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Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Android Wear for iPhone tipped near (but will Apple allow it?)

Google is reportedly putting the final touches to an Android Wear app for iPhone, which would - if it ever sees the light of day - allow smartwatches running the OS to hook up to Apple's hardware. Currently, the two major smartwatch platforms, Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch, are platform-specific, forcing potential users to switch their phone OS of choice if they want a device intended for the other ecosystem. Google's strategy, ongoing leaks indicate, is to bypass that decision, though that's assuming Apple plays ball.

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Google Wallet users can now buy donuts much faster

Google Wallet users can now buy donuts much faster

In the wake of Apple Pay, Google began getting serious about Wallet. The mobile payment solution for Android users has fast become much more powerful, and in buying IP from Softcard (read: Google bought Softcard), Google eliminated a big competitor and garnered support from carriers for Wallet. The next phase is partnerships, where Google has made important strategic alliances. Today, they’re announcing a few more. Android users will now have closer checkout integration with food delivery service Seamless, sites that use Shopify for their payment processing, and yes, Dunkin' Donuts. Finally.

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Google expands online museum with 3D objects

Google expands online museum with 3D objects

The Google Art Project expands online today with a collection of more than 200 objects displayed in full 3D. These objects are available - to the public - to be rotated and zoomed in on, allowing users to get up close and personal with them in ways never before possible, online or off. Oddities and rare pieces of artwork can now be turned around and inspected from all angles, all thanks to 3D scanning technology Google is now making available to museums around the world for free.

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Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

Google’s new patent wants to protect you from spoilers

This April, there is a lot of new content to look forward to. Daredevil, Game of Thrones Season 5, Avengers: Age of Ultron, just to name the high profile ones. Inevitably, this will be the source of no small amount of discussion over the Internet, which will, of course, lead to spoilers. If you're the type who can't stand this situation, you'll most likely go off the grid until you catch up. Google, however, has a brighter idea. Let it do the filtering for you and hide those pesky spoilers while you continue to cruise the Web worry-free.

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YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

YouTube monthly fee will rid users of ads

A new paid offering will be made for users of YouTube this month. YouTube has sent out an email to Partners which suggests that they'll be building on the momentum they've got with YouTube Music Key Beta and YouTube Kids working with over 2 million installs in less than one month. All three of these initiatives are part of what Google suggests is a series of "bold new steps to bring these experiences* to life." *These experiences, this YouTube message explains, include watching what users want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose.

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Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

Android Wear battles Apple Watch hype with straps and faces

This afternoon, Google unveiled a newly expanded collection of hand-picked watch faces for Android Wear. Android Wear, if you weren't aware, is Google's wearable operating system, made (at the moment) specifically for smartwatches. Google also announced that there are now more than 1,000 watch faces available through the Google Play app store for Android Wear devices. For the rest of your wrist, Google also added a collection of hand-picked watch straps made specifically for Android Wear devices in many different wild colors - and some classics, too.

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LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

LG isn’t just giving away 4,000 LG G4s

The LG G4 "Consumer Experience Campaign" isn't what the headlines suggest. You aren't going to get an LG G4 to love and to hold and to keep forever. It's a testing program. While most news sites suggest that LG is giving out 4,000 smartphones to those "lucky" enough to receive one, they push the bit about a time limit to a paragraph later in the article. Far further down than some readers choose to read, well further than their excitement would carry them, as it were.

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Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google seems to be trying to get more and more personal, suggesting things that go beyond our digital personas, perhaps not to everyone's liking. The latest unconfirmed convenience that Google Search users might soon have at their fingertips would be connection to local home service providers, like plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This would seem to be the next step to Google embracing almost every aspect of our lives, after it started helping us find the best nearby car insurance through Google Compare.

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Google’s self-driving cars avoid cows—and other road hazards

Google’s self-driving cars avoid cows—and other road hazards

Self-driving cars are getting a lot of buzz lately. Companies from Google to Uber and Mercedes-Benz are each developing their own driverless car technology. In fact, Uber just partnered with Carnegie Mellon to create the Advanced Technology Center dedicated to the development driverless vehicles. If you're an engineer, you're in luck because they are hiring, too. Google is racing to get to the finish line first, and it may have an edge over the competition as its driverless vehicles can now officially avoid cows (and other conditions.)

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Google Moderator to close down in July

Google Moderator to close down in July

Google will be shutting down its Moderator service forever this summer, the Internet giant has announced. The closure will take place in three parts, with the first part having kicked off on March 30 -- that was when you could start exporting your data using Google Takeout, something that now makes sense in light of the newest announcement: Moderator will close to new questions and similar actions on June 30, and will be gone forever a month later on July 31.

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