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An anatomy of a Google downtime: how much do we rely on online services?

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by 1 year ago
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The unimaginable has happened. Google went offline shortly this November 6th. Actually, Google does experience limited outages one time or another, although given Google’s reputation as a big technology company, this kind of thing is usually considered unthinkable by users. Can’t access your Gmail for just five minutes, and you’re probably pissed. What more if Google searches or other services don’t work?

Kid-friendly Fuhu Nabi 2 tablet rooted to work with Google Apps

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by 1 year ago
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Although we don’t usually pay much attention to kid-friendly tablets due to their usual modest hardware configurations, Fuhu’s Nabi 2 is certainly a whole different kettle of fish. Not only is the 7-incher available for sale for just $200, but it also comes with a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 ICS, being perfect for running much more complex apps and games than just Angry Birds or Temple Run.

How to install Google Now on the Galaxy S3 T999

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by 1 year ago
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Development never stops in the Android community and there’s always something new to tinker with. It’s time for T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-T999 users to try and enjoy Google Now–the fastest and easiest way to search for information on the Web; that is, with the use of your own voice. No need for some rush typing when you are driving or doing something else. Just say it and Google Now will find it for you in an instant. Credit goes to the ever-innovative members of XDA Developers who were able to make a way to install the Google Now app…

How to flash inverted Google Apps to the Galaxy S I9000

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by 1 year ago
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If you are a keen observer, you might notice that almost all Google apps have a white background or a light-colored interface. This is true on the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000, as well as on other Android phones. The white background, the black text, and a few bright colors allow the apps to display a simple design which is easy on the eyes. Speaking out of curiosity, how would the Google apps look if we inverted their color into a dark theme? Not all curiosity can kill but it lets you create something new and interesting. XDA Developers member xlory…

Special Google Maps event to introduce 3D support, Google+ integration and other new features

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by 2 years ago
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Google is getting ready to host a new special event with only a few weeks to go until its annual Google I/O developers conference kicks off. The Search giant has issued press invites for a media event scheduled for June 6 during which the company will unveil the future of Google Maps, or, in its own words, “the next dimension” of its mapping tool. The iOS 6 Threat Obviously, the next dimension of Google Maps refers to 3D support, something Google has been reportedly working on for a while now. But why the hurry to unveil the new product update…