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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google bakes IoT beacon support into Chrome for Android

Google is set to further blur the lines between the real world and the digital one, integrating beacon support into Chrome for Android. Initially to be included in the beta channel for those testing pre-final versions of the mobile browser, but eventually set to be released for all users, the new functionality will allow Chrome on Android smartphones to spot and react to Bluetooth-based "Physical Web" markers around them.

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Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe has expanded Creative Cloud with a new service called "Portfolio." Using Adobe Portfolio, anyone can create a simple website, though the purpose is to showcase and otherwise present creative and professional work, such as photographs or paintings. Adobe points toward the Internet's increased use as a resume platform and the need for personal websites sans the skills needed to start from scratch.

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“Find my phone” apps tag wrong location, doesn’t find phone

“Find my phone” apps tag wrong location, doesn’t find phone

It almost sounds like an episode for a "truth is stranger than fiction" TV show. A young couple living in a suburb in Atlanta regularly get disturbed, sometimes even threatened, by people, including the police, insisting that their lost or stolen smartphone is in the house. At one point, they even came looking for the girl who owned a lost smartphone. The lost items came from all types of manufacturers under different carriers. The only thing they all have in common is that they used so called "find my phone" apps to locate their missing beloved mobile.

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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Uber fixes ETA privacy gap that left full trip details public

Uber fixes ETA privacy gap that left full trip details public

Uber has fixed a gaping privacy hole which left ride details for some passengers visible in Google searches, with full address information available even months after the journey. The glitch was a side-effect of Uber's "Share my ETA" feature, launched in 2013, which allows users to show others the progress of their trip.

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LastPass goes free but only on single device types

LastPass goes free but only on single device types

It seems that freemium business models have won, with majority of services now offering a free but limited selection of features just to hook in new users and, when they get fed up with all the walls, hopefully sign up for a monthly fee. LastPass is also adopting that new setup but with a twist. New users signing up to the password management service will be able to use it for free on all smartphones but only on smartphones, or on all desktops but only on desktops.

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Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.

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Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Some say it's Google's way of making search the centerpiece even on Android, making apps almost redundant. Others say it's the natural evolution of search's feature. Whatever the case, Google Now on Tap, a feature arriving with Android M later this year, is shaping up to be both interesting and also somewhat scary. At SMX in Paris, Behshad Behzadi from Google demonstrated Now on Tap, including a geolocation feature never before seen elsewhere. And Google Now, on Tap, performed well with almost deadly context-aware accuracy.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Remember talk about Google's plans to take on mobile carriers? While the initial furor of speculation seems to have died down a bit, it seems that things are still proceeding as planned for Google, with an expected public announcement at the upcoming I/O 2015. A new leak has revealed some possible details about the service that would give consumers reasons to be hyped and carriers cause to worry. Aside from free calls and texts inside the US, Project Fi will only charge users based on data they actually consumed and even credit unused ones at the end of the month.

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