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Sergey Brin talks Glass: Camera stabilizer incoming

Sergey Brin talks Glass: Camera stabilizer incoming

Walk the floors at Google I/O and if you're lucky you'll run into Sergey Brin, who spent some time telling us about the development process behind Google Glass as well as a teaser for the update roadmap. Surrounded by fans and sporting his own Glass, Brin explained some of the decisions around the use of a monocular eyepiece, and of its placement out of the line-of-sight rather than directly in front of the wearer, as you might expect from a true augmented-reality device. However, he also revealed that a future software upgrade will address one of our own issues with Glass: keeping video steady when you're filming it from a wearable.

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Recon Jet hands-on

Recon Jet hands-on

Announcing a product during a major event like Google I/O takes some real courage, especially when you're revealing a device that's extremely similar to a product Google is headlining with. That's what Recon is doing with the Jet, a wearable device that's drawn instant comparisons to Google Glass. This device works with a virtual widescreen display that sits below the left eye of the wearer and utilizes Android as a basis for its user interface.

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The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

The New Google Maps hands-on with personalized results

This week Google I/O 2013's single keynote session focused not just on Chrome and Android, but on Google Maps as well. In an update that Google simply calls "The new Google Maps" and won't be available to all users until later this year. Developers attending Google I/O 2013 as well as those that get early invites to the system will be able to take part in the roll-out first: here Google begins to truly integrate their smart search results and their maps systems, here that Google's promise that the map itself will become the user interface.

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Google Play Music All Access hands-on

Google Play Music All Access hands-on

Google announced their own music streaming subscription service today during Google I/O, and while it's essentially nothing that we haven't seen before, it provides Google users who are deep into the company's ecosystem the opportunity to escape Spotify or Rdio and come back home to Google where the service is integrated with other Google apps. Let's have a quick look at the latest competitor in streaming music.

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What Google DIDN’T announce at I/O 2013

What Google DIDN’T announce at I/O 2013

This weeks' Google I/O developer conference was the first in several years where the company limited its keynote appearance to a single day. In this single 3-hour session, what Google abstained from speaking about may very well have been more telling than what they did announce - Android, Chrome, Google Services, and everything in-between. Because this now-yearly event is a very special time in which Google's words mean as much spoken as unspoken, it's become just as important to discuss what we've seen as it is chatting about what we didn't.

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Larry Page talks simplicity in future technology at Google I/O 2013

Larry Page talks simplicity in future technology at Google I/O 2013

This week Larry Page stepped on stage at Google I/O 2013 during the one keynote of the multi-day event, speaking about how the company must continue to create and advance without getting distracted the negative elements that appear in competition. He made mention of the film The Internship as a good program to get the world out of the mindset that computer science is an odd, untouchable environment: "computer science has a marketing problem."

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Google Maps future explored: the map is now the user interface

Google Maps future explored: the map is now the user interface

A futuristic vision of Google Maps has been shown by the company this week at Google I/O 2013, the event set for developers but aimed at the public. Google spoke up about "The New Google Maps", as they called it, complete with expansions built around the user - each individual, that is. Exploring will be expanding in this new vision, built for the Google Search user using their Google account.

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Google Maps mobile experience expands with five star rating system

Google Maps mobile experience expands with five star rating system

At Google I/O, Google discussed its Maps service, and they're coming out with an updated version for Android and iOS devices (go figure), as well as a completely new Google Maps user interface. They're previewing the new version on stage, and have announced a slew of new features coming to both mobile and web versions.

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Google+ Photo abilities enhanced starting with 15GB storage boost

Google+ Photo abilities enhanced starting with 15GB storage boost

Google unleashed a slew of new features and updates to Google+ today during the company's Google I/O opening keynote, and some of the new features included Google+ Photos. Google's aim for photos is to take the time out of editing, organizing, and sharing all of them. It can be a pretty laborious task, but Google wants to make it easier on its users.

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Google+ Hangouts take chat cross-platform: Web, Android, and iOS

Google+ Hangouts take chat cross-platform: Web, Android, and iOS

This week at Google I/O 2013, a new application has been introduced to take on cross-device and cross-platform communication: Hangouts. This system expands on what's existed inside Google+ with a Hangout, turning chat both text and video to come with a user wherever they go. This system allows for saving of conversations, photos, video, and media of all types, sharing made as smooth as it has been inside Google+, now here on the web, in Android, and in iOS all at once.

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Google+ gets revamped with over 41 new features

Google+ gets revamped with over 41 new features

Today the folks from Google have been going quite fast here at IO with the news. From Android, Chrome, and more, but now we're focusing on an area they've been giving a lot of attention lately. Google+. Google's social network is about to get a major overhaul, which users will start seeing later today. They've confirmed over 41 new features are coming, as well as a brand new news stream.

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Google Play for Education brings Android to the classroom

Google Play for Education brings Android to the classroom

It wouldn't be Google I/O if the company didn't talk about all the fun stuff that they're doing for education. Luckily, they announced Google Play for Education, which is a new section in Google Play that includes apps and games that are meant specifically for the classroom in order to help students learn in a more interactive way.

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