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Waze is now a part of Google

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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Google releases a new app – 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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Julie’s Gadget Diary – Can a Samsung Chromebook replace my Macbook Air?

In an effort to cure a raging case of tech boredom, I’ve been trying some experiments to see if various gadgets have the ability to replace my 13″ Macbook Air as my go to workhorse computer. I recently tried this with a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet to less than a stellar outcome. Now …

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Google might want to give you money for buying a Nexus 7

Did you buy a Nexus 7 16GB between the 14th and 29th of October just before the release of the 32GB model and the subsequent price drop on the 16GB model?  Well if you did and you bought it from the Google Play store then you’re eligible for a refund under Google’s Price Protection Policy. Fill …

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New Gmail Compose window(s) – preview it before it’s released

Gmail’s been my primary email since the days when people were still bartering things just to get an invite to the beta. 🙂  Since those days, there’s been a number of updates to the web interface.  Google has recently put up a list of upcoming changes for the next few months, and you can preview one …

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Google Playground announcement – New Nexus, Nexi, Nexusssss?

Even though Google had to cancel their New York Playground event due to Hurricane Sandy, they still released a number of new and improved products to the Google Nexus Store. The Nexus 4 is a 4.7″, 1280X768 smartphone with a 320ppi screen and Gorilla Glass 2.  With a Qualcomm S4 quad core processor, it’s available in …

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Fluent Gmail

Fluent is a project being worked on by 3 Australian (Aussie..Aussie..Aussie..oi…oi..oi) ex-Google employees. Gmail content is presented in a web-based work-flow oriented stream rather than your traditional inbox format, which allows you to access items more quickly and efficiently. Ease of browsing attachments and searching is also addressed, as well as various other features. You …

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Google Security Part 2 – Open Sesame – Look ma, no hands login

In my Google 2 step authentication article, I covered extra security you could place on your Google account (come on, you’ve all implemented it now haven’t you ? 🙂 ), but key-loggers can still get your username and password when logging onto a public unsecured computer, and the less information you give away the better. …

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Apple iPad and iTouch Users can join the Google+ Circle

Google has released an update  to their Google+ app for iOS.  Finally  iPad and iPod Touch users can join  Google’s “Facebook Killer”  beta social networking site. That being said it appears that the client isn’t actually optimized for iPad, it’s just a big blown up iPhone version ( but then again the Android app’s not optimized …

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Google making Changes to Android Market

Forbes is reporting that Google is unhappy with the Android Market. Apparently, people don’t like paying for Apps. (who knew?) Android’s Platform Manager said there will be changes in the future including Carrier billing and In-app payments. My guess is you are going to start to see a lot of cool little apps suddenly cost …

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