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Gmail No Longer Forces New Users To Make A Google+ Account

Google’s free email service is great — tons of people use it. Google+ isn’t nearly as popular, even though new Gmail users have been forced to connect to a Google+ account for years. Now, Google’s making that social service integration optional. Finally.


Google Follows Apple In Encrypting Phone Data By Default

Last night, Apple head honcho Tim Cook announced that iOS 8 will encrypt all your personal data by default, making it harder for the NSA to root through your stuff. Now, in a totally coincidentally timed move, Google’s announced that Android L will do the same.


Ex-Googler's Porn Search Engine Will Help You Trawl Tumblr's Sex Parts

Searching for porn on the internet just got easier (not that it was hard before). Boodigo, a porn search engine created by porn producer Colin Rowntree and ex-Google programmers, filters out the web’s non-sexy content to get you exactly what you’re looking for. No more pictures of old brass instruments when you search for rusty trombones. Boodigo goes straight for the gutter.


Report: Android's Material Design Will Take A Rolling Pin To Play Store

When Google introduced its Material Design manifesto to the world at I/O, it was made clear that it was only a matter of time before flat design took over the entire Googleverse — starting, it would seem, with the Play Store.


Report: Google Puts Android Silver On Hold

Google’s Android Silver program was first rumoured by Android Police back in April as a “premium sale and support” experience for users. In human speak, this means Google wanted to make Nexus-like devices with more manufacturers rather than just its one yearly release. Now that plan may be on hold.


Three Uses For Google+ That Don't Involve Social Networking

Google+ first popped up as Mountain View’s answer to Facebook, but as the platform has grown its most useful components have been nothing to do with social networking in the traditional sense. Here are three features that might make it worth your time to dust off your Google+ account and dive back in.


Google Kicks Off Android One In India With Three $US105 Handsets

As a part of its awesome Android One initiative, Google just launched three Android phones running a stock version of Kit Kat, the company’s latest smartphone operating system, in India. The devices were launched in partnership with local brands and cost a ridiculously cheap $US105.


Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough

Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we’d ever seen. Many months later it’s here at last. It’s the best Android Wear device yet, but with the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it’s no longer clear if that’s good enough.


Publisher Accidentally Puts Porn Star On Maths Textbook (NSFW)

Lazy Googling strikes again! A Thai textbook publisher had to recall 3000 copies of a maths textbook after it was discovered that one of the photos on the book’s cover came from a porn movie. Won’t somebody please think of the children?


6 Google Keep Tips To Help Get Your Life Under Control

With all the stuff going on in your life, it’s a wonder you get anything done at all. But with the help of Google’s cloud-connected notepad and these time-saving shortcuts, you can get your affairs in order and knock out that entire To-Do list before lunch.


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