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First Android apps arrive on Chromebooks

Back in June at Google’s IO conference, the company made a surprising announcement: Soon it will be possible to run Android apps on Chromebooks – Google’s cheapo laptops that run Chrome OS. The day has finally come. The company has added four popular Android apps to the Chrome store: Duolingo, Evernote, Vine and Kids Sight Words (we’ve not heard of …

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5 million Gmail passwords hacked: should you be worried?

The hackers are having a busy month, No sooner has the dust settled on the mass theft of nude celebrity photos, the news comes that there has been a major Gmail breach. According to the IBTimes, around five million Google account credentials have been leaked online by hackers, with around 60 per cent of the compromised accounts judged to still …

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Stuart O'Connor5 million Gmail passwords hacked: should you be worried?
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Nokia X gets support for Google services

Nokia X, Microsoft’s accidental Android off-shoot has just received another update that unexpectedly lets users access Google’s Android apps. Previously, though Nokia X devices ran the Android operating system, it was an unofficial “fork” of the system – so essentially had all of its Google-ness removed, a bit like how Amazon’s KindleFire runs Android Apps but doesn’t have GMail/Google Play/etc. …

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Google ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers

Are you still using IE7, Firefox 22 or even Netscape Navigator 9? Then Google has a bit of a problem with you. Google is trying to encourage users away from out-of-date browsers by intentionally serving up an old version of its search homepage to them. Many people reported recently in a Google forum they were seeing 2013 versions of the …

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Google testing Project Wing drone delivery service

Amazon is not the only company investigating the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers – now search giant Google is testing a drone delivery system. Google is conducting tests on Project Wing, a delivery-by-drone service, in Australia. The project is being developed by Google X, the company’s Califfornia-based tech research branch which is also responsible for its self-driving …

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An ad-free internet would cost £140 a year

We all hate those annoying pop-up ads, or the ads that take over the entire page you are trying to read, or the pre-roll advertising you get on videos. But how many people would be willing to pay to get rid of advertising? Not that many, according to the International Business Times. The site reports that in a survey of …

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Google release “Photo Sphere” app for iPhone

Google has released a clever little app for iPhone that lets you take 360-degree panoramic photos. The app, which has been available for some time on Android, appears pretty simply – and rather similar to other 360-degree photo apps: Simply use the rear camera and as you move it around, the app will stitch photos together, eventually completing the view. …

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Google buys Jetpac “Neural Network” firm

Google has been on another shopping spree and has acquired a company called “Jetpac” which is a “neural network” company that has created a city guide app. The Jetpac app – which is currently only available for iPhone – sounds pretty clever. Essentially, using some complex image analysis of millions of public Instagram and Flickr photos, it will recommend to …

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Tech industry ice-bucket challenge round-up

Today might mark peak ice bucket. The campaign to raise awareness of ALS has certainly worked, and is said to have raised several million dollars for a good cause. Perhaps more importantly though, it has led to a bunch of well known faces dunking water over themselves. Here’s a selection of tech world celebrities taking part: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella …

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James O'MalleyTech industry ice-bucket challenge round-up

YouTube improves big screen TV app

YouTube has announced improvements to its app for TVs – which it claims will make accessing its content on the big screen easier than ever. Essentially the changes appear to be to make the app mirror the apps on mobile platforms and the web – introducing a left-hand sidebar “Guide”, which gives the user access to their subscriptions, recommendations, “watch …

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James O'MalleyYouTube improves big screen TV app