Lenovo Has Completed The $2.91 Billion Acquisition Of Motorola From Google

blog_post_banner-01-01 Lenovo has completed the $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola from Google today. The deal, which was announced in January, comes just three years after Google itself shelled out $12.5 billion to buy the phone-maker. Read More

Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we’ve seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.

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Hands on with Google’s Nexus 9: This Lollipop tastes like an iPad



You can taste the iPad influence in Google’s Nexus 9 tablet. Laying eyes on it for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking Apple made it. The slim bezel and the 4:3 aspect ratio screen are very iPad, but the display is slightly smaller — 8.9 inches to Apple’s 9.7.

At 15 ounces (425 grams), the Nexus 9 just as light as the iPad Air 2. The metallic rim adds the iPad feel, but I noted one important difference: It’s easier to hold the Nexus 9 in one hand. I was able to grasp it more or less comfortably with my fingertips on one side and my thumb on the other, but I’m 6’4″ (with what I suspect are normal-sized hands for that height) so your mileage may vary here. Read more…

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What’s the point of Google’s Nexus Player?



Why does Google’s Nexus Player exist?

When the company unveiled its the hockey-puck-shaped device — the first piece of hardware to run Android TV — there was some confusion. Google had tried, several times, to introduce a way to get its software into the living roomGoogle TV. The Nexus Q. And the latest, best streaming-to-your-TV product, Chromecast.

Chromecast was brilliant: it shrunk the streaming box down to the size of a dongle, it used your phone as the remote control, and it was cheap

Google Nexus Player

The Google Nexus Player ($99) comes with a remote control that supports voice, and there’s a $39.99 optional game controller.

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Free food, beer, video games at the coolest tech companies in Australia



These days if you don’t have a sleep pod and free breakfast, you are working for the wrong employer. With companies offering a range of goodies to entice the best employees, slogging it out in a cubicle in a grey-walled office is no longer an option.

Mashable chatted with the tech companies making waves in the benefit-stakes in Australia. You’ll never fight over the post-it notes again.

If you’ve been thinking of moving into the tech field, the promise of free food and day spas should give you the final push. Hello, geek life.

Google Australia


Google Sydney reception.

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A list like this wouldn’t be complete without including the mothership of employee happiness. Google is known for their innovative workplace culture and the office Down Under is pulling all the moves. Read more…

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Hands on with the Google Nexus 6: Android goes big



Google’s Nexus 6, the first smartphone to run Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” is a big phone. With a 6-inch screen, it rivals many of today’s “phablets,” besting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus by a few tenths of an inch.

However, the Motorola-made phone doesn’t feel too big. Don’t get me wrong — when holding the phone in your hand, you definitely know it’s something from the extra-large rack. The phone’s footprint is large, but not heavy. Your fingers adapt, but they don’t stretch. The experience is expansive, but not awkward.

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“Google My Business” App Now Lets Business Owners Respond To Customer Reviews From Their Smartphone

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 2.02.55 PM Google is rolling out an update to its “Google My Business” mobile application designed to make it easier for business owners to view and respond to customer reviews … and, of course, complaints. Where previously the app was a way for businesses to quickly update their information, post to Google+ and track how visible their business is across Google sites, with these new… Read More

Google is going after tumors with nanoparticles



LAGUNA BEACH, California — Not content with organizing all the world’s information, Google is taking its first steps inside the human body.

The company is researching nanoparticles that bind themselves to cancerous cells and other forms of disease, Google revealed on Tuesday at the WSJD Live conference here, adding that the research is part of the Google X program that investigates long-term, pie-in-the-sky technologies

It isn’t expected to be commercialized for many years. But Andrew Conrad, head of Google’s Life Sciences division, revealed that experiments had already begun around designing and testing tiny intravenous machines taken in pill form. Read more…

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Google Fit app arrives, poised to take on Apple’s HealthKit



Google’s competitor to Apple’s HealthKit has arrived.

The company rolled out its Google Fit app on Tuesday, its fitness tracking dashboard for Android.

The app, which connects to your existing Google account, functions as a central dashboard for tracking fitness and health goals. Like HealthKit, Google Fit taps into the sensors in your smartphone to keep tabs on daily activities like steps and active minutes. Users can also manually add exercise and other activities like biking and walking.

Google Fit’s dashboard, also available on the web, tracks your activities over time and your progress toward exercise or weight loss goals. Eventually, you will also be able to connect Google Fit to third party apps and devices, including Android Wear smartwatches and fitness trackers from Runtastic, Polar and Basis. Read more…

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Hands On With The Motorola Droid Turbo From Verizon

DROID Turbo Ballistic Nylon Apps The latest Droid device is fully unveiled, and it’s truly a beast of a device.
The most prominent and highlighted feature of the phone, it’s ability to charge quickly and last for up to 48 hours, is hard to test properly in a matter of hours. However, the look, feel, and general build of the device is already making an impression on me. Read More