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Topic: Google

Motorola, LG announce first crop of Android Wear-powered smart watches

03/18/2014, 03:03 pm

Google's nascent Android Wear platform gained two standard-bearers Tuesday as American smartphone maker Motorola unveiled the Moto 360 and South Korean consumer products giant LG introduced the G Watch.

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Google unveils Android Wear software platform for smart watches and wearables

03/18/2014, 12:03 pm

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off of Android Wear, an initiative aimed at creating a variant of the company's Android mobile operating system that is specially adapted to meet the needs of wearable devices.

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Google Play Games cross-platform multiplayer comes to iOS, stepping up competition with Apple's Game Center

03/17/2014, 01:03 pm

Multiplayer support in Google Play Games has gone multi-platform, with a new software development kit that allows gamers to compete with one another while playing titles on Apple's iOS, as well as Android and the Web.

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Apple's iPhone is most-desired smartphone in emerging markets, passing Samsung

03/14/2014, 10:03 am

While many customers in emerging markets may not be able to afford an iPhone, they'd still prefer it over competing devices running Google's Android, including handsets from Apple rival Samsung, a recent survey reveals.

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How Android lost global open market share to Apple's integrated iOS

03/14/2014, 05:03 am

Ever since Google's Android began to first gain mainstream support among smartphone makers in late 2009, Android platform enthusiasts have predicted that it would win out over proprietary mobile platforms, particularly Apple's iOS. The obvious parallel they like to draw is the rise of Microsoft's Windows in the mid 1990s at the expense of Apple's Macintosh. But that's wrong, here's why.

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Google Drive slashes paid storage prices, turning up the heat on rival Dropbox

03/13/2014, 02:03 pm

Google on Thursday announced drastic price reductions for its paid Drive subscriptions, with 100 gigabytes of cloud storage now costing just $1.99 a month, and 1 terabyte of data available for $9.99 per month, significantly undercutting the prices of rival Dropbox.

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Google rumored to open first retail store near Apple's SoHo spot in Manhattan

03/13/2014, 11:03 am

Google is said to be close to signing a lease to open a retail store on Greene Street in New York City's SoHo neighborhood -- just steps away from Apple's heavily trafficked location on Prince Street.

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New Android "RAT" infects Google Play apps, turning phones into spyware zombies

03/07/2014, 06:03 pm

An easy to use new "Remote Administration Tool" malware package for Android offers to infect users, steal their photos and text messages, secretly capture audio or video, record their calls, download their web browser history and steal their email, Facebook and VPN account information.

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Rumor: Google pressured Asus to cancel Android/Windows dual-boot devices

03/07/2014, 10:03 am

Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Asus has reportedly shelved plans to release a new Transformer tablet that would allow consumers to run both Microsoft's Windows and Google's Android operating systems on the same device after Google voiced opposition to the move.

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Google's mystery barge ordered to stop construction work, leave San Francisco bay

03/03/2014, 02:03 pm

Google has been ordered to stop construction of its floating retail barge and tow the structure 80 miles east, out of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Port of Stockton in Central California after failing to obtain the proper building permits.

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Apple's voracious appetite for acquisitions outspent Google in 2013

03/03/2014, 08:03 am

Apple is quietly investing far more money to acquire talent, technology and production capacity than the market appears to realize, having liberally outspent even Google over the past year.

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Apple touts secure design of iOS as Google chief admits Android is best target for malicious hackers

02/27/2014, 06:02 pm

Speaking at Mobile World Conference, Google's new Android chief Sundar Pichai admitted that security plays second fiddle to "freedom" in the design and implementation of Google's mobile operation system, exposing Android users to an overwhelming, disproportionate share of malware vulnerabilities.

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Google rumored to debut 'Nexus' smart watch with new operating system in June

02/24/2014, 04:02 pm

The flood of wearable devices headed to market is expected to continue with a new wrist-worn smart watch from Google, rumored to be unveiled at the search giant's I/O 2014 conference this June.

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Samsung announces Galaxy S5 with 5.1" display, fingerprint scanner & heart rate monitor

02/24/2014, 02:02 pm

Samsung's next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was officially announced by the company at the Mobile World Congress trade show on Monday, and the handset will compete head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 5s by sporting its own fingerprint sensor.

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Apple's failure to pay for favorable media coverage flies in the face of Samsung's payola

02/23/2014, 02:02 pm

Slanted media reports targeting Apple appear to be directly connected to the company's failure to pay for more favorable coverage in the model of Samsung. It doesn't appear to be affecting Apple's sales or profits, however.

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Google made last-ditch effort to block WhatsApp-Facebook deal, was willing to pay more than $19B

02/20/2014, 03:02 pm

As talks between Facebook and WhatsApp began to draw to a close, Google Chief Executive Larry Page made a last-ditch effort to block the deal, and was even willing to outdo the $19 billion agreement the messaging app eventually reached with Facebook.

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Google bid $10B for WhatsApp, made separate 'odd' offer before Facebook deal was struck

02/20/2014, 10:02 am

Before WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook this week for some $19 billion in cash and stock, the messaging service was being aggressively pursued by search giant Google, which reportedly offered $10 billion and also made a unique offer in attempt to ensure it wouldn't be outbid.

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Google has fooled the media and markets, but hasn't bested Tim Cook's Apple

02/15/2014, 07:02 pm

Listening to the Google-enraptured tech media's echo chamber of fears, uncertainties and doubts about the world's most profitable and successful company, you'd never realize that there's an incredible bounty of low hanging fruit waiting for Tim Cook's Apple to harvest, and little but mobile scorched earth left behind Google.

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Apple, Inc. sold more computers than all of Microsoft's Windows PC partners in December quarter

02/13/2014, 06:02 pm

Seven years after entering the mobile computing market with iPhone, the Cupertino-based company has now reached a peak of building and selling more computers than all of Microsoft's Windows licensees put together.

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Google's strict policies for 'open' Android OS revealed in newly public documents

02/13/2014, 12:02 am

New documents published to the Web on Wednesday reveal Google imposes decidedly strict tit-for-tat terms on device makers looking to use the "open" Android platform.

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