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Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

We’ve all been there, quietly setting up an account for a website or service, only to be met with the CAPTCHA. Everything is great, then some misaligned words with weird fonts and distortion take hold, leaving you craning your neck and questioning your eyesight. CAPTCHA is designed to thwart bots from creating fake accounts or sending spam messages, but for you and I, it’s just a pain. Google is trying to stop CAPTCHA from ever frustrating us again, and is attempting to replace it with a more reasonable approach.

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Google Inbox open to all until noon PST today

Google Inbox open to all until noon PST today

If you’re still waiting to check out google’s Inbox app, now’s your chance. for the next 90 minutes or so (until noon pacific standard time), Google will give anyone who asks an invitation to check out Inbox. The request must be sent via email, but you’ll get an automatic response that gives you access to Inbox if you send a request. It’s the latest invitation spree from Google, who seem keen to both get users excited about Inbox and roll it out at an appropriate pace.

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New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

New ‘Device Assist’ app helps you with all things Android

Do you even know what’s going on with Android? If you’re a new user, probably not. There are a lot of subtle tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Android handset, and Google is finally acknowledging it’s not easy to know what those are. A new app, Device Assist, has landed on the Play Store today, and helps users discover all the neat little ways they can make their device last longer and provide the info they want. Well, so long as you have a Google-y android handset, that is.

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Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Tenna strikes again, releasing information about the Galaxy A7 before Samsung can officially announce the device on its own. This is Samsung's thinnest smartphone - the thinnest phone they've ever made, that is to say - and it may be pushing clues as to what the Samsung Galaxy S6 might have in store. Metal, for starters - metal-rimmed, not unlike the Galaxy Note 4 - and a body that's 6.3mm thin. Are these the sort of features that'd bring you back into the Samsung fold for 2015?

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Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Nexus updates no longer guaranteed in 2 weeks

Among the more anxious Android fans are those who have Nexus devices. When a new anything comes out, that faction assumes they’re first in line — and rightfully so. The whole scope of Nexus is to give you a direct line to Android as Google envisions it, or at least that was the aim. It seems Google is changing the language regarding updates to Nexus and Google Play edition devices to reflect a new Nexus-y world where carriers have a say.

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Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass v2.0 may fit anywhere, new patent suggests

Google Glass, for all its success and failures, still isn’t mainstream. The concept of a heads-up wearable is still really interesting, and a new patent suggests Google hasn’t given up hope just yet. In their latest patent filing for Google Glass, Google looks to be slimming the form factor down, and making it a bit more approachable. It also appears to be a bit more modular than before, with all components being housed in the main body rather than throughout the entire band.

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Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

Peggle Blast released: Android, iOS get Free(mium)

This week the folks at EA Games have decided to release Peggle Blast, the first Peggle game made specifically for mobile devices. This app has been released for Android this afternoon, coming with a bit of gameplay very similar - but not the same as - previous Peggle game releases. This game is portrait-mode only (for now) and has a variety of in-game purchases instead of costing one price upfront. Join in then lose lives then buy more lives so you can keep on playing the game.

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Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Docs supports Office file edits in Gmail

Google Drive and Docs are popular, but for the increasingly competitive enterprise space, Office reigns supreme. Until recently, you and your work mates had to make an ad hoc decision to go with Office or Docs, which likely caused some consternation. Even if you all got on the same page, files coming from the outside likely weren’t of the Google Docs variety. They were also likely emailed. To help on both fronts, Google ahs updated Docs routinely, and the latest lets you edit Office files from within Gmail.

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Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV available in Austin

Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV available in Austin

Technology fans that live in parts of Austin, Texas covered by the new Google Fiber internet service can now sign up to get service for data and TV in their home or business. Google promises that fiber connections can be up to 100 times faster than basic broadband speeds available today in the city. That means blazing fast movie downloads and lots of bandwidth for streaming video and other services to multiple devices.

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Galaxy S6 Edge with curved display tipped alongside Galaxy S6 flagship

Galaxy S6 Edge with curved display tipped alongside Galaxy S6 flagship

Not sure whether to buy the Galaxy S5 or the new iPhone 6? Rumor has it that Samsung is coming out with its next Galaxy flagship. According to SamMobile, the new Galaxy S phone will be called the Galaxy S6. Is it stirring up excitement for Android users as the iPhone 6 did? As of right now it doesn’t seem so because Samsung is in the early stages of development for the new Galaxy S6.

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