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Google X explains why its important to fail fast

Google X explains why its important to fail fast

Google's Dr. Astro Teller speaks on Google[x], what he calls Google's "moonshot factory" for the future of "audaciously impactful ideas," where if things fail, they need to fail quick. This team of Googlers is separate from Google's ATAP, a group that's far closer to "near term" than Google[x] with project like touch-sensitive clothing with Levi's. Google[x], on the other hand, is creating things like Project Wing and Google Glass. Projects that keep the name "Project" attached to them because they might not be the right solution in the end. They might just - gasp - fail!

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Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google and Levi’s team on Jacquard touch-sensitive clothes

Google's ATAP team promised to blow our socks off at I/O 2015, and Project Jacquard is how it plans to do that, a new conductive fabric that can track touch. Intended to bring new types of sensing and control to clothes, furnishings, and other areas which might not normally be electronically connected. And, while we've seen conductive threads woven through materials before, Project Jacquard goes further than most, including a partnership with one of the biggest names in fashion.

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Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

Qualcomm partners with Google on Tango phone

While both units remain "developer units", Google has announced that Project Tango is prepared now as a tablet for the public and as a phone with Qualcomm inside. The Project Tango Developer Kit tablet will be available from the Google Store as early as this afternoon to all buyers. It'll have the same price as it did for developers most recently (reduced from the original, of course), for a cool $512 USD. This kit will use an NVIDIA K1 processor inside while another phone-sized device is currently in development. This phone-sized device will have Qualcomm's processor technology running the show.

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Google Photos: today’s best solution for automatic photo organization

Google Photos: today’s best solution for automatic photo organization

Releasing a new edition of their already in-place Photos app ecosystem, Google re-vamps their software with a set of tools that trumps the competition. What makes this particular solution so excellent is the ease with which you're able to implement it. This solution uses information built-in to your photos - location, for example - and seeks out similarities in photos (and video!) to organize your collection. Once uploaded, entirely for free, you'll have access from every device with which you've got web access.

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5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

Google presents their yearly developer-aimed conferenced centered on a new version of their mobile operating system Android, Google Now [On Tap], Photos, and a "new" payment system called Android Pay. The company has decided to release offline features for several of their major apps for countries with small mobile web imprints as well. They've also brought more heat to the virtual reality environment with an updated version of their own low-cost Cardboard VR headset, not just for Android anymore - as well as an education program to bring it to schools around the world.

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Google debuts Smart Lock password manager for automatic logins

Google debuts Smart Lock password manager for automatic logins

While Goggle's keynote at I/O 2015 yesterday was practically bursting at the seams with new information about Android M, the latest version of the mobile OS, there have also been a number of smaller, less high-profile announcements made. One such case is a new cross-device password manager they're calling Smart Lock for Passwords. At first it might sound like a basic "remember username/password" request in a browser, but it actually goes beyond that and works within Android apps too.

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Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Chromecast treats: queuing, multi-player, second screen

Android TV might have snagged much of the spotlight at I/O 2015, thanks to the official launch of the NVIDIA SHIELD console, but the Chromecast camp isn't going to take things sitting down. OK, the updates to Google Cast will benefit all Cast devices, including Android TV ones, but tiny dongle that can will be the one that reaps the most. New API have been introduced that bumps the multimedia experience up a notch, including queuing the next video to watch and multi-device multiplayer gaming.

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This is Android M: what has changed so far

This is Android M: what has changed so far

Google has just released preview images of Android M, so naturally everyone tries to get their hands on the latest and would be greatest Android version, regardless of being in a stable state or not. And although this super early version is not yet in its final state, or even in its semi-final state, it is already showing some promise, some interesting changes, and even some rather strange ones. So buckle up while we take a cursory look at some of those changes to Android right now.

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Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Google has been known to dislike the use of external storage on Android devices, which explains why none of the Nexus smartphones and tablets had a microSD card slot. Google's position is understandable from a software engineering point of view but clashed with popular consumer demand. In Android M, however, Google makes an almost complete U-turn and has found a compromise to the problem, finally providing an official way for users to move apps to removable storage. It has a strange name for it too, calling it "Adoptable Storage Devices".

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Google highlights, awards best Material Design apps

Google highlights, awards best Material Design apps

Like it or not, and some definitely do not, Material Design is going to be what Google will be talking about for a long time, at least in terms of design. And rightly so, considering it is poised to unify Google's visual identity not just on Android but across its other software products as well. And while some are still scampering to implement its tenets, a handful few Android apps have managed to use it almost to perfection. At least according to the eye of the beholder, which, in this case, is Google.

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