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Google Hangouts gets a facelift, adds Google voice and VoIP calling

Google Voice and Hangouts have coexisted for a while, and while Google has pushed Hangouts as its primary messaging and chat platform, news on Voice has slowed to a trickle. Now, as TechCrunch reports, Google is revamping its Hangouts app to include Google Voice functionality and giving the app a...

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Google releases 64-bit beta version of Chrome for Mac

Following the successful release of 64-bit Chrome for Windows earlier this week, Google has announced that it is bringing 64-bit support to Mac users through the Chrome beta channel. The new 64-bit version takes advantage of OS X's 64-bit architecture, offering performance and security...

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Google's Photo Sphere app now on iOS and not just Android

Photo Sphere is no longer an Android exclusive. Google released the app for iOS users today, calling it Photo Sphere Camera. It's free, and a nice way to create immersive 360 degree photos. The app is pretty simple to use. Press the start button and the app will prompt you to move by centering a...

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Google's Sundar Pichai rebuts accusation that Android is a "toxic hellstew" of vulnerabilities, likens Apple to Mercedes Benz

With Google's I/O conference set to get underway on Wednesday, Bloomberg Businessweek earlier today put up an interesting and sweeping profile of Sundar Pichai, the man Larry Page tapped to run Android following the departure of Andy Rubin. An extremely talented engineer seemingly beloved by...

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How to avoid the tech support search engine trap

Recently, a friend of mine was having troubles with his Epson scanner. He Googled Epson tech support and wound up talking to a technician who logged into his Mac and claimed to find viruses that were affecting the scanner's performance. He offered to fix the problems on the spot for US$200. My...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for May 27, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for May 21, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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The amazing Word Lens app for iOS is now free

Imagine an iPhone app that can instantly translate written text between languages in real time. It sounds like science fiction, but Word Lens (free) does exactly that. We were wowed by the app back in 2010 and now its parent company, Quest Visual, has been purchased by Google. The immediate result...

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Apple and Google to end patent lawsuits, work together on patent reform

Apple and Google today agreed to end all current patent infringement lawsuits in order to work together on patent reform, reports the WSJ. This agreement extends to existing litigation and does not include any cross-licensing agreements. It also does not include any lawsuits between Apple and...

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The jury deliberates in the Apple vs. Samsung case and other news from April 30, 2014

The second Apple vs. Samsung trial is now in the hands of the jury, and in addition to asking for supplies, they also have asked for additional information regarding the first jury trial but was denied. As Electronista reports: The second jury question asked how Apple chose the five patents...

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Data swiped from LaCIe and other news from April 15, 2014

News from Tuesday afternoon includes: LaCie is notifying customers that malware was used to gain access to customer transactions between March 27, 2013, and March 10, 2014. Customers who have shopped through LaCie's site during this time might have had their names, addresses, email addresses, and...

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Answering Google's most asked questions about Apple

One of the first places people go with their questions is Google, and as always, Apple is a hot topic. Brace yourselves: It's time to answer Google's most popular questions about Apple and its various products. Why is Apple called Apple? According to an interview with Steve Wozniak from 2010,...

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Steve Jobs email: "2011: Holy War with Google"

Steve Jobs was never one to mince words, which makes recently released emails from the former Apple CEO not all that surprising. In documents that have come to light as part of Apple and Samsung's second California trial, the Wall Street Journal highlights a October 2010 email from Jobs, in...

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Emails reveal that Steve Jobs angrily called Sergey Brin over Google's recruitment of Apple's Safari team

During a period spanning 2005 through 2009, Apple and several other high-profile tech companies effectively signed off on anti-poaching agreements, whereby they agreed not to recruit employees from one another. The participants included Apple, Google, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Intel....

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Is Tim Cook "blowing it" by not acquiring more companies?

Earlier this week, I stumbled across a rather absurd article parroting a common refrain heard about Apple, namely that they need to take a page out of the playbooks of their less-successful competitors and start making headlines. Writing for BusinessInsider, Jay Yarow argues that Apple is just...

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