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Google Street View now a stand-alone app for Android devices

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you’ve spent an inordinate amount of time just staring at and exploring the Street Views on Google Maps, then you’d probably be happy to know that from now on, you have a separate app to enjoy all the street views from around the world. Google announced that they now have a separate app for the popular Street View feature, which will have the usual 360-degree immersive imagery, photo spheres, and even allows you to upload your own images to contribute to others’ enjoyment of places far away.

If you can’t travel to your dream place, then the next best thing would be to view it through the eyes of people who have been there already. Or through a tech company that enjoys bringing live information to people. That is basically what Street View is all about. You can view hiking trails, world-famous tourist sites, observe what hotels and restaurants actually look like beyond their official websites, and other live views of places that you want to visit or are planning to visit.

In the app’s gallery section, you can view content from Google themselves, like Street View collections and images from Google Maps. You will also be able to peruse the photo spheres and images submitted by random people from around the world. And speaking of contributions, it is now easier to submit photo spheres that you’ve taken either from your hometown or the places that you’ve visited and have them published on Google Maps and Street View.

You can now download Street View from the Google Play Store for free. It will replace the Street View from Google Maps where you probably previously stalked the various locations you want to go to.

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Verizon Says Android Pay is Launching on September 16

Posted by Kellex September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Many thought that Android Pay would launch a week ago, after internal documents at spots like McDonald’s and Subway surfaced through media outlets with August 26 as the go-live day. Google then shushed everyone through a Tweet that said, “Looking forward to #AndroidPay? Stay tuned. #soon.” 

The latest bit of potential launch information comes via information out of Verizon that suggests September 16 is the day. The folks at Phandroid first reported the date, but we were able to confirm with sources as well, that Verizon is expecting everything to kick off on 9/16.

At this point, you should go, “OK, I’ll consider that a possibility.” Clearly, Google has shared dates here and there with its partners that haven’t materialized. So for now, look to September 16. If it happens, it happens. It’ll be here before long.

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Google Maps for Android now makes restaurant hunting easier

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

When you’re in an unfamiliar place and looking for a place to eat, you either google it, look through Trip Advisor or even use an app like FourSquare or Open Rice to look for a place. Then once you find a restaurant, you do further research on it, and more often than not, look for it on your Google Maps. But now, the Google developers thought of a more convenient way for those looking for food, and they don’t even have to leave the app anymore.

When you go to the Explore section of the apps and type in the area you want to, well, explore, it will give you several categories like Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee, Dessert, etc. (kind of what FourSquare now has). Once you choose which one you should be eating or drinking at this time of the day, it will give you several options, which includes photos, ratings, reviews, plus all the information you’ll be needing.

There are some restaurants that will be recommended to you, probably because other people you know have visited it too, or it’s popular with people who visited a place you went to. And if you live in New York City, San Francisco, and London, you’ll get curated recommendations for the city. And when you’re looking for places to eat in, it would be best if you’ll be as specific as you can so that Maps can understand what you’re looking for really.

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The update for Google Maps has rolled out to Android devices. Now go out and enjoy the best restaurants in the vicinity, whether you’re in your own neighborhood or in an unfamiliar place.

SOURCE: Google

DEAL: Nexus 6 Drops to $349 at Amazon ($150 Off)

Posted by Kellex September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

What’s a good sign that Google (or any company for that matter) is about to unveil a new product? We see massive discounts on last year’s product in order to make room for the new guy. That could be happening at the moment with the Nexus 6, which just dropped $150 in price at Amazon to $349. Seriously, the Nexus 6, a whale of a phone that started at almost $700 a year ago, can be bought for $349.

Amazon has both white and blue in both 32GB and 64GB configurations available. The 32GB model is at the $349 price point, while the 64GB model has dropped as well, down to $399. That’s a hell of a price!

For those still scared of its size, I’ll just say this – the people who own the Nexus 6, love the damn thing. It’s one of those phones with a cult following, where those who took a chance on a 6-inch phone have found that they absolutely love the size. And hey, it’s stock Android after all.

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DEAL: Nexus 6 Drops to $349 at Amazon ($150 Off) is a post from: Droid Life

[Deal] Grab a Nexus 6 from Amazon from only $350

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Google may have grabbed our attention in the middle of IFA 2015 with its announcement that it will unveil both the LG and Huawei Nexus smartphones on September 29th, but what about last year’s model, the Motorola-made Nexus 6? If you have been on the fence, now’s the time to jump off, because Amazon has decided to discount its stock of unlocked Nexus 6 handsets, more details after the break.

Amazon have discounted the 32GB variant of the Nexus 6 to $350 while the 64GB Nexus can be had for $400. This discount means the Nexus 6, with its Snapdragon 805 processor, 6-inch Quad HD display and front-facing speakers, offers great value for money considering it is more than capable of keeping up with 2015 flagship devices. And, because it’s unlocked to any network, you aren’t tied to a carrier, all you have to do is insert the SIM card of your choice and you are golden.

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Great deal: Nexus 6 on sale for $349 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) on Amazon!

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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We still have a month to wait until the next-gen Nexus devices arrive, but if you just can’t wait to go Nexus, today we have an excellent deal for you.

Amazon is discounting the Motorola-made Nexus 6 down to an amazing $349.99 for the 32GB version and $399 for the 64GB version. The price goes for both the Midnight Blue and the Cloud White version, and for the money you get an unlocked device with full US warranty. The device is sold by Amazon, with free shipping.

This sales slashes $150 off the price of the Nexus 6, making it as affordable as the popular Nexus 5 before it, and probably the cheapest we’ve ever seen it. That’s a very good proposition and we expect this deal to go out of stock very soon.

The Nexus 6 is a phablet lover’s dream, with its 6-inch display of Quad HD resolution, powerful processor, 3,220 mAh battery, and 13MP main camera. But of course, the true value of a Nexus device comes from its pristine Android implementation, lack of bloatware, and fast updates guarantee. That is why the Nexus 6 scored a 9/10 in our review, and why it’s a no brainer at this price.

Happy shopping and let us know if you bought anything!

Google Maps Explore section gets curated results in key markets

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Google Maps is my go-to app when trying to find a good bite or drink around the city. Regardless of the time or mood, the Explore feature has you covered. We must accept the results are not always on point, though. This is why today’s Maps improvements will make our meals so much tastier.

The Google Maps team has improved the Explore feature, which now includes curated results. This will make it easier for users to find what what you are in the mood for, as well as what’s good around your vicinity. Instead of simply handing you a list of general places and nearby locations, users can now browse through specific hand-picked lists. Some examples include “Best lunches”, “Best dinners”, “Mission-style Mexican food”, “best spots for dinner with kids” and more.

The cool part is that these curated lists will change depending on your area, time of the day and other factors. It will alternate and show much more specific lists. Why get a good burger if a neighborhood is famous for its tacos? That’s just one example.

But there is one catch… a pretty big one. These improvements are only available in a few select markets so far. These include San Francisco, New York City and London. Other users will be stuck with the nearby locations, at least until this functionality spreads to other markets.

It’s certainly a fun feature that will leave you much more satisfied once that dinner plate has been emptied. Have any of you guys tested it yet?

Google Chrome getting several performance and memory enhancements

Posted by wicked September - 4 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

acer-chromebook-11-c740-chrome-logo-taGoogle Chrome started as a pretty lightweight, snappy web browser. Over the years, it’s moved away from those core values and become a little bloated compared to some other browsers. It’s not awful, but if you frequent any tech sites or forums, you’ve probably seen some clever jokes about Chrome’s excessive RAM usage and the like.

Fortunately, Google recognizes that Chrome could perform a little better, so they’re been working on trimming up the browser’s resource usage for better performance and battery life. Today, Chrome is getting some new tweaks that address how the browser handles memory and Flash content.

For starters, Chrome will better handle previously closed tabs for when you relaunch the browser. The new process is supposed to be more efficient, which means less power drain and memory usage. Chrome will also handle idle tabs better, and if a tab is sitting in the background not doing anything, the browser will clean up old, unused memory until it’s called for again. This tweak reduced memory usage in Gmail by about a quarter of what it used to use. Complex websites should also benefit greatly from this.

Google is also curbing how much juice Flash content can draw by preventing non-essential things from automatically playing on a website. This should be fantastic for battery life, and hopefully it means you won’t have any mysterious auto-play ads that you’ll have to hunt down to turn off.

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Chrome 45 Will Finally Address the Browser’s Notorious Battery Draining Issues

Posted by Kellex September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Chrome is the most popular desktop browser, at least here in the US. But while it’s popular and powerful and fast (mostly) and has apps and extensions and syncs between devices and all that, it’s not exactly efficient or good when it comes to your battery life. I’m talking about on laptops, of course, because desktops don’t have batteries. Reports (and complaints) about how good Chrome is at sucking your battery dry before you want it to have not gone unnoticed by Google, thankfully.

Today, the company announced Chrome 45, which focuses on making your favorite browser “use less memory and power.” 

Features like Chrome’s “continue where you left off” are now smarter and more efficient, by prioritizing which tabs restore from most to least recently viewed. Chrome 45 will also detect if your computer is starting to run out of resources and will then stop restoring tabs to hopefully help save memory. In another memory usage reducing move, Chrome can now detect which pages aren’t busy with tasks and will use the “free time to aggressively clean up old, unused memory.” Google says this change alone has reduced website memory usage by 10%.

As for power consumption, a new setting that auto-pauses Flash content that’s not “central to a website,” can make your battery last up to 15% longer depending on the operating system. Over the next few weeks, Google plans to turn this feature on by default.

This may not be Android-related right now, but Google is always looking to improve efficiency with Chrome on all of its platforms.

Via:  Chrome Blog

Chrome 45 Will Finally Address the Browser’s Notorious Battery Draining Issues is a post from: Droid Life

Google search expands its health conditions cards, adds a few other improvements

Posted by wicked September - 3 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Back in February Google first introduced medical condition cards to Google search, giving you basic information on diseases and ailments as common as the cold or as rare as polio. Today Google is expanding on these cards by adding more detailed information, more health conditions that should total nearly 1000, an improved look, and the ability to download the information on cards as a PDF.

That last added function is the most crucial, as it means you can now search for illnesses and if you think those symptoms sound familiar to your situation, you can download them to show your healthcare provider.  Not sure if you trust where Google is getting its information? In an official blog post, Google highlights that it gets its facts from working closely with doctors and the Mayo Clinic to create these cards. That means the information being dispensed has been verified for accuracy.

Of course, in order to look up these cards you’d have to suspect you have a specific disease in the first place. A system where you input symptoms like running noise into search and get matched with potential fits would be a nice addition — then again, it would led to a lot of people over worrying about symptoms thinking they are connected to some larger ailment. For now, I’d wager the main purpose of these cards is to look up diseases that you have heard about (maybe you have a friend or family member that was recently diagnosed) as opposed to trying to ‘cure yourself’.

Anyhow, expect those changes to start rolling out soon. For even more details, be sure to check out Google’s official inside search blog post.

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