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Google Chrome 44 Dev Gets Better Page Capture Resolution

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Google developers have released a new development version of the Google Chrome browser, and the latest version is now at 44.0.2403.9. It's not a big update, but it does bring some interesting changes.

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Google’s Bid To Bring Android To Your Car Is Coming Next Week

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Last year, Android Auto was unleashed at Google’s big developer’s conference, but that was just a taste of its dashboard ambitions. At next week’s Google I/O, all signs point to the company giving us a glimpse into a new infotainment system designed from the ground-up to be powered by Android.

Currently, Google’s in-car play is limited to Android Auto, which does maps, music, texts, calls, and voice searches. But when Google shows off the latest version of its mobile OS – Android “M” – part of that announcement is reportedly a car-specific build designed that could control everything from the stereo to the climate control and more.

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GNOME to Get GPS Coordinates from Android App

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The GNOME developers are trying all kinds of interesting interactions with devices outside the desktop environment, and now they are working on a way to get the GPS locations of an Android phone.

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Google developing “Brillo” Internet of Things OS based on Android

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The Information is back with more Google news before I/O. The outlet claims that Google is developing another operating system, this time for low-power "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices. The OS is codenamed "Brillo," and the publication claims Google "is likely to release the software under the Android brand, as the group developing the software is linked to the company’s Android unit." We're going to take that to mean "it's based on Android."

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This Is Google Maps For Android Wear Running On A Watch Urbane

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Yep, Maps for Android Wear, it's happening! A few of you have already spotted the icon in your Wear launchers if you're running the new Maps 9.9 APK and Android Wear 5.1+, you should be able to get Maps for Android Wear fully up and running... mostly.

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Google still supports Docker

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When Google announced that it would support AppC, a vendor neutral container format, and the first container based on it, CoreOS's Rocket (RKT), some people took this as Google supporting AppC over Docker. That is not true.

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Google stomps on scammers -- and helps open source

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A recent rules change to Google Adwords may make it easier for open source projects to protect their good reputation

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Dell's new computing appliance brings Windows apps to Chromebooks

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After debuting its own Chromebook for education last year, Dell is turning its Chrome OS attention to offices. The company announced on Tuesday a new computing appliance to deliver Windows applications on Chromebooks.

In tandem with virtualization software, one Dell Appliance for Wyse - vWorkspace can serve up Windows apps to up to 350 Chromebooks or Chromeboxes. Dell says the cost starts at $180 per user for the server hardware and licenses, hypervisor and vWorkspace broker. The Chrome OS devices can also be managed or deployed through the new appliance.

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Google accidentally reveals 'Android M' in new I/O schedule

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It looks like Google will reveal the successor to Android 5.0 Lollipop at its upcoming annual I/O 2015 developer conference.

Google may have inadvertently confirmed Android M will appear on May 28 after publishing a reference to the operating system in the I/O conference schedule which it published yesterday.

The timing of M's release wouldn't be a surprise given that Google unveiled Lollipop at the same conference last year, but it may also suggest the company will be releasing an early preview for developers as it did with Android 5.0.

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