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October 5, 2016 • News

Google Pixel XL 128 GB Smartphone Goes Out of Stock Less Than 24 Hours After Unveiling

Less than 24 hours after being unveiled, the Google Pixel XL 128 GB is officially out of stock. The phone, Google’s first attempt at managing the design process, had been widely criticized as too expensive.

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September 20, 2016 • News

Google Jumps into the Trip Management Game with Google Trips

If you travel a lot your phone is your friend. It keeps track of your flight, your hotel, and more but it’s either via e-mail or an app like Google Keep or something else. Well, Google has brought together everything in one beautiful app called Google Trips!

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July 30, 2016 • News

Head Back to School with a New Acer Chromebook or Convertible Notebook

If you or someone you love is headed back to school, then you’re likely looking for affordable laptop options. Acer has a selection of Chromebooks and Convertible Notebooks that might fit the bill!

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March 23, 2016 • News

Google Keep Trick: OK Google, Add Milk To My Shopping List

I’m not sure how new this is however Android users who say “Ok Google” and then “Add xxx to my Shopping List” will find that Google Keep is able to maintain a shopping list for them. 

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March 14, 2016 • News

Google Hangouts for iOS Adds Video Attachment Capability

Version 8 of Google Hangouts for iOS is now available and it adds a long missing video attachment feature. Users on iOS finally have the capability to attach up to a 1 minute video clip.

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February 19, 2016 • Reviews

Neverware’s CloudReady Makes an Old PC New Again!

We’ve been trying to get our “junk drawers” organized, and in the process we unearthed my old Toshiba NB205 netbook. I loved this netbook, and it was a faithful companion for two years. Time took a toll on performance, and it slipped into the pile of unused electronics. It has new life, though, thanks to …

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February 12, 2016 • Deals

Google Play Music Deal – $5/Month, up to 5 years, Valid Through 2/15

Google Play Music is offering gift subscriptions for their service at $4.99 per month. This is a savings of $3/mo for “legacy” users who had been paying $7.99 per month or $5/mo off the regular $9.99 monthly rate.

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December 18, 2015 • News, Reviews

Saying Goodbye To Google Project Fi

I joined Project Fi in August of this year. Project Fi is essentially a prepaid phone service for which Google acts as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This is just a fancy term for a company which doesn’t own the cellular towers but merely purchases a bulk block of service from the carrier(s) and …

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December 3, 2015 • News

Verizon Customers Can Snag a Free Star Wars Google Cardboard Viewer!

Verizon is really going all-in on the Star Wars marketing. They already license “Droid” for their exclusive phones, and now they’re getting into the movies too, with exclusive Google Cardboard viewers for Verizon customers in BB-8, Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, or R2-D2 themes!

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September 29, 2015 • News

Google Announces Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C Tablet, and Two New Chromecasts!

Google was quite busy today, announcing two new Nexus phones, previewing a new Pixel C tablet, revealing a new Chromecast and a Chromecast Audio, plus several software updates! All good stuff, so let’s jump right in with a quick rundown…try to keep your wallet closed until the end!

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September 24, 2015 • Rants and Raves

Android Pay Ruins Loyalty Cards by Tying Access to Your Credit Card Information!

I used Google Wallet for one reason: it held my loyalty cards. Unfortunately, with the new Android Pay I can’t access my loyalty cards unless I have a compatible bank card added! Wallet functioned fine without a card added, and even if I add a bank card, if it’s not a supported card I can’t …

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August 10, 2015 • News

Google Restructures, Reinvents and Renames Themselves

Once, I debated the future of Microsoft with my father. He pointed out they had a lot of great ideas, but they were so big any changes were like turning around a battleship in a bathtub. I can’t help but think that was on Google’s mind when they announced their new restructuring, though nothing explains …

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July 9, 2015 • News

Google Opinion Rewards Lets You Get Paid for Allowing Google to Track You

Google tracks everything we do. It’s common knowledge that they use web search, emails, and general use patterns to tailor advertising to their users. But Google is always looking for ways to gather even more data, and if you’re an Android user one of those tools is Google Opinion Rewards, an app that pays you …

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July 7, 2015 • Rants and Raves

Project Fi Invites Stretch to 12 Weeks (or More) for Some

If you apply for Project Fi as I did (back in April) you can check the status of your invitation on their site here.  Unfortunately in my case, it looks as if I won’t be receiving an invitation any time soon as my status shows “Expect your invite in 12 or more weeks”.

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May 26, 2015 • News

Are iTunes Purchase Confirmations Too Slow?

This weekend I used some Google Play credits to grab a quick game for my phone. Immediately, I had an email from Google letting me know a game was purchased in my account with my credits. It’s not that weird, except that I had made some purchases in iTunes recently, and it took TWO DAYS …

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May 11, 2015 • News, Rants and Raves

Lolli-Flop 5.02 Bricked My Over-Priced Nexus 9

Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9.  I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t …

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April 5, 2015 • How to Do It Yourself!

How to Manage Your Google Account Access from Beyond the Grave

It may seem a bit macabre to imagine what will happen with regard to your Google account access when you die, but honestly, wouldn’t you rather make the decision about who gets access or what happens to your data while you are still completely in charge of your facilities? Yeah, I thought so. Here’s how to set …

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April 2, 2015 • News

The Google Chromebit HDMI Stick: Literally the World’s Smallest Computer

Earlier this week Google released their newest computer which is pretty much the size of their Chromecast stick, and can honestly be mistaken for a vape pen if there was no branding all over it. The name of the product is the Google Chromebit, and it’s literally the world’s smallest computer.

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March 30, 2015 • Gear Bits

Gmail (Finally) Gets One Inbox

Will miracles never cease? Google just announced  their Gmail client now offers a universal inbox experience. Finally! Now instead of flipping between multiple accounts in the native Gmail app, you can click “All Inboxes” and view email from all your Gmail and non-Gmail accounts.

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March 26, 2015 • News

Google Wants You to Pay Your Bills Through Their New Gmail Pony Express

In another experiment from Google that may or may not (but more than likely will) eventually kill off, the search engine is reportedly building a new service for their Gmail Pony Express. The service is being called “Pony Express‘, which will let Gmail users pay bills, as well as split the costs of items with fellow …

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March 19, 2015 • News

Latest Google Maps Update Highlights Full-Screen Apps and Mic Directions

Google Maps for iOS has been updated today to version 4.4.0 for devices on iOS 7 and above with the usual bug fixes as well as a couple new features that were highly requested in the Popular Navigation app’s ratings comments.

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