Google working on “Chromecast for Audio”

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Google is working on bringing similar tech to its Chromecast to audio devices - enabling you to send music to speakers, soundbars and other devices for playback. According to Slash Gear, "Google Cast for Audio" will be a completely open system, which manufacturers will be encouraged to bake directly into their wireless speaker systems. There…

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The Digest: Sony hack an ‘inside job’… and 3 other things people are talking about today

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Sony hack: New evidence points to inside job, say security experts | The Hollywood Reporter "Despite the FBI declaring that North Korea was behind the devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, security experts continue to believe that the hack was an inside job. Security firm Norse claims it has evidence that shows…

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The Digest: Gmail blocked in China… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Stuart O'Connor Android, Facebook, Google, Internet, Sony, The Digest, Twitter, Video games, Xbox 360, Xbox One Leave a Comment

Google’s Gmail blocked in China | The Guardian "Google’s Gmail was blocked in China after months of disruptions to the world’s biggest email service, with an anti-censorship advocate suggesting the country’s 'great firewall' was to blame. Large numbers of Gmail web addresses were cut off in China on Friday, according to, a…

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The Digest: Uber says sorry (again)… and 3 other things people are talking about today

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Uber 'truly sorry' for price rise during Sydney siege | BBC News "Taxi booking firm Uber has apologised for raising fare prices during a deadly cafe siege in Sydney last week. The firm raised fares by as much as four times its normal rate when demand shot up during the siege that left…

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The Digest: North Korea web blackout… and 3 other things people are talking about today

Stuart O'Connor Apple, Google, Internet, Piracy, Sony, The Digest Leave a Comment

Why did North Korea's internet go down? | BBC News "If the North Korean system was brought down, the obvious suspect is the United States. President Obama promised/threatened a response to the Sony intrusion 'in a place and time and manner that we choose'. It would be proportionate." Google's self-driving…

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Is always-on Google voice search going to Chromebooks?

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Perhaps it was inevitable, but it seems that Google is planning to roll out its always-on "OK Google" voice search functionality to Chromebooks soon too. Voice search has been available for a while now, but according to developer François Beaufort, a new build of Chrome OS (the operating system that runs on Chromebooks) has an…

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The Digest: Apple ‘failing to protect workers’… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers' | BBC News "Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID…

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The Digest: Sony caves in to hackers… and 4 other things people are talking about today

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Sony bosses cancel The Interview release | "Sony Pictures executives have officially pulled plans to release Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial new comedy The Interview after hackers threatened the safety of filmgoers." More on this story Whodunnit? The Mystery of the Sony Pictures Hack | BBC News North Korea behind Sony…

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Google Drive can now be voice searched on Android, and import any file on iPhone

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Google has been busy at work on some important updates to Google Drive, which have the potential to make the suite of office apps even more useful. First off, for Android users Google Drive has now been even more tightly integrated with Google's mobile operating system - you can now search its files as part…

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