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LG Launches LG Call App to Google Play, Currently Compatible Only With Watch Urbane

An app called LG Call, that allows LG smartwatch owners to dial a phone number, then take the call on their smartphone, was released today onto Google Play. Unfortunately, in the app’s description, LG does not state specifically that...Show More Summary

Rocana Lands $15M To Bring Big Data Analysis To IT Ops

Rocana (formerly ScalingData) announced $15M in Series B funding led by Google Ventures with General Catalyst Partners, Toba Capital and Paul Sagan (former chairman at Akamai and current executive in residence at General Catalyst) also contributing. Show More Summary

Google has announced that you developers can now add custom voice commands to Google Now, such as “O

Google has announced that you developers can now add custom voice commands to Google Now, such as “Ok, Google, listen to NPR.” Only a few apps currently support the feature like NPR, TripAdvisor and Shazam, but Google will be expanding the list of supported partners in the future. Read more here. Read more...

Google Introduces Custom Voice Actions Like “OK, Google, Listen to NPR” (Updated)

Quietly over on the Android Developers Google+ page, Google announced custom voice actions today for third party apps. They are currently piloting this new integration with select partners like NPR and Shazam, but are actively seeking...Show More Summary

Optimizing Compiler – the evolution of ART

Google and ARM are working closely together on a new ground-up 'Optimizing' compiler for Android Runtime, to replace the current ‘Quick’ compiler, a hangover from the Dalvik days.

New Google Now Card Informs You When A Product Goes On Sale

Let’s say you’ve been eyeing a new camera but at its current price, it is a bit too expensive for your tastes so you forget about it and hope that either you can save up enough for it, or maybe hope that a sale will take place and it will become more affordable. Show More Summary

Snag a Nexus 5 with one year of unlimited service for only $199 from

Nexus 6 owners might have Google’s new Project Fi network to look forward to, but what about the Nexus 5? While we can’t do anything for current owners, we would like to draw your attention to a new deal available from you can now pick up a Nexus 5 with one-year of unlimited talk […]

Empathy: The designer’s superpower

I recently connected with veteran designer Scott Jenson, who is currently developing the Physical Web Project with the Chrome team at Google. We’ve been talking quite a bit about empathy in the past few months here at O’Reilly, and Scott’s …

Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, Hunger Games and others only $4 on Google Play

Google Play is showing a bunch of movie titles, such as Interstellar, Horrible Bosses 2, and several others for a big discount. Select movie titles have been discounted down to just $3.99 in Google Play currently. The new promotion lets you buy, not rent, a bunch of titles in HD quality at a steep discount.

Send directions to your Android phone right from Google's site

Google will now let you send directions from your current location to a location of your choice, right from the web browser of your desktop computer. Ever been in a crunch to make it to your next meeting on time, only to realize youShow More Summary

Google's Eric Schmidt takes an interest in Wall Street, buys 20% stake in powerful hedge fund

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, is trading in some Silicon Valley money for Wall Street riches instead Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO and current executive chairman, has purchased a 20% equity stake in D.E. Shaw, one of the...Show More Summary

Meet Project Fi, Google’s Mobile Carrier Experiment

After months of whispers about a potential launch, it’s finally official: Google announced its mobile carrier ambitions. It is called Project Fi, and the early-invite program started yesterday. Currently, Project Fi is limited to the Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card. The reasoning is simple: The project is just rolling out. You can’t [...]

Comparing Project Fi pricing to other no-contract carrier offerings

Google's Project Fi isn't so much a revolution in pricing as it is a rethinking of how a carrier should work. Not many people have a strong liking for the way their current mobile carrier operates. You can find the same stories about...Show More Summary

Facebook Says Hello to New Android Dialer, Caller ID App

The Phone Android dialer application Facebook was testing last month has been rechristened Hello, and it was officially rolled out in the Google Play store Wednesday. Hello, currently available only for Android, serves as a phone dialer,...Show More Summary

Latest Google Play Services update enables Android Auto on the Galaxy S6

One of the most popular current phones out there now plays nice with Google's in-car Android product. Just a couple of days after we sent word that the Galaxy S6 — and a few other popular phones haven't been working properly with Android Auto, a fix has arrived. Show More Summary

New Humble Bundle Features Lineup of Tin Man Games, Average Currently Set at Under $6

A new bundle of games is available through Humble Bundle, this time made in partnership with Tin Man Games. They are the creators of a few titles on Google Play, such as Judge Dredd, To Be Or Not To Be, House of Hell, Bloodbones, and...Show More Summary

Google Play Introduces Haptic Games, ‘Android for Work’

The Google Play Store today introduced a new section to highlight haptic games, titled “Games You Can Feel” according to an article on ThaiVisa. The Google Play section currently features 15 games from various developers including Angry Birds Friends and several Grand Theft Auto offerings. Show More Summary

Deal: Hitman GO is only $.99 in the Play Store (normally $4.99)

To celebrate its one year anniversary, Square Enix's Hitman GO is currently discounted to just $.99 in the Google Play Store.

Handling a Client With a JD from Google School of Law

It's supremely frustrating when potential clients (or worse, current clients) think they know more about the law than you do. Usually it's because a friend of a friend (not a lawyer) gave them legal advice, and hey, why aren't you doing this thing for me? You don't want to condescend,......

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