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The Nest smart thermostat can now be controlled from within Google's smartphone app

Google paying US$3.2 billion for smart thermostat company Nest gave an indication of the company's vision for the connected home Now, almost a year later, the company has integrated control of the thermostat with its Google smartphone app, letting owners control their Nest via voice commands and enabling location-based services.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on to compare the Google Nexus 6 (left) and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Photo: ...

The Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are two of our three favorite phablets of 2014 (along with the Galaxy Note 4). We have both in house right now, so why not take a quick look at how the two size up?  Read More

Gizmag reviews the big, beautiful, Lollipop-running Nexus 6 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizmag.c...

At what point does a phone get so big that it becomes a tablet? Whether you call it a huge phone, small tablet or just a "phablet," Google's Nexus 6 is a beast. Read on, as Gizmag reviews one of the best ... mobile devices of the year.  Read More

Google's is taking another run at the living room with its new Nexus Player set-top box

Google's attempts to stake its claim in the living room have been a little hit and miss. Google TV didn't exactly get things rolling the way Google would have hoped, and the Nexus Q slated for a 2012 release never eventuated. But it had better luck with the well-received (and cheap) Chromecast and now it's following up with the Nexus Player, which is the first device to run on Google's Android TV smart TV platform. So is the Nexus player a hit or a miss? Here's a look at what it offers – and what needs to be improved.  Read More

The default home screen on the Nexus 9

Android 5.0 Lollipop has finally begun to arrive on millions of devices worldwide, in addition to the new Nexus devices that also began shipping this month. With this upgrade, Android takes a big step to become a more mature mobile operating system, as does the entire mobile world with it.  Read More

Google Contributor gives users the ability to remove web advertising from participating we...

The question of how to monetize content in an online media landscape, where so much is freely available, has seen the emergence of some innovative business models. Often one element of these is the option of paying to remove advertising, a defining feature of Spotify Premium, for example. Google, whose AdWords service reaches most corners of the internet, has unveiled a like-minded scheme called Contributor that gives web users the option of eliminating ads on participating websites for a monthly fee.  Read More

Google helped develop the new tool, which aims to help tackle the problem of overfishing

Google has partnered with SkyTruth and Oceana to produce a new tool to track global fishing activity. Known as Global Fishing Watch, the interactive web tool uses satellite data to provide detailed vessel tracking, and aims to harness the power of citizen engagement to tackle the issue of overfishing.  Read More

YouTube has launched an invite-only beta of a subscription music service

YouTube's long-rumored music service will soon be a reality, Google announced Wednesday. Dubbed YouTube Music Key, the monthly subscription service launched an invite-only beta with minimal details.  Read More

The new look of Android

Android 5.0 lollipop is finally in the wild. After first getting a lick of Android "L" back at Google I/O in June, Google announced today that the official roll-out of the biggest changes to Android in years, including its new "Material design" look, begins now.  Read More

Gizmag reviews the latest Nexus tablet, the HTC/Google Nexus 9 (Photo: Will Shanklin/Gizma...

Though Nexus phones have been around since 2010, Nexus tablets only started popping up a couple of years ago. Do the same things that worked in the Nexus 7 also work on a 9-inch sequel? Read on, for Gizmag's take on the new HTC-made Nexus 9.  Read More

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