Hands On With The Samsung Gear Live, Its $199 Smartwatch Shipping July 7

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samsung-gear-live Samsung has a new Android Wear device that it didn’t really make too much of a fuss about before: The Gear Live smartwatch. It unsurprisingly resembles its brethren the Gear, Gear 2 and Gear Neo, but it doesn’t use Tizen or Android (like the first gen Gear) and it doesn’t use the same interface Samsung has been pushing on its other wearable devices. It does however bring… Read More

A first look at the LG G Watch

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On the third floor of the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, Android Wear devices are starting to come out of the woodwork. The latest: the LG G Watch, perhaps the default Google-powered smartwatch for the moment. We’ve had a few minutes to test one out and do everything but put it on our wrists (which was strictly forbidden by a shockingly stern blonde man), and one thing seems already clear: the first batch of Android Wear smartwatches is as good as it is uniform.

The G Watch is an…

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Android, Android, Android: watch Google I/O 2014 in under nine minutes

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The keynote for Google’s IO 2014 developer conference, as it is wont to do in years past, is nearly three hours. This highlight reel of all the big news, events, and happenings is nearly nine minutes — which, if we’re being very aggressively vague and rounding numbers, is 1/20th the size. Think of the savings! Enjoy.

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The Elephants In The Google I/O Room: Glass And Plus

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iOatzrlHBEWdXlpwhgxTdgxOE4hk3Wp7NUkCoLSXXA4 Google’s two-and-a-half-hour keynote address at its I/O conference today was filled with developer news. A new design language for Android, cross-platform concessions, watch apps, a health platform and much more was shown off. But even a stretch of presentations that had one attendee asleep in his chair apparently wasn’t enough runway to allow a mention of two troubled Google… Read More

The 17 most important things Google announced at I/O

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Google’s main event of the year, I/O 2014, was chock-full of news: some expected, some decidedly not. The company showed off a colorful and playful new design style for all of its products, as well as a new version of Android, codenamed “L,” that won’t arrive until later this year. Google debuted a cheap but elegant Android One phone to court buyers on a budget. Android was everywhere at the developer conference: on smartwatches, in car dashboards, and even on your body with Android Fit, a…

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This is the Gear Live, Samsung’s $199 Android Wear smartwatch

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Wearables were everywhere today at Google I/O, but there was only one truly new product announced: the Galaxy Live, Samsung’s Android Wear-running smartwatch. And we’ve had a chance to spend a few minutes playing with a demo unit — it’s only able to do a few things right now, but we have our best sense yet of what Android Wear hardware and software will look like. This is one of the key devices for Android Wear, one of the watches being given to all attendees of the conference, and at first…

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Google demos Android Wear, shows off third-party apps

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During a keynote address to kick off its annual Google I/O developer conference, Google provided more details about its forthcoming wearable technology platform, Android Wear. The company initially announced Android Wear in March of this year, describing it as a “project that extends Android to wearables.” Today, the company demoed the platform on an LG G Watch, demonstrating a number of its features on stage.

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Android can now keep your work and personal lives separate

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Google today announced a new feature coming to Android that will make it easier for companies to deploy Android devices to their employees. The new data separation feature lets both corporate and persona applications coexist on a the same device, without having their data shared between them. Companies will be able to deploye apps in bulk and manage data on devices remotely.

A number of companies have developed similar, third-party systems for Android already, with Samsung’s Knox platform being the most common. Google says that Samsung actually contributed a lot of its technology to Android to make this new feature possible, though this new service isn’t limited to just Samsung devices. The data separation app will be available for…

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Google’s Chrome OS now plays better with phones

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Google’s making its Chrome OS work better for people with Android devices. A new feature announced at its annual I/O developer conference today lets users unlock their Chrome OS device using their phone automatically. Notifications that pop up on either device will also now show up on the other, so users don’t need to go back and forth.

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Google announces Drive for Work with unlimited storage at $10 a month

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Google’s suite of productivity software has been making inroads against competitors like Microsoft Office, and the company is ratcheting up the pressure with Drive for Work. As announced today at Google’s I/O conference, the program will offer unlimited storage on Google Drive for just $10 a month per user. In addition, Drive for Work will include enhanced administration controls better suited for corporate environments, and a set of APIs that will help administrators keep track of the work employees are doing.

It’s just one of several tweaks to Google Drive and its related apps that the company announced today. A new “suggested edits” feature will assist users that need more sophisticated redlining features for collaboration, and…

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Google finally has a true Office competitor for mobile

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Today at its annual Google I/O conference, the company finally found a way to make its mobile office solution sensible. It announced several pieces of the Office puzzle that finally make its productivity suite something that’s comprensible to the average consumer and a legitimate competitor to Microsoft’s Office suite on mobile.

The first is that Google’s presentation software, Slides, is now available on mobile. It will be available today on Android and will also come on iOS once it receives App Store approval. Like Docs and Sheets, it’s a standalone app that sits apart from Google Drive, which is mostly focused on storage now — though all four apps are still tightly integrated. More importantly, Google has finally made it so those…

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Google responds to Apple’s Healthkit with Google Fit

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Google announced Google Fit today, a platform to organize all of the data from various health trackers and sensors. It’s very similar to the approach Apple is taking with its recently announced Healthkit service for iOS. Apps will be able to access a user’s complete fitness profile, with data blended from multiple devices and services.

Google announced a number of partners that it is working with for Google Fit, including Nike, Adidas, Withings, RunKeeper, and Basis. Developers will be able to access the software development kit in the coming weeks.

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‘Snowpiercer’ review: take a train ride to the apocalypse

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With the possible exception of Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, just about any post-apocalyptic movie worth its salt will bum you out. In fact, it’s part of the genre’s perverse appeal: the bleaker a film’s vision of a future dystopia, the more rousing and life-affirming it seems. (There’s nothing like slipping into the cinematic hellscapes of The Road Warrior or Children of Men to get the blood pumping.)

Maybe that’s why Snowpiercer is both oddly comforting and joltingly strange. The…

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Chromecast Update Introduces An AirPlay-Like Android “Mirroring” Feature, Photo Backdrops And More

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IMG_0175 Chromecast, Google’s popular $35 dongle that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, letting you stream video and music to your television, received a number of updates today, Google announced this morning at its I/O developer conference. The most notable updates include support for mirroring your Android device’s screen to your TV, a new, interactive background display feature… Read More

Update: A Second Protestor Has Interrupted Google IO

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img_02211-1 Another protestor stood up in the middle of Google IO and yelled, “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people!” The protestor was not wearing a badge. We’re currently working on video. An earlier protestor had also stopped the conference earlier at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, yelling, “Google is evicting me from my house…… Read More

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