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Topeka for Android gets Material Design update

The Topeka app for Android has just received some Material Design updates. It's a special app that was launched by Android developers to work as an open source of example material design on the web. This time, the app gets another Android version. It's still the same app that demonstrates the same material design guidelines and branding--all of which can be used to create a consistent platform experience.

Google introduces Android Security Rewards program for researchers

In case you didn't know it yet, Google has been paying programmers and researchers to actually try to hack into their system and discover security vulnerabilities in order to better improve their system. In fact, they have shelled out more than $1.5 million last year alone to "reward" those who were able to find these vulnerabilities in Chrome and other Google products. Now they are introducing the same system for the Android mobile platform with their Android Security Rewards program.

YouTube Gaming is Google’s version of vicarious gaming

The social aspects of gaming have evolved quite strangely as Google itself recalls. It first started out with sharing controllers or keyboards at home, which later gave way to LAN parties and now online multiplayer, though controller sharing has also become virtual, like Sony's Share Play feature. The strange part comes from the new breed of social activity that has grown around gaming that doesn't involve playing the game at all. Let's Play videos, walkthroughs, speedruns, and the like. Google is now going to capitalize on that trend with YouTube Gaming, a corner of YouTube's world that's dedicated specifically to dethrone Twitch.

Improve life in cities through tech with Google’s Sidewalk Labs

Anyone who lives or has ever lived in a city knows that it isn't the easiest place to be in. But because of necessity or because people buy into the "romanticized" idea of it, people are still trooping to urban areas in large numbers. This has led to a lot of problems and issues, and Google believes some of them can be solved by tech. Hence, the announcement of their new company, Sidewalk Labs, which aims to improve life in the city through technology.

Google Slides updated, view notes and lists of Chromecasts

Google has made another update to the Slides app. It's one offshoot of the Chromecast idea that has brought casting more mainstream and more useful. The Chromecast isn't just a single dongle that lets you stream images and videos to a TV display. It's now being used when giving important presentations at work or in school. Mirroring is one easy way to "cast" but a dedicated app like the Slides will make the job easier and more convenient.

Gmail app for Android gets improved security

Google may forever have Gmail as one of its top products because really, this email account provider is very reliable. No doubt that it's the choice of many Android users because it's easy to use and is very secure. The Gmail app for Android recently received an update from Google. The app has just gotten Oauth support for all Microsoft and Yahoo accounts, adding account recovery and two-step verification as an extra layer of protection.