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

Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival GrubHub, Seamless And DeliveryHero

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2877212845_fdcab14d15_b Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie’s List and Yelp. Now one part of that effort looks like it’s about to go live: the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, “a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero,” in the words of someone who worked on the service at Amazon.… Read More

Google Launches Drive For Work With Unlimited Storage For $10/Month

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IMG_9918 At its I/O developer conference today, Google didn’t just launch a completely revamped version of Drive. It also launched Drive for Work, a new version of Drive and Google apps for businesses that comes with a number of extra security features. The one feature most users will notice first, however, is that Drive for Work doesn’t have any storage limitations. Read More

Google’s Cloud Platform Gets New Tools For Monitoring And Debugging Apps

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IMG_0235 A few months ago, Google acquired the up-and-coming cloud monitoring service Stackdriver with the intent to integrate it into its own cloud tools. It didn’t take the company all that long to make use of Stackdriver’s expertise, because it launched its first product based on the company’s technology at its I/O developer conference today. Read More

Getting More Women Into Tech Is Going To Be Awkward

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awkward Big tech companies are pushing hard to get the word out about their efforts to be more inclusive for women, people of color, and other minority groups. We recently covered Google’s latest efforts to get women involved in tech, including sending “at least one person each” to upcoming tech conferences via a new scholarship program and committing $50 million over three years to… Read More

Google Play For Education Goes Beyond Tablets, Now Available For Chromebooks, Too

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Education - Android Apps on Google Play Last November, Google launched Google Play for Education, a portal for teachers and schools to more easily buy Android apps, books and educational YouTube video, and distribute them to their students. At the time, the program was solely focused on tablets, but starting today, the team also launched support for Chromebooks. With the revamped Google Play for Education, teachers can now give… Read More

Google I/O Attendees Gifted Brand-New “Android Wear” Smartwatches

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IMG_0273 Get ready to be jealous, Google fans. Google I/O attendees will walk away from this week’s annual developer conference with some brand-new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. This year, I/O attendees will be able to choose from one of the new Android Wear watches introduced earlier today, including the Samsung Gear Live or LG G3 Android Wear. In addition, they’ll also… Read More

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