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LG’s new Nexus phone might arrive next month

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Nexus devices typically launch in November, a time that coincides with the release of a new version of Android. This year, however, the wait may not be so long. A report from Korean media outlet MK Post claims that a Nexus device from LG will launch on September 29. What else does this mean? Android 6.0 Marshmallow is coming very soon.

The information regarding the approaching release date apparently comes from the same source that was correct about the Nexus 5’s arrival in 2014. While we cannot confirm the source’s validity, having a proven track record is certainly beneficial.

Huawei’s alleged Nexus device was not mentioned in the report.

Source: MK Post
Via: Ubergizmo

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Google AdWords to begin disabling Flash advertisements in Chrome

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


On September 1st, you will no longer see advertisements utilizing Flash. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see video-like advertisements anymore, just they will all be HTML5.

Google’s AdWords division states that this change will speed up browser performance and bring all advertisers in line with the new HTML5 standard.

There is already a setting in Chrome that allows you to disable these Flash advertisement plugins, but on September 1st, Google will switch this to “On” as default in the Chrome browser.

If you’re an advertiser, Google has already attempted to convert your Flash advertisement to HTML5, but there is a chance that it was unsuccessful in doing this. If it was unsuccessful, then your advertisement will be disabled and you will need to do the converting yourself.

Google had the following to say about the changes:

Video and interactive media bring consumers rich, engaging experiences on the web–but they can also impact browser speed and battery life. A few months ago, Chrome introduced a setting ( designed to increase page-load speed and reduce power consumption by pausing certain plugin content, including many Flash ads. As soon as September (, this setting will be turned on by default so Chrome users can enjoy faster performance and view more content before charging their batteries.

Source: Google

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Inbox by Gmail updated with some much-needed text formatting features

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Inbox by Gmail is receiving a small update, bringing with it some much-needed text formatting features. There are a lot of basic features in Inbox by Gmail missing that you will find on almost any email client out there, and Google is slowly adding these missing features.

In its latest update, those using Inbox by Gmail on the web can now insert text formatting, such as numbered lists, bullet points, bold, italics, underline, and more. There’s even keyboard shortcuts available for these abilities, making it quick and easy to insert any formatting you might need.


While it sounds like a small update, bringing text formatting to Inbox by Gmail actually makes it a better viable option to other email clients, as users will now be able to craft professional and organized emails not only personally, but professionally as well.

Inbox by Gmail still has a long ways to go, but this is a step in the right direction.

source: Inbox by Gmail (Google+)


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NVIDIA SHIELD set-top box is now available in the Google Store

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

nvidia_shield_system_controller_remoteThe NVIDIA SHIELD set-top box has made its way to the Google Store. Starting today, users will be able to buy the new console for $199.

The NVIDIA SHIELD set-top box is a gaming console with Google’s Android TV software built right in. Users can stream their favorite content directly to their TV with no wires. In addition, users can cast the screen of their Android device to the TV for easier screen mirroring. The console comes with loads of entertainment and a selection of apps that is growing by the week. Since Google partnered with Nvidia to make this console, users get unlimited access to some of Google’s Play services such as Movies and TV, Play Music and YouTube. But that’s not all! It includes a built-in gaming console built for heavy gaming with high quality graphics. Users will get a remote control included in the set for seamless gaming and control.

The console supports 4K content and can be purchased via the Google Store for only $199. Shield will come with 16GB on memory, and if you need more, Shield Pro includes 500GB of storage. Users will need an HDMI output and a wireless internet connection to set up. Hurry before quantity runs out!

Source: Google Store

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YouTube Gaming is now available

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Android Apps_Google_YouTube Gaming_Screenshots_082615_15Google officially launched YouTube Gaming today, a new service for easy live-streaming games while chatting with your friends simultaneously. The app is live on Google Play now, in addition it’s also available online at the source link. 

YouTube gaming is a new service that has over 25,000 dedicated game pages and will support endless videos and live-streams. The app includes built in reminders that can alert users when a live-stream is taking place on their smartphone or tablet. Users can also stay up to date by adding their favorite games to a collection of their own. With YouTube Gaming, Google is making search very easy. For example, users can type in ‘war’ and get all games with the word ‘war’ in it. It won’t include all the other junk such as song titles a user won’t want and is guided specifically at gamers. It includes recommended content and a design language which is far superior when compared to competitors. Most importantly, the service runs very smooth without any lag and keeps advertisements to a minimum.

Google is hoping its new service will break apart the monopoly ‘Twitch’ has had for years. It’s very easy to set up and can be directly linked with the already widely popular ‘YouTube’ application. Google’s YouTube Gaming service can bring a ton of opportunities to gamers and could potentially leave competitors worried about their future.

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Source: YouTube Gaming

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[Deal] Google Chromecast only $20 via Groupon for a limited time

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


Normally selling for $35, Google’s Chromecast is on sale for a mere $20 through Groupon for a limited time.

There’s a limited quantity available, and so far, over 10,000 people have bought one. There’s no telling how fast this deal could end, so interested buyers will need to act fast.

Keep in mind that these units Groupon is selling are refurbished, and shipping will cost you an additional $4, which makes this deal only about $10 off. It’s still money saved, though.

Anyone picking one up?

source: Groupon

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googlenowcardsDuring Google I/O this year, the company showed off Now on Tap, which looks to be an extremely cool use of Google Now’s information scraping. Since then, Microsoft has already updated their Bing app to offer a similar experience, and it’s expected that Apple will do the same at some point. The competition in the digital personal assistant space is heating up very, very quickly, but unfortunately, Google may end up struggling to be competitive with other giants, according to some recent news.

Just before I/O this year, a majority of the original Google Now development team left the company for other things. Part of this is because of the shift of Now moving to a Google search project instead of a strictly Android project, and partly because of Sundar Pichai’s attitude towards Now. As of right now, only one original team member is still working with the project. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the future of Now, but it does mean that the original creators’ vision for the project probably won’t ever be fully realized.

Now has moved from being a killer feature for Android as an OS and has moved to something Google offers across all of its platforms, whether you’re on a Chromebook, using Chrome on a laptop, or using an Android device. Pichai heads Chrome and Android, and he reportedly wasn’t willing to fight for Now to remain totally independent like it started. He also likely realizes that Google needs to keep new products flowing in and improving in order to continue making Google money. At the end of the day, making money is pretty high up on the to-do list for any company.

It’s tough to say exactly what direction Now will go in, but I wouldn’t worry about the feature going anywhere. Sometimes Google just restructures segments of their products, like we’ve seen with Google+, and like we’ve seen happen with Android, Chrome, and everything else.

Personally, I only ever use Google Now on my phone, never on my laptops or desktops. How often do you utilize Google Now cards across your devices?

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MSG91 extension allows sending text messages straight from Excel or Google Sheets

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

MSG91 Goes International, Introduces New Interface and Multiple Add-onsA new add-on for Microsoft’s Excel and Google’s Sheets from messaging company MSG91 will users to send text messages directly from spreadsheets that they’re working on. Plug-ins and add-ons are gaining popularity, especially with power users that spend a lot of time in office apps and programs, and a messaging extension that can leverage a spreadsheet’s data can be very useful.

MSG91’s add-on does exactly that, making it quick and easy to send static and dynamic information from a spreadsheet into an SMS message. This is obviously very useful from an internal standpoint, but it can also allow a company or business to send out information to customers, too.

This probably won’t be useful if you’re not actively working on spreadsheets all day, but for businesses, this extension should fit in perfectly.

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New Huawei Nexus leak shows off it’s protruding camera hump

Posted by wicked August - 24 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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We are edging closer to Nexus season, and this year, for the first time, it would appear that Google will be announcing two Nexus handsets made by different manufacturers – LG and Huawei. We’ve seen renders of both rumoured devices in recent weeks, and now, as you can see from the image above, images of the Huawei Nexus – Codename ‘Angler’ have been leaked. The images came courtesy of Google+ user Tiessen Fu, who, it seems, was sent the images by a friend via a Chinese instant messaging service.

Something you can immediately discern from the main image is the pronounced panel (hump) containing the camera sensor and flash. There seems to be a hint of a curve below the hump, giving the impression that it is thicker than the rest of the device. Below that is what looks like a circular fingerprint scanner. The rest of the back panel is fairly plain apart from the Nexus logo. As per the rumours, it also appears to have a metal body and frame, although it could just be a polycarbonate panel with a metallic finish.

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On to the front of the alleged Huawei Nexus, and it’s a flat, black display with possibly a couple of front-facing speakers top and bottom. Apart from that, there really isn’t much to talk about.

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Finally, there’s an image of the device in a case, which, thanks to the circular cut out, lends weight to the circular spot on the rear panel being a fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Nexus device is also believed to sport a 5.7-inch display, a 3,500mAh battery, as well as the almost infamous Snapdragon 810 processor.

A pinch of salt should be taken with all leaks, but, this one would seem to be pretty legit. The usual caveats apply, in that these may be pictures of an old prototype, or the device could be cancelled altogether between now and the supposed launch date around the end of October. Saying that, these pictures, combined with the renders leaked earlier this month, make a compelling case that this is, in fact, the upcoming Huawei Nexus.

What do you think? Is the protruding camera hump acceptable? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below..

Source: Tiessen Fu (Google+)
Via: AndroidPolice

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Selfie reveals a 5MP front-facing camera for the upcoming LG Nexus 5 2015

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Google_LG_Nexus 5 (2015)_ Selfie camera_5MP_082215A Google employee has reportedly captured a selfie using the upcoming LG Nexus 5 smartphone. The selfie was uploaded to Google+ earlier today and reveals a 5MP front-facing camera. The post was listed with code name “Bullhead” thus further indicating this is indeed the upcoming LG Nexus handset.

The selfie reveals that the LG Nexus 5 (2015) will have a 5MP snapper 1944 × 2592, and include an aperture of f/2.0 for better low-light photos. The picture is blurred in order to keep the identity of the Google employee hidden. This means that this obviously wasn’t planned to be any sort of teaser for the upcoming handset.

Rumors and recent reports of the handset indicate a late October/early November launch alongside the release of Marshmallow. We can’t wait to see what the two companies have in store for us time come this fall.


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