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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Revealed At Google I/O: Project Butter, Improved Search, And More

Google I/O just kicked off at Moscone West in San Francisco, and it wasn’t long at all before Google’s Hugo Barra pulled the curtains back on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update was originally thought to be a major one (rumors at the time referred to it as Android 5.0), and it seems like a quite a treat for Android users despite th...

27 Jun 4:42 PM 0 Read More...

Live Blog: Google I/O Keynote (Day One)

Google is kicking off its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco with its traditional keynote. Even though I/O is mostly a developer event, with many in-depth technical discussions scheduled for the next three days, the keynotes tend to offer a mix of developer- and consumer-focused product announcements and launches. This year, we expect to hear more about Google’s rumored Nexus tabl...

27 Jun 4:35 PM 0 Read More...

Google Nexus 7 Fully Revealed: Tegra 3, 7-Inch IPS Display, $199 For 8GB, $249 For 16GB

And like that, Google is officially in the tablet hardware business. Google is mere minutes away from kicking off it’s yearly I/O conference and perhaps the biggest news of the show, the announcement of the Nexus 7, was spoiled by the Google Play Store. Here is the Google/Asus Nexus 7 in all it’s glory. Both 8GB and 16GB models pack a 7-inch 1280×800 HD display (216 ppi) back-lit IPS display covered i...

27 Jun 4:26 PM 0 Read More...

Google To Take On Sonos With Its First Android@Home Product, The Nexus Q

Google is getting into the hardware game, and not just with its purchase of handset and set-top box maker Motorola. The company is announcing today the launch of its first Android@Home product, the Nexus Q. Shaped like a big black octopus, the wireless music and video streaming box looks like a direct competitor to Sonos, and will let users connect all their mobile phones and tablets to the device using Blu...

27 Jun 4:20 PM 0 Read More...

Here’s The First Pic Of The Nexus 7, Google’s Answer To The Kindle Fire And The iPad

Hello, bezel. Google is set to kick off it’s yearly developer’s conference in less than 30 minutes. Big things are expected including the announcement of Google’s long-rumored Nexus tablet. Well, here it is. The Google Play Store inadvertently leaked the Nexus 7 early. Right now all we have is the image above but it’s very telling. Apparently Google changed up the tablet OS. The pic above shows ...

27 Jun 4:09 PM 0 Read More...

Location-Based Shopping App Shopkick Partners With MasterCard On Rewards Program

Mobile shopping app shopkick is announcing a partnership with MasterCard today which will allow cardholders to earn “kicks” (shopkicks’ in-app rewards) by linking their card with shopkick’s Buy & Collect program and making qualifying purchases. These kicks can later be redeemed for things like gift cards, music downloads, movie tickets, and other offers. In addition, in exchange for signing...

27 Jun 4:03 PM 0 Read More...

Iain MacDonald Of SkillPages [TCTV]

SkillPages is the world’s leading Skills MarketplaceTM. The company’s vision is to create “One place to find skilled people” and in doing so, to enable people across the world to unlock new opportunities. Already, millions of people use Skillpages.com every month. Launched in 2011 and privately held, SkillPages has offices in Dublin, Ireland and Palo Alto, CA. The company employs 32 people who support ...

27 Jun 3:34 PM 0 Read More...

Clipix Wants To Be A Pinterest For The Real World

Does the world really need another visual bookmarking service? After all, we already have Pinterest and all of its clones. Clipix, however, believes that it has found a way to differentiate itself from the competition. The service, which is coming out of beta today, feels a bit like a hybrid between Evernote and Pinterest, with a bit of Pearltrees thrown in for good measure. It is a visual bookmarking tool th...

27 Jun 3:30 PM 0 Read More...

Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

Rafter, a new edtech company formed from the rebranding of popular textbook rental service (and Chegg competitor) BookRenter, announced its first-ever strategic acquisition this morning. The lucky acquiree? HubEdu: A young, San Diego-based startup that provides universities with a suite of analytics, tracking and price comparison tools to help them increase their revenue and make course materials (and highe...

27 Jun 3:28 PM 0 Read More...

Mobile Payments Startup Kuapay Grabs $4 Million Investment, Readies Global Expansion

Well, it appears to be mobile payments day here at TechCrunch. When it rains, it pours, right? Another announcement hitting the wires today comes from global mobile payments startup Kuapay, which has just closed a $4 million round of funding from a single, private investor. The company was started in January 2011 by Joaquin Ayuso de Paul, best known as a co-founder of Tuenti, a company often referred to as the...

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