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EU targeting Google for possible breakup

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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New reports have surfaced over the past couple days indicating the European Union may be planning to introduce a motion at a meeting this upcoming Thursday suggesting Google unbundle its search engine from other offerings the company makes available. Reports indicate executives within Google are “furious” about this latest move by the EU and the short notice they have received.

Earlier this year the EU was working with Google on a deal to try to allay fears that Google was inappropriately using its search dominance in conjunction with other services. However, those talks were dropped after competitors, including Microsoft, objected. The EU re-opened an investigation in September.

Germany appears to be the country most concerned, at least publicly, about Google’s influence and reach. Andreas Schwab, a German member of the European parliament, has publicly stated that “unbundling cannot be excluded” and he is one of the backers of the pending motion. Schwab has been pushing for Google to share their ranking algorithms to ensure the company is not favoring their own services over competitors when displaying results.

A vote by the EU would not carry any direct weight or authority to force Google to split up or unbundle services. However, it would encourage and bolster anti-trust efforts in member countries that may be eyeing Google for a breakup.

Final wording for a motion should be developed during the upcoming week with a possible vote held on Thursday.

source: Business Insider

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Google Search for Android TV pops up as a standalone app

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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This year, the trend for companies has been to release core services as standalone applications because it makes for easier updates. Rather than updating the entire system software, a standalone app can be updated through the Play Store alone. Google Search for Android TV now has a place in the Play Store. It acts as an exploration tool for Android TV to find information and not just content.

Don’t have an Android TV device? Well, the Nexus Player is available through Google Play and it comes with a $20 credit. So now may be the time to make a purchase and reap the benefits.

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[Deal] Nexus Player with $20 Google Play credit

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.

The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.

Source: Google [Play Store Link]

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Google giving 1TB of free Drive storage to new Chromebook owners

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.

The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!

Source: Google Drive Blog

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AT&T returning Nexus 6 inventory for shipping with “incorrect software”

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The Nexus 6 just arrived in AT&T stores across the United States, but initial inventory is being returned due to a software bug. A message being distributed to AT&T stores claims that Motorola shipped the Nexus 6 with incorrect software. According to Droid Life, the software “renders a black screen and fails to connect to service when the device is powered on.” Obviously, this is a problem because it makes the device incapable of doing much. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your Nexus 6 purchased through AT&T, head over to the nearest store and figure out what is going on.

Fortunately, it was only the initial shipments affected. Many Nexus 6 owners are likely experiencing nothing out of the ordinary because of the small window limited to AT&T. Alternate solutions, for people that have yet to purchase the Nexus 6, include going to a Best Buy store or utilizing AT&T’s Direct Fulfillment Process.

Via: Droid Life

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“Buy with Google” deals offer savings for Google Wallet users

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Since Apple finally decided to get into the mobile payments space, competition has been heating up to get consumers to switch away from traditional debit and credit cards. In an effort to entice buyers to set up and make more use of their Google Wallet accounts, Google has launched a special “Buy with Google” promotion just in time for the holiday shopping season. Special deals are being offered to users who make a purchase using a vendor’s Android app and selecting “Buy with Google” to access their Google Wallet account when they checkout.

Google currently has 14 vendors lined up to participate in this special program. The deals vary by company ranging from a 5% discount for purchases made through the B&H Photo Video app to $15 off a purchase of $50 or more through Newegg Mobile. If you are thinking about participating in the Uber boycott, Sidecar Ride is offering $20 in Sidecar credits if you use Google Wallet to pay. Other companies involved in the promotion include Beautylish, CheapTickets, Expedia, Eat24, Fancy, JackThreads, LivingSocial, Pose, Rue La La, Vinted, and Wish.

Be sure to read the fine print when checking out the deals. Many of them are limited to the U.S. only and have a variety of requirements or caps on them. Still, if you were planning on making a purchase through any of these companies, it may be worth using Google Wallet to place your order.

Hit the link to the Google Play Store below if you want to check out the deals.

sources: +Google Wallet, Google Play Store

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Adobe Photoshop on Chrome OS is working, only educational institutions have access for now

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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In September, Google and Adobe announced plans to bring Photoshop over to Chrome OS. The project has actually been going on for nearly two years and, today, Photoshop Streaming has made its way to the Chrome Web Store. For now, only educational institutions have access to Photoshop Streaming. The testing period will last for six months and then it is fair game for anyone to use. Adobe did provide an explanation as to how Photoshop on Chrome OS works.

The application Photoshop Streaming running on a Chrome OS device connects to a remote server on Adobe’s end. What is this server doing? Running the full-fledged desktop version of Photoshop. The server is recording video of the desktop version and mirroring it for the Chrome OS user. So, in actuality, you are virtually using Photoshop. Any movement and clicks made on your end are instructions sent to the server.

At this point, because Photoshop Streaming is not fully complete, files from Google Drive are only compatible. Remember, this is a cloud solution for Photoshop users and doing so with Google Drive files makes sense. Also, 3D functions are not quite operable. These are things Adobe is looking at and will continue to work on through the testing period and beyond.

Via: The Verge

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Lollipop update for HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition delayed

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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HTC promised the One (M8) Google Play Edition would receive the Lollipop update today, but unfortunately it’s being held back due to the need to “re-spin” it. That can only mean that there was a bug that Google felt was big enough to stop it. I know this is bad news, but the fact that a major bug was caught is actually good news right? No word on exactly when we can expect the update to hit, but my guess is next week.

source: @moversi

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Google updates Chrome OS stable channel

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google has announced the stable channel for Chrome OS devices will be getting an update over the course of the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, the update will not be hitting all devices as the Dell Chromebook 11, the HP Chromebook 14, the Acer C720 and the Toshiba Chromebook are all excluded. Those who get the update though will enjoy the following new features:

The Google Chrome team indicates the update will take some extra time to get to users as team members enjoy a holiday break next week.

source: Chrome Releases

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Hangouts video calls get Google Drive file sharing support

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Today, you can share a file from Google Drive while taking part in a Hangouts video call. It seems like this feature should have existed for quite some time already, but only now is it available. You will never have to leave the conversation. Hangouts video calls will have a dedicated button within the chat window for file sharing. When the file is attached and shared, a preview appears in the chat window.

Here are the directions provided by Google:

  1. In the video call window’s left side, click the chat icon.
  2. Click the Drive picker icon, and choose the file you want to share with other people in the video call. Or you can paste the link to the file directly in the chat. Keep in mind that if they don’t have permissions to the file, you’ll need to ive the people access to the file.
  3. People in the video call can open the file from the video call’s chat in a new browser tab if they have permission to access it.

The update is rolling out over the next few days; therefore, do not be surprised if it has not appeared just yet. Have patience and, before you know it, the Google Drive file sharing button will be there.

Source: +Google for Work

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