Google skipped the skydivers at Google I/O 2013, but broke interesting ground in maps, music, social and search. Take our tour.
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Spotify and Pandora have a new (and scary-big) competitor in Google Play Music All Access, a streaming service that offers unlimited listening to millions of songs in the Google Play library for $10/month, or $8/month if you sign up before June 30. Apple undoubtedly will launch a rival subscription service too, as its iTunes business model seems increasingly stodgy in the era of always-connected mobile devices and all-you-can-eat music plans.
Google also announced new services for game developers, as well as a special Samsung Galaxy S4 (sold exclusively in the Google Play store) with the same UI as Google's Nexus devices. One more thing: in an effort to get Google Apps, Nexus tablets and Chromebook laptops into the classroom, the Google Play for Education service will provide a place for developers to offer apps to schools.
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InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?