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ASUS ZenWatch gets a price cut on Google Store, free shipping included

Nothing much to say here but the ASUS ZenWatch just received a price cut on Google Store. From $199.99, it's now down to $129.99. This smartwatch was announced at last year's IFA and was soon made available before year 2014 ended. There's a new ZenWatch recently unveiled by ASUS but the version on sale is the model that the company used to mock the Apple Watch. This discount is somehow expect since the ZenWatch 2 is coming very soon.

Snapseed releases version 2.0.3 with minor updates

Just a few weeks after Snapseed released version 2.0, they’re providing even more updates, albeit minor, as version 2.0.3 is now being rolled out for users of the mobile photo editing app. This seems a bit surprising because before April this year, it was two years since the app received an update, after being bought by Google back in 2012. So now an update in April, June, and now July seems proof that the tech giant is not neglecting the app, despite their all out push for Google Photos, which also has a few editing capabilities.

Google+ Photos to shut down, users migrate to new Google Photos

We knew it was coming, even though they’ve announced it only now. Google is effectively shutting down its previous photo cloud service, Google+ Photos. This is practically because of the new “unlimited” Google Photos that they released last May. Users of the previous service have been receiving prompts to migrate to the new one, and if you value the photos you’ve stored in the former, you better upload them to the latter.

Google Play Store’s free apps now available in Sudan

When Google promised that they are committed to "to helping more people around the globe use technology to communicate, find and create information,” they seem to be doing it one country at a time. Sudan was one of the few countries where the Google Play Store was not yet available, but now you can cross them off the list. Google announced that free games and apps can now be accessed by residents in the North African country.

Google shares Q2 2015 financial results, mobile sector going strong

Google recently released its financial report for the 2nd quarter of the year. Highlights include an 11% revenue growth year over year, $17.7 billion revenue, and cash flow of $7.0 billion during the past quarter. The search giant saw a constant currency revenue growth of 18% year over year, thanks to the strong performance of programmatic advertising and Youtube.

Google working to improve mobile shopping experience

Do you know how Google makes a lot of money? One word: AdWords. Advertising makes Google richer than ever and in return, it's also making a lot of people and companies as advertisers earn money. There's no stopping Google from slapping those ads in websites and apps and the search giant will only look for more places where more revenue can be collected.

Some apps gained more users after adding Chromecast support

Google is proud to say that Chromecast is a success. The company's first Google Cast device has been used more than 1.5 billion times already since it was first introduced back in July 2013. This product is almost two years old but it's still making a lot of people happy--me included. The idea of casting is not originally Google's but we can say the Internet giant paved the way for its commercialization.

Paid content on Google Play Newsstand now in four more countries 

Google Play Newsstand may not be the most popular of Google products, but still, news of updates or additional countries that can access it is still worth noting. Today, the news is that people living in the Philippines, Poland, Taiwan, and Ukraine will now be able to access paid content on the Newsstand, like magazines, newspapers, etc. While before they could only browse through the news items in various categories, now they can actually buy and subscribe to all these paid content available.

Google releases two Nearby APIs for messages and connections

In line with the Eddystone BLE (Bluetooth low energy) format, Google is also introducing new Nearby APIs to make communication with anyone easier, faster, and more accessible. With these APIs, getting to know nearby devices by other users will only take a few steps. In the future, you can freely and quickly pair Bluetooth devices, exchange contact information and data, or scan a QR code. The idea is for Android users to get to information from someone nearby via an easier method.

Google Map Maker edits to be available again by August

Was it just a few months ago when Google pulled the editing ability for its Map Makers due to some stupid users who made “attacks” (and some racist ones too) on the poor, hapless longitudes and latitudes? Well, hopefully, Google has managed to get things under control because they just announce that they be reopening Map Maker for edits starting this August. But they will be doing so with a new model, with some moderation still being done by Google operators, but now giving freedom to regional mappers as well.
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