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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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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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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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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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Google_Picasa_Logo

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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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
chromecast-app

The Chromecast app is completely redesigned and is now available in Google Play and iTunes. It works with the latest Chromecast and the first generation Chromecast as well. It allows the user to browse through the content on all the Chromecast enabled apps on your phone (under the What's On tab); use playback controls like [...]

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Posted in: Android, Audio, Video, TV, News
chromecast

When I purchased my current Chromecast, I was disappointed that it didn't support the 5 GHz WiFi band. The 2.4 GHz band is just a bit crowded in my neighborhood and my streaming can sometimes suffer. But today Google announced that the newest Chromecast (which works with iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, plus Chromebook, Mac, [...]

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google-onhub-1

A Wi-Fi router is our gateway to the information superhighway. Once connected, Google tends to be our first stop. According to them, "we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle." With that in mind, [...]

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alphabet-google-1

In what must be the most shocking tech news in recent history, Google announced it will no longer be known as Google...sort of. On Monday, Larry Page, Google CEO, announced he and Sergey Brin, Google Co-founder, will be launching a new company called Alphabet Inc. What exactly is the purpose of this new company? Well, [...]

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google-translate-app-1

In the past, the Google Translate app would allow you to snap a picture of a sign and translate it in 36 languages. But since January 2015, Translate (iOS and Android) now allows you to tap on the camera icon within the app, point your phone at any sign, menu, instruction manual, etc. and instantly [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News, Travel Gear
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If you're an Android user who takes a lot of photos, you'll want to pay attention. Google just redesigned its photo app and there are some pretty significant changes. Photos provides a new way to organize your memories, it's now able to organize by People, Places, or Things. You can pick a specific person, location, [...]

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Posted in: Android, Camera Gear, News
Google-Project-Fi

In addition to the big carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-mobile, and Sprint, Google is now entering the wireless service arena with their Project Fi network using the Nexus 6, which is currently the only supported device. This project doesn't create a new network, but rather uses network equipment that is already in place and is [...]

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Pixel-Block-1

Everything we do seems to be tracked these days, even when we open our emails. According to Wired.com, "Marketers—or anyone who’s inspired to snoop—simply insert a transparent 1×1 image [pixel] into an email. When that email is opened, the image pings the server it originated from with information like the time, your location, and the [...]

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Made_w_Code

In a recent blog post, Google has announced that they are launching Made with Code, an initiative to inspire girls to code.  The program will include coding projects such as programming and designing a 3D printed bracelet, collaborations with organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, and investing $50 million dollars over the next three years for [...]

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HPChromebook11

Google and HP have partnered up and released a new Chromebook in the lineup.  The HP Chromebook 11 features include an 11.6" IPS display, Exynos 5250 GAIA  CPU, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 6 hours of battery life, and weighs only 2.3 lbs.  A nice new feature is that it will use a microUSB port for charging, [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Laptops and Gear, News
Google Maps Waze

On Google's official blog, Google has acquired Waze, the popular community-based traffic and navigation app for iOS and Android. To help you outsmart traffic, today we’re excited to announce we’ve closed the acquisition of Waze. This fast-growing community of traffic-obsessed drivers is working together to find the best routes from home to work, every day. Waze is [...]

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Posted in: Android, iOS, News
Google -Keep

The latest buzz from Google is a new app called Keep.  It is a note-taking application that mimics features from popular products such as Evernote and Springpad and lets you "keep" text notes, images, check lists, and voice notes.  It's available on the Google Play store for Android devices at the above link.  I've installed it on [...]

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Posted in: Android, News
google-reader

As I opened my favorite RSS reader this morning - Google Reader, I received a pop-up that it will be retired on July 1, 2013.  News from Google's official blog states: "We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. [...]

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