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Review: Google's Nexus Player

By - November 30, 2014 9 Pictures
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
— Good Thinking

Google Contributor allows ad-free internet browsing for monthly fee

By - November 23, 2014 1 Picture
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

Android 5.0 "Lollipop" is live

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
— Mobile Technology Review

Inbox for Gmail revolutionized my email in a week

By - October 30, 2014 9 Pictures
Google's Inbox is the latest interface for Gmail, both on the web (only through a Chrome browser at the moment) and via mobile apps for iOS and Android. It's a major and almost entirely positive upgrade to the Gmail experience. But if we're honest, the best thing about using it for the past week is finally being freed of that bloated, boring and increasingly clunky Gmail interface that's needed an overhaul for a few years now. Read More
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