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Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Early adopters of software are about to get a lot easier-to-use tools in Google Play this week as Google ramps up testing options for developers. While Google has offered up some early testing tools to developers in the past, this week they're moving forward with a solid set of three options for Beta testing apps with the public. Open Beta is joined by Closed beta using email addresses and Closed beta with Google+ community or Google Group access. In short, it's about to get a lot easier to use apps earlier for the greater good of the software community.

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Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google's Street View cars are great at providing detailed maps and imagery of roads and intersections, but what if they could collect more data to add to their maps, like the quality of air in an area? That's just what Aclima hopes to achieve, as they've just announced a partnership with Google that will put their environmental sensors on a handful of Street View cars in a new pilot program aimed at improving pollution awareness.

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Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Final Galaxy Note 5 images release herald August event

Today images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have appeared in their final form, looking just about as near-official as they're going to get. While these are still renderings - much in the same way all smartphone companies release renderings for ad material - they're as close to the real deal as you're going to see for the moment, just a few weeks away from the real thing. Here the Galaxy Note 5 is looking pretty spiffy, complete with an industrial design finesse matched only by the Galaxy S6 Edge, its little sibling.

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Google Translate app’s newest update opens your eyes to 27 languages

Google Translate app’s newest update opens your eyes to 27 languages

Google has updated their "Google Translate" app to work with 20 new languages, giving their app a cool 27 languages to translate in all. This app works with text, with voice, and most recently with smartphone cameras, allowing users to hold their smartphone up to a sign with a word they don't understand, having it translated, visually, before their eyes. This Google Translate app update is available for Android devices as of this morning, and will be appearing for iPhone and iPad devices some time soon.

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Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

The latest update to Google's search system on Android and iOS devices is a meter that says when they're busiest. It's a "Popular times" meter, and it'll show you when you'd be best to head in - and when the best time is to avoid. Popular times are listed for each individual day of the week, with a meter that'll likely show you how you'll want to avoid a coffee house near the start and the middle of the day - just get your coffee at supper time, that's all.

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NUU Z8 flagship Android: silent up-and-comer

NUU Z8 flagship Android: silent up-and-comer

The folks at NUU Mobile have a new smartphone for the United States, one by the name of NUU Z8. Have you heard of NUU before? No? You're not alone. This smartphone company isn't the type that competes directly with the likes of Samsung and Apple. Instead, they create smartphones inside the United States that are unlocked and available to work on a wide variety of networks. Everything from AT&T to metroPCS to Cricket Wireless to T-Mobile, with a whole lot more in-between.

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Google Loon brings universal internet access to Sri Lanka

Google Loon brings universal internet access to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is now well on its way to becoming the first country in the entire world to have universal internet coverage. This is thanks to Google Loon, a project in which Google sends up balloons over the country to relay internet to the entire populace. This service is delivering what they call "affordable high-speed internet", though we're not entirely sure of the speed just yet, and the project is a collaboration between Google and the Government of Sri Lanka.

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Google updates real-time visual translation with 20 new languages

Google updates real-time visual translation with 20 new languages

Google has announced an update to its Translate app rolling out for both iOS and Android that adds support for over a dozen new languages to its instant visual translation tool. Combined with the seven languages when the feature was first introduced in January, Google Translate is now capable of interpreting visual text in 27 languages, along with translating speech from 32 languages. Thankfully, language packs can be downloaded individually within the apps, which also allows translations to work without an internet connection.

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Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Sources: Google tried to nab a veggie burger biz

Veggie burgers have a poor reputation, but it is largely undeserved at this point, as the quality of such meat-imitation creations have improved drastically over the years. Veggie burgers also are increasingly looking like the future, as those with concerns about the viability and impact of factory farming have become more vocal. Google, at least if sources are correct, recognizes that approaching future and recently made a business move that would have given the company a part in it.

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Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Galaxy Note 5, Gear A, Edge may add up to Samsung’s biggest Unpacked yet

Earlier today Samsung sent out invitations to an event that'll have three devices (at least) released to the masses. Just following Motorola's event today and before Apple's event later this year, the "Galaxy" giant will more than likely be revealing two smartphones and at least one smartwatch. Given the amount of rumors, leaks, and tips we've received over the past few weeks, we can't help but wonder if Samsung's secrets have all been revealed already. And if they have, is that going to be just fine with potential consumers?

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OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

Google has updated their Android-based voice-command system to include a number of messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber. This update comes to the base version of the Google Now Launcher, available in the Google Play app store to most devices released within the last couple of years. This update, which only requires that you have the newest version of all apps involved, allows users to quickly send messages through a variety of free apps by saying "OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to Alice."

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Moto X Pure Edition: 5 facts you need to know

Moto X Pure Edition: 5 facts you need to know

Today Motorola revealed several new smartphones, the most compelling of which happens to be coming without a carrier. The Moto X Pure Edition will be released in the United States without a carrier starting at four hundred dollars. While smartphones (like Sony's range, for example) have been coming to the United States off-contract and off-carrier in their primary release for several years now, Motorola is doing something different. In addition to making the device affordable (not cheap, but within reason), they've finally released a device that works on all carriers.

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