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Apr
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Business is happening all over the world, and Google's finance tools are now ready to help you track a little bit more of it. The company has announced Google Finance has added support for indices, stock price movements, trading volumes and more in some additional countries.

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The new arrivals are Spain, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Argentina. This brings Google Finance's total supported exchanges count to 35. You can get access to all the data Google has on various exchanges through search results, the Finance website, and with Google's stupendously ugly Finance app.

15
Apr

Many moons ago, Google added G+ photo backups, a feature that not only keeps pictures backed up with users' Google accounts for safe-keeping, but also allows for quick and easy sharing on Google's social network. Today, the company is offering similarly simplistic sharing of photos with Gmail in the web browser.

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As of today, the Gmail web app's "insert photo" button within the compose window's action bar will have access to the photos that are automatically backed up via the Google+ app on smartphones and tablets.

15
Apr
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There are nothing short of three-quarter bajillion things that need to be remembered over the course of a day, and we as a species have steadily worked to provide a solution that compensates for our forgetfulness. Notepads work, but they take up space. Post-it notes aren't all that elegant or portable of a solution. Smartphones, when combined with the right app, are pretty close to nailing it. But can Google Glass do it better?

14
Apr
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Included in Android's design guidelines is a section regarding iconography. The guidelines give very specific instructions on how to design a launcher icon for Android - it should have a unique silhouette, it should have a slight downward perspective, and it should be clearly visible no matter what wallpaper is behind it.

Many have opined, however, that it's odd that Google maintains different iconography for its apps on Android and their corresponding web services.

14
Apr
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Google makes cool stuff. There's self-driving cars, that funky street view camera, and those experimental glasses anyone will be able to buy for one day only tomorrow, April 15th. Yet for every product that comes out, there's another in the pipeline that may or may not ever see the light of day. Last month we learned of a patent application for a pair of smart contact lenses that would process blinks as input for wearable devices.

10
Apr
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Google's previously announced enhancement to the Verify Apps framework is rolling out to users now, according to the official Android blog. Your device already has the standard Verify Apps system built-in that scans at the time of installation, but the new version will be watching all the time for suspicious activity.

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Verify Apps compares each app you install with known malware signatures, but there's always a possibility you are downloading a form of malware that hasn't been identified yet.

09
Apr
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Several weeks ago, we caught wind of Android 4.4.3 and some of the changes it could bring, consisting mostly of bug fixes, both big and small. At this point, according to several sources familiar with the matter, Android 4.4.3 has entered internal testing outside of the core Android team - a process otherwise known as dogfooding. The final release isn't expected to hit public devices for a number of weeks, so those of you expecting it any day now will have to wait just a bit longer.

09
Apr
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Google has been on a tear with the Chromecast as of late. After making live and private videos cast-able, it is now sending out an update the the dongle. The build is 16664, and it brings a few stability tweaks, and one notable user-facing feature.

07
Apr
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The Chromecast has been evolving rapidly over the last few months. After getting a final SDK and a whole boatload of new apps, Google has now added support for private YouTube videos. Yes, you can cast any private video you've got to the Chromecast. Embedded videos gained support back in February as well.

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Google has updated its Chromecast support page to reflect the change in functionality. We've tested to make sure the new feature is live, and everything seems to be working as expected.

06
Apr
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"Because the history of computing has taught us is that data will not be contained. Data breaks free. It expands to new media, crashes through barriers; painfully, maybe even dangerously. But, uh, there it is… Data finds a way." - Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Gift Shop)

When we last left our favorite removable storage device, OEMs had begun adopting Google’s policy for restricting write access to SD cards.

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