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Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Google threat may drive Mercedes, BMW and Audi to buy HERE

Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have forged a rare partnership and are joining forces to acquire Nokia's HERE mapping business, insiders suggest, hoping to cut reliance on Google. Rumors that HERE - which includes 3D mapping of road data, along with high-resolution scanning suitable for the next generation of self-driving cars - was up for sale broke in April, with potential suitors tipped to include both Amazon and Alibaba. Now, there are some big names in automotive said to be weighing in with a bid.

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Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Now that the Google I/O schedule is here, a lot is being made of little tidbits of info found in the session descriptions. That’s exactly what they’re there for; to get bloggers speculating and fans excited. As we find more breadcrumbs on the way to Google I/O later this month, two early curiosities pop out. First, there’s a single mention of ‘Android M’ in an Android at Work breakout session. Second, a wearable that will “literally” blow our socks off.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

With Google I/O just around the corner, Developers around the globe are anxiously anticipating what Google has in store for us all. The Google I/O website was just updated, so we’re now getting a chance to see what Google has planned. It’s also the time we use to get a sneak peek at what sessions are available, hoping to extrapolate some nuggets of info. While the sessions may not be completely fleshed out, we’re getting a good idea of what’s going to happen later this month at Moscone West.

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Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google tipped to let Android devs place app variants on Play Store

Google I/O 2015 is almost upon us, so of course we're bound to hear a lot about what's expected to land at Google's annual developer conference. Among those expected bits and pieces, which includes Android Pay, for example, one particular rumored announcement is causing some app developers to take serious note. According to developers who have been briefed on the matter, Google will use I/O 2015 as a launchpad to reveal it latest tool to help developers maximize and monetize their apps, what the industry calls A/B testing.

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Project Fi invites go out, looks bad for Google Voice users

Project Fi invites go out, looks bad for Google Voice users

Google's dream MVNO service was proven to be real and the invites have started to trickle to some early testers, or at least for one lucky users in Los Angeles. But perhaps "lucky" is a relative term, as the sign up process for Project Fi reveals some wrinkles that Google's announcement conveniently left out. While the promise of an affordable and fair network service might be drool-worthy for most, for the subset of those who have grown attached to their Google Voice accounts, that dream is quickly turning into a nightmare.

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Google creates new, visual mobile ads as mobile searches overtake PCs

Google creates new, visual mobile ads as mobile searches overtake PCs

Mobile searches are overtaking PC searches around the world, and therein lies the opportunity for Google to sell and place new ads specifically designed for mobile searches. Bringing ads to mobile devices isn't just a matter of scaling down current ads. There just isn't enough screen space for lengthy keyword-based ads. Google also knows that when it comes to mobile devices, users prefer search from specialized apps like Yelp or Amazon instead using their browsers. So, Google's mobile ads will be more pictorial to simulate the feeling of app-based searches.

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Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

Nexus 9 Review: The iPad-Killer Blueprint

After a half-year on the market, the Nexus 9 remains one of the finest tablets available from any manufacturer. Like every Nexus device Google has ever offered, the HTC-made Nexus 9 was meant to be a blueprint - a benchmark for all other tablets. What we've done here is to take the Nexus 9 through the paces over a period of several months to give you an idea of what it's like to own this device for a real-life period of time, wear and tear included. Here we decide whether or not the Nexus 9 really should be considered the tablet you compare all other tablets to here and through the future.

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Galaxy S6 Avengers Editions already exist

Galaxy S6 Avengers Editions already exist

So you're pumped up about the possibility of a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge with an Iron Man theme. So you wish you had a red Galaxy S6 with a gold border around it, yes? Imagine your surprise, then, when it's revealed that several of these phones already exist with the theme you do so desire? As it turns out, Samsung is already - really and truly - working with Marvel on an Avengers campaign, and those of you that already have Galaxy devices already have access.

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