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A Sneak Peek At 2015's Smartest Smart Cars

Here’s the driver’s dream: A vehicle that sends us where we want to go, plays the music we want to hear, and allows us to communicate (within reason) with the outside world, all with minimal distraction. It’s the vision of the connected car, and it’s a promise many automakers hope to deliver for 2015.


Google Searches Now Come With Interactive Gadget Porn

We spend a lot of time on our tablets and smartphones. You probably also spend a lot of time thinking about buying new ones. You know it. I know it. And of course, Google knows it. That’s why they’re augmenting your gadget searches with 3D renders of the stuff you’re lusting over.


Get A Cheaper Nexus 9 From Kogan, If You Don't Mind Waiting

Buying devices directly from Google has always been a decent option if you’re price-conscious, but there are times when other suppliers — even local ones — can beat the source. Such is the case with the Nexus 9, which you can grab now from Google or, if you’re willing to wait a couple of weeks, a bit cheaper from Kogan.


Why Is The Nexus 6 Secretly Hiding A LED Notification Light?

When it comes to smartphones, Easter eggs normally mean a hidden drawer of emoji, or maybe the ability to make the voice control sing you a song. But in the case of the Nexus 6, it means that there’s a hidden LED notification light, fully functioning, but deactivated and hidden from view by Motorola.


DARPA Director Totally Cool With Google Taking All The Fun Toys

In an interview this afternoon at the Defense One Summit, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar explained the history and future of the agency. And Prabhakar wants it known that Google and other commercial enterprises are not their enemy. In fact, they’re more important than ever to DARPA’s national security goals, as private R&D spending has slowly surpassed public spending over the past 60 years.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!


Google Just Gave You A Good Reason To Quit Spotify With Its New Streaming Service

I signed up for Spotify three years ago, the day the service launched in the United States. $400 in subscription fees later, I’m still a member, and I’ve never regretted the money for a second. But for the first time since joining, I’m actually tempted to leave. YouTube Music Key might just win me over.


You'll Soon Be Able To Pay To Make Google Ads Disappear

Google just announced a new internet subscription service called Google Contributor. Essentially, it’s a paywall for web publishers to provide ad-free content for a $US1-$US3 contribution.


Google News Will Now Pick Out News Stories It Thinks You Should Read

Google just added a new Suggested Stories feature to its news search results, so you can let the search engine pull up a customised selection of stories to read about based on whatever terrifyingly dense accumulation of personal data Google has on you by now.


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