Read top magazines for free on your Android phone or tablet with Google Currents. Topics include News, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Lifestyle, and more. Familiar titles such as Popular Science, Forbes Now, and TMZ are presented in a familiar page-turning format with high-quality images and text comparable to print editions, only they're free to read in Currents, either online or in high-speed offline editions. You can subscribe to titles, too. Currents incorporates a lot of Google features, such as Google Search for breaking news as well as Google's blog, feeds, and translation tools. An optional widget also delivers breaking … Read more
Google Play Magazines lets you buy and read the latest magazines right on your Android phone or tablet. This free app is a virtual magazine stand offering hundreds of titles, most costing from $0.99 cents to $5, though we saw a few for $20 or more as well as some freebies. You can subscribe to your favorite magazines just like you always have, only instead of piles of dog-eared paper to be binned and forgotten, you'll have a searchable library with perfect copies of every edition just a thumb-swipe away.
Google Play Magazines displayed some recommended magazines when … Read more
There's no need to pay the iron price to get HBO Go support on your Chromecast, as Google announced on Thursday that Chromecasts will begin supporting HBO Go in the next few days.
The update brings HBO's popular breadth of shows and movies to Chromecast via the Android and iOS Chromecast apps, and the HBO Go Web site, to any TV with an HDMI port. Shows such as "Eastbound and Down," "Boardwalk Empire," "Girls," and yes, "Game of Thrones," can now be watched at will using HBO Go. … Read more
Google likes Web apps, but one area where native software remains dominant is programming tools. A Google project called Spark that came to light Thursday could change that.
Spark is a Web-based IDE (integrated development environment) that runs in a browser for developers writing Chrome apps, according to Google's Francois Beaufort, who tracks Chrome developments closely. That means, among other things, that Chromebook coders would have a way to be productive without having to move to a Windows, Mac, or Linux box.
"This is still the very beginning," Beaufort said on Google+. "There's not much … Read more
Android users can now shout "Avengers, Assemble!" as they team up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and other mighty heroes in a free adventure game.
Formerly available just for iOS and Facebook users, Avengers Alliance launched on Thursday via Google Play. The game signs you up as a new SHIELD agent ready to spy and fight on behalf of Nick Fury. But before you can even complete your training, your first mission arises.
From that point on, you have to recruit superheroes from Marvel's massive lineup to help you vanquish the forces of Hydra as well … Read more
Residents in Kansas City who qualify for Google Fiber but don't yet have it can once again sign up for the Gigabit Internet service.
As of Wednesday, Google is making the its high-speed Internet service available to people who live in one of the 180 areas in Kansas City, Kan. and central Kansas City, Mo., that qualify for access. Google Fiber first rolled out to Kansas City residents in 2012, so the new offer is designed to capture those who missed out or passed on the deal the first time around.
Those interested can sign up for the service … Read more
Google launched an initiative on Wednesday that aims to provide reliable broadband connections to developing parts of the world.
With Project Link, the company is installing high-speed fiber-optic networks in areas where the Internet infrastructure is inadequate or non-existent, the Web giant announced Wednesday. The initiative will allow local Internet service providers to offer faster Internet connections, providing people with new educational and professional opportunities.
"Africa is home to more than a billion people and is also the fastest growing continent. But only 16% of people are connected to the Internet," Google Access Field Director Kai Wulff wrote … Read more
Google announced an update on Wednesday for its Translate app for Android that promises faster speech translation, support for more languages, and an updated user interface.
Perhaps the most attractive portion of the update is the ability for people who speak different languages to have a real-time translated conversation. The translation process involves touching the app's microphone and rotating the screen to switch between the languages.
A Google demonstration of the new feature in action:
The update adds support for Hebrew, Javanese, and Esperanto to the app's handwriting feature, allowing users to write a word or character they … Read more
"Keep calm," warns Microsoft's Scroogled T-shirt and coffee mug, riffing on the World War II British motivational poster, "while we steal your data."
Wait, what? That's not very proper of them.
The new line of Scroogled outerwear and houseware (but not underwear) from the Microsoft Store cautions you against over sharing with Google, thanks to a Scroogled logo hat; a word cloud T-shirt with, as the description puts it, more than "20 synonyms for how Google is taking advantage of you;" and the aforementioned coffee mugs and T-shirts.
The description for the … Read more