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Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Last month, we told you about Sheep View 360, an initiative undertaken by the residents of the Faroe Islands archipelago that aimed to map the islands with solar powered 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of sheep. It may seem like a silly idea, but when Google Maps hasn't visited and you want tourists to be able to check out the islands through Street View, you have to be creative.

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Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google has rolled out a new search tool for Android users dubbed "In Apps." Available in the Google app or Google Now, it allows users to search for content or information within the apps installed on the device, including contact info, messages, email, photos, music, and videos. Search results can be filtered to display only items within apps, and unlike before, the search is completely local, so there's no need for an online connection.

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Waze sources say app is being transformed into ridesharing service

Waze sources say app is being transformed into ridesharing service

Google began testing a ridesharing feature in Waze with a limited number of people in San Francisco earlier this year, and now sources say it will soon expand the feature to cover everyone in the city, not just the employees of certain companies. This expansion itself will reportedly be a test that may lead to an even larger expansion, something that would directly encroach upon Uber and other similar services. There will be some big differences between how the two operate, though, including low rates that discourage commuters from acting like taxis.

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Pixel 2 Chromebook discontinued after selling out on Google Store

Pixel 2 Chromebook discontinued after selling out on Google Store

If you were hoping to get your hands on a Chromebook Pixel 2 from Google, it seems like you've missed your window of opportunity. The Chromebook has sold out on the Google Store, and the company tells VentureBeat that it likely won't restock it moving forward. Thus, the story of the Pixel 2 comes to a close, at least in terms of hardware sales.

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Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Pebble Update 4.0 released: details and download

Today the next big release from Pebble has been ushered in, fully prepared for examination by thousands of Pebble watch users. This newest update was teased earlier this month with a picture of Pikachu - likely in an effort to gain eyeballs from the ravenous hordes of players of the game Pokemon GO. Unfortunately this update does not - somehow - include Pokemon GO compatibility, but it DOES include a new way for developers to make icons. So that's neat.

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Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Google’s Crowdsource app lets you do its translation chores

Ever read about Tom Sawyer and the fence that needs to be whitewashed? Go ahead and Google it up for a while, because Google has a proposition for ya. Ever dreamed of experiencing the joys of translating words and phrases from one language or another? Or ever wished you could be like those smart AI’s and transcribe handwritten scribbles into machine readable plain text? Well, you’re in luck! Google, in its magnanimous wisdom, has launched a crowdsourcing app ingeniously called “Crowdsource” that gives you a foretaste of those delectable tasks. In exchange for your few precious seconds, you get to walk away a light and joyful heart , knowing how you’ve made the world a better place.

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Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

This week an app from "Rejected Games" has found its way into the hearts and minds of Pokemon GO users everywhere. Despite the numerous distorted similarities to Pokemon GO, this "game" is not going to help anyone become a better Pokeball tosser in Pokemon GO. Not even a little bit. This app goes by the name "Ball Practice for PoGO", and it's absolutely horrible. We've gone ahead and played it so that there be no need to play, ever again, for anyone else.

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Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google Wallet app update introduces automatic bank transfers

Google has rolled out an update to the Google wallet app that will make it easier to get the money you are sent from other users into your bank account, the new feature is an automatic transfer that no longer requires you to cash out money from your Wallet balance. The new feature is meant to decrease the time it takes for Wallet users to get hands on their cash.

The update bringing the automatic transfers will land on Friday with the feature rolling out over the week after it debuts. Google Wallet has always been a PayPal competitor and transitioned solely to peer-to-peer payments last year with the roll out of Android Pay. Emails went out to Google Wallet account holders back in March telling them that the Wallet debit card was going away.

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Google Fiber goes live in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber goes live in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber has gone live in Salt Lake City, giving residents in the region the opportunity to sign up for Google’s high-speed and relatively inexpensive gigabit Internet service. Sign-ups are being taken until October 20 of this year; those interested are able to search with their street address to see if it is possible to get service at their home or apartment. Both residential and small business plans are being offered.

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Google adds Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe games to Search results

Google adds Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe games to Search results

Google can be a great when you find yourself bored, as it offers a gateway to all (or at least most) of the world's information. That's all well and good, but it also requires you put your reading comprehension skills to work. If you're like me and you sometimes enjoy being entertained without investing much brain power, you'll be pleased to know that Google has embedded two classic games into its search results.

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Pokemon GO update has new secret features and BIG changes

Pokemon GO update has new secret features and BIG changes

Pokemon GO's latest update has a number of references to features that are not yet active. Today we're having a peek at a variety of elements that will likely be launching in the game within the next couple of updates as they're already a part of the released game code. This includes references to trading Pokemon, catching Legendary Pokemon, and notes on new items that'll be released in the in-game store.

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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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