We come across tons of new apps on a daily basis for different platforms, and some of them go beyond their advertised features and provide a few extra seconds of entertainment. We’re talking about Easter eggs here, if you’re on the same page as us.

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Google has just released a port of its Analytics app for those on Apple’s iOS, packing in most of the features currently found in the pre-existing Android version. Having launched a couple of new apps for iOS during the past week including YouTube Creator Studio and AdWords Express, the release of Google Analytics seemed inevitable, and just a few days after those apps manifested over at the App Store, here it is. Full details, as well as the download link, can be seen below.

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George Hotz, the famed iPhone jailbreaker and Android, PS3 hacker, has just joined Google’s Project Zero team of hackers. Better known as Geohot, he was the guy who successfully jailbroke first iPhone. He was also the first to jailbreak PlayStation 3 which landed him with a lawsuit from the Japanese outfit, and for responding with a rather hilarious rant / rap aimed at his accusers, he will forever go down in Internet folklore.

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The benefit of having a notebook computer definitely speaks for itself, but those benefits invariably come under the guise of accepting that you have a very finite amount of battery life that could be depleted at any moment. According to a new report, if battery life is of extreme importance for you on your portable machine, then it could be beneficial to switch from Google Chrome to an alternative browser to avoid Chrome’s power-consuming habits.

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One of the great benefits of owning a Nexus device, or a Google Play Edition of any other popular handset, is that the updates arrive quickly and without those cumbersome delays as vendors take the time to make their own personal tweaks. With Android KitKat 4.4.4 having trickled out a short while ago, those rocking the Nexus 5 have been able to get their fill almost immediately, and today, the search giant has rolled out a very minor bump to those based in Australia, New Zealand and India. Allied to this release of Android 4.4.4_r2, the Big G also pushed Glass’s software to XE19.1, and below, you can catch all of the relevant details regarding both updates.

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Google is inarguably the most innovative company in the modern mobile industry, with several exciting products already in the pipeline. The head-mounted Glass device is perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated of them all, but as far as allowing us to engage with digital products using just our eyes, it’s not the only project that the search giant is plotting. The company is also working on some smart contact lenses offering significant health benefits those suffering with diabetes, and today, this enterprise got a significant boost with the Big G having struck a licensing deal with Novartis subsidiary Alcon.

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At the I/O Developers Conference, Google took the opportunity to unearth several new products, and among them was Android L, the next major release of the company’s flagship mobile OS. Much was made at the time, and since, of the so-called ‘Material Design’ that would see the the interface overhauled from the ground up with layering and other effects helping to make the operating system feel more alive and active. The UI, it was also said, would be a lot more clean, and below, you can catch a pretty decent glimpse of how some of the search company’s own apps like apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps may eventually look.

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Ingress, Google’s intriguing augmented reality title for Android, has just made its début on the iTunes App Store, allowing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users to get a piece of the action. It’s free of charge, and below, we’ve got the details and download link so be sure to join us right after the break!

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If you’re a user of Google’s very efficient, feature-rich Gmail service, you mightn’t know that, in actual fact, you have two different email addresses through which you can be reached. This ideal if, say, you wish to make two accounts for a specific site or service, but want all notifications and correspondence to be sent to the same inbox, and although many of you will already be aware of this little tip, it’s still a useful one to know.

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Google is renowned the world over as the foremost search company, but it’s also an advertising juggernaut that accounts for a large portion of the ad revenue across the Web. Its AdWords service pulls in billions of dollars per year in revenue, whilst also allowing companies, blogs and sites to advertise, and in a continued attempt to cater to iOS as well as its own Android platform in terms of apps, has just dropped AdWords Express for iPhone and iPad. In addition, the Big G also rolled out YouTube Creator Studio for its iOS-rocking contingency.

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Being able to interact with the world in a different way through touch and audible gestures feels like you’ve been catapulted into a futuristic, science-fiction movie. But what if there was a way to remove the limitations associated with having to bark out voice commands in public and use nothing more than a little brainpower to get things done with Glass? The future is here thanks to London-based company This Place and its new Glass compatible technology.

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Google Now is still very much a work in progress, and even though it has evolved significantly since its introduction a couple of years ago, it’s always going to have its imperfections. One such case is when, rather irritatingly, the voice recognition feature cannot properly comprehend what you’re saying, and if you’re asking a long question, having to repeat the entire speech becomes cumbersome even at the second time of asking. Now, though, thanks to an update, you can correct just the word that Google Now has failed to latch onto by using a simple command, and although it’s rare for the polished service to mishear anything anyway, it’s a good little tip to know.

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Although many of Google’s big announcements over the past year or so have related to Project Glass, this year’s I/O developers conference was all about Android, Android Wear, and the Chromecast, with the search giant also rolling out some new products and services for the home and auto markets. Chromecast, which first hit the scene last year, is not only incredibly cheap, but also highly functional, and at the aforementioned I/O in June, we learned that the Big G was about to add Android Mirroring to the HDMI dongle’s repertoire. Today, the company has delivered on that promise, and now, Android-wielding Chromecast users can beam the contents of their display onto their HDTVs.

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There are literally hundreds of reasons why a particular device may appeal to one person and not another, but when you strip that away we’re all concerned with the privacy and integrity of the data that passes through that device. If your smartphone of choice resides on the Android side of the fence then it could be time to rethink how sensitive data is wiped from memory after a new research has suggested that data removed using Android’s native wipe feature can be restored.

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Android’s open-source nature is a bit of a double-edged sword in many respects, for although it’s customizable to the nth degree, it’s also much more susceptible to malicious intrusion when compared with the likes of Apple’s iOS. On a regular basis, we hear of new, cunning schemes designed to attack smartphones and tablets running on Google’s flagship mobile OS, and today, we’ve encountered a particularly alarming security hole that could potentially help a hacker relieve you of vast mounds of cash.

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Having visually compared Android L with KitKat, we found out that Google is pushing hard to take Android one step further from where it stands right now. But how does it compare to its fiercest upcoming rival, iOS 8? That’s exactly what we’re going to find out, by comparing Android L preview with iOS 8 beta, visually.

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The next major version of Android, dubbed as ‘L’ (Lollipop?) was announced by Google at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. Android L brought with it a ton of new changes, most of which are for developers. But the user-facing end got a neat facelift too, and as ever, we took the latest OS from the search giant for a spin on a Nexus 5, and couldn’t help comparing it with last year’s offering, Android KitKat.

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With as much technology infiltration as we have in our daily lives today, it becomes quite a challenge to truly protect and maintain your privacy and data security. It’s not just the inherent risk with technology and software bugs, either; we willingly expose our personal identification information to a number of parties in order to use their services. Take the newest discovery, for instance, where it has been found out that an Android phone that has its screen turned off and is connected to Wi-Fi network, can actually be actively browsing the user’s location history to anyone who’s interested in listening.

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Google Glass may have managed to notch up legions of fans thanks to its technical capabilities, but could we about to see the fashion conscious adopt the wearable technology as a statement of style? It may sound a little far-fetched as the product isn’t exactly the most aesthetically pleasing piece of kit we’ve ever come across. However, in an effort to stand apart from other providers of prescription lenses for Glass, Rochester Optical has started offering a line of stylish sunglass lenses that are compatible with Google’s eyewear.

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This year’s Google I/O was undeniably one of the more interesting and fruitful Google gatherings that we’ve seen for some time. In the middle of the plethora of announcements made during the keynote we managed to get an insight into Project Volta, Google’s latest internal crack at singling out a weakness within its Android platform and fixing it. Last year it was Project Butter that stole the limelight by attempting to make animations within Android run at 60 frames-per-second. This time around the Volta team will concentrate attention on various aspects of Android in an attempt to improve battery life. The good news? Early investigations into Android L suggests that the hard work is proving fruitful.

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