Google has been working on its driverless cars for quite some time now and if you happen to have been on the right street in California at the right time then you might have even seen one of the prototypes doing the rounds. If you’d looked really closely you would have spotted a rather ashen-faced human babysitting it, too. But the worst kept secret of it all was that Google didn’t have any fully automated cars to call its own. That’s now changed, with Google producing a prototype that has all the usual functionality that you might expect from an automobile. That means it starts, stops and turns corners, then. It’s the stopping part we’re most interested in at this point though, if we’re totally honest!

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Here’s our editors’ picks of the best top 10 Android smartphones of 2014. The devices listed here have been ranked based on their price, features, hardware specs and design.

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The Best Tablets Of The Year 2014

By | December 19th, 2014

With the year now drawing to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the great product releases of 2014, and with numerous big-named companies having rolled out some exceptional tablets over the past twelve months, we’ve compiled a list of our top five.

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2014 is coming to a close, and while there were tons of gadgets released this year, the team here has decided to list down their favorite top two out of the massive lot. Head past the jump and check out what everyone has selected. Maybe the list will give you some ideas for Christmas, too!

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Tolkien fans now have the opportunity to download the first Lord of the Rings movie, Fellowship of the Ring absolutely free . Originally available for $12.99, the movie which captured the hearts of millions, can now be grabbed for free and it’s unclear if this is a limited time offer or not.

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Google app for iOS and Android now includes the ability to control your Nest Thermostat straight from the app itself, using voice commands or manual input as well. While Nest’s own dedicated app doesn’t fall short of this, being integrated with the Google app opens up a relatively new way of interacting with the Nest Thermostat.

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You can now download official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop factory image for LG made Google Nexus 5. Instructions along with direct download link can be found at the foot of the post.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop and its Material Design still seem like a distant dream for many Android users. While Google was quick to update some of its core apps with the Material Design even before Lollipop was released, it has just done the same for the iOS variant of the Google Search app as well. Not only does the new Google Search app carry the fabled Material Design, it also brings in a bunch of new features.

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You only have to look at the number and sheer diversity of the Google Play Store’s app hub to gauge how many developers are currently working on creating, updating and improving upon the vast array of mobile apps that have manifested over the past few years. The Big G announced all the way back in 2013 that it was working on an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), an infrastructure designed to enhance and improve the process of developing apps, and now, Android Studio 1.0 is ready for prime time for those running Windows, OS X and Linux. Full details, as well as info on how you can get started with Android Studio, can be seen below.

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Dubai is one of the most globalized cities of the world, and has already emerged as a top notch tourist destination. Housing some of the tallest buildings man can gaze upon, and today, you can glance at all that glory as the city has finally made its way to Google’s Street View.

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Google’s firsts attempt at giving the world a wearable computer that lives on your forehead has suffered plenty of cynicism and criticism since it arrived on the noggins of Google’s intrepid ‘Explorers’ but that clearly isn’t going to stop the technology giant from pushing forward with new iterations of Glass. A new patent, recently made public but having actually been submitted back in January, appears to show what could be the next version of Glass to come out of Google’s design labs.

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop factory image download files have been released for Nexus 7, 9, and Nexus 10. Here are the direct download links for the update.

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Cyber Monday is a day when even after masses of Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals, retailers regain their composure for one last sales push, and with the start of this week having seen the annual online-only deals roll out en masse, a new report has shone light on some very interesting stats relating to the ensuing spike in online traffic.

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Google Glass has been in some hot waters lately, with the search giant not having the easiest run with its futuristic gadget. Say what you may, but Google isn’t letting its wearable wash away just yet, and is reportedly planning on a next-generation of the wearable with support from Intel.

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2015 is inching closer each day, and as this year draws to an end you will find the best of ‘everything’ of 2014 – be it apps, cars, cosmetics, movies etc. – on the Internet. As websites try and wrap up their best efforts of this year, Google is not going to wait for any acknowledgement as the search engine giant has released its own “Best Apps of 2014″ list.

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Every year, Black Friday brings us closer to crossing off all those electronic gadgets on our humble wish-list, but with deals swarming the Internet like the stars around the earth, it often gets overwhelming. If you were looking for a quick overview of some of the best tech deals to be had from Apple, Google and Microsoft, we have rounded them up here.

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With $130 worth of free Android apps floating about at the moment courtesy of Amazon, it’s a great time to own a device running Google’s mobile software. As it transpires, the Black Friday bonanza also means that it’s a pretty decent time to upgrade your hardware, and if you want to snap up a new Android smartphone, we’ve scoured the Web to source some of the very best deals going.

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Google has a history of packing in small little surprises from time to time in some of its services. Android users wouldn’t be too new to the whole Easter Egg feature which Google hides away in its mobile platform, but did you know that it cleverly packed in a fun little gem in the Chrome browser? It’s a retro styled game if you were wondering.

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Google and Apple’s partnership has been a shaky one at best, especially when it comes to iOS devices. Earlier on, Apple dropped Google Maps integration from iOS as the default maps and navigation app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in favor of its own Maps app, and YouTube was pulled from the list of stock apps as well, forcing Google to make both of these apps user-downloadable ones from the App Store. Now, it seems, that the default search provider for iOS Safari browser is up for grabs as well, as Google’s contract is close to termination, and sources say that Bing and Yahoo! are both vying for the top spot.

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Google’s Nexus 6 is a very large, very Motorola device in terms of design, but away from the finish, the powerful underbelly and the slick general performance, its Android Lollipop software does include one or two intriguing new quirks of its own. Notably, it bundles full-disk encryption as standard, a feature that cannot be disabled on any Lollipop device without flashing a new ROM, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some new benchmark readings suggest that the negative impact on performance is considerable.

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