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Burj Al Arab in Dubai Introduces Gold-Plated iPads for Guest Use

The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is perhaps the world's most luxurious hotel, and the latest addition continues that tradition. The seven-star hotel is now giving 24-carat gold-plated iPads from Gold & Co to guests for use during their stay.<p>The iPads will act as a 'virtual concierge', offering …

With Ground Truth, Google marries virtual world with the real

SAN FRANCISCO--Google Maps began as roads and satellite photos. Now, through a project called Ground Truth, it's becoming an ever more sophisticated virtual mirror of the real world.<p>But how? Google engineers described their methods Wednesday at the Google I/O show, describing how they've moved from …

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Google Launches Hangouts Messaging Service for iOS, Android and Web

Google has today announced Hangouts, a new messaging service that replaces the numerous Google services that currently help you have real-time conversations with other users, such as Google Talk, Google Voice and Google+ Hangouts.<p>It will launch on most major platforms later today, including iOS, …

Google reveals unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android, coming to Google Play for $649 on June 26

Google likes the Samsung Galaxy S4 so much, it wants to spin its own “Nexus version” of it. Today at I/O 2013, Google demoed an S4 device, but with a stock version of the most recent build of the Android operating system. In short, everything Samsung did in terms of software has been scraped …

Google Mistakenly Leaks Revamped Maps Service

There’s been speculation that Google will launch a revamped version of its Map service at Google I/O this week, and, according to new screenshots that leaked this morning, we can expect to see revamped platform with a new user interface and integration with more Google services.<p>Droid Life spotted a …

Facebook Home now available for Galaxy S4 and HTC One

Since the release of Facebook Home last month, the software has been limited to a small handful of phones headlined by the new HTC First, but it appears that Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One owners can now give their phones a Facebook makeover, too. <i>Android Central</i> reports that after an update to the …