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Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

This week Google has released the first public build of Google Earth's 3D flyover features, and at the Google I/O 2012 developer event, we got the chance to take a peek at a relatively massive set of four HDTV units combined to bring on one giant vision of the future. This 3D mapping feature is currently out for Google Earth on Android and will be coming soon to iOS as well, as our Google hosts note in the video below.

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Google Now hands-on

Google Now hands-on

This week Google has introduced a new component to their search and location-aware ecosystem in the mobile realm called Google Now. This system sits at the heart of Android, with your ability to access it sitting right in your lock screen. Google Now is effectively an add-on to the Google Search experience, adding a selection of "cards" that show you where you are, how you'll be getting to the next place you're going, and where you might very well want to go.

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Can’t wait for Google Glass? Recon’s MOD Live has you covered today

Can’t wait for Google Glass? Recon’s MOD Live has you covered today

Google Glass may be grabbing the headlines at IO this week, but with Explorer Edition developer devices not shipping until 2013, it might be worth looking elsewhere for your head-up display fix. Recon Instruments has just the thing, with a new Android SDK for the MOD Live eyepiece that will allow developers to create their own applications that float in the user's eyeline.

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Chrome for iOS hits US App Store

Chrome for iOS hits US App Store

Chrome for iOS, announced at Google IO just a few hours ago, has already begun to hit the App Store, though there's a sting if you're expecting the full Google browser experience. The new browser is the latest iteration of Chrome, bringing features like tab sync to iPhone and iPad; however, it's not built on the speedy underlying engine of Chrome on other platforms, such as Android.

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Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Google I/O attendees score free Chromebox

Remember Google’s Chromebox? The company is giving attendees at I/O one of the machines absolutely free. That’s not a bad present on top of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus Q, and Nexus 7s that were given away yesterday. If you recall, the Chromebox is running Google’s Chrome OS and is designed to be a lightweight PC for basic multimedia and productivity tasks.

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Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

Cirque du Soleil demos motion-tracking virtual acrobats in your browser

First there was skydiving Google Glass; now Google IO has brought us Cirque du Soleil in the browser. The famous acrobatics company took the IO stage to show how they'd used web technologies to put motion-tracking dance and interaction into Chrome. The webcam of a Chromebook was used to follow the movements of the user, all rendered in smooth 3D; even more impressive, it all worked in the browser on a tablet, too.

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Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Google Chrome Web Store gets gaming boost

Today during Google's second day keynote they are talking about Chrome, and the Chrome Web Store. Reminding us about gaming with Chrome, and gaming in the cloud. With Chrome games can stream online with any internet connected device, and Google has improved Chrome in many key areas to help with performance and more.

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