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Google Knocks Massive Amounts Off The Cost Of Drive Storage


Google Drive
Google has today thrown down the gauntlet for cloud file storage as it today announced that it was significantly reducing the prices for its paid services on Google Drive. The company said that it was lowering the price of 100GB of storage to only $1.99 per month, down from $4.99 per month previously. Users can also opt for 1 terabyte of storage which is $9.99 per month which was previously $49.99 per month, or 10 TB of storage for $99.99 per month. The 15GB free tier remains in place.
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Google Gets Serious About GMail On iOS


GMail iOS
Google has today released a major update to the GMail app for iOS devices, bringing with it background app refresh for email. The new version of the app, version 3.0, allows the app to check for email in the background when the app is not open, meaning that full versions of the messages can be downloaded in the background. Prior to the update, the app would provide notifications or alerts that new email had arrived but the latest update means that the app can download the new email in the background.
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Google Releases Updated Chrome iOS App With Advanced Data Compression


Chrome iOS
Following on from an announcement last month that they would be releasing an updated version of Chrome with an amazing new data compression feature, Google has today released the updated version of the app on the iOS App Store. Chrome for iOS version 32.et cetera et cetera can reduce data usage by up to 50% by using Google servers to compress data before it is downloaded by the Chrome app. This can be enabled in Settings > Bandwidth > Reduce Data Usage.
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Google Launches Google Play Movies & TV iOS App


Google Play
Google has today unleashed a brand new app on the iOS App Store in the form of ‘Google Play Movies & TV‘. The new app allows Apple iOS users to watch their movies and TV shows previously purchased from the Google Play Store and is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. The app also allows the streaming of new purchased or rented movies or TV shows from the Google Play store to the Google Chromecast device.
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Google Launches iOS ‘MyGlass’ App For Google Glass


MyGlass iOS
Google has today launched a new companion app for Google Glass wearers who want to integrate the new wearable technology with their iOS device. The app, available free of charge now on the iOS App Store, allows the mirroring or ‘screencasting’ of the Glass display to the iPhone. The app also contains functionality to allow users to set up their Glass device, to get directions, and to add contacts and extra Glassware apps to their device.
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Google Will Be Launching An iOS Newsstand App In The Coming Months


Google Newsstand
Google has today launched a new Google Play Newsstand app for Android devices, and is planning to launch an equivalent app for iOS devices early next year. The app itself is called Play Newsstand, and will go head-to-head with Apple’s own Newsstand app in terms of offering a one stop app for around 1,900 free and paid publications (via TechCrunch). The publications will include newspapers such as the New York Times, as well as high profile magazines like the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
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Google Maps For iOS Getting Massive Update With Real Time Traffic Incident Info


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Google has today announced that it is implementing real time traffic incident reports into Google Maps, and it is bringing the feature to iOS devices in the Google Maps for iOS app. The announcement, made on the Google Maps Blog, follows on from the purchase of crowd sourced traffic app Waze by Google earlier this year.

Waze is powered by user driven information, meaning that when Waze users report that an incident or delay has occurred through the Waze app, the data can now be utilized in the Google Maps navigation system. The new update will be rolled out across a number of countries initially, including the UK and the US, as well as selected European and South American nations. The new Waze Map Editor also includes Google Street View and satellite imagery to make it easy to correct mapping errors.
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Google Announces Amazing New Maps And App For iPad


Google Maps
During the Google I/O conference taking place today, Google executives revealed some significant changes to the Maps service that will be released later in the year. Alongside these changes will be the release of a long-awaited iPad version of the popular Google Maps app that was released for iPhone and iPod touch earlier this year. The new app will be available free in the summer and will incorporate the new features that Google is adding to Maps.
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Google Unleashes Google Maps App For iPhone


Google Maps iPhone
Google has released a brand new Google Maps app for the iPhone and it is available free in both US and international App Stores right now. The release follows on from the removal of the native Google Maps app that shipped with iOS devices, and the subsequent replacement with Apple’s own mapping solution. Up until now there had been some doubt on Google’s part as to whether Apple would even approve such an app for the App Store, but given that Apple CEO Tim Cook had recommended using the web version of Google Maps to bridge an shortfall with the Apple version, it seemed unlikely.

The new app features some pretty nifty features that set it apart from its predecessor and indeed the Apple Maps app. There are now turn-by-turn directions available in the Google Map which brings it up to the standard offered by the Apple Maps app. Google does warn that these directions are in beta however and may not be perfect. However in some anecdotal testing conducted by yours truly, they worked very, very well, and is compatible with both iOS 5 and iOS 6.
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Apple Removes YouTube From iOS 6… So What?



Apple yesterday released a new beta build of the upcoming iOS 6 operating system to registered developers, and almost immediately, the net was alight with the news that the company had removed the YouTube app from iOS 6. Shortly after the news emerged, Apple issued a statement to The Verge stating that their ‘license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store’.

While this may seem like a reasonable explanation, some people completely freaked out (!) and conspiracy theories abounded about the reasons behind it. The essential question is, however, what is the impact going to be for users of iOS devices? Aside from not having the app native to their OS when they purchase an Apple device, it’s not that big a deal. Google will likely fire a free YouTube app on to the App Store prior to the release of iOS 6, and all people hahve to do is download it. Job done.
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