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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
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Google Drive gets a makeover

Google Drive has become one of the first Google services to get the company’s “Material Design” makeover. As we learned a few weeks ago at Google’s IO conference, all of Google’s products and services are getting a revamp in time for the next version of Android – “Android L” – in which everything from web apps to phone apps to …

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James O'MalleyGoogle Drive gets a makeover
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The mystery of the disappearing Tube roundels on Google Maps

(Pic by Naparazzi) If you’ve tried to get anywhere unfamiliar in London lately then you’ve probably noticed something strange. On Google Maps, the Tube’s famous ‘Roundel’ logo has mysteriously been replaced by a more European style “M” logo. Whilst this might make things more consistent with similar metro systems around the world, it’s certainly a bit weird for a Londoner …

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James O'MalleyThe mystery of the disappearing Tube roundels on Google Maps
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How the rich and famous disappear from Google Street View

It seems that UK celebrities are taking the newfound “right to be forgotten” literally. Gizmodo reports (http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/07/celebs-and-the-generally-wealthy-blur-their-homes-in-google-street-view/) that mansions owned by former prime minister Tony Blair and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney have started to appear blurred on Google’s Street View, where people’s faces and car licence plates are usually covered up. Also looking a bit out of focus are …

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Stuart O'ConnorHow the rich and famous disappear from Google Street View

Chrome to add support for VR / Oculus Rift

A developer for Google's Chrome browser has revealed that the company is working on adding VR headset support to its browser – following the lead taken by Mozilla's Firefox last month. Google developer Brandon Jones has posted a detailed technical…

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James O'MalleyChrome to add support for VR / Oculus Rift

Now you can use "OK Google" voice commands from any app

Google has announced an upgrade to its Android voice search. Following the latest update to the Google Search app, regardless of what app you're in you'll be able to say "OK Google" followed by what you want wherever you are…

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James O'MalleyNow you can use "OK Google" voice commands from any app