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Google I/O 2014: What we won’t see this year

Google I/O 2014: What we won’t see this year

With Google I/O starting tomorrow, eager tech fans await what could be in store for us. We’re sure to get a few trinkets like Android Wear, but Google also made some glaring omissions from their session schedule this year. Unlike years past, the company isn’t covering all of their services, and have left a few in the lurch.

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Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Social apps like Swarm want to be more contextual, attempting to know where you’re at and who you might know nearby. By tracking your location, the aim is to get you communicating with friends, even hanging out if you can. A new report suggests Google is doing the same, building it straight into Android in an upcoming Play Services release. Dubbed “Nearby”, the goal is to let devices communicate without you having to do a thing.

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Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast getting sports apps, Google+ Photos support soon

Chromecast is getting a touch sportier, and a lot more picturesque. Google has announced three more apps that will now support Chromecast, with two of them edging us toward World Cup bliss. WatchESPN, Major League Soccer, and Google+ Photos are all going casting.

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Google+ Auto-awesome goes manual mode for DIY gif-makers

Google+ Auto-awesome goes manual mode for DIY gif-makers

If there was ever a key reason to want to use the Google-standard Android app "Photos" from Google+, today the group has given it. Here we’re seeing Google+ Photos bring on a set of abilities only otherwise given to the Auto-Awesome phantoms that run Google+. It’s almost as if Google initiated this program backward, letting everything be awesome automatically first, then giving the tools for manual workload second.

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Google+ Stories to auto-awesome your photos into galleries

Google+ Stories to auto-awesome your photos into galleries

If you’re not the sort of person that likes to curate massive sets of photos, yet you are the sort of person to take massive sets of photos, Google may have your solution. Introduced in time for the Summer vacation season, right as it gets warm across the United States, Google+ Stories is appearing for the first time.

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Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Remember those family calling circles, where you had to put a few of your closest pals (and parents) in a special circle, and calls to them wouldn’t count against your plan allotment? It was a pretty terrible scheme, but it may be coming back. A patent has been found, detailing how Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team imagine their circles feature would work with carriers. It’s a bit complicated, but has some interesting potential.

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Vic Gundotra leaving Google

Vic Gundotra leaving Google

The head of Google+ and Google Senior VP Vivek "Vic" Vic Gundotra has announced today that he’ll be leaving the company. Having been a part of Google for nearly 8 years, Gundotra also worked earlier with Microsoft as a Platform Evangelist. Gundotra was also instrumental in starting Google’s yearly developer conference Google I/O.

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Google Play Store People: seeing friends buy things

Google Play Store People: seeing friends buy things

Starting this week you’ll begin to be able to see a new section in the mobile (and eventually the desktop) version of the Google Play store. This is People, and it’s going to show you what your friends like to download or otherwise buy.

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Hangouts 2.0 for iOS brings visual refresh, video messages, and stickers

Hangouts 2.0 for iOS brings visual refresh, video messages, and stickers

Google has just announced the 2.0 of their Hangouts app for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch. Sporting a new look and feel as well as big new features, this version is one of Google's best yet, bringing the iOS app almost up to par with Google's preferred platform.

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Google+ scores HDR Scape and Zoom for photographs

Google+ scores HDR Scape and Zoom for photographs

Google has slowly but steadily evolving Google+'s photography-centric features, the latest of which includes two much-anticipated additions: HDR Scape, which brings single-click tone mapping to images via Google+ on the Web, and Zoom, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Google Chromebox for Meetings aims to usurp enterprise with Chrome OS

Google Chromebox for Meetings aims to usurp enterprise with Chrome OS

Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.

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Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook turns 10 – will it make it to 20?

Facebook has turned ten, and though the terrible teens are still a few years off, the predators are already circling. The social site celebrated its tenth birthday in a fairly low-key way, giving each user a custom highlights video dubbed "A Look Back" picking out their most popular moments on the site, but the anniversary has been overshadowed by the ongoing trademark spat with app developer FiftyThree over who gets to use the name "Paper". It's perhaps a perfect example of how to many Facebook is now perceived: lumbering heavyweight rather than agile upstart.

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