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  • Google refreshes, reinforces its user privacy and security settings

    Google has rolled out two improvements to its privacy and security tools in a bid to give users more flexible options. There's now a new hub for managing Google settings called My Account and a new site that answers important questions about privacy and security on Google. My Account also works for those who may not have a Google account. The company says that people feel that they are not in charge of the privacy settings. “Everyday, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online. Most people, however, don’t feel they have the right level of control to make these...

  • Google explains the design philosophy behind Material Design [video]

    It's been a few days since Google I/O 2015 ended but just hours after the annual shindig, Google gave its website a Material Design overhaul and now, it has released a video explaining the Material Design concept. The video features Google designers of all disciplines talking about Material Design, from its inception to what it has become, which involved cutting out icons on paper, exposing them to light to create shadows, to finally completing a guide of material design to third party Android apps. There is no doubt that material design is pretty to look at with its bold colours, typography...

  • Will crucial partnerships help drive Android Pay’s ecosystem?

    Android Pay has officially introduced at Google’s I/O conference in San Fransisco. While the "simple and secure" mobile payment solution has been in the pipeline for better over a year, Google unveiled some interesting details we could look forward to. With rivals in the space like Apple, PayPal and Square, mobile payments is yet to take off in the US. Though Google hopes its key partnerships and open philosophy will help drive the industry forward. Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay relies on Near Communication Frequency (NFC) to make transactions. The customer simply swipes their Android smartphone at an in-store terminal...

  • Chromebook sales will reach 7.3m units in 2015, says Gartner

    Chromebooks might not be widely popular as yet but it appears that they are starting to claim an increasingly large portion of the market. According to Gartner, Chromebook sales to end users are on pace to reach 7.3-million units in 2015. This is a 27% increase from 2014. At the center of these estimates is education. In 2014, the education space represented 72% of the global Chromebook market. "Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. In the business market, Chromebook sales...

  • Tweets will now start showing up in your Google search results

    From today, Tweets will start showing up on Google Search on mobile devices. When users are searching on the Google app or any browser on their phone or tablet, they will find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results. Only a few weeks ago, Google announced that mobile search had overtaken desktop in more than 10 countries. The company also announced that it was bringing changes to its search, making it richer and engaging. Google introduced a way for users that allows them not to the website but can order right from the search. Google explains that...

  • Google Chrome unleashes The Great Suspender

    Chrome has introduced an extension that sounds like a film title with Denzel Washington and his definitive walk playing the lead. The Great Suspender is here and it will sort out your problem. The Great Suspender is a lightweight chrome extension to help reduce Chrome's memory footprint for users who like to have more than one tab open at the same time. It replaces the URL, with a simple screen that says "Tab suspended, click to reload” and opens whenever the user is ready to do so. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it...

  • Google Fit receives an update, now estimates distance and calories burned

    Google Fit has received an update and can now estimate distance and calories burned. The LG Health has this feature so Google Fit is playing catch up and not innovating new things. Tracking one's exercise, be it the mere walking of everyday, running, hiking or cycling, has become a prominent feature in tech. Google notes that this feature is to enable its Google Fit users to have the tools to check on their progress. The update needs extra information to be functional. Users have to update their profile and include gender, height and weight. Users will also now have...

  • Google confirms mobile has overtaken desktop search in 10 markets

    Google has revealed that mobile search has overtaken desktop in more than 10 countries, highlighting just how vital smartphones have become to our daily ability to function. Consumers, particularly on mobile devices, Google says, now have higher expectations than ever before. The company states that consumers on mobile devices “want everything right, and they want everything right away” and this requires marketers to answer to consumer’s needs in the moment. Hardly surprising then that the internet giant made mobile visibility one of the most important factors in its search algorithm. Google further explains that its investment in mobile is...

  • Google+ Collections: a new way to group your posts by topic

    Google has introduced Google+ Collections, a Pinterest like feature that allows Google+ users to share and connect with others with shared interests and passions. This is nothing new, of course, as on Google+ one can follow groups with similar interests but there are minor changes and a different interface. With Google+ Collections, Google says, users a new way to group your posts by topic, essentially curating their likes. Google explains that “every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into.” Furthermore, users can share their...

  • Project Fi, Google’s own wireless service finally launches

    This rumour, like rain on a cloudy day, has been circling for some time about Project Fi and now it is here. On Wednesday, Google finally launched its mobile phone service for voice and data use, Project Fi. For now, Project Fi is only available by invite only and works exclusively with Google's Nexus 6 Android phone. According to Google, Project Fi is a programme to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and its users. When connected to Project Fi, all of your voice and data activities will use that network....

  • Google now lets you download your entire web search history

    Google is letting users to download their entire search history. Though this is virtual data, imagine it tangible, every last thing you have ever searched for on Google, years and years of searches and now collected into tangible data. This could rise into a small mountain, or if laid across a flat surface, stretch for miles. It is not only the amount of it but the contents of it. It is about what have you been searching for and what can it reveal about you as a person. Users can download their entire search history, dating to when they...

  • Google’s mobile-friendly update: is your website UX ready?

    If you're in any way involved in the online space, this is pretty intense. On 21 April, Google will launch a new mobile-friendly algorithm that will reward websites that are fully optimised for mobile with higher rankings in search results. The update aims to make Google even more useful to people by training its bots to search more like humans. Outlawing text that’s too small to read, links that are too close together to tap, and software uncommon to mobiles like Flash, among other factors, it all comes down to improving the overall user experience (UX). That's great for...

  • Google launches Handwriting Input Tool for both text and emoji on Android

    Google Research today launched a new project, Google Handwriting Input. The new app allows users, instead of using a standard keyboard, to take a leap back to the ancient days of handwriting to write text on any Android app with or without a stylus. For now, the app recognises 82 languages and 20 distinct scripts, supports emojis, which can be entered by drawing them. Google Handwriting Input works with or without an Internet connection. The new tool comes with voice as well, accessible through the mic sign. After typing, as the same with most keyboards, one can choose the word...

  • EU officially charges Google with antitrust violations, opens formal investigation on Android (update)

    The European Union has formally charged Google with cheating competitors by distorting internet search results to advantage its Google Shopping service. The EU has also launched an investigation into Android. The EU accuses Google of “systematic favourable treatment to its comparison shopping product (currently called 'Google Shopping') in its general search results pages, e.g. by showing Google Shopping more prominently on the screen.” Though EU formally launched the charges today, it has been under pressure to investigate Google for some time. In a statement released today, the EU said that it has sent Google a statement of objections, a charge sheet,...

  • Get a taste of music history and tour Abbey Road Studios on Google

    This is life changing for the fans that have always fantasized about stepping into one of the most legendary studios in London. Google has created an interactive walk-through inside Abbey Road Studios. The famous studio was used to record some of the best sold record albums of all times, from the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Stevie Wonder. It is also known for composing soundtracks for some of the most historically recognized films, like Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. Since opening in 1931, the studio pushed boundaries when it came to music and sound. The experience is accessible on...