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Google buys iOS video app maker Fly Labs to boost Google Photos

11/06/2015, 05:11 pm

Google on Friday announced plans to bolster its Google Photos team with the purchase of Fly Labs, developers behind four iOS apps for making quick video edits on the go.

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Google looking for chip partners to enable Android to compete with Apple's A9 chip

11/05/2015, 08:11 pm

Google has plans for series of chips it wants to co-develop with hardware partners to help standardize Android and make it more computationally competitive with Apple. However, the effort is considered a long shot by people in the chip industry.

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Three new malware strains infect 20k apps, impossible to wipe, only affect Android

11/05/2015, 05:11 pm

A new adware scourge injecting itself into popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter is also "virtually impossible to uninstall," requiring infected users to replace their phones. Because it only affects users of Google's open-store Android app model, the device replacement requirement may accelerate the trend of users switching to iOS.

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ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn't protecting vulnerable users like Apple's iOS

11/04/2015, 03:11 pm

The difference between encryption and security on iOS and Android isn't just a technical issue but a "digital security divide," according to the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. That's because Apple secures its devices while Google leaves Android open to data collection and surveillance.

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Google finds serious flaws in Android code Samsung added to Galaxy S6 Edge

11/03/2015, 05:11 pm

Google's bug hunt to identify software flaws in Android has revealed 11 exploitable flaws in Samsung's software included on its high end Galaxy S6 Edge flagship, including "a substantial number of high-severity issues," within just a week of looking.

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling, retail to jump to $15 billion in 2016

10/31/2015, 12:10 pm

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's Android Beats Pill+ app are abusive

10/30/2015, 06:10 pm

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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Google to fold Chrome OS, Android together into new OS strategy for 2017

10/29/2015, 07:10 pm

After two years of exploration work, Google is said to be "folding" its web-based Chrome OS into its mobile Android platform, creating a single operating system strategy that it expects to unveil in 2017.

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Chrome for iOS picks up iOS 9's iPad multitasking features, Facebook Search expands to public posts

10/22/2015, 04:10 pm

Google on Thursday updated the iOS edition of Chrome with support for iOS 9's multitasking features, while Facebook updated its Web and app interfaces with wider search functions, including the ability to see any public post.

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Google announces ad-free YouTube Red subscriptions with Music service & offline caching

10/21/2015, 05:10 pm

Google on Wednesday revealed YouTube Red, a $10-per-month subscription plan that will lift some of the limits of regular YouTube while also revamping Music Key as YouTube Music.

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Google enables app indexing with deep linking for Safari in iOS 9

10/09/2015, 05:10 pm

Developers will soon be able to use Google's app indexing feature to surface app content in searches conducted in Safari for iOS 9, as well as Google's native iOS apps, as the company on Friday announced compatibility with Apple's HTTP deep linking standards.

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Apple search partner DuckDuckGo takes shots at Google, says tracking isn't needed to profit

10/09/2015, 11:10 am

Search alternative DuckDuckGo, which is available as a default search option in Apple's Safari browser, is profitable without tracking user behavior, the company's CEO has revealed.

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Google inaugurates Accelerated Mobile Pages project to help publishers, advertisers

10/07/2015, 12:10 pm

Google on Wednesday announced a new open-source project dubbed Accelerated Mobile Pages, intended to increase the hits publishers receive on articles, and hence the public's exposure to advertising.

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Google, Microsoft agree to end years-long patent war

09/30/2015, 09:09 pm

Google and Microsoft have agreed to settle an ongoing patent feud concerning communications and video technology, bringing an end to about 20 lawsuits lodged in the U.S. and Germany, the companies said Wednesday.

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Google unveils new Nexus phones, Chromecasts, Pixel C tablet & more

09/29/2015, 04:09 pm

At a Tuesday press event, Apple rival Google announced a wide slate of new hardware including two new Nexus phones, new Chromecasts, and the Pixel C Android tablet.

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Google Keep comes to iOS, Pixelmator 2.1 adds support for iPad multitasking & 8K images

09/24/2015, 04:09 pm

Google officially brought its Keep notetaking platform to iOS on Thursday, while the Pixelmator Team updated its namesake iOS image editor with features like full multitasking on the iPad.

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Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new phones, Android 6.0

09/02/2015, 06:09 pm

Google is reportedly planning to host a Sept. 29 press event in San Francisco, at which it will reveal two new Nexus smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Google's Android Wear for iOS confirmed incompatible with Apple's HealthKit

09/01/2015, 07:09 pm

In announcing Android Wear for iOS on Monday, Google noted users can track steps, calories and other biometric readings in-app, but failed to confirm HealthKit compatibility. It has since been learned that Google chose not to integrate with Apple's platform, instead opting for its own Google Fit service.

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Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth with upcoming VP10 video codec

08/31/2015, 09:08 pm

Google is working on a new open-source video codec, VP10, that should shrink the amount of bandwidth required for 4K video to half that of VP9, and a quarter of Apple's current preferred compression format, H.264.

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Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

08/31/2015, 11:08 am

Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset.

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