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In 2013, Google announced the death of its RSS reading platform Google Reader. At the time, Google cited declining usage as the official reason for Reader's closure, wrapping it up along with things like Cloud Connect, Voice for Blackberry, and Building Maker as part of a second round of "spring cleaning."
It comes as a huge surprise then to see the app back in the Play Store almost two years later with a new icon and brand new interface, jumping from version 1.1.8 up to 2.0.
The typical Update Wednesdays, wherein Google released new versions of its many and varied Android apps, will be a little less busy from now on. Not that Google released many updates for the Android version of Google Finance anyway - according to the Internet Archive, the last time the app was touched was way back in January of 2013. In any case, it's gone now: Finance disappeared from the Play Store without ceremony last night.
Between the lack of updates and a surprising apathy on Google's part, it's unlikely that the Android version of Finance will be missed.
When HTC announced the RE camera, an inhaler-shaped device that lacks a viewfinder of its own, it seemed like great fodder for an April Fools joke. But no, that product was real, and it actually exists.
So what has the Taiwanese manufacturer come up with as a truly absurd product, something even it wouldn't consider turning into reality? Why, the RE Sok.
This product brings notifications to your ankles so you can see them when you're changing shoes. Not wearing shoes? Not switching them at the moment? Tough. Your ankle's vibrating regardless. Better bend over.
Did those rumors of Microsoft investing in professional ROM developer Cyanogen spook you, Android purist? Then you might want to skip flashing today's nightly build for your Nexus 6. Starting late last night, CyanogenMod devotees who flashed the March 31st nightly builds to their phones and tablets were disheartened to see the following message as Android was upgrading:
That sound you heard was millions of CyanogenMod devotees who cried out in terror... and were suddenly silenced as they looked at the calendar.
It has been nearly 20 years since Lara Croft had her first adventure in the original Tomb Raider. The graphics (and boob physics) have improved over the years, but now you can relive the original in all its polygonal glory on Android for just $0.99. I checked, and it's not a joke.
Hey, remember all that hullaballoo about Snapdragon 808 and the G4 a couple days ago? Me too! Man, what a bummer for Qualcomm's totally-not-in-any-way-compromised Snapdragon 810. Those guys just can't catch a break!
And now, they really, really want you to know that there's no such thing as Snapdragon 815 and please just stop saying they were going to make another high-end chip based on ARM reference core designs. Seriously guys, they totally weren't going to do that. Not a chance.
815 was rumored to be a FinFet'd version of Qualcomm's definitely-announced and quite real Snapdragon 620, an A72/A53 octacore chip that Qualcomm revealed prior to MWC.
"A selfie stick is not just an accessory," the man says with shades of Jony Ive, "it's an extension of who you are." So true, isn't it? Except it's not true. Not a word of it. This is April Fools, and Motorola is having a little fun with the promo video below for a handcrafted selfie stick. Not funny? Okay, Motorola is also offering $140 off an unlocked Moto X to make up for it.
Google has spent years putting its search functionality into as many form factors as it can manage. It all started with desktops and laptops. From there, Search hopped to phones. Now we see it making its way into TVs, watches, and cars.
Today, the tech giant has announced a new product offering that's more adorable than any that has come before. Meet Google Panda.
To use Google Panda, you simply ask the stuffed animal a question. It will then provide answers to the best of its ability. There's no screen, nor any text to read. This is one tech toy you interact with as though it were another person.
The News & Weather app is a bit of a dark horse among Google's lineup. It's also not as talked about as Google+, or as vital as Gmail; and it doesn't fit in with the Play-branded apps like Newsstand, which it is effectively a direct competitor to. For many people, News & Weather is just another widget that came pre-installed on a Nexus device, at least until it was made available on the Play Store, in late August. Since then, a few really big updates have drastically improved the once stale app.