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You can now play Solitaire straight from Google's search results

Google has announced you can now play two of the most popular casual games within its search results. It has added embedded versions of Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe to its search pages, a feature that's likely to contribute to a lot of time wasted today.

Google to crack down on mobile sites with intrusive popup ads

Google has announced a crackdown on mobile sites that make use of intrusive pop-up adverts. It is revising its search algorithms to lower the rank of these sites. The move will help users avoid bad advertising and could reduce traffic to offending pages.

Google launches Android 7.0 Nougat with multi-window, VR and more

Google has officially launched Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest version of its mobile platform. The new release is available now on recent Nexus devices, although 2013's Nexus 5 is excluded. The update will roll out to more phones in the coming months.

Google to phase out Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux

Google has announced it will discontinue support for in-browser Chrome apps on Windows, Mac and Linux PCs in 2018. It launched Chrome apps to allow developers to build rich online experiences, but it admits better solutions are now available.

Duo is a new simplistic video calling app from Google

Google has launched its new video calling app Duo, a few months after announcing it at its I/O developers conference. The simple consumer app aims to make it easier to contact people through video calls but critics are divided on whether it will succeed.

Google's education expert talks education of robots vs. kids

Computers may be getting a better education than students, according to one expert at Google. The good news for our kids is that teaching methods — like programming strategies — can change.

Nasty Android malware spreads through Google's online ad network

Security researchers have discovered a severe form of malware that is spreading quickly through Google's online ad network. Targeting Android users, the malware downloads as soon as a user visits a page with an infected ad, making it a serious threat.

Fuchsia is an operating system being built entirely by Google

Google is building an all-new operating system that’s built from the ground up to run on phones and desktop computers. Known as Fuchsia, it seems to be a completely different project to Android and Chrome OS, but its purpose remains unknown.

Google Chrome to start blocking even more Flash content

Google is preparing for the next step in its journey towards completely banishing Adobe Flash from its Chrome web browser. It has announced that Chrome will soon block the Flash plugin entirely, preventing any content from running.

Google’s Project Wing drone given White House boost

Washington D.c. - The development of drones received a boost this week when the U.S. government took steps to fast-track the development of civil and commercial applications for drones. This included giving the go-ahead to Google’s Project Wing.

Google and Facebook put their fierce rivalry aside to save money

Back in March, Google finally joined up with the Open Compute Project — the Facebook-led effort to build better computer hardware that's shaking up a $140 million industry.

Google's radical new Android launcher revealed in leaked images

For months, Google has been rumoured to be developing an exclusive new Android launcher for its upcoming Nexus handsets. This week, the extensively redesigned interface was leaked to the Internet, revealing a new way of interacting with Android.

Google and GSK team up for multimillion bioelectronics project

London - Big name companies Google and GlaxoSmithKline have entered into a joint venture to develop bioelectronics. The emerging field is set to be the next big thing in health care.

LG will 'set new standards' for smartphones with the upcoming V20

LG has officially announced the V20, an upcoming premium smartphone that will be the first handset to run Android 7.0 "Nougat." The company claims the V20 will "set new standards" for high-end smartphones, a successor to last year's V10.

Google strengthens Android security by toughening its Linux core

Google has detailed improvements it is making to Android's Linux kernel with Nougat that will give the operating system greater protection against malware and hackers. It will reduce the number of potential attack areas, limiting the effects of malware.

Google's Nexus phones now offer built-in robocall protection

Google has updated the dialer on its Nexus and Android One devices to fend off scammers and directly from the incoming call screen. You'll see an alert if a call is suspected as spam and will be able to immediately block and report the number.

Google Maps gets a design refresh and subtler colour palette

Google has released a major update to Google Maps across all supported devices. The update includes a design refresh that is clearer and easier to see, a new "areas of interest" feature to highlight local attractions and a more balanced colour scheme.

Cyanogen might be about to abandon its Android rival, fires staff

Alternative Android distribution Cyanogen is reportedly undergoing major lay-offs as its operating system has failed to find favour with phone manufacturers. It is said to be planning a "pivot" into apps, abandoning its Android alternative.

Play Store saves your data by cutting app update file sizes

Google has developed a method of compressing app downloads made through its Play Store that will heavily reduce the size of app updates. The new algorithm saves you data and speeds up downloads by compressing new content in patches.

Google tasks artificial intelligence with cutting its power bill

Google has managed to cut its power bill by using artificial intelligence from its DeepMind subsidiary to work out how to reduce power consumption in its datacentres. By giving AI control of the cooling systems, it has reduced consumption by 40 percent.

Android Nougat will lock down your phone when malware's detected

Google is debuting a new feature with Android 7.0 Nougat that prevents phones booting if modified software components are detected. Designed to prevent malware infecting the operating system's core, the company has admitted it could throw false positives.

Google cancels Oculus Rift competitor to work on mixed reality

Google is building a high-end mixed reality headset that will combine elements of virtual and augmented reality systems for an immersive experience that extends into the real world. The device is separate to Google's rumoured Oculus Rift competitor.

Op-Ed: Court forces Google and Microsoft to ban pre-birth gender tests

The highest court in India has taken drastic action to stop big tech companies from allowing adverts for pre-birth gender tests to be shown to Indian Internet users.

Google building its own smartwatches to get Android Wear moving

Google is building its own pair of smartwatches to showcase Android Wear, according to a report with knowledge of the devices. A spate of recent rumours reveal Google wants to become a hardware company, building mobile devices in-house.

Google's sleek new Nexus devices revealed in leaked photo

Amid reports of Google building its own phone to regain control of Android, an image has appeared that shows its two Nexus-badged devices to be launched this summer. Built by ailing giant HTC, the phones have an aluminium body.

Google buys company that lets you identify objects with a phone

Google has added another startup to its long list of recent acquisitions. To extend its presence in machine learning and vision, the company has bought Moodstocks. The French firm has developed technology that facilitates "instant object recognition."

Buy Android apps once, share with your family for free

Google has announced it is making a highly requested change to Google Play which will make the cost of purchasing apps and games significantly less for families. You'll be able to share your Android apps with up to six family members for free.

What does Google really know about us?

Google has launched a new site called "My Activity." The website reveals absolutely everything Google knows about its users.

Feel an earthquake? Google search will tell you right away

People living in areas prone to earthquakes often use social media to get other people's real-time reactions to the shaking and to get an idea of the severity of the quake. Google now provides useful information about quakes, right after they occur.

Android N to be named 'Nougat,' launching this summer

After months of speculation, Google has officially announced the sweet-themed nickname for Android N, the next major Android release. The update will be known as "Nougat" and follows names including Lollipop and Marshmallow.
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