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Google's modular smartphone project sacrificed its original vision to move forward

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone is coming to developers at the end of this year, but it's lost a key part of its vision along the way -- total customizability.

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Here's a look inside Google I/O's playground for developers

Google held its massive I/O conference this week at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Here's a look at what developers found inside.

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Google is bringing Android apps to Chromebooks

Google announced Thursday morning that its Play Store will be coming to Chrome OS, the lightweight operating system that powers Chromebook laptops.

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A big update to Google's Android Wear will make fitness tracking easier

Android Wear, Google’s operating system for smartwatches, is getting its biggest update to date with the upcoming 2.0 release of the software that brings improved messaging and fitness support.

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Google is taking another shot at messaging with its new Allo app

Google announced Wednesday that it's taking another swing at the messaging space with a new app called Allo.

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Android users can now quickly translate text in any app

Google has now made it possible for a wide variety of Android users to get text translated in any app on their phone.

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FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major cellular carriers and device makers.

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Google, Uber, Lyft team up on self-driving cars

Google and ride-sharing rivals Uber and Lyft have formed an unlikely alliance to attempt to influence politicians and steer forthcoming self-driving car laws in their favor.

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Alphabet plans analytics platform to help cities solve traffic problems

Sidewalks Labs, a unit of Alphabet, is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transport to build a data and analytics platform that promises to help cities understand where people go and how they get there so they can better design...

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Google teams up with Intuit and others to offer new types of Docs templates

Google is turning to a group of partners to create new templates for its Google Docs productivity suite to help users create book reports, lesson plans, business budgets and startup pitch decks.

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Gmail for Work gets improved digital loss protection features

Google announced a set of improvements for Gmail for Work's digital loss prevention feature on Monday, signaling a continued commitment to protecting companies that want to make sure their employees aren't sharing confidential...

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This amazing art was created by neural networks, and now you can buy it

Neural networks are often used for image recognition, but it turns out they can create some pretty incredible images as well.

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Google Docs now lets you dictate formatting edits

Last year, Google introduced a Voice Typing feature for the desktop Web version of its Docs word processing software that let users dictate their documents. Now, it's getting upgraded with the ability to let people control document...

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Gmail Android app lets users easily sign up for meetings

With more people using email on their phones, Google has finally added two key editing and calendar features to its Gmail app for Android.

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Google didn't abuse its position in Streetmap case, UK court rules

Google has prevailed in a court case filed against it by U.K.-based online mapping company Streetmap alleging anticompetitive behavior.

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Deep learning is coming to your phone through a new Google partnership

Android phones may soon get a whole lot smarter thanks to a new partnership between Google and chip maker Movidius that promises to bring machine intelligence directly into mobile devices.

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Chromebooks are siphoning market share from Windows PCs

Shipment of PCs with Google's Chrome OS are growing at the expense of Windows laptops and desktops, despite the PC market being in its biggest slump since 2008.

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Obama will ask for $4 billion for self-driving car research

The U.S. government plans to spend almost $4 billion over the next 10 years on research into autonomous driving and, as a first step, will come up with a set of model regulations to govern the technology and its use on public roads...

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California opens road to public use of autonomous cars

California has published the world's first regulations dealing with the routine use of autonomous cars on city streets -- a big step toward the day when computers, not humans, are in charge of cars.

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