YouTube Music Key Beta released: here’s how to get it

This week Google released YouTube Music Key Beta, and this afternoon, Beta invites are being sent to users in the United States and in several European countries. Though it was originally assumed that only Google Music Subscribers would receive invitations to join the party at first, we've seen invites sent to several non-Google Music Subscribers as well. If you're invited, you'll know it - what you might not know is what the difference is between standard YouTube Music and the subscriber model. It's not exactly obvious right off the bat.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

You see them all the time, but probably don’t really know how they get to you. Companies like Facebook and Google have ad networks, just like Apple, but there’s one key difference: automation. Facebook and Google both do it, and it seems Apple is going to be getting involved as well. The currently-very-old-school iAd business may be going automated, as a now-pulled press release (still available via cache) from a self-proclaimed partner of Apple’s describes full automation for 250,000-plus iOS Developers.

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Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

Jolla launcher for Android launches… with Angry Birds

There's a new Jolla-based Android launcher in town, and it has Stella to thank. Not the Stella you're thinking of - the Stella Angry Bird from the Rovio-made game series. And before you freak out and say "I will never, ever use an Angry Birds-based anything on my Android", take a look a bit closer at this piece of work. It's surprisingly well done, and might just shock you into controlling your Android smartphone in a whole new way - a whole new way, that is, if you've never used Jolla's Sailfish OS before.

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Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

As they promised in an eleventh-hour decision last week to push back the launch of the Nexus 6, T-Mobile now has the device up for order. The new Nexus handset will be available for $0 down, and can be had with the carrier’s monthly installment plan. Like other US carriers, T-Mobile has the 32GB variant in blue — no white. Unlike the rest, T-Mobile also has the 64GB version of the Nexus 6, but again, no white version has been found outside of the Play Store.

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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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Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

Cyanogen strikes up a partnership with India’s Micromax

The rumors were true after all and Cyanogen, Inc., the company formed from the community-oriented CyanogenMod's core developers, is indeed targeting the growing mobile market of India. It has struck a deal with manufacturer Mircromax that will bring the Android-based OS to a new device. With promises of dirt cheap handsets, constant updates and freedom from bloatware, this team up pretty much puts Micromax somewhat at odds with its other partner, Google, just after the two launched the Android One program last September.

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