Gmail users can now quickly add photos backed up from their smartphones into emails they compose.

Gmail makes adding photos into messages quicker with new feature

Adding pictures into a Gmail message will now be faster than ever thanks to a new feature introduced Tuesday that lets users quickly upload photos that have been backed up from their smartphones.

The new feature is called "Insert Photo" and it appears at the bottom of the screen when users compose a new message using the Web version of Gmail. To display the "Insert Photo" icon, users must compose a new email and hover their mouse over the "+" symbol near the bottom of the page.

After clicking the icon, Gmail will display a new window that is full of pictures taken by users on their smartphones. Users choose whichever photo they want to send, hit "Insert" and then it is added into the email they are creating.

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The feature is meant to make it easy for users to use their laptops and desktops to send pictures they've shot on their smartphones.

But for the feature to work properly, users must enable their smartphones to automatically back up their photos...

Google has filed for a patent that outlines a way to fit a camera into a contact lens.

Google wants to fit an entire camera into a contact lens

Google has applied for a patent that details a way to fit a camera into a contact lens.

The patent has to do with the tech giant's smart contact lens project, which was first announced earlier this year. By fitting a camera into a contact lens, users could process all kinds of data that could then be relayed to a connected smartphone.

The patent, which was reported by Patent Bolt, outlines a way that Google could fit a camera into a contact lens without drastically increasing its thickness. A camera on a contact lens could be used to collect data from users' surroundings, including light, colors, objects, faces and motion, according to the report.

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That data could be quickly processed and used to provide users with information on a display within the contact lens. For example, a moving vehicle or the face of a nearby user could be highlighted by the smart contact lens -- think "Terminator" vision. 

The camera could also expand users'...

Google has opened up sales of its Glass wearable device for one day only to anyone adult resident of the U.S.

Google Glass: How to buy one, today only, without an invitation

Not sure what to spend that tax refund on? Well, Google has an idea.

The tech giant on Tuesday is selling Glass, its $1,500 wearable device, from its website to any adult U.S. resident.

Normally, the company sells Glass only to users who have an invitation to join its "explorer" program, but it decided to remove that restriction for one day only.

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Buyers can choose the color of their device, a frame design and their preferred attachable shades. The purchase includes a charger, a pouch and a mono ear bud.

"We’ve got a limited number of spots available, so don’t wait too long," Google said in a post Tuesday morning. 


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Samsung's focus on a few features, instead of hundreds, makes the Galaxy S5 its best smartphone yet.

Samsung Galaxy S5 finds success in simplicity

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung proves that less can be more.

A year ago, Samsung tried to blow away consumers -- along with its chief rival, the Apple iPhone -- by packing seemingly every feature known to man into one device. The Galaxy S4 was a success, but consumers struggled to grasp the full capabilities of the device.

To improve user experience, Samsung has gone the opposite way with the GS5. It consolidated many features into more understandable groups and eliminated other features altogether. The deleted features are still available to users through downloads. Customers can add features one by one, introducing themselves to each element over time.

This makes the GS5 a device that is a lot easier to get to know than its predecessor. Rather than trying to explain hundreds of features, Samsung instead focused on a few that make this device stand out from its peers. The phone has a top-notch screen, great durability, an improved camera, a long-lasting battery and useful health tracking...

Google said it has acquired Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico startup specializing in drones capable of flying for years.

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace; Facebook had shown interest

Google has acquired New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace, the company said on Monday.

The Mountain View tech giant did not say how much it paid for the start-up, which specializes in building drones capable of staying in sky for years on end.

“Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world," a Google spokesman said. "It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."

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The team from Titan Aerospace will work closely with Google's Project Loon, the More...

After Heartbleed bug, OpenSSL president calls for more support

The president of the OpenSSL Foundation said the organization needs more support from companies and governments that use its software so that it can be better equipped to spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as the Heartbleed bug.

The OpenSSL Foundation handles the finances required to support OpenSSL, a piece of software used by countless websites to secure user data. Recently, researchers discovered a flaw in OpenSSL named the Heartbleed bug, which made it possible for hackers to discreetly steal information from websites for about two years.

Since the bug's discovery, the OpenSSL Foundation has received hundreds of donations from individuals, but it is not enough, wrote Steve Marquess, the organization's president, in an online note.

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"While OpenSSL does 'belong to the people' it is neither realistic nor appropriate to expect that a few hundred, or even a few thousand, individuals provide all the financial support," Marquess wrote. "The ones...

T-Mobile on Monday started a petition calling on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to stop charging overage fees.

T-Mobile petition calls for other carriers to end overage fees

T-Mobile is on the offensive against its rivals again, calling for the top U.S. wireless carriers to end their use of overage fees.

The Seattle-based carrier launched a petition on on Monday morning that said 20 million Americans were hit with overage fees by carriers in 2013. T-Mobile estimates that customers pay AT&T, Verizon and Sprint more than $1 billion in overages per year. 

"I'm laying down a challenge to AT

College students pack onto the floor of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for the the LA Hacks hackathon.

LA Hacks hackathon draws hordes of young developers to UCLA [Updated]

The basketball court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was teeming with young hackers this weekend as students descended on the school for the second annual LA Hacks event.

More than 4,000 registered for the 36-hour hackathon, which drew developers from colleges including Stanford, UC Berkeley, USC, UC Davis and Harvard.

[Updated at 9:15 p.m. Pacific time: Organizers said about 1,500 students showed up for the event.]

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The event kicked off Friday night with a "mystery keynote" -- Snapchat co-founder and Chief Executive Evan Spiegel. During his address, Spiegel shared some words of wisdom on finding success.

"I was fortunate enough to have my palm read by a wise old man in a Hong Kong temple. In addition to learning that I will be married and have a son before I am 30, he also gave me the three keys to success," Spiegel said. "They are as follows: 1. Hard work. 2. Ability. 3. Human relationships."

Eighteen hours in, dozens of students appeared wiped out by the...

The addition of Condoleezza Rice to the Dropbox board has stirred controversy in Silicon Valley. Above, Rice last month.

Dropbox responds to backlash over Condoleezza Rice board appointment

The week seemed to start off on a triumphant note for hot Silicon Valley start-up Dropbox. The company held a media event Wednesday to unveil a slew of new applications designed to demonstrate its expanding vision as it marches closer to an anticipated initial public offering.

But the week is ending in controversy over this announcement: Dropbox added Condeelezza Rice to its board.

"When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint," co-founder Drew Houston wrote on the company's blog. "Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States secretary of State. We’re honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team."

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The decision to add Rice, who was secretary of State and national security advisor under President George W. Bush, prompted hundreds of...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Amazon reportedly plans to release a smartphone this year

After years of rumors, could finally be getting into the smartphone business.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Seattle e-commerce giant will release a smartphone in the second half of the year, citing people briefed on the company's plans.

Those people said Amazon plans to announce the phone by the end of June and begin shipping units by the end of September.

A smartphone would be the latest hardware addition for Amazon, which already competes against Apple and Samsung in the tablet space with its Kindle Fire. Its newly announced Kindle Fire TV is an Internet video-streaming set-top box that is going up against the likes of Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast.

A smartphone would be a major move for Jeff Bezos' company, elevating the Amazon brand to a front-and-center position in consumers' pockets. If Amazon follows its tablet and e-reader pricing model, consumers can expect a mid-priced smartphone.

The Journal said Amazon has been demoing versions of the phone to...


NSA denies reports it exploited 'Heartbleed' to spy on consumers

The National Security Agency denied a report that it has exploited the "Heartbleed" bug to spy on consumers for the past two years.

"NSA was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report," the agency said in a statement. "Reports that say otherwise are wrong. Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong."  

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The statement came in response to a story by Bloomberg on Friday that claimed the NSA had known about the vulnerability in OpenSSL since it was first introduced two years ago.

OpenSSL is the open-source encryption software that 66% of all servers on the Internet use to provide additional security. Late last week, security researchers discovered a flaw that would allow hackers using a simple piece of software to easily access user IDs and...