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Google Adds A Metronome Card To Search, Pleasing Musicians Everywhere

It feels like Google is always adding new cards to Search, and it's just quietly released another one: a metronome. Simply search for 'metronome,' and a card will pop up showing a beats-per-minute slider and a play button. Press play and you get a clicking noise. Voila, a metronome.

The beats-per-minute value is set at 120 by default, but can be changed to any number between 40 and 208. When you tweak the value, the color changes from blue to orange, and when you press play, the button animates, pulsating according to the selected value. The card works with both desktop and mobile search, so you can play the piano and have a beat without needing a computer.

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Google I/O 2016 Lottery Results Have Started Going Out

If you entered the Google I/O lottery this year, dust off your F5 keys - lotto results have started showing up in inboxes.

If you haven't received yours yet, don't worry - Google typically sends these notices out in batches. The window for registration after you receive an invite is 24 hours, so unused or declined tickets can work back into the system for the next lucky winners. And just in case you don't get a golden ticket this time, here's what the email looks like:

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GoogleBot Ditches The iPhone, Now Scrapes Web Pages As A Nexus 5X

Everyone knows someone who has made the switch from iPhone to Android. This latest convert will surprise you though. It’s GoogleBot – the all-important web crawler used by Google.

GoogleBot is a vital cog in the Google search engine. In its most simplified form, it works by going from website to website and sucking up as much information as it possibly can. The data is then passed to other Google algorithms, where it is processed, ranked, and transformed into search results.   

In order for GoogleBot to get all perspectives of a website, it masquerades as different types of devices – a desktop browser, a feature-phone browser, and a smartphone browser.

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Google Classroom App Upgraded To v2.0 With New Notification Center, Video Sharing, And Several Teacher-Focused Features

Google Classroom for Android debuted just over a year ago as part of the free suite of software provided by Google for schools. The app, just like its browser-based counterpart, is a centralized place where students can access handouts, assignments, and news from all of their classes. On the instructor side, all of those same elements can be managed in addition to the convenience of teachers having the ability to work with all their classes at once. The app is now getting the v2.0 upgrade with a series of less-than-groundbreaking improvements.

There don't seem to be any big interface changes, but the app debuted with a nice material look.

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Google Is Calling Android N "New York Cheesecake" (NYC) Internally

Android N is all around us — seriously, have you seen the number of Android N Feature Spotlight stories we've published in less than a week? (Hint: there are 40 and more are pending), but there's a lot we don't know about the next version of Android yet. We know the preview will get more frequent updates than L or M prior to release, we know the final release will be available in the summer, and we know that it's the bestest, awesomest, and most feature-packed'est version of Android yet. We don't know the name though, nor the software version.

But just as it did with KitKat (Key Lime Pie), Lollipop (Lemon Meringue Pie), and Marshmallow (Macadamia Nut Cookie), Google has an internal name for N: New York Cheesecake.

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Hangouts 8.0 Can Now Record And Send Up To 1 Minute Videos*

You've hoped, you've asked, you've prayed, you've waited, you've stomped your feet, you've revolted against the institution, you've given up, you've rekindled your faith, only to be let down again. But the wait is over. Hangouts is finally fiiiiiiiiiinally adding the option to record and send 1-minute videos*.

*on iOS. Hah! What, did you honestly think the Hangouts Android development team woke up all of a sudden from its slumber and decided to add every feature you've been begging for?! Far be it from that. It still has its priorities straight — like implementing rounded corners for shared images. That was huge, you guys.

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Android Auto Website Finally Lists The Exact Car And Stereo Models That Support It

A couple of days ago, Google revamped the Android Wear website to make it more interactive and today it's rolling out an update to another website: Android Auto. This time though, it's not the whole site that's getting completely overhauled, just the section at the bottom for supported manufacturers.

Previously, that only listed car and head unit manufacturers with links to their websites' landing pages - not even a specific Android Auto section on their site. Now, that list has been moved to the second Brands tab, with a new Models tab taking the first place. This has a list of all manufacturers with the exact models of cars and head units that support Auto.

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[Less Buffering] YouTube Accelerator Caches Popular Videos On Local WiFi Hotspots To Speed Up Streaming (Pilot In The Philippines)

You know what I hate? Being at the airport or a café and trying to watch a few YouTube videos to pass the time only to be hit with a buffering animation and interminable amounts of waiting. Well, it doesn't really bother me now, because I haven't had time to travel or go chill in a café in years (you do realize I work two full-time jobs, simultaneously?!), but I suppose it would if I was the kind of person who did that. I'm just very sympathetic to everyone who's tried it and I have very good news for them: YouTube is about to make you wait less and watch more.

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[Update: Now $75 Off + $50 GC] Deal Alert: Incredible Sale On The Nexus 6P At B&H, $50 Off + $50 Gift Card With No Sales Tax Outside New York

I see you. Yes, you. You've been hanging around AP for months now, reading every article and news story about the sleek and sexy Nexus 6P. You want a 6P, I know, but you've got that nagging problem that you're struggling to overcome – you want the phone, but you just can't pull the trigger until the right deal comes along.

Well my friend, the deal is here. B&H has the Nexus 6P on sale for $50 off the price it sells for at the Google Store.

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Google Research Suggests It's Working On Faster, More Accurate Voice Recognition That Doesn't Need An Internet Connection

When you make a voice search or any other voice input on Android, there's a complex process that goes on behind the scenes. Your voice is recorded, transmitted to Google's servers, analyzed and converted into a text string, then either passed on to the relevant web service (like Google Search) or sent back to your device. It's usually almost instantaneous if you have a decent Internet connection, but therein lies its one weakness: you do have to have that connection in order for it to work. The rudimentary offline system (in Android since Jelly Bean) relies on a relatively unsophisticated vocabulary and detection system that's slow and less powerful than the connected version.

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