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Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google’s January Project Ara event will spill 2015 pilot details

Google will hold its next Project Ara modular phone developer event in mid-January, the Google ATAP team has confirmed, teasing a major update to the software platform as well as details on how the swap-friendly gadget will launch commercially. Dubbed DevCon2, the second of the developer conferences will take place on January 14th, 2015, close to Google's home base in Mountain View, California, and be followed a week later by the identical agenda being replayed in Singapore. Top of the to-do list is running through Ara MDK 0.20.

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Google X Nano Pill will seek cancer cells in your body

Google X Nano Pill will seek cancer cells in your body

Google's moonshot group Google X is working on a pill that, when swallowed, will seek out cancer cells in your body. It'll seek out all sorts of diseases, in fact, pushing the envelope when it comes to finding and destroying diseases at their earliest stages of development. This system would face "a much higher regulatory bar than conventional diagnostic tools," so says Chad A. Mirkin, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University.

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Google Fit now available via the Play Store

Google Fit now available via the Play Store

With Apple’s HealthKit, we were promised a core app in Health that would give us insight on our overall wellbeing, based on apps that worked with the platform. though HealthKit had a rough start, it’s here, and when used properly, not all that bad a take on your health and fitness stats. Google previously announced their own health platform in Google Fit, which aims to do the exact same thing HealthKit does — just for Android. Google has now published their app to the Play Store, and it’s compatible with just about every Android phone around.

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DROID Turbo detailed for official release with Verizon

DROID Turbo detailed for official release with Verizon

This morning Verizon unveiled the Motorola-made DROID Turbo, their newest in a long line of DROID-brand devices. This device works with a 5.2-inch Quad-HD (that's 2560 x 1440 pixel) display (that's 565 PPI) and a unique quick-charge battery setup. You'll need this device's Turbo Charger - included in the box - to get a 15-minute charge for up to 8 hours of use. This device works with a 3,900mAh battery rated at up to 48 hours of use in a single (extended) charge. As a Motorola device, the DROID Turbo also features a collection of Motorola-specific apps.

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Nexus 6 camera shown off in gallery of HDR+ photos

Nexus 6 camera shown off in gallery of HDR+ photos

Google cares about your photographs -- at least, about the quality of your photographs. Anyone who has their images shuttled off to Google+ is aware of the Auto Awesome feature, and many Android users have enjoyed the HDR functionality in Google Camera. For Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 users in particular, Google has taken things a step further, offering them an "HDR+" feature that produces notably improved image quality when compared to a non-HDR photo. Google took to its Research Blog recently to discuss this feature, detailing what its latest and greatest in particular has to offer.

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Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Satellite imaging is a rather touchy subject. So much so that it was only June this year that the US allowed the taking and use of high-quality satellite images. Aiming to give this kind mapping a more positive face, Skybox, which Google acquired just before the lifting of that satellite imaging restriction, is introducing Skybox for Good. This initiative will give nonprofit organizations such as Appalachian Voices or HALO Trust access to high-quality real-time maps of areas in order to help them save lives, human or otherwise.

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Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google nabs six office buildings in California

Google has grabbed a bunch of new real estate in Redwood City, California, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to a couple of people "with knowledge of the matter". According to the two sources, the Internet giant nabbed half a dozen office buildings for a total of $585 million, all of them located about 11 miles from the company's Mountain View office. This information falls in line with Google's newly filed quarterly report, which included a brief mention of purchasing property for the aforementioned amount.

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Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Sundar Pichai was once tasked with a huge job: watch over Android, but also keep tabs on Chrome. Android One? That was his baby. Getting Android and Chrome working together in a more cohesive fashion? Also his thing. Pichai has now been tasked with heading Google’s entire product lineup, which encompasses just about everything you see, touch, and use via Google. Though it’s being positioned as CEO Page’s wish to focus on the bigger picture, here’s why this is a much bigger deal than it may seem right now.

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Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Google shuffle: CEO Larry Page transfers product power to Pichai

Sundar Pichai has been moving up in the world over the past several years. Word this afternoon is that Google CEO has done some reorganizing of staff duties, putting Pichai in charge of core Google products. While he'd had responsibilities with Android, Chrome, and Google Apps before, Pichai will now take control of search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, research, and infrastructure. Page has suggested that these powers - until now his - would be transferred so that he might focus on the "bigger picture" - instead of these slightly smaller duties, that is to say.

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Nest acquires Revolv, expands Works with Nest program

Nest acquires Revolv, expands Works with Nest program

The connected home race is starting to tighten up. After Samsung acquired SmartThings for $200 million earlier this year, Revolv has been acquired by Nest. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is the second big purchase for Nest this year, after snapping up Dropcam in June. Like Dropcam, existing Revolv units will be implemented with the Works with Nest initiative. Unlike Dropcam, Revolv will no longer be available for purchase, and is being pulled from circulation in the wake of this deal.

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