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Motorola announces Ara, another attempt at the modular smartphone

I remember my old Handspring Visor and its expansion slot with incredible fondness, and so the idea of Ara, Motorola's new modular smartphone project hits me square in the nerd spot. Like lego for phone tech, the idea promises a theoretically limitless amount of blocks that you can use to build your own, custom, device. Swap screens. Swap modems. Swap chipsets. Swap espresso makers. Well, no, not that last one. At least not yet... Motorola:

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Google Chromecast app for iOS goes global, hardware yet to follow

Google's $35 Chromecast dongle is still officially U.S. only, but the companion app for iOS – along with its Android cousin – has at least gone global. We're seeing it ourselves in the UK and Canada, but reports suggest that it stretches far and wide beyond.

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Youtube update adds video quality selector on WiFi

After pushing out an update to Maps, Google has also updated the YouTube app for for iOS today with a much requested new feature. When connected to WiFi, you're now able to select the quality of the video you're watching manually as well as setting auto-select.

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Google's Ingress augmented reality game headed to iOS in 2014

Ingress is something of a favorite with a big portion of the Android faithful, and now it seems the developers are set to bring it across to iOS in 2014. Speaking in a recent interview to AllThingsD, Brandon Badger Ingress product manager from Google's Niantic Labs outlines the plans:

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How to set up Google Chromecast using your iPhone

Google's $35 Chromecast dongle may have limited functionality right now, but it's still flying off the shelves. At least, it is in the U.S, the only officially supported Chromecast country right now. If you've picked one up to use with your iPhone or Mac, there's a couple of different ways to get the dongle set up, including the recently released iPhone application. It's this we're focusing on today, so here's how to get up and running with your Chromecast using your iPhone.

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Chromecast now shipping internationally from Amazon

Google's Chromecast is officially still a U.S. only product, but Amazon has now started to offer international shipping of the little $35 dongle for the first time. With shipping and import fees, the Chromecast still comes in less expensive than those often ridiculous eBay prices for anyone outside the U.S.

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Vector 14: Chris Umiastowski on sell-side analysis

Chris Umiastowski, former sell-side analyst, talks to Rene about the state of the mobile market, including what led BlackBerry to the brink of sale.

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Apple won't let you share directly to Google+, so Google's doing something about it

As it sits now, if you want to share a photo to Google+ from your iPhone, you need to take a photo with the Camera app, leave the app, and launch Google+. There really isn't any easy way to communicate with Google apps unless it's a third party developer that's went out of their way to include support. According to the Google+ Developers Blog, Google plans on changing that with a Google+ iOS SDK for developers.

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Future update to Google Search for iOS to include cross platform notifications

15 years on from the birth of Google Search, the folks from Mountain View have detailed a pretty interesting sounding update to the Google Search app for iOS heading our way soon. While iOS users get access to the pretty impressive Google Now service, it's nowhere near the experience our Android friends enjoy, but Google it seems has a treat in store for us on that front:

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How to use Siri to search Google instead of Bing

iOS 7 still uses Google for the default search engine in Apple's web browser, Safari, but Bing is the new default for Apple's virtual digital assistant, Siri. Yes, just like Open Table is the partner for reservations, and Wikipedia for general information, Bing and Microsoft worked out a deal with Apple for Siri search. So, while you can't change that, you can tell Siri to search Google (or Yahoo!) instead. Here's how:

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