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Google Previews New Designs for Its Modular Smartphones

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Google revealed new details about its plans for Project Ara, the company’s highly anticipated Android-powered modular smartphone at its Project Ara developers conference Tuesday.

The conference aims to give developers a better understanding of how they can take advantage of the platform, and elaborates on the guidelines revealed to them last week when Google released its Module Developers Kit.

Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, said two more developers conferences are planned for July and September of this year, and the first smartphones are expected to ship next January. Android will be updated in December, prior to the release of the phones, to support Ara’s modular components. Read more…

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Ellen Tries Out Google “Glasses”

Screenshot 2014-04-15 19.10.25 Today is Google Glass day. For the first time, the company is letting anybody and everybody order a pair with no application process needed. Because before, if you wanted to give Google $1,500 for a face computer, you had to qualify. Now that Google Glass is fair game, we’re probably going to see it a lot more. Take, for example, this episode of The Ellen Show, where Ellen Degeneres tries on… Read More

Google Actually Sells Out Of A Google Glass Model

puppy-glasses Apparently some people still want Google Glass. The white model sold out several hours after Google allowed anyone to purchase the product. Models of the other colors are still available — at least until Google stops selling the product tonight. For today only, Google made Glass available to anyone. This is the first time since the product’s announcement that Google has allowed the general… Read More

Twitter Hires Google Maps Director to Serve as Product VP

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Can Google Maps help Twitter find its way to designing a more mainstream product?

Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it has hired Daniel Graf to serve as its new VP of consumer product. Graf had previously worked at Google since 2011, initially overseeing the company’s mobile apps lab before eventually taking over as a director for Google Maps. In the latter role, he led the team that developed the new Google Maps app for iOS last year

Graf announced the news on Twitter and was quickly congratulated by several Twitter employees, including the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo Read more…

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Google Cloud Platform Expands To Asia Pacific With 2 New Compute Engine Zones

The Asia-Pacific market is quickly becoming a battleground for cloud computing vendors. Amazon has always been very active in the region. Microsoft is investing heavily there and made Azure generally available in China last month, for example. Today, Google is joining the fray by launching its first two Compute Engine zones in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More

Gmail Makes Sending Mobile Photos Much Easier

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Google users who back up their smartphone and tablet photos on Google+ will be able to add them to Gmail messages much more quickly

Now, you can insert an assortment of pictures or photo albums directly into email, resize them within the message and make sharing with friends and family less of a time-consuming process overall.

The catch, of course, is that you have to use Google+’s Auto Backup feature for photos.

Google launched a new feature on Monday within the “Insert Photo” button on the bottom of Gmail messages that brings up photos backed up from mobile devices Read more…

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Google Reportedly Looking for Even More Office Space in New York

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Google‘s presence in the Big Apple is about to get even bigger, according to a new report.

The search giant is in talks with various property owners to lease as much as 600,000 square feet of additional office space in New York, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company is reportedly considering a range of locations, including the former headquarters of the New York Daily News on the west side of Manhattan.

Reps for Google did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment.

Google purchased a 2.9-million-square-foot office building on 8th Avenue in New York City in 2010, but it seems that’s not even enough space for the fast-growing company. Read more…

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If You Want Google Glass, Now’s Your Chance

glasshat It’s been nearly a year since Google released the Google Glass face computer, and still only a select few have had access to the thing. But that’s all about to change.

On Tuesday April 15 (perhaps to take your mind off of taxes), Google is opening up a new batch of Google Glass units to explorers, according to an email sent out to those who had signed up for more information on the product. Read More

Google Glass Is Available to Everyone Today: How to Buy It

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Today at 9 a.m. ET, everyone in the U.S. will be able to buy Google Glass.

Google announced the plan last week. “Every day, we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Google Glass is not commercially available yet; it’s been available only to Google Glass Explorers — in other words, only through a very limited beta-testing program

Now, Google is opening up the program and folks in the U.S. will be able to get the Glass for $1500 + tax. Google has apologized to everyone else, saying it’s “just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.” Read more…

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Google Glass Gets KitKat Support And Improved Photo Browsing, Loses Video Calls

Photo Bundles Anybody will be able to buy Google Glass tomorrow, but ahead of this, Google is giving the Glass software an update. There are a couple of new features in this update, including new tools for making working with photos easier, but Google has also decided to remove the option to do video calls from Glass for the time being. Read More