Google now offers quotes for home mortgage rates in California

Credit cards, auto insurance, and now mortgages? Google's new site lets you see and compare home mortgage rates — but it's only available in California for now. You can even request a callback from the lender to a random number.

Will you join the Dark side? Google’s Star Wars promo brings X-Wings to Maps and more 1:00

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is getting closer and the hype is getting stronger. Google's running a promotion that lets you change how its apps look, depending on how you feel about the force.

Google once made, but never released, a Star Trek-style Communicator badge

Google built its own version of the famous Communicator pin from Star Trek. The revelation came from a Google executive, who also revealed the device never made it past the prototype stage.

Google promises Force Awakens goodies if you decide between the Light or the Dark Side

Google's excited about The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film out before the end of the year, and has launched a promotion where Google apps and sites get a Star Wars makeover, depending on your allegiance to the Force

Is that a Google ad or a search result? Kids can’t tell

Kids these days, guys. Despite all their technical prowess, they're still as naive as we were at their age -- at least, when it comes to Google ads and Google search results.

Google's Play Store may finally return to China in 2016

Google wants to have a presence in China again with the possible launch of the Google Play Store in the country next year. According to Reuters, Google will comply with Chinese law on filtered content.
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Google's newest update lets you Hangout with anyone

Google has lifted the requirement to have a Google account if you want to join a Google Hangout audio or video meeting. The update is said to be an attempt to catch up to Skype's latest feature.

Google Fit updates to give you real-time stats and track your strength training

The new Google Fit update is rolling out and can track strength training with pushups, situps, and squats. The app can now also pull data from various other fitness and nutrition apps.

You can now stream Android apps through Google Search

Google has announced a way to stream an app on Search, letting users bypass the download and continue to the use the app for a limited time. This should make things like booking a trip, viewing a video, or buying an item much easier.

Google is lowering its minimum purchase price for Play Store apps

Google's Alistair Pott, a Google Play product manager, made a bold announcement in the Android Developers Blog -- "Minimum purchase price for apps and in-app products reduced on Google Play," the headline reads.
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Google determined to save Google+, gives it another makeover

Any reports of Google+'s death have clearly been greatly exaggerated, as the Web giant has just rolled out a revamped version of its social network that focuses on two of its more popular features.

Google working on two Glass-like devices ‘without displays’

Google's Glass team is reportedly working on three new headsets, two of which don't include a display. Details are sketchy at the moment, though at least one of the devices is thought to be an audio-focused gadget aimed at sports…