Year in Search: What Kenyans Searched for on Google in 2018

Google yesterday released Year in Search 2018, an overview of the searches and questions that drove Kenyans online throughout the year. The trending searches in 2018 were mainly dominated by events and personalities. Kenyans’ enthusiasm for football was once again seen in the fact that ‘World Cup 2018’ took the top spot in the trending […]

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Google announces Ksh 100m grant to train Kenyan farmers

Google has announced a Sh100 million grant to train more than 100,000 Kenyan smallholder farmers on digital skills. The announcement was made at the first  Google for Kenya event held in Nairobi, where the company outlined its long-term strategy and commitment to contribute to the country’s economic and social growth. To help farmers increase their yields and […]

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Google 20 years on!

Google just marked its second decade! Twenty years ago, Google started with an ambitious goal to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. At the heart, the giant search engine wanted to build technology that would help as many people as possible across the world access information. The company that was […]

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Vodacom customers in Tanzania can now buy apps on Google Play Store using their airtime

Vodacom Tanzania customers can now pay for content on Google Play Store using their airtime balance. This after the operator signed a partnership deal with Google that will allow the customers to do so. The service which is available to all customers using Android devices integrates Google Play Store apps purchases with Vodacom Airtime mode […]

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Google’s Art Selfie feature goes live in Kenya

Google’s Art Selfie feature has gone live in Kenya and other countries across the globe. The new tool that connects art lovers with thousands of art pieces that resemble their face from art galleries across the world went live yesterday. Experiments for the tool started in the US in January before it was rolled out […]

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Kenya is hosting first Google Web Rangers Africa Summit

Google Kenya is hosting the first Web Rangers summit in Africa aimed at spreading awareness about internet safety and promoting responsible digital citizenship on the continent. 26 Web Rangers from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa are attending the summit to meet and share ideas on how they can make the Internet a safer place for […]

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Sports betting, Kobi Kihara and Riparian Land among the most Google searched items in August

Google has released top trending searches for the month of  2018. Sports betting platforms such as Sportpesa, betpawa, betika, betin and others dominated the list of search items by Kenyans once again showing how betting is becoming a national past time. Football has now been relegated to the second position in the most searched items […]

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Google is working on yet another podcast app

It’s barely two months since Google launched Podcast, its dedicated Android app for podcasts. Emmanuel Chenze wrote some really interesting things about it on Android Kenya a while back. And now it looks like we might just be seeing yet another podcast app coming from the company. According to a report published on The Verge, […]

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Google Search now gives Swahili users more detailed results of things they care about

Google Search has now made it possible for Swahili users to get more intelligent and contextualized results of people, things, and entities that Google already knows about. Swahili is one of the most spoken African languages and Google has now made it much easier for the over 100 million Swahili speakers to search for things […]

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Six cool Google Maps tricks that will make your life easier

If you are a frequent Google Maps user, you’ve probably already figured out many of its features beyond the basic location services. For instance, you probably know that you can now check how heavy the traffic is on the route you are planning — the redder and darker the color, the heavier the traffic. You […]

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Croatia President and Lunar eclipse among top trending Google searches in July

Google has released top trending Google search trends for the month of July 2018 in Kenya. The World Cup dominated the first half of July, with the most searched matches during this period being: France vs Belgium, Russia vs Croatia, Brazil vs Belgium, England vs Croatia and the Final match in which France beat Croatia […]

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Here are the top Google Search Trends by Kenyans in the month of May

Google has today released top trending searches for the month of May 2018. Top on the list was the wedding of Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle on May 19th 2018. Kenyans went online to find information on theroyal wedding, including facts about the bride’s family and background. The wedding was broadcast live on […]

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Google is banning Cryptocurrency related ads from its advertising network.

Google has announced that it is banning cryptocurrency related ads from its vast advertising network, effective in June 2018. The move by Google comes just after Facebook did the same in January. ‘’In June 2018, Google will update the Financial services policy to restrict the advertisement of Contracts for Difference, rolling spot forex, and financial […]

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Growing Africa’s digital ecosystem by bringing high touch to high tech

The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption and the growth of digital businesses across the continent. Giants like Google and Facebook are leading the effort through direct investment, partnerships and in-market teams in key African markets. Google and Facebook both opened offices in Nigeria in 2017. Lagos […]

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16 SEO FAQs We Still Struggle to Understand (Infographic)

SEO is an important factor that businesses need to consider to help them get more potential customers to visit their website over others. It stands for Search Engine Optimisation, and the better a company’s SEO, the higher up a search engine’s rankings they will appear. This is a vitally important factor because over 75% of […]

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The Android Advanced User Guide to Google Docs and Sheets

Microsoft Word and Excel were kind of a big deal in the business community when they first came out, and are still the standard. But it’s also probably fair to say that Google Docs and Sheets are also a big deal, because they maximize the benefits of online collaboration (although Microsoft came back with Excel […]

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Tired YouTube’s 30-second ads? Google is killing them off

Are you one of those people who hate those 30-second ads that appear before you can watch a YouTube video? Well, I am, but there is some good news here. Google has announced that it will no longer support them. In a statement originally given to Campaign, which was later confirmed by The Verge, Google […]

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The leaks suggest that the Pixel phone will likely have a 5-inch screen and the Pixel XL a 5.5-inch screen

Google is launching the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones on 4th October, here’s what to expect

The month of October is almost here and Google has sent out a press invite for its biggest event scheduled to take place on 4th. The company has also released a teaser videon on the same, you can watch it above. There is so much to expect from Google as the company is set to […]

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Google launches a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

Google want to get code into more children’s hands. The tech giant has launched a new hardware platform aimed at teaching young kids how to code. Known as Project Bloks, the platform will allow developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids learn the principle of code. Google says the […]

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Google Now lets users edit files from within the Google Drive App

If you have the Google Drive app on your Android smartphone you will realize when using it you are only limited to basic management functions. This means as a user you cannot be able to edit or even sort documents easily with the Drive app. Well, that is about to change. Google has made an […]

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Google’s Android N Is On The Way

After Version 6, a new version is coming. Had a sneak peak on Google’s Android Developers blog. For clarification I quoted the whole blog for you guys. Note, this isn’t my content!; First Preview of Android N: Developer APIs & Tools ”Today we’re happy to announce a Developer Preview of the N release of Android! […]

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Google wants to let you post directly to search results – Starting with U.S Presidential Candidates

It looks like Google wants to go the Twitter way. The internet giant is testing a new Twitter-like feed that will let user post their thoughts directly into the search results. As an experiment, Google is first testing the new format with U.S Presidential candidates in ‘’real time’’ and will allow the candidates to post […]

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Google Opens Project Fi to Everyone In The U.S.

After nearly a year of waiting, Google has finally announced that it is opening up its Projec Fi mobile network to people in the U.S. Previously, Google would only let consumers pay for the amount of data they used every month. According to Simon Arscott, Fi’s product manager, through a blog post With Project Fi, […]

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Google Now Lets You format documents on Google Docs with your voice

Its just six months since Google introduced voice typing for Google Docs, the company just made another step adding voice commands, which allow you to edit and format documents with only your voice. These new commands takes care of all the formatting that hasn’t yet been available when using Google Docs. You can use commands […]

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Orange, Google in MEA mobile internet partnership

Orange today announces a new partnership with Google to bring the best of mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern (Orange MEA) footprint. By combining the strength of Orange’s mobile network and mobile expertise with Google’s mobile applications, the move offers customers the best of both partners in terms of access and content […]

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This is how to Log into Gmail without a Google account

This is really some good news, huh! You can now access Gmail without having to own a Gmail account.  Google has announced that starting today it will allow users to log in with their Yahoo Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com accounts. Google is calling this service Gmailify and what it does is link your existing account to […]

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Google is giving away free 2GB Google drive storage, and here is how to get it

Google is offering free 2GB worth of Google Drive storage for users who complete a brief account security checkup of their accounts. The security checkup, which will take users less that a minute lets users review things like their verification settings, recovery information including phone numbers and also which accounts currently have access to their […]

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Google Says No To Fake or Luring Download Buttons

When browsing on the net you can find something interesting. This may be a video, song or document that you need to be in your computer’s hardware. It is with the help of a download button that you will get the file from the net. As time progresses many malicious and deceptive download buttons seem […]

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Report: Google wants to transmit data up to 40 times faster than today’s 4G LTE speeds.

Google could soon be transmitting data up to 40 times faster than today’s 4G LTE speeds if a report published by the Guardian are anything to go by. According to the report, Google said to be testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico Spaceport Center, in association with Virgin Galactic to explore ways […]

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Welcome the new revamped Google+

Google+ is here to stay, this could be the message Google is trying to send if the new  announcement by the company is anything to go by. If you head over to Google+ today, you’ll see that things look a little different. Google has just announced the new new revampled Google+. Google says it has spent […]

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Google to invest $40 Million in Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Google has announced its commitment to invest up to $40 Million in Lake Turkana Wind Power Project. Once operational, the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project will bring 310 megawatts of clean energy onto Kenya’s grid—enough to power more than two million households across the country. Lake Turkana will help bring much needed capacity and stability […]

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Google celebrates the discovery of water on Mars with a Doodle

Following new findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) that provided the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars, Google has honoured the exciting discovery with a Doodle. “Today’s news stirred us like a long, cool drink in the blistering heat. Science has gestured at the presence of water on Mars […]

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Google’s new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India

Google has announced a new project to provide high-speed public Wi-Fi in 400 train stations across India. This is in line with his Digital India initiative. Working with Indian Railways, which operates one of the world’s largest railway networks, and RailTel, which provides Internet services as RailWire via its extensive fiber network along many of […]

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Gmail Rolls out ”BLOCK” button to banish annoying senders

Most of the times we keep receiving annoying emails from people we do not know or they could be even be people in our contact list who are really disruptive as Google calls them. Well, now you have something to smile about, you can now be able to say NO MORE EMAILS from the person […]

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Google to aid Kenyans plan public transport trips through Google Transit

Google has partnered with Digital Matatus – a Kenya-based startup – to launch Google Transit. Google Transit is a feature on Google Maps which helps people plan public transport trips quickly and easily in an effort to provide Kenyans, out-of-town visitors and tourists get instant access to useful information on buses and matatus within their […]

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Video: Google teases possible name for its upcoming Android M

Google’s has released a name teaser for its upcoming Android M, amidst reports revealing details about the Nexus smartphones anticipated to launch this year. The teaser video made by Googlers Nat and Lo and tweeted, “What’s Android M gonna be? We all have our guesses…” has sent out lots of guesses. The video doesn’t however […]

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Google to put Samburu National Reserve on Street View

Google is set to put Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve on its Street View platform, a Google Maps feature that will expose the reserve to millions of people across the globe that use the feature. According to Business Daily, Google plans to launch the feature in September through a partnership with Save the Elephants initiative. Once […]

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How Google tries to keep ‘sneaky’ spam from your inbox

What is Google doing in the battle against spam? Google Google is using smarter technology to help keep your Gmail inbox free of spam but at the same time ensuring that legitimate messages get through. On one end, Gmail is using artificial intelligence to better detect “sneaky” spam that would otherwise get through, Google product […]

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Google opens News Lab to teach journalists

Google has launched an online lab where journalists can learn or sharpen internet age reporting skills. The News Lab mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to apply technology innovations to reporting news, lab director Steve Grove said, in a blog post. ‘From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we […]

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Ever Sent an Email You Regret? Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ feature Is Now Here

By Nixon Kanali, TechTrendsKE Have you ever sent an Email and regretted  why you sent it in the first place? It could be maybe your email has typhos, or you sent it while angry, Well, Gmail users, Google just came up with  a solution for you , the Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ Option Is Now Here. […]

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Google will now count calories from your food pictures

Research scientist from one of Google’s experimental labs has spilled some beans about an intriguing artificial intelligence project. This new AI calculates the calories in a particular picture just by capturing and analyzing the picture of food. Social media websites like Instagram and Facebook has made a phenomenon called ‘Food Porn’ popular. People are excited […]

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Google launches cloud messaging service for iOS devices

Google has launched its cloud messaging service for iOS devices that will allow applications to communicate using push notifications. Earlier, the service was available for Android devices only but the new update will allow developers to expand the reach of their applications to iOS devices too. The feature allows users to decide the important ‘topics’ […]

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Reports: Google set to Unveil New Web Photo Service

Google might just be launching an online picture sharing and storage service that will no longer be part of the Google+ at the upcoming I/O even, if a report by bloomberg is anything to go by. Recently, there have indeed been rumors that the company was working on a standalone service focused on images that will be […]

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Google and Twitter team up to bring real-time tweets to google search

Google has teamed up with twitter to bring real-time tweets to Google Search.  The two companies had a similar deal previously, but it ended in 2011 after Google came up its own social network Google plus. Starting today however, Google says it is bringing tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. So now when you’re searching on […]

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Google launches ”Project Fi” its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners

Its now official, owners of Nexus 6 smartphone will now be able to receive wireless services, thanks to Google. The company has introduced Project Fi, a program it says will be used to introduce new ideas through a fast and easy wireless experience. ”Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work […]

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Google’s new Handwriting app can read your chicken scratch and turn it into text

If the popularity of styli like Microsoft’s pen accessory for Surface devices is any indication, there’s still a place for handwriting in a touchscreen-keyboard world. Apps that demand any degree of real precision require a stylus, which is probably why Google’s subtly encouraging them with the release of a new app for Android. Aptly titled Google Handwriting Input, it’s a keyboard […]

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Google rolls out content rating system for apps on Google Play

Google has today announced that it is introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games on Google Play. The company says it will also start manually reviewing submitted apps. According to the company, different countries have different ideas about what content is appropriate for different audiences, this announcement it says will help developers […]

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Google’s blogger bans porn and other sexually explicit images

Starting March 23, 2015, you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger, Google has announced. Google has gone ahead to and given users one month to comply or get banned from hosting public blogs. Previously, Google did allow images or videos that contain […]

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Twitter teams up with Google to make tweet updates more searchable online

Twitter has teamed up with Google to make tweet updates more searchable online. This means tweets will now start being visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted starting in the first half of this year. The deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s firehose, the stream of data generated by the […]

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Several Android apps removed from Google Play store after ‘adware’ claim

Three Android apps have been removed from the Google Play app store, after a security firm claimed they were harbouring adware. The most popular of the three, a card game called Durak, had been installed more than 5m times according to the store’s public stats. Antivirus software maker Avast also identified an IQ test app […]

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Uber to make driverless cars in ‘robot taxi war’ vs. Google

In just the next few months, in fact, the taxi industry could be a messy battlefield between the hugely popular Uber and—surprised?—Google. Uber, a taxi-on-demand service, has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University for a robotics research facility in Pittsburgh to build driverless cars. “Uber and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are announcing today a strategic partnership […]

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Google Doodle celebrates Kenya’s Guinness World Record holder

  Google today has paid tribute to Stephen Kimani Maruge 11th anniversary of his first day in school. Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest pupil to start primary school after the then NARC government introduced free primary education. He enrolled in the first grade on January […]

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Google to start publishing song lyrics online

Google is getting into publishing song lyrics online. The world’s most popular search engine has apparently hired staff to transcribe and catalogue lyrics, in order to provide this information to users searching for the words to their favourite songs. According to reports, Google has begun including lyrics in the results pages for certain search terms […]

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Google’s first self-driving car prototype ready for testing

Back in May  Google announced that it wants to revolutionize the motor industry by  introducing a driverless car that has no steering wheel, gear stick or pedals. A report published by the Verge now indicates that Google has finished its work on the first complete prototype of of the car and is now ready for testing. Unlike the prototype […]

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Google+ rolls out ‘Auto Enhance’ feature for videos

Soon-after social-networking site Facebook announced to improve the qualities of photos uploaded by the users, Google has come up with the idea of auto-enhancing the video qualities uploaded to its social-networking platform ‘Google+’. Google on Monday announced a latest update to Google+ will allow users to enhance and correct the lighting, color, stability with click […]

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Google wants cars to run on Android without smartphone

A version of Google’s Android-based operating system for cars which runs without the need for a smartphone could be released next year. Google is working on a version of its in-car operating system which will require no smartphone to operate and launch in a year’s time, according to reports. The company has long suggested that […]

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LIST 0F KENYA’S TOP SEARCHES ON GOOGLE IN 2014

Top 10 Searches OLX EPL (English Premier League) HELB (Higher Education Loans Board) KRA (Kenya Revenue Authority) GHRIS (Government Human Resource Information System) Google Maps Kenya Airways Google Translate Bible Kenyatta University Trending Searches World Cup 2014 KUCCPS (Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service) Vera Sidika Otieno Kajwang’ Ebola Angel Di Maria Myles Munroe […]

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Kenya’s Top Searches on Google in 2014 Ebola, World Cup among Trending Searches

Google  on Tuesday released the annual Year in Search 2014, which highlights unique searches that grabbed attention of Kenyans throughout the year. Every year, Google reflects on the moments that made the world laugh, smile or kept people gripped to their screens through the annual Zeitgeist (Year in Search). Ebola, was top in the trending […]

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Google gets rid of the ‘frustrating’ Captcha security test

Google is getting rid of the “frustrating” Captcha security test and replacing it with a much simpler method. Previously Google has always prompted users to confirm their identity by asking them to read distorted text and type it into a box. Google now is making things easier as users will directly asked whether or not they are robots. […]

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Contributor: New Google Service to make you pay to remove ads from websites you visit

Google has launched a new service that will allow people to pay to remove ads from websites they are visiting Known as the Contributor, the service will allow visitors to pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once the subscription is activated, visiting those sites will display thank-you messages […]

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Youtube annouces its new music subscription service

Google has officially announced a new music subscription service that takes advantage of YouTube’s vast collection of music and existing relationships with labels. YouTube Music Key is a paid subscription service currently in beta, and you’ll need an invite to start using it. For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and […]

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Google rolls out a new standalone messenger app

Google has rolled out a new Messenger app that has been created to basically send and receive both SMS and MMS messages, Android Police has reported. Dubbed Google Messenger, the app will also let users share pictures and videos. ”This new app is the stock SMS/MMS handler in Android 5.0, but also can be downloaded to other devices […]

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Google adds Hindi voice search to the Google Maps app for iOS in India

  Google has quietly added Hindi voice search to the Google Maps app for iOS in India. The release notes for the latest update don’t mention this new feature, but users can find it by tapping the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top-left > Settings > Voice search. The language can be selected […]

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New google Calendar app turns your emails into Calendar events automatically

Google wants you to spend less time managing your day, and more time enjoying it. The company has announced its  latest version of its Calendar app for Android with some new amazing features. With this new calendar app, your emails can turn into Calendar events automatically. With the auto-add function all your events will now be automatically  pulled in […]

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Google releases new Bookmark Manager extension for its Chrome browser

Google has apparently released a new extension of Google Chrome browser. Called Google Bookmark Manager the extension would provide a way for users to keep a record of important websites and pages they would want to revisit, the verger has reported. With Google Bookmark Manager, your existing collection of links will be automatically grouped into to […]

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Lenovo completes acquisition of Google owned Motorola on a $2.91 billion deal

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi Lenovo has completed the acquisition of  Google owned Motorola on a $2.91 billion deal announced in February this year. ”In Lenovo we have a partner that shares our mission and that brings global scale, a diverse product portfolio and a track record of seizing strategic opportunities and making the most of them” […]

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Google exploring a way to search bodies for cancer, heart disease

Google Inc is exploring a way to search inside people’s bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease. A Life Sciences team at the special projects Google X Lab are experimenting with having “nanoparticles” hunt for signs of medical trouble in bloodstreams and then essentially report findings to sensors people […]

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”Inbox” Googles’ new email service

By Nixon Kanali Google on Wednesday introduced a new e-mail service called Inbox, a service which it says is designed to focus on what really matters.   Available for iOS and Android platforms through an invite system, the feature has been designed to help users organize their e-mail by highlighting the most important parts of an e-mail such […]

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Google’s updates search engine to crack down on piracy websites

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi Google is rolling out a new version of Google Search engine to help combat piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year according the the companys’ Publicity Blog and will affect users across the globe. […]

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Google’s Nexus 6 Phablet to be released this month

Google might just be releasing the much awaited Nexus 6 this month if the report by Wall Street Journal is anything to go by. A  move aimed at intensifying competition in the fast-growing market for super-sized mobile devices known as phablets. Code-named Shamu after a killer whale, the phone will have a 5.9-inch screen, a high-resolution display and will […]

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Google Testing Doctor Patient Video Chats feature

  Google is testing a new search feature that could hook you up with a virtual doctor appointment when you search for symptoms, one Reddit user discovered on Friday. Tech blog Engadget has independently confirmed that Google is testing this new feature as well. The idea behind the search tool is pretty simple. When you […]

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Google to make YouTube videos available offline In India

Google is planning to make YouTube videos available offline in India, allowing people to save on download charges for watching their favourite videos, the Business Standard has reported. With this service, users can download their favourite videos, save them and watch them later without downloading it again and in turn, save on recurring data download charges. “YouTube is […]

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Google’s new music subscription service to be known ‘YouTube Music key’: Report

By Nixon Kanali, Nairobi Kenya   You might have heard about Google’s long-expected YouTube music subscription service. Earlier on, Android Police had reported that YouTube is preparing to release a streaming music service this year. This service would be offered in both free and premium tiers a la Spotify, and it is reportedly a separate entity from Google […]

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Perseid Meteor Shower 2014 Celebrated by a Google Doodle

An annual celestial event is the latest topic of Monday’s Google doodle. The ongoing Perseid meteor shower has inspired a doodle that shows viewers shooting stars across an ever-changing sky ranging from a blue sky, to a pinkish sky and to a dark sky. Unlike some doodles made before, this one has a short video […]

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Yahoo,and Google join to create spy-free email systems

Yahoo and Goole have joined hands to create a spy-free secure email system by next year that could make it nearly impossible for hackers or government officials to scan users messages, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Both companies say the encryption tool will be an optional feature that users will have to turn on. It will rely […]

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Gmail adopts accented and non-Latin characters for gmail

By Nixon Kanali,  In a move that the company says is aimed at making emails global, Google has announced that Gmail, and shortly Calendar, will begin recognizing email addresses containing accented or non-Latin characters. In 2012, an organization called the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) created a new email standard that supports addresses with non-Latin […]

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See how Nairobi has changed: Google Maps adds historical street views

Remember how the road to Thika looked before the construction of the new Thika Superhighway? well, a new function on google maps may just help you refresh your memory on that. The new ”time machine on Google Maps, will now help you see street view images going as far as 2007. Internet giant Google on Wednesday unveiled the […]

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