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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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iPad still dominates tablet web use but Samsung improves

iPad still dominates tablet web use but Samsung improves

The tablet market may have more options in it than ever before, but Apple's iPad still dominates usage in North America according to the latest research. Samsung made gains on the iPad in Q2 2014, stats firm Chitika says, but its 8.3-percent of the tablet web traffic pie pales in comparison to Apple's 77.2-percent, with the iPad's share declining slightly year-on-year but not enough to shift the chart considerably.

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Galaxy Tab 4 USA release tapped in three sizes

Galaxy Tab 4 USA release tapped in three sizes

The fourth generation of Galaxy Tab devices is upon us: Galaxy Tab 4 in 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch iterations are headed toward the United States. The first wave of Galaxy Tab 4 tablets from Samsung will be appearing with Wi-fi-only releases starting on May 1st, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow (April 24th, 2014). These devices will be delivered in carrier data iterations this summer.

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Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung’s Galaxy apps generally ignored says research

Samsung bloatware or bonus features: however generously you want to refer to them, it turns out Galaxy smartphone owners aren't actually using them, according to new research. Total usage time for a sample of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 users of Samsung's key homegrown apps amounted to less than seven minutes in March 2014, whereas they used three of Google's apps for 149 minutes in all.

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Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps turns time machine with evolving Street View

Google Maps has added a time machine, adding historical photos from earlier Street View captures that allow users to scroll back and see how locations have changed. Street Video media collection has been underway since 2007, giving Google plenty of old imagery to choose from, and allowing for an insight into how building projects and the shifting seasons affect different places.

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Google Play Music gains AirPlay with one tiny hack

Google Play Music gains AirPlay with one tiny hack

There’s a team of developers over at doubleTwist that want to let you enjoy your music wherever you go, on whatever device you’ve got. To do this, they’ve developed their own suite of apps that we’ve been following for several years. Today they’ve released an app which works on Android devices to allow AirPlay music streaming - Apple’s AirPlay, that is - to work with Google Play Music.

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Samsung clarifies move away from Android

Samsung clarifies move away from Android

If it wasn’t obvious already, Samsung won’t be relying on Google’s mobile operating system Android forever. This week Samsung Electronics Media Solution Center President Hong Won-pyo told reporters that "like Google’s Android platform, Tizen could be a common platform that can connect Samsung products in a single category."

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LG G3 specifications spilled with software

LG G3 specifications spilled with software

We must not be very far from the reveal and release of the LG G3 given the details we’re seeing this month. Alongside specifications for the device itself, we’ve seen image after image of the device in mockup style - one of which you’ll see here - and talk of colors and release schedules.

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Duet Bluetooth tag: proximity sense for Android and iPhone

Duet Bluetooth tag: proximity sense for Android and iPhone

Over the past year, a number of devices similar to the Protag "Duet" have been released. They’ve all worked in a similar fashion - notifying you when you’re a certain distance away from your smartphone. Here with the Duet, limits are cut. No longer are you limited to iPhone, iOS, or one certain kind of device on Android.

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