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Google Now Takes on Passbook, Adds QR Code

Google Now, the predictive search available to users of the latest versions of Android, received a significant upgrade today, with new features focused on making travel easier. On your way to the airport for a holiday visit to a relative? Google Now will tell you the weather at your destination. Once you arrive at the airport, Google Now will pull up your boarding pass - as long as you're flying on United Airlines, anyway.

Google Launches Gmail 2.0 On iOS

Google announced a refreshed version of its native app on iOS devices, with the launch of Gmail 2.0. The app most noticeably introduces a cleaner-looking user interface, but it also brings a number of flourishes to improve the overall experience, including the addition of profile pictures in messages, new animations, infinite scrolling, and more, as well as a hugely in-demand feature: support (at last!) for multiple accounts.

Google Launches Update To Maps API

Geolocation is very important for consumers these days. It’s a technology that can be used in almost any application you can think of. Whether you want to shop, do volunteer work, or meet new people, having a great Maps integration is key for Android developers. Yesterday, Google launched an update to its Maps API so that developers can better integrate them into the applications that they’re working on or might come up with in the future.

Gmail: Sending Large Files Using Google Drive

Mail servers may reject emails that cross a certain size threshold due to mail attachments that are included in the email. The threshold is usually in the 20 Megabyte region but it is defined by the mail provider, which means that it may be more or less in your case. The problem here is that this is a custom variable, which means that you may run into returned email problems because the receiving email provider has a lower size threshold than yours.

Google Reduces Its Cloud Storage Pricing For 2nd Time

This is competition at work: earlier this week, Google announced that it would reduce the price of its standard Google Cloud Storage by just a bit over 20%. Then, Amazon announced that it would reduce the price of its S3 cloud storage service by about 25% across the board. Yesterday, in a somewhat surprising move, Google announced that it would reduce the price of Cloud Storage by yet another 10%, resulting in a total price reduction of over 30% once you include the earlier cut.

Google Drops Pricing On Cloud Storage

Google has dropped cloud storage pricing 20 percent, has added a set of new features, and is expanding its availability in Europe — all in advance of rival Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) first major event this week in Las Vegas. With the drop in pricing, Google is offering a new service called Durable Reduced Availability Storage, a service that allows people to store data at a lower price by limiting its availability.

Google Maps Brings Indoor Layouts to the Desktop

The indoor floor plans that you’ve been using on Google Maps for Android to figure out where you are and what’s around you within many popular indoor locations are now available on Google Maps for your desktop! Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip.

Google is Working on Open Alternative to AirPlay

Google is again taking aim at Apple in the mobile space, setting its sites on developing an AirPlay challenger. According to a GigaOm report, the Web giant is working on an alternative to Apple's wireless feature and hopes to attract the interest of device and software vendors with the effort. A Google representative declined to comment specifically on its plans for the features and said to Stay tuned to see this feature coming to more devices and screens in the future.

Google's Maps App for iOS in Near Final Testing

According to a new report, Google is testing a pre-release version of its mapping service for Apple's iOS devices. The software is already undergoing testing beyond Google employees, it is expected to contain turn-by-turn navigation, just like its Android counterpart. That very same feature was said to be one of the main sticking points in negotiations between the two companies that led to Apple creating its own mapping software.

Google Rolls Out New Search Page Look

Google is rolling out a new search page layout that moves its navigational tools from the upper left of the page to the top of the page. Those included in the rollout so far will see a more streamlined search page. Removing the tools from the side doesn't give the results more real estate though. Curiously, some of the results don't have any advertisements displayed with them, but that may be a glitch from the testing as Google assures that the advertising placements remain the same.

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