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New Google Maps Regains Support For Multi-Destination Trips

The big, still-in-Beta Google Maps overhaul brought a bunch of new shiny stuff, from its new fullscreen interface to drastically improved public transportation integration. It also lost some features, though – and when you take away things that people have been using for years, those people get sad. One of the features that got washed away in the refresh: multi-destination trips.

October 10, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Begins Barring Browser Plug-ins from Chrome

 In case it wasn't clear before, a Google decision has shown the writing is on the wall for plug-ins such as Java and Silverlight that for years have been used to extend what browsers can do. Starting in January 2014, Google will ban all but the most widely used browser plug-ins in favor of programming methods that use standards built directly into the Web, Chrome security engineer Justin Schuh announced in a blog post Monday.

September 24, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Updates Chrome For iOS

When it comes to voice search, Google still runs circles around its competitors. Today’s update to Chrome for iOS adds a new layer of intelligence to this feature and now lets you use pronouns. The company previously introduced this capability a few months ago and already uses it on the desktop and Android. Thanks to this, you can now ask it “Who is the president of the United States?” and you can then use the pronoun in the next question instead of Barack Obama’s full name.

September 19, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Expands Role In Digital Education

It’s turning into a busy week for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers, and the tech companies that love them — particularly Google. On Monday, Udacity co-founder and CEO Sebastian Thrun and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Open Education Alliance, a consortium of online organizations dedicated to closing the skills gap, developing standards for career readiness and providing the content that will help get students ready for the workforce.

September 12, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Announces 1B Total Android Activations

Apple made waves yesterday when it announced its oft-rumored September 10 event, but Google isn’t giving up the day’s limelight without a fight — according to a post on Sundar Pichai’s Google+ page, more than 1 billion Android devices have been activated to date. That’s not exactly a shock considering the sort of momentum we’ve seen in activations over the past few months. CEO Larry Page said there were 1.5 million Android activations a day back in July and Android device activations hit the 900 million mark earlier this year.

September 4, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Drive Gets Updated Link Tool For Docs

Here is a small but useful update to Google Drive: the hyperlink tool, which isn’t exactly the most glamorous part of any online editor, now automatically shows you top search results from Google, bookmarks in a document and related files on Drive that you can link to with just a simple click. You only have to highlight the word you want to link, click on the hyperlink icon (or press Ctrl-K if you prefer keyboard shortcut) and off you go.

August 7, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Nexus Devices are First to Get Android 4.3

Google executive Huga Barra said that Google's Nexus family of devices will be the first to get the new version of Jellybean Android 4.3, but the Google Play Edition phones will have to wait a little while. Android 4.3 isn't a big enough upgrade to the Android software to get its own dessert name, but that doesn't mean Google fans won't be clamoring for it. So which devices will get the new release of software first?

July 25, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Brings Cloud Print To Windows

Google launched a number of updates to Cloud Print that finally bring it to Windows and make it easier to share printers with others. Even Google knows that there are still some occasions when you just need to print something, so for the last few years, the company has been steadily improving this service. At its core, Cloud Print allows you to share your printers with others and print virtually anything from anywhere.

July 23, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Maps 2.0 for iOS Launches with Support for iPads

Just a week after a revamped Google Maps for Android launched, an update for iOS devices has hit Apple's App Store. Google Maps 2.0, which began rolling out to users worldwide on Tuesday, features support for the iPad's larger touch screen. As with last week's update to the Android version, the new iOS version seems to have a cleaner design with softer colors.

July 17, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova

Google Ordered To Amend Its Unified Privacy Policy In Europe By September

Google’s unified privacy policy continues to draw the attention and ire of data protection watchdogs in Europe. In the latest development, the U.K.’s ICO has confirmed it has written to Mountain View to confirm the privacy policy raises serious questions about Google’s compliance with the UK Data Protection Act (h/t to TNW for spotting). Specifically, the ICO said it is unhappy about the level of information Google is providing users about how their data is being used.

July 5, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova