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Google+ adds support for animated GIF profile pictures

Google+ adds support for animated GIF profile pictures

A quick search will show endless Facebook users seeking out ways to use animated GIFs as their profile picture, and while that social network still doesn't allow it, Google+ has stepped forward to fill that void. As of today, users of Google's social network can now set animated GIFs as their profile picture, which plays on the account's banner when the page is being viewed.

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Google+ app update: 4 reasons iOS and Android apps are now boss

Google+ app update: 4 reasons iOS and Android apps are now boss

Today Google has updated apps for both the iOS and Android universe for their social network Google+, showing first and foremost an expansion of each post made by members. What you'll be seeing here is not only updates in the way you view Google+ on your smartphone or tablet, but in the way you share and interact as well. It would appear that Google is taking the mobile initiative here once again, enhancing this space so that it makes the most sense to experience Google+ in mobile mode!

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Motorola hype advisor tips Custom-order Smartphone Hardware

Motorola hype advisor tips Custom-order Smartphone Hardware

In a single post to a Google+ community, the newest Motorola "advisor" Guy Kawasaki has stoked a wildfire of suggestions for the upcoming so-called X Phone. This Kawasaki fellow was for many, many years an Apple/Macintosh evangelist, having "switched" to Android just this past year - and just this past month (February 27th, to be exact) - he joined Motorola as an advisor, focusing on, as he puts it: "product design, user interface, marketing, and social media." He's made a post today asking whether it'd be amazing to be able to custom-order a smartphone the way Porsche allows with their "Exclusive" series.

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Google Babble and the future of chat singularity

Google Babble and the future of chat singularity

Today the folks at Google have been tipped to be pushing all (if not most) of their chat apps and ecosystems together into a single entity called Babble. This single chat system would take everything that is Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts, Voice, and Messenger, combining them into a final product that spans the entirety of your Google-made universe. With Babble, Google will have its Gmail for chat.

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PSA: Google I/O 2013 registration begins at 7AM

PSA: Google I/O 2013 registration begins at 7AM

Google I/O registration begins tomorrow at exactly 7:00 AM PDT, so I hope you all have your alarms set, Google+ accounts registered, and Google Wallet information prepped to shell out $900 for a ticket ($300 for academic students and faculty). Yes, Google is requiring registrants to have a Google+ and Google Wallet account this time around, but I'm guessing most of the people attending already have both accounts set up (or at least one).

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Google Glass: the Feminine Fashion Concern

Google Glass: the Feminine Fashion Concern

If you've seen the photo shoots that've come out thus far for Google's Project Glass, you know good and well that they've taken just as many photos of the device on the heads of women as they have of men. The idea that the device will not be as appealing to the feminine side of the equation here is about more than just the idea that women will or will not want to wear the first wave of Glass as it appears on the market, but according to a couple of sources we've had a peek at this week, there does seem to be some concern that only the distinctly male amongst us will want to go "wearable" with Google in 2013.

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Google Picasa albums now redirect to Google+

Google Picasa albums now redirect to Google+

Google's Picasa photo sharing service has been a great platform for uploading photos and sharing them, but it looks like Google will be giving it the ax soon, as URLs of Picasa albums are now being redirected to Google+ URLs. This isn't too surprising, since Google introduced some great photo features with their social network, but it's sad to see Picasa slowly faded out.

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Google+ Sign-In allows for secure login on third-party apps and services

Google+ Sign-In allows for secure login on third-party apps and services

Many apps and services allow its users to sign in using their Facebook or Twitter credentials if they don't want to create a dedicated account. However, Google+ has been mysteriously absent from the list of sign-in options for awhile. However, the company has announced what they call Google+ Sign-In, a new developer tool that will allow users to log into third-party services using their Google+ credentials.

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