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[Back again] Google Calendar is down for many users


Google services are some of the most reliable on the web, but even Google can't guarantee 100% uptime. Many users (including most of us on the AP team) are seeing an error message when attempting to access Google Calendar online. These things are bound to happen roughly once in a blue moon, but it's always a bit of a surprise when they do.

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Looks like Google will reveal Android N's name today

According to the official Android Twitter account, Google will reveal the name of Android N today. We are absolutely nutty with anticipation over here.

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Google adds earthquake info card to search results

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HTC is secretly testing a Sense Home launcher for non-HTC Android devices

About a week ago, we started getting tips of HTC asking its HTC Preview program members to enroll in a new project to test called "GOOGLE_PLAY_SENSE_GP" with two requirements: you have to have a non-HTC Android phone and it has to be running Android 4.4 and above. You could have surmised from the title and requisites that HTC was working on a new Sense launcher for non-HTC phones. And you would have been right.

HTC Sense Home 8 Beta has just started getting into the hands of HTC Preview members and it's a home screen replacement app with optional Blinkfeed panel, app drawer support, app search, widget drag-and-drop, and...

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Google Wallet Card joins Wave and Buzz in Google heaven

Back in March, Google began notifying Google Wallet users that the physical Wallet Card was on its way out. The card would continue to work normally until May, after which it would no longer be possible to top it up with funds from a bank account, and on June 30th, Wallet Card would be officially retired. Unfortunately for the dozens of customers who signed up for Wallet Card, that day has finally arrived.

Like so many Google products before it, Wallet Card was a nice idea that never garnered enough users to justify Google's time and resources to back it up, lasting less than 3 years from launch to shutdown.

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Google Search in India now lets you flip between English and Hindi results

Those of us who live in countries where multiple languages are spoken have to always walk the thin line between them, choose which one is the default on their phone, find a keyboard that handles several languages well, and continuously pick their preferred language in Google search results.

If you live in India, you're probably used to the torture that is having to find search results in English or Hindi, depending on the situation you're in. But your life is about to get just a lil' bit easier with this new feature. Google is rolling out a tab to switch between English and Hindi search results with a simple click.

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The Play Store Early Access program seems to be rolling out to everybody

If you're the type of person that has to flash developer previews and sign up for every beta program available, being the first to try new apps is probably also pretty high on your list of things to do. Google has you covered. Announced last month during I/O, the Play Store is launching an "Early Access" program to give people like us a place to find apps that are mostly operational, but not quite ready for prime time. A few people found that they had early access to Early Access a few days ago, but now it looks like everybody is welcome to the club.

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[Alexa, buy me a cheap Echo] Refurbished Amazon Echo on Woot for $135 with $5 shipping

Hey Alexa, what's the cheapest way to get an Amazon Echo? Oh, it's $179.99 on Amazon and you don't know of any other good deals... You're wrong Alexa, but I'll forgive you because it's not on sale on Amazon but Woot — woot!

This is a refurbished Amazon Echo Bluetooth and WiFi speaker that can play music from different streaming services or your own device. But its real knock-out feature is the voice assistant known as Alexa who lives inside it (I've been told she's a tiny bobble-head who just hides inside the speaker's tower) and can answer your weird questions, execute your queries and commands, and let you control more than just a speaker.

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Inbox gets Direct Share to frequently emailed contacts on Marshmallow and above [APK Download]

Messaging and communication apps are some of the best targets of Marshmallow's Direct Share API. Instead of first picking up an app to share something to and then selecting a target contact, if an app has implemented the functionality, your most frequently contacted people within it will appear at the top-level of the Share menu, above the different app icons. It's a faster and more streamlined experience that I personally love and use several times a day on WhatsApp.

Now Google's own Inbox app is implementing the same feature. Contacts you email often will, presumably, show up in the Share menu so you can quickly send stuff their way without having to choose Inbox first and then manually enter them as recipients of the email.

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides show comment notifications on Android and Web [APK Download]

When you're working on a shared Google Drive document, spreadsheet, or presentation, you often get lots of comments highlighting specific sections and pointing out things to change, fix, or work on. Previously, those comments would be condensed into an email and that was your only way of knowing someone has something new to say about one of your files.

Now, comment notifications will show up on the web as well as in all three Google apps. Docs, Sheets, and Slides already got a notifications setting in a previous update, but they'll now use that to also surface comments on your shared documents, just like in the screenshot above.

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