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Google Decides To Shut Down Picasa, Directs Users To Google Photos Instead

Before Google+ and Google Photos, Picasa was Google's photo sharing and management product. You may not be aware, but it has continued to exist all this time—well, languish may actually be a better term. There have been no improvements to Picasa lately, and now Google is closing it down.

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Google Reportedly Planning New VR Headset That Doesn't Require A Phone

Google handed out the first Cardboard viewers at I/O a few years ago, and at the time it seemed like a bit of a joke. It wasn't really a joke for long, though. VR has been growing in recent years, and the low barrier to entry made Cardboard a hit. Now, sources report that Google is looking to release a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a phone to function.

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Google Completely Redesigns The My Maps App In Its First Update Since 2014

The Google My Maps app seemed ripe for discontinuation. It hadn't been updated in years, had an old UI, and the feature set wasn't exactly essential. However, Google has opted to rework it from the ground up and release a new version of My Maps. You can grab it from the Play Store and start making your own maps right now.

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Google+ Web Preview Update Lets You Search For Members In A Community, Upload Multiple Images To A Post, And More

Googler Luke Wroblewski continues to share stimulating changelogs for the preview version of Google+ on the web, and we're happy to point you toward what is new.

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Google+ Now Really Wants You To See The Posts You Missed While You Were Away

There's a widely known issue with social networks—they're impossible to keep up with. Something is always happening, and unless you follow only a handful of people, there's no way you can read all the content that streams by.

To get around this, some networks have taken their own approach to resurfacing content you may have missed. Facebook and Twitter do this. Now Google+ does as well.

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Google+ Updated To v7.2 With Chrome Custom Tabs For Everyone, Search History, And More [APK Download]

A new version of Google+ started rolling out yesterday, and now we've got all the details on what's new. There are a few subtle UI changes, some navigation improvements, and a big change to link handling that some users started to see in the last build.

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Google+ Web Preview Update Displays Larger Profile Images In A Gallery, A Real-Time New Post Indicator, And More

Google+ is going through changes. A drastic redesign hit the browser version of the social network a while back, and the developers continue to push out tweaks.

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Google Is Once Again Offering 2GB Of Free Drive Space If You Complete The Account Security Checkup

Tomorrow is apparently "Safer Internet Day," which you most likely didn't mark on your calendar. Google remembered Safer Internet Day, though. To celebrate, it has brought back the free data reward for completing a security audit of your account. A few minutes of your time gets you an extra 2GB of Drive storage for free.

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Hangouts Can Now Bypass Google's Servers And Place Calls Using A Direct Peer-To-Peer Connection

Google is changing Hangouts to place peer-to-peer calls when possible. A notification containing the news is now appearing for users when they initiate a call with one of their contacts.

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[Deal Alert] Google Offering $10 Google Play Credit With All Chromecast Purchases

Google only charges $35 for the Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, which is already a pretty good deal for the functionality. However, they're almost free when you consider all the free stuff Google gives away to Chromecast owners. Case in point, right now you can get $10 in Google Play credit with any Chromecast purchase from the Google Store.

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