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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…

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James O'MalleyGoogle release “Photo Sphere” app for iPhone
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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…

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James O'MalleyGoogle buys Jetpac “Neural Network” firm
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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…

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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…

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James O'MalleyYouTube improves big screen TV app
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Google is testing new Hangouts codenamed Ultra Violet

As Twitter and Facebook grow from strength to strength, Google is still struggling with its attempts to "do" social media. Google+ has not exactly set the world on fire, and neither has Google Hangouts - the Facebook Messenger-style chat app the company rolled out last year. Now it looks as though Google is experimenting with…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle is testing new Hangouts codenamed Ultra Violet
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Acer announces first Tegra K1-powered Chromebook

Acer has today unveiled the Chromebook 13, which is the first device in its class to be powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip. The Chromebook 13, which is also said to have 13 hour battery life on top of its 13" screen is thought to be one of the most powerful Chromebooks available yet. Something…

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James O'MalleyAcer announces first Tegra K1-powered Chromebook
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Gmail makes it easier to unsubscribe

Google has unveiled a new Gmail feature that is sure to have many marketers tearing their hair out. Gmail will now move the Unsubscribe link in certain emails to the top, beside the sender’s email address. The new feature is a real boon for those Gmail users who are are looking to reduce the number…

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Stuart O'ConnorGmail makes it easier to unsubscribe
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Is Google going to downgrade websites that don’t use encryption?

Google is looking at giving more prominent search rankings to websites that use encryption to promote better online security practices, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal says that Google is giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to web pages that are encrypted. It says that Google hopes the move will prod developers to…

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Stuart O'ConnorIs Google going to downgrade websites that don’t use encryption?
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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…

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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…

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