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The Skep-Tech: Is Google’s removal of “Bomb Gaza” censorship or just the right thing to do?

Yesterday we reported on some horrendous games that had made their way on to to the Google Play store. “Bomb Gaza” and “Gaza Assault” amongst others were games themed around the on-going conflict on the Gaza Strip. Hey, at least Call of Duty had the decency to give it a few years, guys! As you might imagine, as word of …

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James O'MalleyThe Skep-Tech: Is Google’s removal of “Bomb Gaza” censorship or just the right thing to do?
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Google Gmail scan helps to catch child sex offender

It’s a well known fact that if you have a Gmail account, then Google scans all of your email messages. So why would anyone be foolish enough to use a Gmail account to send images and videos that he really didn’t want anyone else but the intended recipient seeing? The Guardian reports that a tip-off to police from Google about …

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle Gmail scan helps to catch child sex offender
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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