Your Friday Tech News Round Up!

by Alexi Yeldezian · November 18, 2011

Google continues their conquest to own the world by opening their own online music store and simultaneously releasing their newest software for Android. Aside from Google, engineers have created what's said to be the lightest material on earth, Amazon plans to build a smartphone, and more!

1. Google Music is unveiled. On Wednesday, Google opened up their new online music platform to the public. Of course, this is just another way for Google to compete with Apple, but because Google Music syncs with various types of mp3 devices, it potentially provides a wider customer base than iTunes and acts as a "free locker" for digital music files. [CNN]

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2. Pandora will begin to target ads for political campaigns. Based on the ZIP code attached to your Pandora account, the company will begin to target specific geographic areas with campaign ads, starting today. Since Twitter implemented promotional tweets from Washington, back in September, the importance of political ads has only increased, especially for companies, like Pandora, who's revenue relies on advertising. [WSJ]

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3. Google's "Ice Cream Sandwich" for Android is finally released. After a much anticipated wait, Google unveiled their newest Android software, Ice Cream Sandwich, yesterday. The software should fix problems that the past few updates, like Gingerbread and Honeycomb failed to recognize. Ice Cream Sandwich also comes along with some cool new features, like face unlock, screenshots, and photo editing built right into the camera. [CNET]

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4. RumbaTime has plans to create a smart watch. The RumbaTime Go will allow users to have a watch, ID, and debit card all in one. So if you don't feel like carrying around your wallet, soon enough, all you'll need to have on you is your watch. The RumbaTime Go even has an emergency contact number on it just in case and contains your personal identification information. [CNET]

5. Engineers create the world's lightest material. Researchers at HRL Laboratories and the Composites Center at the University of Southern California have created the lowest-density material known to man. The material itself is made up of a lattice of hollow tubes of nickel, whose volume is 99.99% air. Engineers believe that this material would be useful for absorbing things like sound and vibrations. [CNET]

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6. Amazon may create it's own smartphone. Rumors have it that Amazon's phone will run on the Google Android platform, will most likely be under $200, and will be released by mid-2012. At this point, no one's really sure whether or not the phone is in the works, but be sure to keep an eye out. [CNN]

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7. AOL revamps AIM. AOL has recently created a new and improved version of AIM to try to expand it's customer base, yet again. The new AIM allows users to view tweets, photos, and videos all while instant messaging friends and family, and even syncs all notifications into your Social Notifications feed. AIM is available for a variety of hardwares; Macs, Windows PCs, iOS, Android, and on the web. [TechNewsWorld]

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