Android Auto doesn’t do much, and that’s a good thing

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The theme of this year’s Google developer conference was putting Android everywhere, so it ought to be in the thing that takes people everywhere: the car. Android Auto works by plugging in an Android phone running the L operating system. The phone displays an “A” on the screen and you can no longer operate it. Instead, the phone sends up its information to your car’s display. Google calls it “casting,” but the key thing to know is that very little of the smarts of Android Auto live in the…

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Libraries in Chicago and New York will soon let people check out Wi-Fi hotspots

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Two libraries in the US plan to offer programs that let patrons check out Wi-Fi hotspots like they would books. The New York Public Library and the Chicago Public Library are both recipients of funding from the Knight Foundation that will help launch separate Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs. Both plans aim to give low-income households 24-hour access to the internet. “Providing continuous access will expand [people’s] ability to participate fully in the modern economy and allow them to continue to learn, work, explore and create after the library’s doors have closed,” the NYPL said in its pitch.

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Blogging History: Erd?s for kids; Spooks illegal ewaste full of docs; Cussin’ Cheney

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One year ago today

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erd?s — great kids’ book: The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erd?s is a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated kids’ biography of Paul Erd?s, the fantastically prolific itinerant mathematician who published more papers than any other mathematician in history.

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Hands On With The LG G Watch, Shipping July 7 For $229 U.S.

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IMG_0281 Today at Google’s I/O developer conference, Android Wear was a central topic of discussion. The LG G Watch was one of the devices on display, and it’s going live for pre-order at around 4:30 PM PT today. The Android-powered wearable device is set to retail for $229 and ship to buyers starting July 7, but I got a chance to use it early at a special press event today. Read More

NSA Denies Any Record Of Snowden Emailing Superiors About Concerns

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Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 1.23.19 PM In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) query, the NSA today informed journalist Jason Leopold that it could not locate email pursuant to his request for “any and all emails written by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in which Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials through email to raise concerns about NSA programs.” Read More

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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