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Googles Project Fi Can be Awesome but it’s been a little Google-ized

Googles Project Fi – The Sign up Process I decided it was time to upgrade my phone.  The screen on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a crack across the top corner and I’m getting pretty tired of the slowdowns I keep experiencing from the Samsung TouchWiz interface.  I love Android but I want a pure Android experience so I’ve decided to choose the Google Nexus brand of phones.  They are pure Android and the latest batch are some of the most powerful Android devices you can buy. In the process of choosing a Google Nexus device, I also decided that I’m going to give Googles Project Fi Cell Service a chance.  Project Fi, for those who don’t already know, is Googles own cell phone service that works in a slightly different and much more simplistic manner to other cellphone providers. Project Fi uses T-Mobile and Sprint networks for its mobile networks access.  ...

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Guide to SEO the Google Way

A Beginners Guide to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) the Google way

I don’t claim to be an expert on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), although I have been writing content and building websites for some years, so I decided to write a beginners guide to SEO. In this guide I’ve documented some of my findings and lessons I’ve learned. Technology is constantly changing and search engines are being optimized and altered to find the best true content on the web.  By true content, I’m referring to the content that is original and interesting and not just created in an attempt to make money and trick search engines into better rankings.  Google is the largest search engine system used today and is the focus of this article, although the lessons learned here should affect your ranking in most search engines indexing your content. You can find information and announcements from Google on their Webmaster Tools blog related to their search engine technology, what to optimize and more. ...

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Project Ara

100 most active Ara Scouts will begin beta testing real Project Ara Devices

Project Ara is the modular phone that aims to take the smartphone world to all new heights, eventually. The principal is basic, buy what you want and upgrade as you go along. All the parts are independent of each other and allow you to swap out for, say, a better camera or more RAM. Kind of how we do with computers, only with a smartphone and all without having to open up the device. At Google I/O Google showed off the first booting prototype of Project Ara, and now it looks as though they are moving forward with their previous promise that 100 people would be getting one to beta test. Since October 2013, over 90,000 have signed up to make Project Ara a reality. Your passion and creativity were — and are — instrumental in turning an idea into a product. As promised, the 100 most active Ara scouts ...

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Android TV Screen Capture

Google tries again with Android TV where they failed with Google TV

Android TV!  Sound familiar?  Sounds like Google playing semantics with the previous Google TV product which launched four years ago and eventually failed.  That may be what you’re thinking, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth.  While the original Google TV products were based on the Android platform, they were based in a separate and restricted set of libraries.  They also tried to make a product that brought the web to your TV promoting it for browsing and more.  This is where Android TV differs. Android TV is simply expanding the same developer tools libraries with a new form factor, so almost anything you currently have on your mobile Android device will also work on Android TV with a simple addition of a device type.  That really is it putting simply and there’s more to it and extensions specifically for TV, but it will make it much easier for ...

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Google Self Drive Car Prototype Concept Sketch

The Google Self Driving Car. Toon Town Comes to Life!

We all know that Google has been working on Google self driving cars for some time now.  I think it actually all started some time back in 2010.  Heck, some of you have even seen them driving around, although you can never tell if the car is driving itself or the required passenger ready to take control if anything goes wrong.  The Google blog post from way back then stated: To develop this technology, we gathered some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Challenges, a series of autonomous vehicle races organized by the U.S. Government. Chris Urmson was the technical team leader of the CMU team that won the 2007 Urban Challenge. Mike Montemerlo was the software lead for the Stanford team that won the 2005 Grand Challenge. Also on the team is Anthony Levandowski, who built the world’s first autonomous motorcycle that participated in a DARPA Grand ...

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Google Plus Update No Plugin Required

Google Plus Video Chat Updated. No More Plugin Required!

Don’t you just hate downloading plugins to support this video chat and that voice chat when your using your browser.  There’s good news on the horizon as Google is updating its Google Plus video chat system in Google Chrome so you won’t need to download that pesky plugin anymore. According to a Google Plus post from Victoria Kirst at Google, they are rolling out an update for all all Chrome Dev and Canary users immediately and will be following up in the next few weeks to the general Chrome using public.   Hey friends! I’m so excited to finally share with you what I and many others have been working on tirelessly to release: Hangouts in an instant: Video chat without downloading a plugin Starting today, we’re rolling out an update that makes it easier than ever to start Hangouts video calls with your family and friends! You’ll now be able to launch ...

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Google Wear Samsung Wear Live and LG G Watch

Is the time of the Smart Watch finally here? Google says Yes with Android Wear.

Samsung have been trying hard for the last year or so to get their family of smart watches into the hands of Samsung mobile phone users and they’ve been doing a pretty good job for the techies among us, but it’s a hard sell when they only work with Samsung Android devices.     Then came Google with the announcement that they were working on a smart phone platform called Android Wear that would end the tie into to specific manufacturers and instead, open up the smart watch platform to all Android devices, or at least those that have the latest versions of Android compatible with the new platform.  Android Wear works with phones running Android 4.3 or higher.  Google has created a compatibility checking page allowing you to check if your device is supported by Android Wear. If you’ve been following the news today from the Google IO conference, you may have seen that the ...

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Google Domains

New domain registration service announced by Google

This afternoon Google announced a new domain registration service in an effort to help the small businesses out there who still don’t have a website. This is the first time Google is offering up a domain registration directly through the company. Their small business division decided to create Google Domains based on their research of small businesses. Their finds concluded that 55% of small businesses still don’t have a website. Obviously that can make reaching your customers a little harder, especially when so many people have smartphones now and use online services to find and buy things they need or want. While Google Domains is active now, it is in an invite only beta stage. They need to work out the kinks of the service of course. Businesses will be able to search, find, purchase and transfer the best domain for their business – whether it’s .com, .biz, .org, or ...

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