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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
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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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James O'MalleyChromecast one year on: Where are all of the apps?