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This is Google’s new VR headset reference design, hardware to start arriving in the fall

In what’s become the Google I/O defining moment, the company kicked off the 2012 event with a series of skydivers, bikers, and climbers to debut the hot newness that was Project Glass (hindsight, etc.). Two years later, Google went all Oprah on everyone and sent I/O attendees home with Cardboard headsets of their very own –…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/18/google-vr-headset/?ncid=rss

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Google takes a new approach to native apps with Instant Apps for Android

Mobile apps often provide a better user experience than browser-based web apps, but you first have to find them, download them, and then try not to forget you installed them. Now, Google wants us to rethink what mobile apps are and how we interact with them. Instant Apps, a new Android feature Google announced at its…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/18/google-takes-a-new-approach-to-native-apps-with-instant-apps-for-android/?ncid=rss

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What Will Be Announced At Google I/O 2016? Here’s What We Expect

One day a year, Google gathers all sides of the industry to show off everything the company has been cooking up for the past twelve months. From all new Android to automated automobiles, it’s the day they unveil everything they’ve worked so hard (with varying degrees of success) to keep secret. Tomorrow is that day…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/17/what-will-be-announced-at-google-io-2016-heres-what-we-expect/?ncid=rss

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Google is reportedly launching a standalone Android VR headset next week

Google will reportedly be announcing a standalone Android VR headset at next week’s Google I/O event. Tech journalist Peter Rojas has tweeted that Google will launch an untethered Android VR headset next week according to his multiple sources. Android VR will definitely be announced next week, and from what I’ve heard will be less powerful than the Vive or Rift. —… Read More

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/11/google-is-reportedly-launching-a-standalone-android-vr-headset-next-week/?ncid=rss

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Google connects BigQuery to Google Drive and Sheets

Google today announced that it is bringing some of its Google Cloud Platform and Google Apps tools a little bit closer together. BigQuery, Google’s serverless analytics data warehousing service, will now be able to read files from Google Drive and access spreadsheets from Google Sheets. There has long been something of a firewall between Google’s cloud computing…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/06/google-connects-bigquery-to-google-drive-and-sheets/?ncid=rss

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Fiat Chrysler CEO opens up on potential Apple or Google partnership to build cars

The automotive industry is a capital-intensive industry. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne knows it and that’s why he is open to work with Google or Apple: “Google can buy every automaker out of petty cash. And Apple — they made a net profit of $24 billion in one quarter. This is nonsense. What are we defending?…

http://9to5mac.com/2016/04/29/fiat-chrysler-ceo-apple-google-partnership-build-cars/

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Google brings podcasts to Google Play Music

Google today announced that it is (finally) bringing podcasts to its Google Play Music service in the U.S. and Canada. With this, it follows in the footsteps of services like Spotify, which recently launched podcast support out of beta, and — of course — iTunes, which was one of the first music players to support…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/18/google-brings-podcasts-to-google-play-music/?ncid=rss

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Google now lets you design custom cases for your Nexus phones

Google is launching a new service today that allows you to create $35 custom cases for its Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones. You can choose between two variations of these co-called Live Cases. One allows you to pick any photo and print it onto your case. The other lets you design and print a stylized map with the help of Google…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/14/google-now-lets-you-design-custom-cases-for-your-nexus-phones/?ncid=rss

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Google will now warn users when websites host deceptive ‘social engineering’ ads

Google says it’s expanding its efforts at keeping web surfers better protected from deceptive content online through an update to its “Safe Browsing” initiative. The search giant will now flag and warn users when they encounter web sites with what Google calls “social engineering” advertisements. These are ads that try to trick users into thinking… Read More

http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/12/google-will-now-warn-users-when-websites-host-deceptive-social-engineering-ads/?ncid=rss

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Google Maps goes beyond Uber to aggregate Ola, Hailo, Gett and more car services into its app

Google reportedly is working on building its own Uber competitor, and while some believe that this will come in the form of a fleet of autonomous cars, there is a more immediate option for how Google can position itself more prominently in Uber’s world: by searching and aggregating everything that the wider on-demand transport landscape has to offer. Today, Google announced…

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/15/google-maps-goes-beyond-uber-to-aggregate-ola-hailo-gett-and-more-car-services-into-its-app/?ncid=rss