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Android Security report card and the scanning of devices

Let's face it. As much as we love Android, it hasn't exactly been the most secure mobile platform on the planet. Sure, nothing is exactly and perfectly secure, even the walled garden that is iOS but Android has been notorious for making things a little bit easier for miscreants. Of course, that only means that Google has to work incessantly on security and keep vigil over its territory and, today, it's giving itself a pat on the back for a job well done in 2014.

Google News & Weather update: breaking news, personalized suggestions

There are a lot of personalized news services out there, like Flipboard, Zite, Feedly, etc, so you'll never run out of ways to curate and receive the news that you really care about. But if you are a Google fanboy/girl, and you are dependent on their eco-system, then the Google News & Weather, as minimalist as it is, will have a certain appeal for you. The newest update to the app brings even more improvements into the way they personalize your news and also the way you receive them.

Google launches Cloud Console app (beta) for developers on the go

If you're an app or program developer and you're traveling somewhere where you don't have access to your desktop, you can have some anxious moments, particularly when something has gone wrong and you need to fix something quickly. If you're hosting your project on Google's Cloud Platform, you now have a mobile solution for that. The tech giant has launched the beta version of the Cloud Console app, which lets you manage said projects even while you're on the go.

More Android apps ready for Chrome OS, porting now open to everyone

In case you didn't know yet, Android apps can now run on Chrome OS. However, you can't just download all apps you see on the Google Play Store because some porting still needs to be done. The first Android apps from Chrome OS were made available September last year and Google added seven more a few months later. This week, the Internet giant has added four more apps so this means there are now 28 Android apps ready to run on your Chromebook.

Inbox for Gmail now lets you custom your snooze times

In a world where not everyone works in the morning or sleep in the evenings, it is important that you will be able to customize your snooze options (and we don't mean the actual snoozing/sleeping or your alarm clock's snooze alarm). Google says that one of their most requested for features in their Inbox for Gmail app is the ability to choose when you'd like to snooze certain emails, and now they have finally given the users what they want.

Google welcomes April Fools with Google Maps Pacman invasion

Trust Google to always be creative in the way they celebrate online events. April Fools is such a big thing on the internet right now that it’s quite impossible for Google not to do something, as they have done for the past few years. This morning, the mothership started the cute prank early, with respect to time zones who were already on April 1st – this particular one involved our favorite pellet-chomping video game hero Pacman.

ASUS Chromebook Flip: budget netbook in tablet/laptop hybrid style

We somehow expect a lot from our netbooks nowadays, when before we only needed it for word processing and web surfing functionalities. But now we have a lot of high-end devices that can function as both a netbook and a tablet. Chromebook OS devices are also slowly growing in number, but they are either too expensive or on the other end of the spectrum, the low-end ones still leave a lot to be desired. But now ASUS is attempting to bridge the gap between premium specs and affordable prices with their new Chromebook Flip.

Chromebook gets cheaper, thanks to Haier and Hisense

People are asking if Chromebooks still matter. In the Android world, it's a 'yes' because the small laptops can run some Android apps. Chromebooks are now preferred in schools and small enterprises because they are affordable, portable, and very useful. For less than $300 or $200, you can get a Chromebook for all your mobile computing needs. They don't need to have high specs because the system does minimal performance. They don't need huge storage space because most programs are cloud-based.

Google+ photos can now be viewed on Google Drive

We don't know if this might be the start of the "rebranding" of Google+, but it can be considered major news that the tech giant is now making your photos previously found only on the social networking site now available on your Google Drive as well. It's been long reported that Google is looking to make big changes to the way they organize and manage photos, and this may be the first step towards that.
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