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Google makes video of I/O keynote available for all to watch on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 8:23 pm

If you happened to miss Google's I/O keynote because you weren't there, you can check out our coverage on our new Live Blog feature. Or, you can spend the 3 hours and 30 minutes to watch a recorded version of the keynote on YouTube. We've embedded the YouTube video below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

In the keynote, Google unveiled a bunch of new products, features, and updates. Changes include a completely revamped Maps interface and updates to Knowledge Graph. New features include an unlimited music-streaming service through Google Play Music. We will have continuing coverage of Google I/O here on TweakTown, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Google debuts Play Music: All Access, a new music-streaming service to compete with Spotify

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 7:23 pm

As part of today's Google I/O keynote, Google debuted its upgraded Music product. Under the Google Play naming scheme, Google Play Music All Access provides unlimited streaming via the web and up to 10 authorized devices for just $9.99 per month, the same fee as charged by Spotify. Better yet, if you sign up for the free 30-day trial before June 7, the monthly charge will be just $7.99.

 

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As you can see above, I've already signed up for the service. It's important to note that the service is only currently available in the United States. I've also been unable to get All Access working on my iPhone via Google's web app. In order to compete directly with Spotify, Google will need to develop a desktop app and an iOS app.

 

Head on over to Google Play and sign up for the free trial! So far, all of the music I listen to on Spotify has been available on Google Play Music. Follow our Live Coverage at our new Live Blog!

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Google has announced at I/O an upcoming Maps overhaul, private beta starts tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:54 pm

During Gogole's keynote at Google I/O today, the company showed off a new version of Google Maps. The new Maps features a completely redesigned interface, along with numerous new features. For instance, Maps will now know more about a user and use that information to help with location discovery.

 

 

Maps will now integrate imagery from all of Google's different products into a single location. This means Earth, Street View, and other projects, such as undersea and space imaging, will all be available through the Maps product. This means Photo Spheres will now be included and these cool images can be added to Maps by anyone.

 

If you'd like to get a chance to try out the new Maps before others, head on over to the page Google has set up for previewing. There you can request an invite to be one of the first to use the new Maps product.

 

Follow TweakTown's live coverage of Google's Keynote at our new Live Blog.

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Google taking on Facebook and Apple with Knowledge Graph and Voice Search for Web

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:43 pm

Facebook's Graph Search has been met with mixed reviews from within the tech community, with my personal experience not being that exciting. Today Google announced major improvements into its graph search competitor Knowledge Graph, which it launched a year ago.

 

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Google says that "The search of the future will need to answer, converse, and anticipate." At today's I/O keynote, Google announced that you'll start to get important statistics, provided by the knowledge graph. Right now, you can search for the population of India; beginning today, it will anticipate what you're likely to ask next: what's the population compared to other countries? Today, Knowledge Graph is also launching in new languages: Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

 

Google also has taken a stab at Apple by launching its Siri-like Voice Search into the web. Now you can simply sit back in your chair and speak into your microphone and Google will return an audible response to your question. No need to press a button or anything. Simply say "OK Google", and state your question. Conversational voice search will be available across all platforms with Chrome.

New Google+ Cloud based photo editing features announced at Google I/O

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Earlier this week Google announced that it was increasing Drive storage to 15GB and today we are finding out why. At today's Google I/O keynote the company showed off several new and exciting features on how its Google+ social network handles image storage, manipulation and sharing.

 

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In the past, if you uploaded full size images, you had just 5GB of storage, but now with 15GB you can upload all of your images to Google+. Google pointed out that it is the only social network that allows true full resolution image uploads and included a graphic showing the relative resolution of various social networks.

 

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Google also unveiled a sort of intelligent image sorting process that is aimed at reducing the time it takes for a photographer or individual to sort through large image albums. Google can now take your entire vacation photo album and automatically highlight the best. Say there is 600 photos total, it will filter out duplicates, analyze for bad exposure and automatically identify major landmarks. Then it will look for people, and for photos of people smiling.

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Google+ gets 41 updates and improvements including new UI

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 15, 2013 5:53 pm

Google has just debuted a completely new look for its social network Google+. The service is getting 41 new features or upgrades with the most noticeable being a complete facelift. Google+ will now feature a dynamic and modern multi column design that will allow users to explore post more in-depth than previously possible.

 

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Also announced is a new hash-tagging system that will dynamically search relevant content on Google+ and will instantly add relevant hashtags to your post upon submission. When you click a hashtag it will show related items that are specifically sorted to the sources Google things you may prefer.

 

A new Google+ Hangout app was also announced that makes hanging out on your mobile device easier than ever. It allows users to easily enter into a text based group chat and quickly drop into a video call with the simple tap of a button. Google says that this new app along with the video calls will be free. Stay tuned to TweakTown for more feature updates as they become known!

Google announces Galaxy S4 Google Edition, will retail for $649 on Google Play

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 5:08 pm

Google just announced its own version of the Galaxy S4. The Google Edition of the Galaxy S4 will be carrier unlocked for both AT&T and T-Mobile with LTE support, 16GB internal storage, bootloader unlocked, and it'll receive prompt system updates with every new release.

 

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Other features include a stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, with no Samsung skinning. Unlike the vanilla Galaxy S4, the Google Edition is also said to feature a microSD card slot for improved storage. Personally with these new features, I feel that this may just claim the top spot on the Android handset ladder as far as performance vs. features are concerned.

 

Google says that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will retail for $649 and will be on sale in the Google Play Store beginning on June 26th.

Google announces 900 million Android activations to date

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 15, 2013 4:40 pm

During the keynote address at this morning's Google I/O conference, the company announced that its Android mobile operating system has surpassed 900 million activations to date. The company said that "While this number is large, there is still six billion more people in the world to reach."

 

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Android is about to enter its 5th iteration very soon and it is highly expected to be debuted at some point this week during Google I/O. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full Google I/O coverage and Live Blogs of select I/O events as they take place.

TweakTown Live Blog - Google I/O 2013 Keynote (starting soon)

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: May 15, 2013 3:40 pm

Hey folks! We're excited to announce that our very first TweakTown live blog will be starting shortly. We have been hard at working creating a live blog system and section to dynamically display new text and images to you as it happens. We really like the design and the fact that you don't need to refresh the page for updates, they come straight to you as we post them.

 

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Our first live blog is of none other than Google's I/O 2013 keynote. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.

 

As this is our first live blog, there may be a few teething issues here and there. If you notice anything wrong, we encourage you to reach out and contact us!

Is NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 770 just a GTX 680 in disguise? GTX 680 can be BIOS flashed to a GTX 770

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2013 3:30 pm

NVIDIA is set to release their next-generation GPUs in the form of the 700-series next month, with some sources stating that you can flash your GeForce GTX 680 to a GeForce GTX 770 with a BIOS flash.

 

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If this is true, this means that the GTX 770 is going to be a simple rebrand of the current GTX 680, but we should be used to this by now. There's a post on Reddit with someone saying that they've uploaded a BIOS (.bin) file and the required driver information (.inf) file which will have a GTX 680 owner get a GTX 770 card, all for nothing. The post states: "The upcoming GTX 770 is a GTX 680 in disguise. NVIDIA has gently revised the GK104 architecture, mostly with process improvements, but the 770 is basically the same beast! Which is good for us enthusiasts".

 

But, don't get your hopes up just yet, as a post on TechPowerUp has said that the BIOS supplied to the Reddit user isn't a GTX 770 BIOS, but a "modified GTX 680 BIOS" that has increased clock speeds and the .inf file has been edited to change the card's descriptor string to 'GTX 770'.

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