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Google releases stock Android launcher to all Android handsets

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy, HTC or an LG Android phone then you’re getting an Android experience, but perhaps not the exact one that Google intended. If, however, you’d like to get a taste of what Nexus users have, then now you can simply download the Google Now launcher from the Google Play Store. In addition to the different …

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James O'MalleyGoogle releases stock Android launcher to all Android handsets
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Google+ Photos to be spun off from Google+ as a separate service?

It seems that Google’s failed attempt at out-Facebooking Facebook, Google+, is being left for dead and salvaged for parts. According to Bloomberg, the photo sharing functionality that is built into G+ is being slice off and turned into a separate Google service, accessible to non-plussed users. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising – we’ve been hearing about similar plans for some …

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James O'MalleyGoogle+ Photos to be spun off from Google+ as a separate service?
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Driverless cars to take to UK roads in 2015

Flying cars will probably never be a thing, but we know that driverless cars already are. And from next year, we’ll be seeing them in use on UK roads. The government has announced that from January 2015, driverless cars will be allowed to use public roads. Business secretary Vince Cable said that three UK cities would be selected to host …

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Stuart O'ConnorDriverless cars to take to UK roads in 2015
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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