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Google Launches Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop

Google Launches Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop

What Google has revealed at their Inside Search event on June 14th, 2011 in San Francisco is, amongst many other neat items, are Voice Search and Search by Image on Desktop. While similar items have been possible in the past on Android, this is the first time they've been available to the home user. They're also improved significantly in the following ways: more phrases, better understanding, and quicker results (and more accurate, too.) The results are impressive, the results perfectly accurate on stage. Will this functionality work in practice? We can't wait!

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Apple WWDC 2011 Keynote Busts our Live Visitor Record Charts!

Apple WWDC 2011 Keynote Busts our Live Visitor Record Charts!

That's right ladies and gentlemen, we here at SlashGear are proud to announce that we've just today made a brand new record for our site's live feed viewership. Not only have we beaten previous records, we've beaten them by a country mile, collecting nearly twice the live viewers that we'd had for previous press events such as the Apple keynote on iCloud, iOS 5, and OS X Lion that occurred today. First we'd like to thank you, the readers, then we'd like to literally tell you where we stand!

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BlackBerry PlayBook Event Invite Sent to Press

BlackBerry PlayBook Event Invite Sent to Press

We've been pumped up about this device for what seems like an eternity. The BlackBerry PlayBook, now an unlikely hero in an intensely rapidly expanding and changing tablet market. What this event will certainly contain is a formal introduction to the near-final build of the PlayBook itself along with a demo and possibly the chance to bring one or two of the little beauts home with us. This event is going to be taking place April 14th at 6PM EST in New York, NY.

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Odd British Man Totes Mobile in Barcelona [EXCLUSIVE]

Odd British Man Totes Mobile in Barcelona [EXCLUSIVE]

So I was standing there, minding my own business in an oddly calm moment during the several day madhouse that was Mobile World Congress 2011, and there they were, a man who could only say "Action," and a man who had clearly practiced his news voice for many many years. They were standing along the main drag of the convention (the whole convention is a big L shape, they were near the entrance,) and were doing multiple takes of the scene you're about to see (completely and totally exclusively behind the scenes, of course.)

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Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

Android Community App Demoed on Motorola XOOM Tablet

We're at the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event here at Google headquarters and the first thing our head man Vince does is download the Android Community application from the Android Marketplace on a Motorola XOOM. If you'll take a look at the video below, you'll see that not only does it work excellent, it looks fantastic as well. You'll grab an extra fun look at the new Android Market as well as the new Honeycomb keyboard.

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Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

Cee-Lo No-Show at Honeycomb Intro

In a surprise appearance during the Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb event at the Googleplex today, the folks on stage got a call from none other than CeeLo Green, aka the Soul Machine, known most recently for his hit single "Forget You." This appearance was supposed to be more of a surprise early on in the program, but apparently Cee-Lo was unavailable when they called.

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Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

Android Marketplace Introduces In-App Purchases, Currency Settings, Additional Giant Apps

In addition to the rest of the changes made to the Android Marketplace today, Google went on to introduce two giant changes to the way things are run in the Android Marketplace. One of them being the ability for each developer to set their own prices in each currency available. Before, this was automatic, the price being automatically converted for whichever currency the purchaser was using. The other fat change was that developers will now be able to make in-app sales. This is big news when you consider what's going on with Kongregate on Android and the Apple App store stopping some book services from selling in-app.

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Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Android Marketplace Changes Detailed – Webstore Now Also Browser Based

Today Chris Yerga showed the world the Android Market Webstore. This is a browser based Android Marketplace as shown here: Your Entire Music Library in The Cloud, Streamed to Your Android Device, Announced Today. This new market is reminiscent of what Apple has set up in the App Store, but apps here are download from the browser directly to your device. High resolution banners, giant icons, and fuller descriptions of apps now appear for developers to better show off their apps.

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Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Chat Program / CNN app Detailed at Google Android Honeycomb Event

With a single click, they thusly were connected through video chat. After a short bout with attempting to find a user by the name of "Lady Killer," later revealed to be Cee-Lo Green, the user on stage and his friendly other-screen ally were able to connect visually. It's revealed that, in the classic manner, the user's image is tiny in the lower right of the screen while the person they're talking to takes up the entire remainder. This functionality appears to work instantly and smoothly. The video quality isn't perfect, but the video works so well and functions so fast, we're willing to forgive, for now. After the video chat demo, a CNN rep steps on stage to show his and their wares. The Vice President of Mobile for CNN speaks up and out of a CNN app that will be launching for the Honeycomb tablet in the near future. This is a giant gallery-aesthetic app that appears to work very smooth, flicking back and forth between stories, showing live coverage of news via the tablet.

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Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Render Script / 3D Applications Impress at Google Android Honeycomb Event

Flowing through items like the Music app, YouTube, and Google's book store are shown to be working miraculously well, looking amazing sliding back and forth, up and down. All of this done with Render Script, an element on the developer side of things designed to give devs the ability to create new and amazing graphics and user interface features never before possible. Another app shown to feature the capabilities of this new Honeycomb 3D rendering environment was Google's body app, showing all the parts of the body, taking away or adding layers as you wish, moving smoothly to show you what's going on in your body, and which bone you'd like to describe as broken to your doctor.

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