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Lyft adds Google Wallet payment option

Lyft adds Google Wallet payment option

If you've bought an app from the Google Play Store or any similar actions, your payment info is already stored in Google Wallet, making it easier to make payments the next time you want to buy something online. Lyft wants to make the payment process easier for you, as well, and so it has added Google Wallet as a payment option, letting those who use it skip the process of manually entering their billing information in to the Lyft app.

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Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

Google’s Project Tango has a Minecraft demo, too

At a demonstration of the newest in new Project Tango hardware and software by Google at GTC 2015 we've gotten the opportunity to take a peek at an off-brand Minecraft. "This is sort of our homage to Minecraft," said Google ATAP Technical Program Lead Johnny Chung Lee. He proceeded to create a brick house in a 3D space using the newest Project Tango tablet with NVIDIA Tegra K1 inside. The tablet's screen has a pointer, just like Minecraft, and a building exists in a virtual, yet real, space.

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Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

Google’s mobile Endgame and the engine it rode in on

There's a game going on right now - one made by Google, taking place all around you. This game uses augmented reality, books, the web, and professional actors to create a multi-level, multi-platform experience the likes of which we've never seen before. The only game that's come before that's anything like this is Ingress - and in fact this newest piece of the puzzle is built on the Ingress engine. This game goes by the name "Endgame: Proving Ground" - and it's underway right this minute.

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Google Street View goes underwater near Brazilian islands

Google Street View goes underwater near Brazilian islands

Google has slowly been imaging the world and all its nooks and crannies for Street View, and that sometime involves going to somewhat unusual or otherwise unexpected places. The Internet giant has again done this, only this time it went underwater near some of Brazil's seldom-visited and beautiful islands. There's a good change you'll never take a dive in these regions yourself, but with the new imagery you can take a plunge under the sea and get a look at, among other things, some dolphins nearby.

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Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google I/O registration is open; here’s what you need to do

Google’s annual Developers conference, Google I/O, is happening in in late May. Though you’ve got plenty of time before you need to be in San Francisco, registration for the event opens today (actually about an hour ago!). In the past, you’d be scrambling to get yourself a ticket, but those days are gone. Rather than the stampede it once was, the event invitations are now lottery-based, which at least eases server strain. If you want to attend, here’s what you need to do.

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Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Talking to Google about Street Art Project’s second wave

Today Google expands on their "Google Street Art" project, bringing their collection started in 2014 to new, more massive heights. This expansion of works for the archive is being presented with several new "more immersive experiences," according to Google, "bringing street art to people's daily lives." a sort of a soft-launch of one outlet for this expansion appeared on Android Wear earlier this month.

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Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

The apps you’re looking to download will soon be judged based on age and region rather than adhere to a worldwide standard. The ratings you find for apps will soon reflect a more regional flair, which Google says is an effort to make their ratings reflective of what is deemed appropriate content where you are. The new ratings system will have a questionnaire for Developers before they’re allowed to assign a rating, and will have oversight from various ratings agencies around the globe.

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Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Open source Sirius virtual assistant gets Google funding

Virtual, personal assistants seem to be the rave these days on mobile, from the big ones like Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and most recently BlackBerry Assistant, to the little known apps and services scattered throughout app markets. So it isn't surprising that we're hearing about another one called Sirius, a not so subtle play on Siri perhaps, but this software, and we can't call it product yet, hailing from the University of Michigan is a bit different. For one, it is open source software. And quite surprisingly, it has the financial support of Google.

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Google Feud game lets you guess autocomplete queries Family Feud style

Google Feud game lets you guess autocomplete queries Family Feud style

Have you ever been baffled by Google's autocomplete suggestions, or can you autocomplete with the best of them? If you are looking for a new and quick Internet game, then Google Feud is for you. It's deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive to play. In this Family Feud-style game, you can guess how Google autocompletes its queries for points. It's fun to play alone, but it would be more fun in a room full of friends. It could also make a great drinking game if you're a college student in your twenties and into that sort of thing.

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YouTube Cards will replace pop-ups, work on mobile

YouTube Cards will replace pop-ups, work on mobile

If you’ve watched a YouTube video lately (or ever), you may have noticed the hideous pop-ups that want you to subscribe the channel, or possibly check out another video from that channel for better context. They’re unsightly in 2015, and YouTube is doing something about it. Today, the streaming video service is announcing Cards, which replace those ugly pop-ups (or ‘annotations’, as YouTube puts it). More beautiful, Cards also show up on mobile devices, tying YouTube together across screens.

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