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Project Ara is basically the codename for an initiative by Google that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. It will include a structural frame that holds smartphone modules of the owner's choice, such as a display, keyboard or an extra battery. This would allow users to swap out malfunctioning modules or upgrade individual modules as innovations emerge, providing longer lifetime cycles for the handset, and potentially reducing electronic waste. The first model of the modular phone is scheduled to be released in January 2015 and is expected to cost around $50. Continue reading for more.

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Google is already the best search engine for just about everything online, but want to make the search experience even better? Here are 7 quick and easy tips, like using quotation marks for exact words or phrases and adding a tilde before the term to include results with synonyms. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny FAILS and fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the worst Wheel of Fortune contestant ever.

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Google has just filed a new patent application with the USPTO for embedding micro cameras directly into contact lenses. According to TechCrunch, the various uses include "photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired." Continue reading for a video of similar bionic eye technology and more information.

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So far, Google Glass has been invite-only, meaning even if you had $1500, there was no way to buy directly from the company, but on Tuesday, a limited number of units will go on sale to the public. Here's the official announcement posted on Google Plus: "Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we're opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax." Continue reading for 5 reasons why you should buy one.

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With so many employees and offices worldwide, it's no surprise that Google is still on the cutting edge of April Fools' Day pranks. In addition to their endless supply of talented engineers and designers, they have access to just about any piece of technology required to create elaborate, yet fake, products / demo videos / etc. Continue reading to see five from this year's selection.

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We brought you the video earlier today, but for those who still haven't figured it out, Google Pokemon Challenge is just a very clever April Fools prank by the company. To become a master, simply collect 150 different Pokemon scattered throughout Google's mobile apps, and "strong-willed" applicants with every single creature will be invited to Googleplex for a final hiring round, and the winner will ultimately start at Google as a Pokemon Master on September 1st, 2014," according to Laughing Squid. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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For those fortunate enough to work at Google, their new Amsterdam office might be nothing new, but for everyone else, this is more theme park than workplace. There's plenty of natural lighting, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, along with brick accents on the walls for the urban look. As you step further into the office, you'll see a small camper van which can be used for a private conference or just relaxing and then your standard 5-star luxury cafeteria for employees. Plus, there's also a meditation room, a gym, and desk bikes. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an Italian nun with an unexpected talent.

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We have seen the future of smartwatches, and it's Android Wear by Google. This project will give developers a special version of Google phone and tablet software they can run on watches and other devices. The watches will utilize Google Now service for 'smart' alerts, which looks at emails, calender and other today to warn of upcoming appointments, delayed flights and other information. Plus, itt can also tell users when they need to leave for their next appointment after looking at live traffic data, for instance. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Believe it or not, entry level interns at Google make a whopping $5,969 USD per month, and while these may all be engineering positions, they most certainly earn more than money management positions at other companies. Fast Company reports that "the highest-paying company for interns, based on average monthly base pay, is Palantir ($7,012), followed by VMWare ($6,966), and Twitter ($6,791)." Continue reading to see them all.

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Google unveiled a new prototype Android smartphone that uses 3D vision to learn and map the world around it. It's codenamed "Project Tango", and according to Google, the "phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them - walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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