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OK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe

Last week an invite arrived in my inbox from Google to see a new... thing... the company had put together. It wasn't hugely specific, so I was intrigued - just what is Google doing in London? Today, I found out. At one o'clock I joined a tour of assembled hacks as we took a trip…

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James O'MalleyOK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe
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Google opens up some satellite data to good causes

A few months ago Google bought satellite imagery company Skybox Imaging, which offers companies high quality satellite images at a price... but now it seems that the company will be participating in some corporate space-age responsibility, and offering some of its data for free. In a blog post for the company, Sky Box co-founder Julian…

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Google launches secure USB key for safer login

Worried about your password getting into the wrong hands? Google has just launched a USB stick that might put your mind at rest. According to ExtremeTech, Google is calling it Security Key, and uses the Universal Second Factor protocol, found in some makes of USB thumb drives. Basically, when it comes to login on Chrome,…

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WATCH: What will Google call Android L?

The next version of Android - version 5.0, codename "L" - is due for release rather soon indeed, and the promotional campaign has already started. Following in Android's (sugar) rich tradition of naming releases after snacks, Google has made the video below of the naming "auditions". What do you think it will be called? Give…

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Chromecast updates lets you change the backdrop

Way back in June Google announced a bunch of updates that were coming for its Chromecast - and it appears the changes have finally arrived, with updated apps appearing in the iOS app store and Google Play on Android. The major update is the ability to customise the backdrops that appear on screen when your…

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“Android L” to be officially known as “Lollipop”

It seems that the next version of Android will be known as "Lollipop", at least if this massive hint by the company is anything to go by. As spotted by our pals at ShinyShiny, Google posted the above image of a birthday cake to celebrate its 16th birthday... but with the cake adorned with not…

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Nokia X gets support for Google services

Nokia X, Microsoft's accidental Android off-shoot has just received another update that unexpectedly lets users access Google's Android apps. Previously, though Nokia X devices ran the Android operating system, it was an unofficial "fork" of the system - so essentially had all of its Google-ness removed, a bit like how Amazon's KindleFire runs Android Apps…

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Google ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers

Are you still using IE7, Firefox 22 or even Netscape Navigator 9? Then Google has a bit of a problem with you. Google is trying to encourage users away from out-of-date browsers by intentionally serving up an old version of its search homepage to them. Many people reported recently in a Google forum they were…

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Stuart O'ConnorGoogle ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers
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Google testing Project Wing drone delivery service

Amazon is not the only company investigating the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers – now search giant Google is testing a drone delivery system. Google is conducting tests on Project Wing, a delivery-by-drone service, in Australia. The project is being developed by Google X, the company's Califfornia-based tech research branch which is…

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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