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Microsoft invested in Cyanogen’s anti-Google war chest, says tip

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has invested in Cyanogen, Inc., making a small contribution in the $70 million of the $100 million that the startup claims to have been able to raise. The startup has so far only accounted for the $30 million of the total. More than just a magnanimous donation, however, this move is seen to be Redmond's play to wrest control of Android away from Google, a sentiment that it shares with Cyanogen. Of course, this rumor is likely to raise many mixed emotions over the future of the platform and Microsoft's involvement.

LG G3 discovered to have hidden App Ops feature

Remember App Ops? Maybe not, especially after the heyday of Android Lollipop. It popped up, accidentally according to Google, around Android 4.3 as a way to let users make fine-grained changes to each app's permissions, without requiring root. Google eventually closed off access to App Ops in subsequent updates and we've never heard from it since. Until now. Apparently, LG has the same functionality hidden in the G3, which some have now been able to access, much to the rejoicing of power users.

Google Search movie results updated, now shows Material Design elements

Most people don't care much about how search results look on their  mobile devices. What matters most is that results shown are relevant and helpful. But it would be nice if all results are displayed nicely like the refreshed Google Search results for movies. An update was recently released for the Android app as announced on Google's official G+ page. Actually, not much information have been posted but the GIF image below showcases the nice user interface of the updated Android app.

Sheriffs ask Google to take down police feature on Waze

More and more people are relying on traffic reporting app Waze to navigate their way around the city because of its real-time and crowd-sourcing nature. People update it regularly to report on traffic jams, car-congested areas so that drivers (and even commuters) know which roads to avoid. But another feature of the Google-powered app is causing unease among the law enforcement community as some officers believe this can be used to "stalk" their police officers.

Apple may have bitten off Nexus 6’s ‘missing’ fingerprint sensor

It turns out that Apple may have been responsible not just for the seeming current downturn in innovating its own products, but contributing to some "missing" parts in the competition as well. Notice that cute "dimple" behind Google's Nexus 6 -- manufactured by Motorola hence the dimple has Motorola's logo? Well, news has come out that it should have been a tappy fingerprint sensor. But circumstances have been so that Motorola wasn't able to include that in that final design.

Enjoy all the NFL side action on YouTube and Google Search

Last year, the world was gripped by everything football as the 2014 edition of the World Cup was held in Brazil. Google was at the forefront of providing all the action for people who unfortunately couldn't be there in person. Now, it's the time for a different kind of football, as SuperBowl Weekend is almost upon us. Once again, Google wants to provide NFL fans with an easy way to be caught up in all the pre, during and post game goodies.

Nexus 9, Chromecast, Moto 360 now available in more countries

It was only last week that the Nexus 9 was released in sand color and the LTE version was made available by T-Mobile last December after being delayed for some time. All good news and more as Google is finally bringing the Android tablet in Taiwan and New Zealand. That's two different countries so more people will be happy to learn that the Nexus 9 is now available in their countries. Those people in these regions can easily visit the Play Store and order the Nexus 9, as well as, the Chromecast.

Google Cellular Service in the works?

Is Google finally venturing into the cellular network service industry? Well, we've heard of this rumor before and now we've got word again that Google is already preparing to sell mobile phone plans. This seems to be ambitious but the search giant selling cellular phone plans and mobile data plans could enter this arena. Google is a big tech company it can really do anything but managing its own cellular network--I don't think so.

Streamus extension brings YouTube Music to Chrome

YouTube is great for one for reason and one reason only - hosting a massive amount of videos. Late last year, YouTube launched its music platform which offered subscribers unlimited amounts of music for $7.99 per month. Streamus is the new Chrome extension which gives you the freedom to stream music without having to pay. Search your favorite songs, create playlists, and play songs all day - without ever accessing YouTube directly.