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Chromecast one year on: Where are all of the apps?

Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle is a year old today – so as we Cast a video of some candles being blown out, perhaps it is a good moment to ask if the device has lived up to its potential. In terms of pure sales, it is easy to call the Chromecast a success. Though it arrived somewhat later in the …

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James O'MalleyChromecast one year on: Where are all of the apps?
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Google Maps to get an “Explore” button

Google Maps is great for getting you from A to B, but what if you’re looking for C, D and E? The company is adding a new “explore” button to the app which should help journeys get a little bit more serendipitous. Now when you’re browsing a map, all you’ll have to do is hit the explore button in the …

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James O'MalleyGoogle Maps to get an “Explore” button
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Is Google trying to buy Spotify? Here’s why a deal would be great for both companies.

Interesting rumours are doing the rounds suggesting that Google might be attempting to acquire music streaming service Spotify. Such a deal could massively upset the music and tech industries. TechRadar reports that Google was on the cusp of making the deal, before deciding that the $4-5bn price was simply too high. To put that into some perspective, Instagram cost Facebook …

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James O'MalleyIs Google trying to buy Spotify? Here’s why a deal would be great for both companies.
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Google launches 3D map of London

Google has added a 3D map of London to Google Maps… prepare to lose your afternoon to scrolling around. Remember when Google Earth launched and a handful of buildings would pop up in 3D? Astonishingly, Google has somehow now managed to render the entire city – or the central bit anyway – and it is now live on Google Maps. All …

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James O'MalleyGoogle launches 3D map of London
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Bing follows Google to give Europeans ‘right to be forgotten’ online

When you think of search, the word Google instantly springs to mind – the Microsoft search engine Bing has been largely forgotten by web users. Now it seems that Bing is trying to make its presence felt by joining Google in giving Europeans the “right to be forgotten”. Microsoft has started taking requests from users who want to remove search links …

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Stuart O'ConnorBing follows Google to give Europeans ‘right to be forgotten’ online
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Chromecast bug enables Rickrolling

Now we think Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle is brilliant. So much so that we’re never going to give it up, even though a clever hack has demonstrated that it is possible to hijack a Chromecast and using for Rickrolling purposes. According to Wired, hacker Dan Petro has created a handheld device, based on the Raspberry Pi that at the touch …

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James O'MalleyChromecast bug enables Rickrolling
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Google+ finally removes naming restrictions

It’s been around for three years now, but Google+ still struggles to drag people away from the more popular (and, to be honest, useful) social networks Facebook and Twitter. Now, in a bid to actually get people involved and stop Google+ being a social desert island, Google has dropped the rule that requires Google+ users to use their real name …

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle+ finally removes naming restrictions
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Google hire former Ford CEO

A former CEO of the Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally has joined the board at Google – a move which could signal a further emphasis on the company’s automotive technology. According to Phys.org Mulally joined on July 9th. And the timing could perhaps not be better, given a couple of recent high profile unveilings from the company. First off, there’s …

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James O'MalleyGoogle hire former Ford CEO
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Google bring Ingress augmented reality game to iPhone and iPad

Google has released a version of its augmented reality game, Ingress, on the iOS app store. That’s right: Google make games too, apparently. Ingress is an augmented reality game where you must travel on foot around physical space in order to ‘capture’ different neighbourhoods and gather resources. The game takes places globally too – with the world carved up into …

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James O'MalleyGoogle bring Ingress augmented reality game to iPhone and iPad