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Google wants to turn NYC’s archaic pay-phone kiosks into useful Wi-Fi hotspots

Google is one of several big-name companies interested in the idea of turning New York City's pay-phone kiosks into free Wi-Fi hotspots. The deadline for proposals was on Monday, with city officials expected to announce the winning bid soon.

Mobile

Google working to fix Chrome bug that saps Windows devices of their battery life

A bug in Google's Chrome browser drains more Windows battery life than it has to. Fortunately, Google is tackling the issue now.

Computing

More than 1 million Chromebooks sold to schools in second quarter of 2014

In the second quarter, schools purchased more than 1 million Chromebooks, according to Google. On top of that, a recent report from market research firm NPD Group spotlights the strength of Chromebook commercial sales ahead of back-to-school season.

Computing

159 Awesome Android Apps for Summer 2014

We've completely overhauled our Android apps list. Here are more than 150 of the best apps available on the Google Play Store and beyond. We've got apps in every category, organized so you can find what you want fast and easy.

Mobile

Chromium OS team working on ‘new kind of user experience’ with Athena

The Chromium OS development squad is tinkering away at something called Athena. You can learn more about it here.

Computing

Google adds Chromecast support for iOS Chrome app

Google announced yesterday that it has integrated Chromecast support into the latest Chrome for iOS update. The move gives iPhone and iPad users the ability to cast video directly from Chrome on their mobile devices, as long as the website also has Cast…

Home Theater

Google uses its Street View cars to sniff out gas leaks in US cities

Mindful that Google's Street View cars cover thousands of miles of roads in a methodical and organized way, an environmental agency recently contacted the Web company to suggest fitting the vehicles with sensors to detect potential hazards such as gas leaks.

Cool Tech

Google Wallet update allows you to digitally store your gift cards

Ideal for anyone that wants to stop carrying around a stack of gift cards, the latest update to the Google Wallet application provides a place to digitally store all gift card numbers and barcodes.

Mobile

Chromebook sales have shot upward this year, research firm says

Chromebook sales are surging so far this year, according to data compiled by a market research firm.

Computing

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google’s Board of Directors

Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford who was once considered to be in the running for Microsoft's top job, has been snatched up by Google.

Computing

Google hopes to boost army of Android developers with free online course

In a bid to boost its army of Android app developers, Google has launched its latest resource – a free online course showing developers new to the mobile platform how to design and build new apps.

Android Army

Google+ now lets you use a fake name

Having clung to the rule ever since the social networking service launched three years ago, Google+ announced Tuesday it's now allowing users to choose any name they like for their profile.

Social Media

Google’s ‘Project Zero’ combats hackers, Web vulnerabilities, and more

Google is enlisting the help of security experts to help combat threats like hackers, the Heartbleed Bug, and more.

Computing

Smart contact lenses get closer to reality as Novartis teams with Google

Google and healthcare firm Novartis have announced they will be collaborating on making the smart contact lens a reality. It's designed to help manage a range of medical conditions including diabetes.

Mobile

Developers with ideas for Project Ara modules invited to submit them to Google

Google is getting ever closer to making its Project Ara modular smartphone a reality. Now, it is inviting developers to get in touch with their module ideas, and will send a development board to those with the best concepts.

Mobile