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Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

There are times when a protracted discussion about a topic isn’t timely (or worth it), so we suggest someone “Google it”. If they had, for say the Gemalto SIM card hack, a person might have been introduced to a press release ahead of coverage. While press releases are often the catalyst to news, they’re sometimes used to mitigate damage. Such was the case with Gemalto. A tweak to Google Search now allows for press releases to pop up toward the top of queries, which may let the brand carry the narrative.

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Google unveils Nearline, their hot new solution to cold storage

Google unveils Nearline, their hot new solution to cold storage

Some info stored in the cloud is important, and should be kept ready for quick access. Other stuff isn’t as necessary at the drop of a hat, and companies have the option to tuck it away. That ‘cold storage’ option could take hours to query, which isn’t ideal for businesses or their customers. Today, google rolled out a new option named ‘Nearline’. It’s more like lukewarm storage, where you won’t get the info instantly, but the three-second average return is much better than three hours.

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These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

These are Google’s USB-C accessories (and they’ll work with MacBook, too)

Google has embraced USB-C on the new, 2015 Chromebook Pixel, revealing a handful of accessories for the new connectivity standard alongside the Chrome OS notebook. As well as the Pixel itself - which promises up to twelve hours of battery life, as well as a recharge good for two hours of use off just 15 minutes of being plugged in - there's also a variety of adapters and dongles to get legacy devices up and running. Best of all, since USB-C is an industry standard, rather than something cooked up by Apple or Google individually, it doesn't matter whose branding is on the packaging: the accessory will work with both the new Pixel and the new MacBook.

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Google Store launches as new hardware home

Google Store launches as new hardware home

Joining the new Chromebook Pixel is a new online store for Google to hawk its wares, and it is appropriately called "Google Store". This shuttles the Internet giant's hardware from the Play Store to its own store, keeping the maker's worlds both separate and easily accessible. Those who want a new Nexus, smartwatch, Chromebook, or other Google-centric gadget will now need to head over to the maker's new online store, which also dedicates some space to praising the virtues of Android and related platforms.

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Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google Chromebook Pixel rebooted with USB-C

Google has revamped the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship Chrome OS notebook, though while the new 2015 Pixel is more affordable than its painfully expensive predecessor, it's still not cheap. The new Pixel runs Chrome OS on a 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700 touchscreen, with either Core i5 or i7 processors inside, though unlike the first-gen version there's no integrated LTE option. Meanwhile, just as with Apple's new MacBook, the new Chromebook Pixel uses USB-C.

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Google enters watch face market with Street Art

Google enters watch face market with Street Art

The first Google-made downloadable set of Android Wear watch faces has been released this week. Aside from the faces that come with every Android Wear device, Google has been mum on creating their own watch faces for the Android Wear line thus far. This piece of software called "Street Art watch face" breaks that silence with a wide variety of super talented artists. Included in this crew are members of the Google Art Project: Aitch, Andre Fernandes Trindade, Cheko, DRAW, and of course Drawing Jesus.

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WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

WhatsApp Call invites active now [and a warning]

Users hoping to join the WhatsApp call service in the near future can do so today by receiving a call from an already-initiated user. This means that you're going to either need to know someone who already has calls active OR you're going to have to head to a Google+ group (or something similar) to get someone to call you. This invite program has had its ON switched flipped off and on several times over the past couple of weeks - at this moment, it's up and running.

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Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Google’s new events app is just for Google events

Yesterday, Google released an app on the Play Store that seemed to mimic their I/O app in a lot of ways. At the time it was flopped into the Play Store, there wasn’t much to discuss. It was clearly an internal project that was either released early (and lazily) or by accident. Either way, it was limited. At the time, we posited that Google may be using it at I/O, and it turns out we’re right. It also turns out I/O is about all it’s good for.

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Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

Freebox mini 4K brings Android TV international

This week the Freebox mini 4K has been revealed with Android TV. This is a device that's not much of a looker on the outside - it's meant to be hidden to the side or below your TV - but inside, a fully-functional 4K TV box resides. This device is the start of something big - it's not ready for the USA yet, but it could be soon. For now you'll be renting this device for 29.99 Euro a month - that includes internet, as well.

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Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

Moto G 2015 4G released internationally

The Motorola Moto G 4G (the 2015 edition) has been released into the wild this week. This device remains the same in most ways - the same software and hardware, save the 4G-capable modem. It'll be released in the United States in the near future, but for now it's out in stores in the UK. In addition to being listed on Motorola's direct sales site, it's been prepped for sale through carriers and stores like Tesco, Amazon, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury's, and Carphone Warehouse starting on the 16th of March as well.

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