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The tech giant gets the green light for its driverless car Google on Friday announced that its self-driving car will leave the test track this summer and hit public roads of Mountain View, California, where it is based. The last phase of testing, follows the one run at the company’s test facilities so the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw on – in fact, it translates into about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience. Google argues that the vehicle will mark another era in personal transportation “Vehicles that can take anyone from A to B…

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Sink or swim is no more a question for Swimmo, a Polish company based in Poznan, that created first ever watch designed specifically for swimmers. On 16 April, the inventors started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $39,000 and reached its target within 48 hours after the kick-off of the campaign, and we obviously wish them to become a big fish in the sea of wearables. The watch works like your own personal coach, it keeps you on track, motivates you while swimming and provides immediate feedback – it helps to maximize the time spent on training and reach better results…

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One of the most transformational aspects of the digital age in which we live is the ability of talented young people to make a name for themselves overnight. This is especially true for app developers, many of whom are snapped up by large firms at an early age should they demonstrate enough potential, as happened with the creator of Summly in 2014. Though he may not have hit the big time quite yet, Hungarian developer Zoltán Gubics seems set to reach there soon. With over a million downloads, the RPG he developed “Medieval Apocalypse”, is a hit. Tasking players with…

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On April 4th, 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft. The company has become a Tech giant and the most recognizable name in the personal computer market.  In order to commemorate the occasion, Bill Gates penned an inspirational letter to his employers which focuses not on decades earlier, but rather on what the future may hold for Microsoft. “In the coming years”, writes Gates, “Microsoft has the opportunity to reach even more people and organizations around the world. Technology is still out of reach for many people, because it is complex or expensive, or they simply do not have access”…

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The world’s smartest and richest tech companies posted their quarterly earnings this week, and if you had to draw one lesson from the results, it’s this: mobile matters—more than anything. The companies seeing the strongest growth—Apple and Facebook—are the ones with the most successful mobile strategies. The companies seeing declines, missing expectations, or falling short of their former glories (Google, Alibaba, and Microsoft) are the ones that can’t quite make mobile work for them. And in that faltering, opportunity opens up for the next great business idea—an idea not weighed down by the legacy of the desktop. Yes, these are…

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Android shipments in 2014 exceed 1 billion for first time Google’s Android mobile operating system has reached a major milestone. For the first time ever, worldwide shipments of smartphones packing Android exceeded 1 billion units in 2014, a significant gain from the 780.8 million units that shipped around the world in 2013, researcher Strategy Analytics announced Thursday. Android dwarfed its second-place competitor, Apple’s iOS, which mustered 192.7 million worldwide shipments in 2014. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The data from Strategy Analytics shows that the worldwide smartphone market — divvied up by the operating system –…

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