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Here’s how you get Android TV

Here’s how you get Android TV

Google has dished up a new integrated smart TV system for your television set called Android TV - but you won’t necessarily be buying a separate piece of equipment to get it. Android TV will be brought to the market in a variety of ways - some in-set, some out. This system begins its roll-out with a number of 2015 television sets from Sharp, Sony, TP Vision, and Philips.

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Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Apple's WWDC 2014 contained more than a few shots at Android earlier this month, but Google isn't going to let it go past without a reply. Google's Sundar Pichai took to the I/O 2014 stage to call out Apple's new iOS 8, pointing out that Android had things like widgets and user-customizable keyboards - both highlight features of the new iPhone and iPad platform - many versions ago.

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Enhanced Notifications and hit lockscreen in Android with wearables integration

Enhanced Notifications and hit lockscreen in Android with wearables integration

The next release of Android will have an updated look at notifications for your smartphone and tablet. This notifications screen will be pushed all the way forward to your lock screen, and will work with a new system with new prioritization for each notification. One notification shown in this early presentation at Google I/O also suggested that we’ll be seeing more Android Wear action by the end of the show.

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Google Material Design adds pixels with depth

Google Material Design adds pixels with depth

Google has revealed its new Android and Chrome design language, Material Design, cleaning up the smartphone and tablet UI by taking inspiration from paper and ink along with depth. "We took real inspiration from paper and ink," Google's Matias Duarte said during the I/O opening keynote, "but unlike real paper our digital material can reform and shape."

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Android L release today: developers first

Android L release today: developers first

This week Google has announced the L Developer Preview. This is the next generation of Android, coming with a "fresh, bold, and new look." This system was announced by Matias Duarte of Android for Google, coming with a look that’s made for mobile, desktop, and beyond.

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Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

The web-based learning environment Coursera has been brought to the mobile platform this month for both iOS and Android. With Coursera, you’ll be able to take advantage of free classes, all set up to improve your life over the course of a few weeks. These classes will educate you in a wide variety of topics - everything from Chemistry to Engineering to "Information, Tech, & Design."

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Path Talk messaging app automatically sets your status

Path Talk messaging app automatically sets your status

Does the world need another messaging app? Path thinks the answer is yes, and is launching Talk for iOS and Android today, a new IM app that integrates real-world context into the chat process. Building on the basic messaging functionality Path introduced in March last year, Path Talk introduces Ambient Status, a system the software company says will automatically update your contacts with your current status.

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Android Wear: too little too late

Android Wear: too little too late

Google is getting in on the Wearables market too late, with far too little to show for their prolonged absence. Over the past year there’s been a wearable devices fad that’s never really taken off - only a select few devices have lasted more than a few months on the market. Now comes Google, ready to take on this environment with Android Wear before Apple arrives with their fabled iWatch.

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Yo hack spills users’ phone numbers

Yo hack spills users’ phone numbers

Single-function messaging app Yo may have seemed like a gimmick - albeit one raising $1m in funding - but it's also got an unpleasant security sting in its tail, with hackers claiming to be able to extract phone numbers of users. Yo arrived to mixed confusion and enthusiasm earlier this week, intended to do one thing in sending a "Yo" message to a contact.

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