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Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Google’s Android Wear update nails skeptics’ flaw in Apple Watch plan

Today Google has released a number of feature updates for Android Wear, and in turn, has uncovered a key flaw not only in the Apple Watch, but in ever smartwatch released so far. In the smartwatch, the market has created demand for a product that precedes its own usefulness. In the release, creation, and proliferation of the smartwatch, manufacturers are attempting to recapture the magical torch set alight by smartphones, attempting to make lightning strike again with a "smart" upgrade to a "dumb" device.

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Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

Nokia’s rumored return to phones and virtual reality

It's been suggested today by two unnamed informants that Nokia will be returning to the smartphone arena in 2016. How they'll do this, exactly, remains a mystery - especially given their current lack of manufacturing power as a result of their sale to Microsoft back in early 2014. But they've made a tablet since then - right, so what's to stop them from making a collection of smartphones? Nothing, really - they've just got to team up with a manufacturing partner and begin to smash the nail with the hammer, so to speak.

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Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

We’re waring you: this will get messy. There’s a new feature for Google Search, and it’s not one that will end well for you or anyone else. You’ll feel embarrassed, no matter what the results — that much we promise. While you could already view your search history (bad enough), Google now makes it possible to download your search history. Don’t ask us why; we’re confused, too. Do I really want to download my search history? Do you? Likely not, but it does have some use-cases.

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Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Google just gave Android Wear a feature jolt

Whoa wait a second, you might be saying, what did Google just do for Android Wear? And where is my update? It's on the way, first of all - if you happen to have an LG Watch Urbane you should have the update already. If you have any other Android Wear watch, your update will be appearing this week. As for what Google actually released this morning - that's a bit more in-depth. It begins with a tale of drawings and emoji for everyone.

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The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

The emoji you’ve been waiting for: on Android Wear

Those smartwatch owners jealous of their yet-unworn opponent watches with emoji can rest easy. Emoji replies to messages are here for Android Wear devices. Thank goodness, you must be thinking. You've been seeing the emoji pop up on Twitter, you've seen them in Google Hangouts. You've seen them everywhere but the place where they'd be best utilized. Here they are, at last, on your wrist. This bit of functionality will work with a connected phone, be it direct or with Wi-fi.

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Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

Android Wear trumps Apple Watch with “phone free” functionality

This week Google aims to disconnect the smartwatch from the phone - so to speak. Amongst a collection of features appearing on the newest Android Wear update, this week "phone free" functionality comes to the smartwatch. As long as your phone is online, connected with Wi-Fi or cellular data, and your smartwatch is connected to the web, they'll be able to function together. Time to leave your smartphone at home - for real, this time. Just so long as your Android Wear device can function in this way, of course.

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Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

Google was once $6 billion away from owning Tesla

In May of 2013, we reported Tesla and Google were working together on some sort of self-driving car. It may have been more than that; a new report says in 2013, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Google boss Larry Page were in talks for Google to buy Tesla for as much as $6 billion. Musk was apparently dictating terms, asking for as much as $5 billion extra to keep Teslas rolling off the line, and that he remain in-charge of his electric car empire.

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Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

With today's Internet generation, a delay of a few seconds can already mean lost audiences, and money, for businesses. That's why the industry is always on the lookout for faster connections. But the answer isn't always in faster lines or faster networks, Sometimes, the are solutions in the way we communicate over those lines as well. Google's experimental QUIC protocol is one such new communication method that tries to get data across faster by using a language that is already in use on the Internet but not widely known: UDP.

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Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Chrome for iOS updated with notification center widget, new app extensions

Google recently released a new update to the iOS version of its Chrome browser, allowing the app to take advantage of some of the newer iOS 8 features. Overall, the app has several new improvements that make it easier to use, including some new gestures, but most prominent are the browser's new widget for the Today section of Notification Center, as well as support for new app extensions. This update brings Chrome for iOS up to version 42, and is already available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

When Google announced which cities would potentially get Fiber, Portland, Oregon was on the list. Residents of Portland (like myself) were excited to have another option (our two main options are Comcast and CenturyLink) for Internet, and Fiber is a pretty exciting one to have. It slowly became evident that Oregon tax laws were the reason Google was balking at Fiber in Portland, but that hurdle has been knocked down. Yesterday, Oregon lawmakers clarified tax laws to clear the way for Fiber in Portland.

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