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Your Kids Will Be Excited: Google Has Updated its ‘Santa Tracker’ Website and Apps

Just in time for the holidays, Google has updated the Santa Tracker website and mobile apps. Well, the Android version anyway. There isn’t currently a version of the app available for iPhone users. Each day closer to Christmas, you’ll be able to check back to see the progress of Santa and the reindeer as they [...]

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Meet People and Technology Behind the Scenes Who Make Google Maps So Great

Wired reporter Greg Miller recently got a behind the scenes look at the huge operation that makes Google Maps possible. It’s actually quite fascinating. Street View, which launched in 2007, was conceived as a way to improve the user experience by letting people see what the area around their destination looked like, says Brian McClendon, [...]

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Google is Killing Those Annoying CAPTCHAs and Replacing Them With This

You are not a robot. I am not a robot. We know this, but how do we convince computers of that? Instead of squinting at squiggly, obscure text and patterns, you’ll soon be able to just click a check box in order to verify your humanity. Say hello to Google’s latest product, reCAPTCHA. When you’re on [...]

Google Plans To Introduce New Versions Of Its Products For Kids Under Age 12

Google Plans To Introduce New Versions Of Its Products For Kids Under Age 12

Everyone uses Google. “Google” is a verb. We know this. But when everyone uses something, that means kids are among the users, and it should come as no surprise that adults and kids use products in different ways. Google recognizes this and according to USA Today plans to release kid-friendly versions of many of its [...]

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Google Fiber is Live in Austin, TX

In a blog post earlier this week, the Google Fiber team announced that the gigabit internet service is now online (no pun intended) in Austin, Texas. Signups are launching first for residents and small businesses in the South and Southeast parts of the city. Additional “fiberhoods” will be rolled out as the demand comes in [...]

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6 Amazing Android Lollipop Features

I upgraded my Nexus 5 to Android Lollipop this week. While it does take a few days to get used to changes, I’m usually very excited for upgrades like this. Google has stepped up with Android 5.0 and included a lot of fun, useful, and exciting features. A smart thing that Google started doing a [...]

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Nokia’s New ‘Z Launcher’ for Android is Available for Free on Google Play

If you’re tired of seeing a mess of apps and icons on your home screen every time you turn on your phone, there are plenty of custom launchers you can download from the Play Store to give your phone a more custom look and feel. The latest addition comes via Nokia, of all companies. The [...]

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How to Find All the Places That Accept Apple Pay and Google Wallet NFC Payments

Now that Apple Pay has launched and is starting to gain some initial traction, we thought it’d be prudent to show you a tool that will display all the merchants and businesses around you that have NFC payment terminals to accept it. (Is your bank supported?)The locations shown with this tool are part of MasterCard’s [...]

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Google Splits SMS and MMS from Hangouts App with New ‘Messenger’ App for Android

With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat last year, Google appeared to be going in the direction of Apple’s iMessage service, combining its SMS / MMS app with Google Hangouts. Hangouts messages, like iMessage, are sent via your phone’s data connection and don’t use the traditional SMS protocol. The unification of both into one app [...]

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Google Just Released Four Funny New Commercials Promoting Android – Watch Them Here

I don’t watch a lot of cable TV, but being a Kansas native, I was glued to my couch during the World Series cheering on the Royals. It was the first time I noticed commercials running for Android. Not a specific phone from a specific manufacturer like Samsung, who runs plenty of commercials, but just [...]

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