I/O 2011

Google said no to buying Skype

Google said no to buying Skype

The biggest news of the week and perhaps the biggest merger news of the year happened yesterday when Microsoft announced that it was purchasing Skype for $8.5 billion. Microsoft quickly started to name off many of its plans for the service and was tickled to death to have grabbed Skype when Google and Facebook were eying the purchase. Wired has a very interesting story from insiders at Google that have come forward to note that Microsoft didn't take Skype for Google, rather Google didn't want Skype after all.

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Google Chrome OS “Student package” notebook for $20 tipped imminent

Google Chrome OS “Student package” notebook for $20 tipped imminent

Google IO day two doesn't kick off for another nine hours or so, but it seems the search giant may not have revealed all its secrets in the jam-packed first day. According to a Forbes report quoting an unnamed senior Google exec, the company is readying a Chrome OS based notebook launch which will be positioned as a "student package", offering both hardware and cloud services for $20 per month.

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Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google’s +1 Button Expanding Around the Web Soon

Google has showed, on the first day of this year's I/O event, that they have no end of surprises up their sleeve. We noticed an announcement on Twitter today that Google's +1 button will be available to publishers in the coming weeks, and to "stay tuned". We venture the speculation that Google has big plans for the +1 button, and that it will be a significant competitor to Facebook's "Like" button, but Google will likely want to differentiate +1 from Facebook.

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Google I/O 2011 Keynote: Entire Day One Video

Google I/O 2011 Keynote: Entire Day One Video

The biggest event today, and perhaps biggest of the year for Google, was their 2011 developer conference called Google I/O. The two-day event is unfolding at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. We did a recap on this morning's opening keynote, which unleashed some major news on Android, Google TV, and much more. But here now, is a video of the first day's keynote in its entirety.

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WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by Judging our [Epic Unboxing War Number One!]

WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by Judging our [Epic Unboxing War Number One!]

Behold the most excellent unboxing and hands-on video you'll ever experience, ever, your entire life. The video you're about to see has two major players, Ben Bajarin representing Android Community and Vincent Nguyen representing SlashGear, who will for your enjoyment both unbox the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the same exact time. In this video they both show you exactly what's going on with the tablet in fair detail. Which unboxing is better? That's for you to decide - and that's how you'll be winning your very own Samsung tablet in the very near future!

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DoubleTwist Adds AirPlay Support And DoubleTap Feature For NFC-Enabled Android Devices

DoubleTwist Adds AirPlay Support And DoubleTap Feature For NFC-Enabled Android Devices

The popular media management and sharing Android app called DoubleTwist has just added some nifty new features with their recent update to version 1.4.2. The update brings with it AirPlay support so that you can now stream music, videos, and photos to your Apple TV. They also added a cool feature called DoubleTap that lets you transfer music or videos between two NFC-enabled devices just by tapping them together.

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Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

Samsung and Verizon Hand Out Tickets for SIM Cards and Mobile Hotspots at Google I/O 2011

The free gear continues to flow at Google I/O. Samsung and Verizon have handed out cards which are good for a free Verizon Mobile Hotspot and a SIM card which gives three months of complimentary service from Verizon. The tickets can be exchanged for the gear tomorrow afternoon at the Gear Pick Up location at the conference. This fresh gift of gear comes immediately after the announcement during the first keynote that every attendant of the conference will be getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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Google I/O First Keynote Recap: Android 3.1, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google TV, Music Beta, Movies and More

Google I/O First Keynote Recap: Android 3.1, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google TV, Music Beta, Movies and More

Google I/O 2011 has officially kicked off with the very first keynote having ended just moments ago. Here's a quick recap of all the exciting revelations that have come so far including an update to the Android tablet OS called 3.1 Honeycomb, the confirmation of the much anticipated Gingerbread successor Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and much more. Continue after the cut for the full recap.

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Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 unboxing by Vic Gundotra

Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 unboxing by Vic Gundotra

On the morning of May 10th, 2011, live at Google I/O, we were given an exclusive unboxing and hands-on of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 by none other than Vic Gundotra! Have a look with us at this device that will soon be given to every single attendee of the conference, a device that will go down in history as one of the mega-devices! We've already had a couple looks at this tablet as of late, but this is the big one, let me tell you. Once we get this device in our possession in ernest as well, we'll be giving you all the info you need on it to engrain it in your brain for need to purchase in the future.

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Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Google TV Gets Android Market And Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Google TV was announced at last year's Google I/O and launched last November but its excitement waned as its hardware was viewed as being pricey and its firmware not well integrated with the rest of Google's ecosystem. However, today's keynote at Google I/O 2011 brought some revelations that will likely breathe new life into Google TV.

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Android Update Alliance Announced at Google I/O

Android Update Alliance Announced at Google I/O

In a move that basically made the audience flip out and pull their hair out with excitement, Google announced that they'd soon be working with carriers around the USA and UK to create guidelines for device updates. What does this mean to you? It means that you'll essentially KNOW what will be happening with your device in the future instead of guessing if it'll be receiving an update to the newest Android version before the end of its lifespan. Is this good news? Heck yes, it's basically the best news ever!

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