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The latest news bites emanating from the Googleplex.

Kindle Fire Update Offers Reprieve from Balky Browsing

December 21, 2011 9:12 AM
Amazon has begun rolling out the promised update for its Kindle Fire tablet. The *over-the-air software package will help remove a lot of the latency we've come to see in the Fire since it launched Nov. 15 for $199. The New York Times columnist David Pogue outlined the

Google Nexus Tablet May Be on Tap for 2012

December 20, 2011 12:12 AM
Take any translation with a grain of salt, but if you believe Corriere della Sera's citation of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, the company will likely launch a Google Nexus-branded tablet based on the new Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system six months from now. Possibly

Google Goggles Connected With Metropolitan Musuem of Art

December 19, 2011 12:12 AM
Google has indexed and cataloged 76,000 images of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art's art collection for its Goggles visual search application. What's especially cool about this is that the Met let Google index thousands of photos or works it doesn't even currently feature on display. What this

Google Places Check-In Offers Available for Businesses

December 16, 2011 12:12 AM
As I wrote last week, Google was preparing to let businesses offer check-in deals via the Google Places local search service. That's now come to fruition as a new feature in the Offer coupon creation option in the Google Places dashboard, as first pointed out by the eagle-eyed Mike

Gmail for iOS Upgraded With Custom Signature, Sketching

December 15, 2011 12:12 AM
Google's mobile software team has been busy building a better iOS application for Gmail. Six weeks after Google prematurely launched a native Gmail app for iOS devices, and four weeks after relaunching it with the necessary fixes, Google has added even more features to the program. Gmail

Kindle Fire Sales to Excel Despite Navigational Lag

December 14, 2011 12:12 AM
Seems everyone is finding it in their hearts to beat up on the Amazon Kindle Fire for its balky navigation and other gross fits and starts. On the other hand, most research firms still see the Fire, which Amazon dubbed its most successful product ever, as the

Google Movie Search Gets Better on Android, iOS Devices

December 13, 2011 12:12 AM
Google recently upgraded its movie search capabilities for Android smartphones and Apple iOS devices, making movie discovery along with their showtimes and theaters faster and easier to find. If only there were any decent movies out there to see as we speed toward Christmas ... but that's another

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Delayed in Google Wallet Dispute

December 12, 2011 12:12 AM
With less than three weeks left in 2011, Android OEMs are racing to pump out the last of their smartphones and tablets for people like myself to review (and, they hope, for consumers to purchase for Christmas!). The good news is I expect to get a Motorola

Google+ Gets Find My Face Facial Recognition Feature

December 09, 2011 12:12 AM
The Google+ team has been hard at work, adding well over 100 features since launching the platform June 28 and releasing it to public beta in September. One area that hasn't been addressed much has been Google+ Photos, which were actually pretty solid at launch. What's better than

Battelle's Big 5: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook

December 08, 2011 9:12 AM
John Battelle is doing some nice culling for his next book, "What We Hath Wrought." Normally, I'd shun any book with a title like that because it invokes the dreaded Triple P threat: portentous, pompous and pretentious. But this is Battelle, baby. Even if the title sounds like something

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