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An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App

We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos would be splitting off from Google's social/sign-in platform. We've heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we have something a bit more substantial to go on - an exclusive early look at Google's new Photos app, separate from Google+ and improved in a number of ways.

We won't be treating this as a normal rumor post, because we are certain that what we have seen is the real deal.

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Google I/O Schedule Appears To Acknowledge 'Nearby' Effort In 'Proximity-Based Communication' Session

Last year, we shared some fascinating information surrounding a rumored effort called "Nearby." According to our information at the time, Nearby would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were, well, nearby.

At the time, we had evidence that the feature would come with a future version of Play Services, with a friendly overview for users explaining that the service could use device sensors to communicate with nearby things.

We've seen some of this functionality already - consider Chromecast's guest mode. The device can use ultrasonic sounds (picked up using your device's microphone) to connect to your device.

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Google I/O 2015 Registration Is Open Now

Right on time, Google has opened up registration for Google I/O 2015. For the chance at a ticket, head over to the registration page below and complete the process. To prevent registration stress, Google is leaving the form open until March 19th at 5:00pm PDT. Presumably, Google will also have a few registration codes hidden across its various web properties just like last year.

Of course if you can't make it to I/O 15 in person, just drop by AP for all the coverage you need or join an I/O extended event.

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Left Shark Shows Up To Dance With You In Google I/O Chrome Experiment

As the newly-announced start date for Google I/O 2015 approaches, we're sure to see plenty of easter eggs and hidden messages around Google's web properties, but one easter egg has already made itself known.

Google's I/O 2015 page links to an awesome Chrome experiment that lets users jam to (and edit) a catchy electronic loop with five unique instruments. Inside the experiment's source hides a dance partner - left shark.

Just hit F12 to open the dev console, run experiment.consoleDance() and enjoy an ASCII shark who's doing his best to keep up with the experiment's beat.


In the page's source code, a left shark mp4 also makes an appearance.

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Google I/O 2014 Live Blog

The Google I/O 2014 live coverage begins Wednesday, 9am Pacific.

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Samsung Rumored To Be Launching An Android Wear Smartwatch At Google I/O

There have been rumors recently that LG's G Watch might be the focus of Google I/O's Android Wear discussion, with the nascent device possibly being handed out to attendees. Whether Moto's watch, the Moto 360, would make an appearance has remained unclear. Until today though, those were the only two Android Wear devices even rumored for I/O cameos.

Cnet has reported, however, that Samsung will (according to sources) be throwing its hat into the Android Wear ring at I/O as well, debuting an Android Wear smartwatch of its own. Cnet's sources only divulged that the manufacturer may show off a watch at I/O, one of two models apparently being developed (one with Samsung's own chips and one with Qualcomm processors).

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Google Sneaks In One Last I/O Ticket Redemption Code In Social Message Photo

Now that Google I/O is upon us and the hunt for secret codes planted all over the Android dev resources is over, Google has made one person somewhere very happy. You see, earlier today, the company posted a seemingly innocent Google+ message reminding us the conference is coming soon. In the accompanying photo, we see developer advocate Colt McAnlis staring at the I/O countdown and a wall of code, working hard to bring us more videos and "tons of great content."


Except buried in this wall of minified JS code is a one-time I/O code redeemable for, you guessed it, an I/O ticket.

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[Weekend Poll] Did You Register To Attend Google I/O?

It's the Googliest time of the year again - I/O is on the horizon. Registration closed as of yesterday (Friday), and I/O 2014 brought a whole new system in to deal with the demand for tickets: a lottery.


While it may seem a bit odd to some to have to be randomly selected for the right to spend $900 (or $300 for students / faculty) to go to a developer (and designer!) conference, Google I/O registration has sold out in minutes in previous years - even after Google has raised the cost of attendance substantially. (Remember when I/O was $450?

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Google Has Planted Secret Codes You Can Redeem For I/O 2014 Tickets All Over The Place - Let The Hunt Begin

The lottery situation with Google I/O this year means nobody is guaranteed entry. Google knows this. And it's Google we're talking about. So they planted a bunch of secret codes you can redeem for a guaranteed I/O ticket. The hunt is already on, and some lucky folks have already won.

Correction: You don't win free tickets, but rather a guaranteed opportunity to buy them.

Good scavenger hunts are tough, and the best ones don't even announce the rules. I had to piece the information together from various tips, by talking to winners, and crawling the web. Thankfully, at least the rules of Fight Club didn't apply here.

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The Hidden Easter Eggs Of The Google I/O 2014 Site

Did you know that the Google I/O 2014 site that went live earlier today doesn't just contain useful information about the event but also a healthy dose of geek humor, hidden away in debug messages? We have everything from clever word play to mentions of Globophobia to Doge to Star Trek references.

Bonus points to those of you who can recognize them all without Googling!

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Reticulating Splines...
There's more Ajax in this loader than an epic greek poem
♬ Reunited and it feels so good
Are you there, Boson? It's me, Margaret.
♬ Is he a dot, or is he a speck?

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