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Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos

Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos

Google Plus's Auto Awesome feature has been improving its users' images for a while now, and we've seen different updates related to it roll out over the months. Back in December of last year, Google added its year-in-review videos, for example, and it now it has added an auto-enhancement feature that improves uploaded videos (if the user wants). The enhancements improve sound quality as well as the footage itself. We have a comparison video showing the enhancements in action after the jump.

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Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Google has been progressing nobly in its effort to bridge the physical world with the digital one, and the end result is the ability to tour all sorts of locations you otherwise never would. The recently added The Colbert Report set is one excellent example, and now in time for the holidays is something similar and entirely more festive: virtual window shopping by looking at actual, decorated store front windows. The company recently announced the new feature for Google Maps.

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Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google “doesn’t want to become a car maker”. And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we’re happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the hardware for their self-driving cars to be done by someone else. Anyone else. Noting they’re “looking for partners”, Google’s self-driving care lead, Chris Urmson, also notes they’d like the car to hit us in five years’ time. Their first feat will be a fleet of self-driving cars, which they hope to have in testing next year.

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“Ok Google” added to always-listening Chromebooks

“Ok Google” added to always-listening Chromebooks

Google has quietly added "Ok Google" support to its bleeding-edge Chromebooks, giving the web-centric notebooks the ability to listen out for voice commands with nary a button press, just as on Android phones and Android Wear smartwatches. The feature, part of the latest developer build available optionally through the Chrome OS Dev Channel, has to be manually enabled, but once active - and after a little voice training - the Chromebook will automatically open up a new search page whenever you say "Ok Google" and the screen is on.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review – Side-screen side eye

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review – Side-screen side eye

Using the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is an exercise in obsession with using the biggest and the newest in smartphone tech. This smartphone is not necessarily the most well thought out for the end user - you, and it's not necessarily the best smartphone solution for your everyday life. Instead, like the original Galaxy Note, this device presents a unique method of delivering you your smartphone-family software in a piece of hardware that's extremely well made. If you want to experiment with a new kind of hardware, Samsung proves here that they're the company you're going to want to do it with.

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Google’s Project Ara adds NVIDIA and Marvell chips

Google’s Project Ara adds NVIDIA and Marvell chips

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone may be yet to convince everyone that it solves a legitimate problem, but we now at least know it won't be lacking power, with Marvell and NVIDIA both cooking up processor modules for the phone. NVIDIA is creating a Project Ara application processor module from its Tegra K1 - the same potent chipset found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, for instance - according to Google project chief Paul Eremenko, while Marvell is doing the same with its PXA1928 quadcore. It's not the only sign of manufacturer support for Google's big scheme to make future Androids piecemeal, either.

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Google Fiber expansion news on ice

Google Fiber expansion news on ice

Google has slammed the brakes on its Google Fiber roll-out, telling eager internet addicts that its plans to go live in fresh cities across the US before the end of the year have been postponed until 2015. The search giant had originally maintained it would have an answer on the next locations to get high-speed service by the holidays, with many hoping to receive the gift of insanely fast connectivity - or at least the promise of it - among their other presents. However, 33 cities will now have to wait until the new year before they find out who gets fiber and when.

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Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Hollywood is trying to censor the web says Google

Google is at odds with Hollywood this week; it attacked Hollywood and a state attorney general for what Google claims is an attempt to censor the internet. Google claims that the Motion Picture Association of America conspired in secret with the attorney general of Mississippi to change how information is traded online without enacting new laws.

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Colbert Report set added to Google Business View

Colbert Report set added to Google Business View

Most people are familiar with Google's Street View, which allows users to take virtual tours of just about anywhere. Lesser known is the company's Business View, which is exactly what it sounds like: a virtual look inside of businesses, allowing you to take a peek at a place you haven't visited before you make the trip. This comes in handy for glimpsing a place ahead of visiting it in person, but is also an excellent way to explore places you'll likely otherwise never experience.

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Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

Google tipped in effort to build Android into future cars

According to unnamed sources that spoke to Reuters, Google is preparing to take its Android Auto to the next level, and will introduce a version of its software in the future that is built directly into cars. This embedded version of Android will have several perks over the current iteration, including doing away with the need to plug a smartphone into the infotainment center's USB. The platform won't be without its hurdles, however, and its embedded nature could be its undoing.

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