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Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

Google Calendar 5.0 brings context to your schedule

If you liked the idea of Google Inbox, an app which makes a bit more contextual sense of your messages than normal email, you’re probably going to love the new Google Calendar. Announced today, Calendar aims to do much of the same things Inbox does in making a bit of sense in what can be a cluttered world. Events can be added automatically, and Calendar will also offer up suggestions for certain tasks. For larger devices, a new view could have you using Calendar a lot more, too.

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This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

This is the Nexus 9, Android Lollipop’s tablet vanguard

Google's Nexus 9 faces more than a few challenges. Not only does it have the job of following Google's well-esteemed Nexus 7, which for two generations gave Android tablet fans an affordable and bag-friendly option, but it also serves as flag bearer for Android 5.0 Lollipop on a tablet form-factor. Throw in the fact that it also marks HTC's long-awaited re-entry into the slate segment, and that it's the first true 64-bit Android tablet courtesy of NVIDIA's Tegra K1, and that's a whole lot of pressure resting on one 8.9-inch iPad rival. So, how does it hold up?

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Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

Nexus Player Review – Android TV’s awkward debut

The living room has proved to be a challenge for Google. The company which has been so successful in dominating so many of the screens we interact with on a daily basis - our computers, phones, and tablets - has perversely struggled for that most traditional of displays, the humble TV. Google TV was flabby and confusing; the axe fell on the Nexus Q before it even went on sale. Only the Chromecast has had any measure of success, and yet just when we thought Google might have a strategy, along comes a different platform again, Android TV. Running first on the Nexus Player, but set to spread to smart TVs from numerous manufacturers, it’s Google’s fourth lounge reboot, but is it really necessary?

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AT&T releases Kyocera DuraForce: rugged beyond compare

AT&T releases Kyocera DuraForce: rugged beyond compare

There's a new hardcore phone out this week with AT&T, the Kyocera DuraForce. This device runs with the hardest of crews, made to withstand hard impact, water, and dust - and it's not a half bad phone even without the ruggedness taken into account. While most rugged phones that've been released over the past several years have been less-than-pleasing to the eye or less-than-fantastic in the feature department, this Kyocera DuraForce might just break the curse. It's got a big red button, after all.

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AT&T releases seven devices at once: Android, Windows, Wearables

AT&T releases seven devices at once: Android, Windows, Wearables

This morning AT&T opened the floodgates with a number of new devices from all corners of the mobile device universe. They've got Android smartphones. They've got Windows Phone smartphones. They've got a camera, a couple of wearables, and release datas from here to the end of November. It's time for HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola, all one one big bin. If there's not a device here you're able to get excited about, we've got to question your love of the mobile tech world - question it!

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Nexus 9 now available, ships in 1-2 days

Nexus 9 now available, ships in 1-2 days

Yes, you've read that right. The first of the next generation of Nexus devices is finally marked as available, in stock, and shipping in just a few days. Of course, you might be able to get it sooner if you buy from a retailer like Best Buy. The launch of the Nexus 9 heralds the start of the availability of devices based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. It hopefully also marks the date of availability of the latest Android version as well, which means older Nexus devices might be receiving it soon, too.

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‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

‘Google tax’ approved in Spain, search engines must pay news publishers

Spain is now among the growing number of European countries to pass intellectual property laws that labels search engines and news aggregators, such as Google News, as infringing on copyrights when they link to news stories. The Spanish parliament approved new laws on Thursday, to go into effect on January 1st, 2015, allowing news publishers to charge a fee each time search engines display their content in search results.

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Google Stars quietly released as new Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Google Stars quietly released as new Bookmark Manager for Chrome

Previously dubbed "Google Stars," Google has quietly released to the public its new internet bookmark management plugin for Chrome, now known as simply "Bookmark Manager." Currently available through the Chrome Web Store, we say Bookmark Manager has quietly launched because there is yet to be an official announcement from Google, but the plugin seems to be working for many users who are running the latest version of Chrome.

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Google Hangouts gives users 1 free minute for international calls

Google Hangouts gives users 1 free minute for international calls

Perhaps you don't make international calls too often and so you don't bother paying for international service on your phone. Or, alternatively, maybe Hangouts is your voice communication service of choice. Regardless, Google is encouraging Hangouts users to make their international calls with the service, doing so by offering a single free minute that'll get you 60 seconds of talk time with a pal across the globe. The bonus minute is only going to be around until the strike of the new year, however, so don't dally.

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