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.

Google Play now shows “Family” Category

One of the new things Google presented during the recent developer conference was the "Family star” icon. It's one way to improve app discovery and give the parents peace of mind. The new Family category for Google Play means all apps and games are suited for the ages of the children.

Watch the Google I/O 2015 Highlights

The Moscone Center West was filled last May 28 to 29 as hundreds of Google developers joined together for the I/O 2015 conference. Google I/O is an annual event for all creative coders  and Google developers who are building apps and who want to be equipped more when it comes to design and development. At the Google I/O 2015, the latest in mobile and technology were explored and presented to give a glimpse of what's next from the tech giant.