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Google’s first-generation Chromebooks haven’t quite made it to the mainstream yet, but the search giant has decided not only to follow up on those devices, but also to step up its game a bit. The makers of the web-centric Chrome OS have upped the ante in terms of tech specs, equipping the new Chromebook with a far snappier processor than the first-generation one, but also with more RAM. Aside from the new Series 5 Chromebook 550, Google has also released a brand new Series 3 Chromebox, similar with Apple’s Mac Minis, but available at a lower price point. While all…

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Day 1 of Google I/O featured all the “cool” announcements, with the introduction of Android 4.1 Jellybean, the Google Nexus 7 tablet, and the Nexus Q. The long keynote ended with a live demo of Google Glasses, which included skydivers jumping of a blimp. So, how do you top that? By showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the live demo of “Project Glass” was put together. That’s how the keynote address of Day 2 ended, but not before a slew of announcements and information was discussed. This time, the keynote was focused more on the software side of things, which included…

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The barely three months old Google Drive has some catching up to do with other cloud storage solutions that have been around in the game longer. One of the keys to get people to make that move – aside from offering loads of storage – is to win the hearts of developers so that the Drive can be integrated into more apps for an enhanced user experience. The software development kit for Google Drive has been expanded to include third-party apps integration. The new Google Drive SDK, which is available for Android and iOS, allows for a tighter integration of…

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Google’s Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai took the stage at D10 yesterday, the Wall Street Journal’s yearly “All Things D” conference, to talk about some of Google’s products he oversees, including the Chrome browser, Chrome OS, and Google Drive. During the interview with Walt Mossberg, Pichai praised Chrome, and its popularity, saying that the browser is now used by “hundreds of millions of active users.” Furthermore, he revealed that the Chrome browser has gained “substantial mindshare,” and that “roughly” a third of people using the browser, even more in the consumer business compared with the enterprise…

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So, Google has opened up Google Drive to us. While some are welcoming it with open arms, other are taking a stand against what they perceive to be a blatant ripoff of Dropbox and similar services. Other people just don’t like the ‘privacy policy’ in the Google Terms Of Service, which must be agreed upon when you join. Whatever your own thoughts are on the matter, here are the best alternatives to Google Drive as a web storage service. Dropbox You knew it would be here. It’s safe to say that with the arrival of Google Drive, Dropbox is feeling threatened to say…

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Let’s just say that I jumped the gun with the leaked Google Drive info article that I’d written, with drive.google.com going live about 20 minutes later. But if you thought the leaked information was impressive, the official announcement and features will blow your mind! As the Senior VP of Chrome and Apps at Google, Sundar Pichai, puts it, Google Drive is less about storage and more about creating and collaborating with storage just happening along the way. Here’s a quick run-down of the next-big-thing in cloud storage, Google Drive: Google Docs has been replaced by Google Drive. The service comes with the…

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Google Drive is Google’s reply to other well-established cloud storage systems such as Dropbox, Box, etc. The Google Drive Android app just went live, replacing the Google Docs app. We have almost complete information on it, courtesy of a Google+ user who spotted a leaked memo on Google’s French blog earlier today. The memo, of course, has been pulled since then. According to the memo, Google Drive brings a host of features including: Document OCR recognition Photo recognition Over 30 types of documents supported including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and HD video. It will be possible to access all these…

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Yang and Yun/Flickr If you’ve been paying a close watch on the reports on Google’s cloud storage service, the fabled Google Drive, you are probably aware of the rumors that indicate today as a possible launch date of the cloud service. Customers, who will soon get to choose from the free version or the premium version of G-Drive, will surely welcome yet another cloud storage solution. But what do people in the industry think about Google Drive? Talking to ZDNET’s Rachel King, Citrix’ vice president and general manager of data sharing, Jesse Lipson, said that Google has a long history…

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If leaked pictures of Google Drive have failed to convince you that Google’s cloud storage service will make its debut soon, how about we throw in some blurry video into the mix as well? In one of those “oops” moments, a Google employee has probably shared more than he planned about Google’s upcoming service. It happened during an Android Developers’ Hangout session, a social networking initiative that lets you “meet, share and connect with the people behind the Android developer experience”. Said employee was showing off the sharing features of an app on his Galaxy Nexus, when a logo that looks a lot…