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Hands Free Payments What's that all about Google?
Introducing Hands Free payments, from Google.
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After the EU get's involved, I doubt we will see it
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Content Ratings on Google Play You may have seen content ratings appearing against apps on Google Play that should help parents or guardians decide what content to download to devices that belong to sensitive eyes and ears.

Dead Trigger 2 has a PEGI 12 rating and advises that the game contains moderate violence and horror. Peppa Pig on the other hand has a PEGI 3 rating which tells you that the content of apps wit this rating is considered suitable for all age groups.

The link below takes you to a support page where each country or region has a drop down menu to explain how the ratings work there. In South Korea for example a 3 rating doesn't necessarily mean an app is designed for children.

It's down to what you think is appropriate for your children to have on their devices so these ratings are there as guidelines only. The ratings also advise you if you need to be worried about money being spent. YouTube advises Parental Guidance as content can be purchased.

The /"Read more" section on an app's details page tells more about the app's interactive features. This will advise you it it has the ability to share a location and if it can share information with a third party app.

More can be found here - https://goo.gl/qSGE4l - and Orange Is The New App is a good example of an app that would probably make you think twice about downloading to your child's device.

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Google Photos & Google+ Goggle Photos is born and Google+ isn't dead.

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Until I can get a permalink to a picture as easily as I can in DropBox, I won't be putting many photos in Photos.

It used to be reasonably easy in the old g+ photos to get the hosting link. That's gone in the new version.

I DropBox I just stick the picture in my Public folder, right-click it and select Get Public Link. Done. I can put that on a Forum, in Twitter or an email. 
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Google Photos will be available across Android, Web and iOS. The link below gives you a run through about what to expect and how it will work.

It's been a long time coming and what's more you get free unlimited backup with a 16 megapixel resolution limit for photos and 1080p for videos.

I like the ability to search via day, week, month, or even year simply by using a pinch gesture and if you want to share your pics or videos the usual sharing methods are available.

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I selected to use the full size of photos and use up the capacity on my Drive, but my photos are 13MP which is now under the new max for free storage, 16MP. So I wonder if it will now give me the storage back those photos have been taking up, if they're under that limit.
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Free Classical album I don't know anything about classical music but sometimes there is nothing better than tuning in to Classic FM to help you relax apart from a free album.

Hit the link below and you'll be whisked over to Google Play where you can bag a free album - 20 Classical Essentials.

No idea how long the album will be free for so I'd hit the link now.

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The LG G4 is available at Carphone Warehouse Pick it up on Friday or have it delivered to you on Friday. Deals start from £35 per month with connections available on O2, EE, Vodafone and EE.

If however you're more inclined to go down the sim free route Clove Technology also have it available with some lucky customers getting it in their hands tomorrow if in the UK.

The Tan Leather is my favourite and Clove are selling it for £509 including VAT plus shipping. Check out their prices for the Metallic Grey and Shiny Gold here - http://goo.gl/GnBDoD .

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App update - Netflix

A new feature rolling out to Android devices is the ability to let apps sign in with s login details that you've signed in with on Chrome or your Android phone and tablet.

The new Smart Locks Password feature is rolling out to Android devices now and Netflix is one of the first apps to take advantage of the feature.

You'll need to be signed in to your Google account for it work and will be particularly handy if you get a new device.

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I'm hitting retry over and over

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Family Star An easier way to find a movie, a book or app that is family friendly. Tap the Family button on Google Play and Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer and more family oriented content is just a click away.

Google Play well also give parents now control over what content is downloaded so parents can restrict downloads, purchases or streaming.

The updated Google Play should be rolling out over the next couple of weeks but you can read more via the link below.

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Inbox now available to everyone Along with being open to all there are also a few new features including at long last the good old fashioned signature.

Check out all the new additional features and more about Inbox from Gmail below.

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The only place you need to be to watch Google I/O if you won't be there in person.

I'm hoping for the new Pictures app and I'm very intrigued about the possibility of a new smaller Nexus as my wife will soon be needing a new phone.

It all kicks off at 17:30PM here in the UK. You can turn in via the link below. Think I'll whizz it via my Chromebook to my TV this time round.

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I have the app installed and a date with the settee and YouTube from 21:00hrs tonight!!
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Brilliant on the Moto X 2014 Now they'll be just as super on other devices. It'll be a case of seeing which handsets will be compatible, Google have advised that they are working towards bringing other devices in on the fun.

The really fantastic thing with Spotlight Stories is you are in control. Move you phone to follow what's going on or take a look around where you might come across a few surprises. 

The animation for Duet was directed by Disney's alum Glen Keane, who has worked on films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.

Windy Day was created by Jan Pinkava, the co-director of Pixar's Ratatouille.Buggy Night is the third instalment and was released only a few weeks back.

The latest story is called Help where you'll find yourself dropped in to Los Angeles in the middle of a meteor storm.

Help is directed by Justin Lin from the Fast and Furious franchise who is also directing the new Star Trek film.

It's working a treat on my Nexus 6. You'll notice that is listed with in-app purchases so Google may well offer more for a small fee. The fact that Help is free for a limited time pretty much cements that.

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Wow, that's pretty cool. Loved Duet! Works beautifully on the Nexus 6.
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