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[Deal Alert] Nexus 6 (32GB Blue) Will Be On Sale For $399.99 At 8:50AM PDT For Amazon Prime Day—Hurry [Update: Sold Out]

Amazon's Prime Day deals in the US have been sort of a bust so far. There have been some nice discounts, but they're selling out mega-fast. This time we've got a little lead time, so you can get all set up to snag a Nexus 6 for a mere $399. That's $100 off the recently reduced price. It'll probably go quick, though.

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Google Announces Eddystone, An Open-Source And Cross Platform BLE Beacon Format

Contextual awareness is one of the pillars of Google's recent push in mobile communications. You don't have to look far to see that: Google Now has been getting better and better at "guessing" the information that you need before you even look for it. But when it comes to location, we all know that it can use some help. Not just Google Now, actually. Most current location techniques are quite lacking indoors, underground, or simply fail to differentiate between you standing in front of a bus on one side or the other of the street.

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Google Drive Now Lets You Prevent Others From Downloading, Printing, Or Copying Files That You Have Shared

To give file owners more flexibility when sharing files, Google has added a feature to Drive's web interface that can place additional restrictions on those who are given access to files. If you want a document to not only be read-only but also not inadvertently shared, you can now lock it down by preventing copying, printing, or downloading to user hard drives. For now you can only change the setting on the web, but it will work on all platforms.

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[Update: It's Fixed] Google Play Music All Access Web App Is Not Working In Firefox, Internet Explorer, Or Safari On Desktops

As of this morning, most users are finding it back up and running normally

Starting early in the AM on July 14th, reports started coming in that Firefox and Safari can both use the web app again. IE users should be good to go, too.

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Nearby Is Now Official, API Enabling Proximity-Based Connections Will Come Included With Google Play Services 7.8

Last year we received information that Google was working on an initiative called "Nearby" that would enable Android devices to communicate with people, places, and devices that were in close proximity. In the time since, things have mostly been silent. We've seen similar functionality pop up in the likes of Chromecast guest mode and trusted devices, but not the full shebang.

Now, Google is taking the feature public. In a post over on its developers blog, the company details ways in which Nearby will make sharing information with someone nearby easier than exchanging account information or scanning QR codes.

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Inbox App Now Offers To Create A Reminder When You Try To Email Yourself

We've all done it—you need to make sure you have a note or reminder so you email it to yourself. Google's Inbox app now gently urges you not to be such an impatient savage and use the proper tools instead. If you try to email yourself, it'll offer to create an Inbox reminder.

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Google Releases MDL To Help You Give Your Website That Material Design Feel

Recently Google has unveiled Material Design Lite, a way to easily give your website that material look and feel. It comes with low overhead (only 27kb gzipped) and few dependencies. MDL is powered by CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. It is a complementary implementation of the elements built with Polymer.

Google designed MDL to adjust to a number of device form factors, so sites should scale up to PCs and down to smartphones in the responsive manner we have come to expect. It should also degrade gracefully when users view sites in older browsers.

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The material design specifications became available last year, with Google showing off how slick its styling could look on the web.

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Play Store Adds Additional International Carrier Billing Options In Mexico, Slovakia, And More

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Google Docs, Sheets, And Slides Get Update With Easier Editing Of Document Titles, Better Commenting UI In Office Compatibility Mode, Tweak To Slide Layout Editing

In a series of upcoming updates to Google's Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps, users will be able to have easier access to one of the most basic editing capabilities: changing the file name. Whereas before you would only change the document's title by saving, it's accessible via hamburger menu now.

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Left: old menu, middle and right: new menu and rename dialog

Slide the menu in from the right, tap on the area that says "TestDoc.docx" or whatever you're working with, and you'll see the dialog box on the far right that allows you to edit. Pretty simple and streamlines a pretty fundamental feature.

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Google Announces Android M Developer Preview 2, System Images Up Now, OTA Coming Over The Next Few Days

It's time to fire up those M preview devices again—Google is in the process of rolling out the second M preview build today. The OTA should arrive on all supported Nexus devices that have the first M build in the next few days. If you're the impatient sort, you can grab the system images right now.

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