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Google suspends ‘Map Maker’ feature because of pranks

Google suspends ‘Map Maker’ feature because of pranks

Remember the news of a Google Map edit that showed an Android mascot relieving itself on an Apple logo? Well, that — among other low-brow or similarly bad taste edits — have caused Google to suspend edits via Map Maker. The feature, which allows us to make our own edits to maps based on local knowledge, has been sidelined for a limited time, at least to some respect. It seems Google now wants to manually review submissions. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Driverless cars in California rack up four accidents since September

Driverless cars in California rack up four accidents since September

One goal of driverless cars is make the roads safer by eliminating human error as a cause for accidents. Unfortunately, for the supporters of driverless cars cruising the streets of California, four of the 50 driverless cars licensed to operate on the streets of the state have been in accidents since September. California started issuing permits for testing self-driving cars in September of 2014.

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Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

Google Play Store now supports pre-registration for upcoming apps

If you've ever been in that situation where you failed to keep track of when an interesting app or game finally landed on Google Play Store, then you'll know how important this new feature is, both for users and developers. Now developers will be able to mark soon to be launched apps as "Coming Soon" and interested users can opt to be informed when that day arrives by pre-registering for the app. This enables both to squeeze out maximum engagement, and maybe even money, for the app.

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SEGA will be taking down some of its mobile games

SEGA will be taking down some of its mobile games

SEGA announced today that it will be taking down some games from its back catalog that it says no longer meets its standards. The decision is said to have been made after evaluating its game titles, and is necessary for the general upkeep of the gamers experience. The entire announcement was shrouded in an air of secrecy, in that none of the games that are going to be removed have actually been named…meaning we don’t yet know what is on the chopping block. What we do know is that they’re mobile games, and they’ll be stripped from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

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Rumor: Huawei-made Nexus phone will have 5.7-inch screen

Rumor: Huawei-made Nexus phone will have 5.7-inch screen

Here we go again; Huawei making the next Nexus rumors. First surfacing about six weeks ago, Huawei is widely rumored to be making Google’s next flagship phone. So far, we’ve heard it would be based on the Huawei Honor 6 Plus, which seems as polarizing as Google’s choice for a 6-inch screen on the Nexus 6. This new batch of rumors positions a Huawei-made Nexus device as a wholly new smartphone; comparatively, there’s no Huawei phone like it. Yet.

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Google OCR tech now understands over 200 languages

Google OCR tech now understands over 200 languages

Google has been pushing an ambitions scanning project for years in an attempt to get printed books and magazines in digital form where they can be searched. Google has also fought lawsuits alleging that it is violating copyrights by scanning books into digital form. Suits such as those haven't stopped Google from working to scan even more material into digital form and the search giant has announced a significant landmark for its OCR technology.

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In a win for the lazy, Google makes food delivery even simpler

In a win for the lazy, Google makes food delivery even simpler

The best thing about delivery is that it's practically instant. I'm not sure if American's are getting busier or lazier, but the market for food delivery has really grown over the past few years. It used to be that you'd have to keep a Pizza Hut magnet on your fridge to remember their phone number. Back in the day, you'd need to keep a drawer full of take-out menus just to remember what local delivery options exist. Nowadays, there aren't many hurdles to ordering a pizza before, but Google's newest search feature plans to make it even simpler.

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Cyanogen, Truecaller want to identify your calls, block spam

Cyanogen, Truecaller want to identify your calls, block spam

Cyanogen has made it no secret that it wants to wrest Android away from Google's monopoly, but it might be getting a bit too eager to replace the functionality and conveniences that Google usually offers. The latest partnership of the Android startup is with Truecaller, a web service that can, or at least tries to, identify the number that is calling you. While it might raise some eyebrows, the purpose, according to the two, is to help users know whether a call is legit or is coming from a known marketing number.

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Google tipped to give Android users finer privacy controls

Google tipped to give Android users finer privacy controls

Google I/O 2015 is shaping up to be one interesting conference, at least based on rumors and "accidental" leaks. We already have a redacted mention of Android M, a new hands-free "Voice Access" experience, and what may be a new wearable. Now Google is rumored to give Android users a new gift too, probably in the next Android version. Insider sources are claiming that the search giant is just about ready to give users more fine-grained control over what an app can and cannot access, strengthening the platform's privacy controls.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge: not just another second fiddle

Over the next few months Samsung will be putting the finishing touches on it Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Along with it, the second-generation Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - here on in known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Edge, because calling it the Edge Note 2 would be absurd. This device will take on attributes from its predecessors and continue the traditions of its Galaxy brethren, aiming to create a larger edition of the Galaxy S6 Note, bringing with it the S Pen that's made the Galaxy Note series unique over the past several years.

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