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Even though I have my mobile number added to the Do Not Call list, I get a dozen spam calls to my phone every week. They are almost always a pre-recorded message from someone named Sally or Sarah telling me that... well, I don't know what they want to tell me because I always hang [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
Gboard_1

Finally, an iOS keyboard that I've been wanting!  Gboard is Google's new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you search web results, search emojis and GIFs without leaving the keyboard. It also brings glide typing (think, Swype) to iOS. I just downloaded it, and it's made me so happy. iPhone and iPad users, this might [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News
google-mode-1

One of the features that sets Android apart from other operating systems is its ability to be customized. Google isn't afraid to allow users to customize their devices to suit their individual needs. I assume Google was thinking along those lines when it created its newest product, Mode. Mode is a line of "snap-and-swap" watch bands [...]

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Posted in: Android, News, Watches and Clocks
Screenshot 2016-03-28 at 10.09.36 PM

A few years ago Google purchased Nik, a German company that developed the Snapseed photo app. Along with Snapseed, Nik also developed several photo editing plugins: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, and Dfine. These plugins work with popular editing programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. This [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, News
supersorter-extension

In the past, I had so many Chrome bookmarks that when I went to search for a particular bookmarked web page at a later date, I had great difficulty finding it again and would sometimes have to perform another Google search. My bookmark chaos was so frustrating that it drove me to hunt for a [...]

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Posted in: News
chromebit-cs10

How would you like to turn your TV (or any HDMI display) into a Chrome OS computer for only $85? Chromebit CS10 is an HDMI dongle that will do just that. It has a Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288C Processor, 2GB memory (2GB LPDDR3 at 1066MHz), ARM Mali-T764 quad-core GPU, 16GB of eMMC storage, one USB 2.0 [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
fb-share-chromecast

Spotify is offering new Premium subscribers a free Chromecast if they pay for the first 3 months in advance. That’s $30 up front and then $10 monthly from the fourth month onward. The Chromecast itself retails for $35, so if you’ve been waiting to try either product, now’s the time. This promotion runs until the [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News
gmail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU3YuvNRhVY Gmail has become the defacto standard for email these days because of its ease of use and great features. But some people still have legacy Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook accounts. Google has supported these other email systems in their Gmail app for around a year now, but they have just  announced on their blog that [...]

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Posted in: News
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Google has announced that it's going to shut down its Picasa Desktop application on March 15th, 2016 in order to focus entirely on Google Photos. If you are a user of the Picasa desktop app, it will continue to work, but the download link and updates will no longer exist after March. If you are a [...]

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google-secuirty

To increase awareness for Safer Internet Day 2016, Google is giving users 2GBs of free Google Drive storage space when they take a quick online security checkup today. Don't groan, the checkup is actually quick, painless and really useful. You'll see what devices and services are using your google account and will have the ability [...]

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Posted in: News
google-tap10-offer

Google is offering a short-term incentive program called Tap 10 to encourage users to use Android Pay. If you use it 10 times from now until February 29, you have the possibility of winning "credits in the Google Store/App Store for a song (e.g. music track from Google Play), movie (e.g. video from Google Play), [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
playdeals

One of my new year's resolutions for 2016 is to play more games because life is short. Imagine my glee when I happened to notice that there's a big sale going on right now on the Google Play store. For their Games Year-End Deals they are offering up to 90% off on several games that [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
google-project-fi

I reported in May of this year about Google launching their own cellular network for Nexus 6 users called Project Fi, where they would function as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Since then it has added support for Nexus 6P and 5X users. And now, according to an announcement made on December 15, it [...]

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Google-Keep-iOS

Finally, the day I've been waiting for since I switched back to iOS is here.  Google Keep is now available on Android, web, and iOS.  The simple-yet-effective notes app was only on Android and web for the longest time, but recently I found a new link from Google Keep's site.  If you are an Android-to-iOS switcher and [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News
google_maps1

Google just released an update to Google Maps that brings Apple Watch support. When you set a route on your iPhone, the Google Maps watch app will automatically show you the directions, in text format, as you go. You can also scroll through upcoming directions to get an idea of where Google wants you to [...]

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Posted in: iOS, News, Travel Gear