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Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Android 5.1 Lollipop factory images released for Nexus devices

Supposing you've got a Nexus device in your possession, you know the thrill of getting an Android update. Not just any Android update, one that brings a full extra digit to the tens spot after the five. This isn't a new desert - it's a .1 for your Lollipop. Google has begun posting Android 5.1 Factory Images for Nexus devices of all sorts this week, and that includes Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, too. While we've not yet seen the Nexus 9 appear on this list, nor the Nexus 4, we'll expect at least one of the two to pop up soon.

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Google turns every new Chrome tab into an Art Project

Google turns every new Chrome tab into an Art Project

As self-proclaimed curators of the world's knowledge, Google has access to thousands of humanity's greatest works. The tech giant is, of course, kind enough to let users in on this collection, even or especially if they can't be travel to personally be awestruck by these timeless pieces. The Google Art Project is one such attempt that gives access to high resolution images of the world's greatest artworks. And now Google is making that even easier. All you need to do is open a new browser tab.

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Here’s why you’ll want Android 5.1 on your Nexus 6 right now

Here’s why you’ll want Android 5.1 on your Nexus 6 right now

Just three days ago, Google announced the arrival of Android 5.1 and even highlighted some of the new feature for users. Although the Nexus devices are unsurprisingly first in line to get the update, roll out is equally unsurprisingly slow. That said, there is one huge reason why Nexus 6 owners might be excited to get the update, or even tempted to sideload it themselves, as soon as possible. Developer Francisco Franco reveals that more than just end user benefits, the update will significantly boost the performance and responsiveness of Google's first phablet.

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Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Moto E 2015 (2nd Gen) Review

Motorola's 2nd gen Moto E comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, a 4.5-inch display, and is perfectly legit for the price it's being offered at. Is it the finest piece of hardware on the market today? Of course not. Is it meant to be? No way. Does the 2015 Moto E provide one of the most compelling value propositions for a smartphone in the world today? Absolutely it does. This is Motorola's continuation of their most successful smartphone-selling setup to date - inexpensive, yet not cheap - easily one of the best new smartphones for the price it's being offered at globally this year.

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Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Google seeds multi-device Android app for Devs ahead of I/O

Write once, deploy everywhere. It’s the dream for Developers — well, everywhere — but isn’t always as simple as it sounds. With so many screens and so many platforms, there typically has to be a lot of manipulation of an app to work in multiple places. Ahead of I/O, Google is laying out reason that might not always be the case, with a reference app that is usable on a smartphone, tablet, Android Auto, Android Wear, and usable with Google Cast — with a single codebase.

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Google Code is shutting down, gives way to Github

Google Code is shutting down, gives way to Github

In 2008, Google said Mercurial had an advantage over Git due to its “efficient HTTP transport protocol”. They may have been right — in 2008. At the time, Google also said Git was “more powerful, but this tends to be offset by it being more complicated to use”. Now that we’re in 2015, Google is admitting defeat, and is shuttering their online project hosting portal, Google Code. Starting today, new product creation is disabled, and the site will go read-only in August.

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The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

That phone you were no longer interested in is now officially dead to us all. In making their announcement of the new Pixel, and revamping their online hardware portal to reflect all they’ve got to sell you, Google also quietly discontinued selling the Nexus 5. The device was originally kept on as an offering to those who wanted Nexus, but didn’t want to tote around a 6-inch screen all day. Now, Google is officially discontinuing sales of the device via Google Play.

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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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