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Motorola Connect extension for Chrome updated

One of the many interesting features of the Moto X is the ability to check messages and view incoming calls on the computer screen. While other apps and services have their own extensions or Chrome Apps, only a select few can handle SMS or phone calls. Motorola’s Connect is one of those, and today it’s seeing a slight update pushed out.

Google Open Project simplifies collaboration on large screens

Google is always looking for innovative ways to integrate its Chrome and Android platforms deeper into our lives, especially in the way we work. With Open Project (as in projection), Google is getting close to offering an easy, low-cost solution to one of the most difficult problems technology problems: face-to-face collaboration.

Android 4.4 KitKat spotted again, this time build KRS74D

Android 4.4 KitKat is coming, and coming soon. While we all sit here and patiently await more details from the folks at Google, others are looking around for any sort of indication that a final build is coming soon. Well, today's latest news comes from the Chromium Bug Tracker, which spotted a build of KitKat from just last week.

Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick gets official

Sony is finally announcing something that we already know since early this week. The company has officially unveiled its Smart Stick accessory that includes support for Google Services, meaning, Android apps and the Chrome browser. And, as already reported, it only works with Sony's BRAVIA TV line.

Google to remove black bar in favor of new “App Launcher” soon [Update]

This morning we're getting multiple reports that Google has changed up their usual black navigation bar on their homepage, and replaced it with a brand new Android-style app launcher. The horizontal black bar for navigation to Search, Images, Maps, Gmail, Play, YouTube and more have all been moved to an app launcher menu. Blending the lines between Android and desktop even more.

Chromecast teardown reveals “ginormous” heatsink

As we often see when new gadgets come available, they get torn apart by folks on the interwebs. In this case we are referring to the Chromecast and the group that sacrificed a device was iFixit. The interesting, and perhaps somewhat unsurprising part here is that the teardown revealed very little on the inside of the plastic.

Chromecast is not the end of Google TV

Google announced the Chromecast yesterday. The Chromecast is a $35 dongle that will allow the user to wirelessly stream audio and video from their smartphone, tablet or laptop to their HDTV. This setup certainly looks like it has its advantages. One being the ease of use, but that aside, this announcement did cause some to worry about the future of another Google product -- Google TV.

Google event wrap-up: Nexus 7, Android 4.3, Chromecast and more

Google had the 'breakfast' event this morning and there were quite a few items discussed. As we often see, things kicked off with talk of numbers. In regards to the numbers, Google confirmed there had been more than 70 million Android tablets activated. Of course, that number ties directly to the first topic that was discussed -- the new Nexus 7.