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Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Glass upgraded pre-I/O but no swap for existing Explorers

Google is giving Glass a refresh, making the wearable faster and longer-lasting, though likely to infuriate early-adopters all the same as unlike before they won't be given the opportunity to swap to the new version. The new Glass will now have 2GB of memory - double the 1GB of RAM the current Explorer Edition model has - and the promise of around 15-percent longer battery life thanks to a combination of firmware released today and quietly-made hardware changes a few months back.

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Android boss envious of Apple, but says open source is best

Android boss envious of Apple, but says open source is best

An interview with Business Week has given all kinds of insight into how Sundar Pichai, Android and Chrome honcho at Google, operates. One of the more interesting angles is how Pichai considers Android and iOS, and more importantly how he feels about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent comments on stage at WWDC. Calling Android a “toxic hellstew” of vulnerability led Pichai to concede defeat of sorts.

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The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

Not for nothing has Google Maps become one of the most relied-upon navigation services around, but the ways in which Google tailors geographical information to satisfy territorial disputes could prove surprising. Unseen by most - since the details only change when viewed from a different location - the tweaks to border lines can grant vast swathes of land to different countries, something a new Google Maps project has highlighted.

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Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest Google privacy row resumes as thermostat hacked

Nest's announcement that it will share user data with Google as well as third-party services like Logitech and Jawbone has unsurprisingly reawakened privacy concerns, coinciding with a new hack of the Smart Thermostat that could in theory give nefarious backdoor access. The Nest Developer Program will allow fitness wearables like UP24, Mercedes-Benz cars, and Logitech Harmony remotes to link with the thermostat, but it's Google Now integration - and what that means for Nest's privacy promises - that have some concerned.

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Nest Developer Program aims to connect all your things

Nest Developer Program aims to connect all your things

Though Nest products are gorgeous, many have wondered just how they’d work in unison with other connected home products. As the platform race for your smart home is heating up, Nest is announcing their Nest Developer Program, which makes it possible for other devices to work with Nest’s current and future products. The news brings the functionality to at least one device you might already have, too.

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Verizon ends data for Chromebook Pixel, Google covers up

Verizon ends data for Chromebook Pixel, Google covers up

Chromebook Pixel owners who purchased the LTE model did so with the implicit understanding they’d get two years of LTE data from Verizon the day they activated the data plan. A year in, those customers are seeing their free data vanish. Verizon and Google have conflicting impressions of what has been going on, with Google taking steps to cover their tracks on the matter.

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