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Google Reader is dead: 5 replacements for your consideration

Google Reader is dead: 5 replacements for your consideration

This week Google Reader says its final goodbye, sending itself off in a wave of suggestions for replacements from the news media. It would appear at first that groups like Feedly and Digg have taken early leads in the war of potential, but what else is out there to work with? And what bits and pieces of Google Reader do you think you'll need to move forward with an alternative?

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Google celebrates Pride month along with DOMA strike-down in rainbows

Google celebrates Pride month along with DOMA strike-down in rainbows

This month is Pride month here in the United States, a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered folks across the nation celebrate their existence in parties, parades, and events galore. Google has once again come forth with a little gem of an easter egg for the masses with a rainbow-flavored search bar surrounding all related queries. This appearance also comes right on top of the official strike-down of DOMA.

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Google Ventures-backed Kibits brings “Collaborate” for mobile teamwork

Google Ventures-backed Kibits brings “Collaborate” for mobile teamwork

This week the team at Kibits have launched "Collaborate.com", a full mobile and web browser-based environment for teamwork, aiming to bring together groups of associates that aren't always working in the same zip code. This platform works at launch on iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and inside web browsers and integrates the content of services such as Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and Apple's iCloud in a single workroom environment, and they're launching this week.

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OS X Mavericks gives Safari a CPU-saving boost

OS X Mavericks gives Safari a CPU-saving boost

The web browser Safari has been given an unforseen boost this week during WWDC 2013 from Apple in their presentation of OS X Mavericks. This system's name comes from surfers down on the west coast - so too does the web surfing app at the head of Apple's efforts make with the updates.

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Internet Explorer 10 claimed to be “most energy efficient” web browser

Internet Explorer 10 claimed to be “most energy efficient” web browser

Microsoft loves talking about its Internet Explorer 10 web browser, but who can blame them? This time around, however, the company was proud to proclaim that the new browser is the most energy efficient browser out of the bunch, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA.

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Twitter is down with “site issues”, it’s not just you

Twitter is down with “site issues”, it’s not just you

This afternoon Twitter has reported site issues in a very, very general way for the masses. This status update comes courtesy of Twitter's Tumblr page, as it were, a publication whose engine is now owned by Yahoo. Twitter's status appears at the moment to be affecting both mobile and web browser-based Twitter accounts.

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Gmail “categories” update hits Android and web with one-click activation

Gmail “categories” update hits Android and web with one-click activation

This week the folks responsible for creating the Gmail environment for email on devices ranging from desktop all-in-ones down to the smallest smartphone have begun unrolling their previously announced "Categories" update. This version of Gmail allows users to employ a rather simple system for categorizing emails, most of this activated and sorted automatically where, in the past, all was based only on keywords and email addresses.

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Chrome iOS update brings chatty Google voice search

Chrome iOS update brings chatty Google voice search

While the Google Search app brought the voice recognition and smart responses of the most recent update to the Google Search engine to iOS, this week it goes in-browser with Chrome as well. The Chrome web browser update comes in with natural voice recognition and searching without typing - sort of like what you get with Siri. Here voice recognition gets a boost, quicker recognition with text streaming as you chat, and responses spoken aloud.

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Chrome experiment Roll It brings Skee Ball to the browser

Chrome experiment Roll It brings Skee Ball to the browser

Most everyone we know will play a browser-based game from time to time. While there are plenty to choose from, there are some from Google that are a bit more unique. These, while games, are actually experiments. To be specific, Google launches these games as Chrome Experiments. We got a look at one called World Wide Maze a few months back and Google was showing one called Racer during I/O.

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Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

Opera web browser for Android leaves Beta: we go hands-on

This week the folks behind the web browser Opera have pushed their Android-based mobile edition past Beta into its first full-fledged release. They've done so with little fanfare, too - so little that it's scarcely made waves here in the spring of 2013 - right between Google's developer conference Google I/O and the technology conference CTIA. It's a fine browser, all said, with a WebKit engine base and a free download set of innards that'll have it competing with the other big guns in web browser downloads.

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Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google Voice search hits Chrome with Hotwording: “Ok, Google”

Google's Conversational Voice Search system has been living on both iOS and Android for either weeks or months - this week it's coming to the Chrome web browser for all devices complete with a command familiar to Google Glass users: "Ok, Google." This system will allow users to speak with natural language - conversational, that is - on any desktop computer with a microphone.

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Chrome brings Autocomplete form-filling to mobile web

Chrome brings Autocomplete form-filling to mobile web

The folks at Google have this week at Google I/O let it be known that they're bringing HTML5 Autocomplete functions to the Chrome mobile web browser for Android. This system will help bring back the massive amounts of users (over 90%, according to Google), that abandon in-browser product purchases on their smartphones and tablets.

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