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Your venerable View-Master, resurrected using smartphones

Mattel and Google want to bring back your childhood memories by dragging that old school favorite – the View-Master – straight to the 21st century. By collaborating with Google Cardboard, the toy company is banking on the emotional and nostalgic appeal of the old toy and producing a modern version of it. Of course, this time you need a smartphone to go with it.

Google Helpouts video assistance service to shut down by April 20

Wait, what is Google Helpouts? If that is your reaction to the service that Google will effectually shut down by April this year, then you've probably stumbled on to the reason why it's going away in the first place. The video tutorial service did not catch on as quickly as they expected, despite having several "engaged and loyal contributors" and despite sporting the Google brand.

Cops take matters into their own hands with Waze fake police reports

You don't listen to our complaints and requests to take down that feature? Fine, we'll do it our own way. At least, that's what we think what the cops are saying to Google and Waze since they were basically ignored. We reported a few weeks ago about the issues cops are having with the police feature in the navigation app, and this time, they are taking matters into their own hands, so to speak.

Google adds health information to Knowledge Graph

The Internet giant will only continue to make things better for us. We don't need to list down the numerous products and services Google has offered the past decade because there are a lot. Even the name Google has become a verb which means to "search for information on the Internet". Need this or that? Google it. Whenever you need information on a certain illness, disease, or symptoms, do you call a doctor immediately? No, you Google it. That's how Google has changed the horizon of health information.

Space Sketchr + Project Tango makes 3D digital drawings

We’ve talked about Project Tango before – Google’s high tech tablet that is able to render stuff in 3D because of its multiple cameras. Google recently made the ultra-high tech tablet available to app developers, looking towards a strong app ecosystem for when it releases the tablet to market. That’s a good decision, we think, as apps like Space Sketchr are stretching the ideas of 3D execution and application.

Google Drive rewards 2GB for Security Checkup takers

Having extra space in the cloud is always a good thing for file hoarders, heavy media collectors, or just plain old busy people with a lot going on. Google Drive is dangling that reward for its users, but it's all for a "good cause". The cloud storage will be giving extra space for those who will voluntarily undergo their Security Checkup, as part of their contribution to the Safer Internet Day and to ensure that all is fine and dandy on your cloud drive.

Mark your calendars: Google I/O set for May 28-29

We aren't even at MWC 2015 yet, but Google already wants us to look forward to its annual big event, and for good reason. The tech giant has just revealed the dates for Google I/O 2015 and it will take place on 28th and 29th May. It will still be in Moscone Center West, San Francisco but, like last year, getting into the event will partly be a game of chance, so Google is giving a very early heads up to those looking forward to being there in person.

LG jumps on the VR bandwagon with Google Cardboard + G3 combo

LG has now decided that it wants in on the virtual reality (VR) headset market, and it’s doing it with current gen technology. The LG G3 is now being partnered with Google Cardboard, those DIY VR headset enthusiasts, and the result is that consumers will now receive a free Google Cardboard VR headset for every LG G3 purchase.

Kernel Toolkit makes tuning your kernel easier (root required)

Kernel source codes are everywhere but not all are secure. Good thing there's a Kernel Toolkit now available on the Google Play Store that somehow gives Android users peace of mind. However, this is recommended for rooted devices so you still need to have some hacking powers or at least understand what you're doing. Installing this Kernel Toolkit will allow you to make the most of your rooted device, take full control of it, as well as, increase battery life and device performance. App guarantees that tuning your kernel is simpler and easier than usual.