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At I/O, More Evidence of Google's Complicated Relationship With iOS

Google has the luxury of competing—fiercely—with Apple's mobile operating system while simultaneously catering to Apple fans.

A month ago at its Build conference, Microsoft announced plans to make it easy for developers to convert iOS and Android apps for Windows 10, with the goal of augumenting the app selection on its own operating system. At this week's I/O conference, it was Google's chance to portray the state of its relationship with Android and iOS. The company delivered, further evolving the complex and contrasting ways it runs both toward and against the operating system that powers the iPhone and iPad—and sometimes just runs around it.

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Take The Fast Company News Quiz

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 29, 2015.

Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. cool-face

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How Google's Material Design Will Come To Cars, TVs, and VR

At Google I/O 2015, Matias Duarte unveils some of the biggest changes yet to Google's universal design language.

A year ago, Android lead designer Matias Duarte announced Material Design. A system for designing apps graphically beautiful apps across all platforms and screen sizes which used motion and animations as a core design principle, not an afterthought, Material Design was a bold and breathtaking attempt by the search giant to deliver a unified digital design language that was applicable wherever Google's apps and services were.

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Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.

Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.

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Google Unveils The Gmail Of Photos We've Been Wanting For Years

Google Photos is as magical as apps get. Here's why.

A couple weeks ago, Yahoo unveiled a new update to Flickr that made Flickr worth taking seriously again. But, as often happens in the world of tech, it only took two weeks for someone to release a photo service that makes Flickr's update look old hat. That was Google, which at yesterday's I/O 2015 conference unveiled Google Photos, a slick new service that is basically the Gmail for Photos we've wanted for years.

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Bury This Book In The Ground And It Will Magically Come Back As A Tree

This children's book not only teaches about ecology, it practices it.

Despite the rise of e-books, most children's books are still made from trees. One new picture book is designed as a simple reminder of that fact: When kids finish reading a story about an adventure in the rainforest, they can plant the book in the ground. Eventually, the paper will sprout back into a mini-forest of jacaranda saplings.

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Hackers On Demand

How hackers for hire, from teenage "script kiddies" to members of sophisticated industrial rings, provide "espionage as a service."

In 2013, a pair of private investigators in the Bay Area embarked on a fairly run-of-the-mill case surrounding poached employees. But according to a federal indictment unsealed in February, their tactics sounded less like a California noir and something more like sci-fi: To spy on the clients' adversaries, prosecutors say, they hired a pair of hackers.

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What We Learn From Living In The Harsh Conditions Of Mars Will Help Us If We Fully Destroy Earth

We may not ship the entire population off to the red planet, but as our environment gets more and more dangerous, the technologies we develop to live on the Martian surface will help us here, too.

When Earth's sky turns red and the clouds become flaking black soot, when the air chokes human animals like a gulp of vaporized chlorine and the plants are pulled from their roots by the wind—people will wonder where we can go. They will consider a better time or a better place, and they will do what humans do. They will look for any way to survive. But will they actually go to the equally uninhabitable dunes of Mars?

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Film Industry Innovators On Google's New VR System

Until now, making high-resolution, stitch-free 360-degree VR films has been time-consuming. Google is aiming to change all of that.

Google sure likes to shake things up.

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"The Big Bang Theory" Becomes The First TV Series To Create A UCLA STEM Scholarship

The hit CBS comedy about scientists and engineers want to help to create them for real with a newly formed endowment for STEM students in need of fianacial aid.

The Big Bang Theory is taking its geek cred seriously, creating what may be the first university STEM scholarship created by and named for a TV series—and certainly a first for UCLA.

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Watch the Sydney Opera House Transform Into A Hand-Drawn Animation

It's like a 1970s cartoon in the best way.

Each year, the Sydney Opera House hands over its iconic sails to artists who use projectors to animate a Michael-Bay-worthy explosion of colors across its skin. The effect is the unreal combination of the world's best graphic artists wielding the world's most powerful tools in CGI.

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The Coolest Thing About 1 World Trade Center's New Observatory Isn't The View

Up on the 100th floor of New York's tallest skyscraper, a ring of screens tells stories about the city in a new way.

No tourist heading to the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center—the 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper that stands as the spiritual successor to the Twin Towers—is going there strictly for the view, but it's nice to protect the skyline, anyway.

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Your iPhone Now Has Virtual Reality, Compliments of Google

Cardboard is the first major VR platform to arrive on the iPhone. But will it be the one that matters most?

Yesterday at the Google I/O conference, Google brought the app store for Cardboard—the sub $5 cardboard adapter that turns a smartphone into a virtual reality headset—to the iPhone. In the process, Google beat Apple to the punch in offering a VR platform on the iPhone.

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Are You Networking Or Nagging?

It's a thin line between "you're hired" and "restraining order."

Networking trips people up for a lot of reasons. When is it good to follow up, and when is it just annoying the other person? Is it better to try to form a friendship or to keep it strictly professional? All these questions and more are answered in this video, so watch it now. Then go out and confidently hand out your business cards! Just don't hand out too many.

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Is This The E-Bike That Finally Gets Commuters Out Of Cars?

With lighter batteries, lower prices, and sleeker designs, the latest e-bikes might finally turn more people on to a commute on two wheels. The Karmic Koben is a good place to start.

I live at the bottom of a hill so steep that some cars have trouble making it up, and local cyclists call it the "death ride." I'm not in particularly good shape. But the other day I started cruising up on a bike, pedaling easily past a spandex-clad guy on a bike with enormous calf muscles. I had a secret weapon to thank: my bike's electric motor.

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Dogs Unite Black And White, Pizza Teaches English: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Pedigree shows how dogs bring us together, Greenpeace shows how Shell is setting fire to America, VW shows that the smallest moment can change our lives.

There are ads, there are campaigns, and then there are marketing platforms. Over the last decade, Pedigree has grown the idea of doing good for dogs from the former into the latter.

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How Brad Bird Went From Disney Apprentice To Oscar-Winner And Architect Of "Tomorrowland"

From working under legend Ward Kimball, and learning to stay loose on The Simpsons to jumping to live action (NBD) and corralling Clooney in his driveway, Brad Bird shares lessons from a creative career.

In Tomorrowland, a precocious boy inventor gets schooled at the 1964 World's Fair by a stern futurist who advises him to work harder on his jetpack. "Young Frank" grows up to become a bitter recluse, played by George Clooney. Tomorrowland director Brad Bird also started young but unlike Frank, he's remained a true believer in the beauty of invention dating to his teenage apprenticeship with the masterful Disney animators who created Bambi, Pinocchio, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. "It was like being a young actor and getting to work with Brando," Bird recalls.

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Keep Being Creative: Creativity Is As Good For You As It Is For Your Work

We often extol the benefits of creativity in business. But what about the benefit to employees themselves?

People spend a lot of time thinking about how to be more creative. There are experts upon experts expounding on management strategies to "unleash creativity" in the workforce. We think of creativity as means towards business success. But we don't often think about the side-effects of simply engaging in creative work.

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5 Free Apps for Getting Your Morning Started

Sleep better, get caught up on the news, beat traffic, and more.

The work day waits for nobody, least of all the non-morning people. These apps may not guarantee that you'll get up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but they can help you ease into your day a little more easily.

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Your Top Six Interview Worries Solved

Interviews are stressful, but you can feel less nervous with these tips.

You've landed an interview for a dream job. You can already picture yourself working there, but your nerves may stand in the way of making the best first impression on the hiring manager. LaSalle Network, a Chicago staffing and recruiting agency, recently conducted a survey on interview stress and reported 81% of interviewees get nervous before their interview. The main causes of stress included saying the wrong thing, not "selling" themselves well, and being underprepared.

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