Google Search Gets a New ‘Recent’ Tab for Android

Google has rolled out a new Recent tab in its search app, and it lets you navigate through your previous searches in a more organised manner. The feature was being tested on Android for a while, but it’s now said to be available for everyone to use.

Android Authority was the first one to spot the feature, and the Recent tab groups related searches together for comparison, and even lets you delete them in a single swipe up. The new tab shows up as the top option in the navigation bar, and clicking on it will throw a small tutorial telling you how the tab works.

Google Search Gets a New 'Recent' Tab for Android

“The pages that you have seen on this device are ordered by time and grouped by search query. Pages in Recent are only on this device and are separate from your My Activity data – changes in one won’t affect the other,” the dialog box notes.

This means that using Google search on another device with the same login won’t throw the same results, and the Recent tab only shows data based on searches on that specific Android device only. The pages in the Recent tab are also grouped with priority given to the latest searches over dated ones.

The tutorial essentially explains in detail how the new tab works, and it can also be disabled if you wish to. Head to the Settings menu in the navigation bar, click on Accounts and privacy, and toggle off ‘Enable Recent’. This feature is only exclusive to Android users for now, and there’s no word on iOS availability. Ensure that you are on the latest version of the Google app for Android to spot the feature.

WhatsApp Now Has 200 Million Monthly Active Users in India

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Friday announced that it has 200 million monthly active users in India.

WhatsApp Now Has 200 Million Monthly Active Users in India

In a post on Twitter, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced the statistic, while reiterating that the company now has 1.2 billion monthly active users – a figure revealed to Gadgets 360 last week by WhatsApp Product Manager Randall Sarafa. India has been the biggest market for the instant messaging app since November last year, when it announced it had over 160 million users in India.

Separately, Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, along with Neeraj Arora, Head of Business, WhatsApp, on Friday visited Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi to interact with the students.

The discussion focused on the ways WhatsApp can contribute to India as it is invested in building a service with high utility for millions of Indians, the company said in a statement.

The new ‘Status’ feature lets users share photos, GIFs or videos overlaid with drawings, emojis and a caption that will be visible to selected friends for 24 hours, before disappearing.

Users can also see who has viewed their Status update by tapping the eye icon at the bottom of any Status update.

The new feature is now available to all users across the globe on Android, iPhone, and Windows devices.

Best Amazon Prime Video TV shows: 50 essential shows on Amazon Prime

Welcome to TechRadar’s guide to the best Amazon Prime TV shows around, a constantly updated list of the best shows on Amazon Prime that we have been watching and loving on what has become one of the most popular streaming services around. It wasn’t always this way, though.

In the UK, Amazon had a stuttering start when it came to taking on Netflix in the big streaming battle. This was partly due to a stubborn insistence on Amazon’s part to keep its streaming setup separate, hoping to make Lovefilm (a company it acquired when DVDs were all the rage) into an on-demand brand.

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This didn’t work so along came Plan B. Lovefilm didn’t have global appeal, but it did have a backbone on which Amazon built the streaming service we know today -Amazon Prime Video .

Since this move, Amazon Prime has grown into a media powerhouse. Taking, and in some ways surpassing, Netflix’s self-serving model to produce its own content Amazon now has a bevy of television shows that are begging to be watched on its own platform. The choice is expansive and that’s where we come in.

TechRadar has curated a list of the best Amazon Prime shows around. Chosen by the team, these are the shows streamed in the UK that are Instant classics primed to offer up hours of compulsive viewing.

It’s worth noting that these are the best Amazon Prime TV shows that can be watched instantly when you have Amazon Prime access . There are many more shows you can watch through Amazon but these have to be purchased to be viewed. We will keep this list constantly updated if any paid shows become free that we feel need to be included.

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Not convinced Amazon is the way forward? Then check out our Best Netflix TV Shows article and see what Amazon’s biggest rival has on its service.

It’s no surprise the Jack Bauer Power Hour went on for nine seasons. The idea of watching the day in the life of an agency dealing with a world-changing terrorist threat is instantly watchable. Yes, the reality of the situation was stretched thanks to the confines of the real-time format but it worked. They decided to shake things up in the last season, making 12 instead of 24 which sort of worked but sparked the end of the Jack Bauer story. All nine series are on Amazon Prime – and it’s a perfect time to watch the show, as its spin-off 24: Legacy is on television now.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 9

The premise of The 100 is as high concept as you can get. It’s set 97 years after nuclear armageddon has decimated earth, leaving just those who were up in space residing on space stations alive. As supplies are dwindling, 100 ‘prisoners’ are sent back to earth to see if there’s anything left to start a new life back there. As you can guess with the plot, the show is one big psychological thrill – where the means to survive pushes people to extremes. The show’s best when it takes moral issues, not so much when romance is at the forefront.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3

The Americans was cruelly mishandled when it originally came to UK TV, so we are glad it has finally found a decent place to reside. The show is a cracking crime period thriller that follows the exploits of a couple of KGB agents posing as US citizens around the time Ronald Reagan became US president.

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It may occasionally flit between the ridiculous and the sublime but you would expect nothing more from a show that’s main conceit comprises characters dueling with duality. The ’80s setting is fantastic, too, though there aren’t enough shell suits for our liking.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

Batman: The Animated Series is one of the best ways to watch Batman. The show is a love letter to the character, taking the darkness that Time Burton added to the mythos and softening it slightly, given it’s a children’s cartoon. Great animation, voice work (Kevin Conroy as Batman is perfect, as is Mark Hamill as the Joker) and stories that have been taken from the many comics make this one of the best Batman adaptations you will see.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

American Gothic should be better than it is. It’s still on our list but it’s a frustrating watch because the plot is so palpable. It’s about a family who find out their recently deceased dad/grandfather was a serial kille. The kicker is, they still think his accomplice is at large and one of the family. This makes for an intriguing murder mystery that relies too much on soap opera family issues and not enough getting to the crux of the killer. Still, it’s well worth a watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

DC may have lost ground to Marvel when it comes to breaking box offices with their superheroes but it is bossing it in the television stakes. Arrow was the first of the new batch of DC heroes on the small screen and still the best. The plot is very Batman – billionaire playboy turns superhero after a life changing turn of events – but bats are replaced with bows as Oliver Queen cleans up the city he lives in, brandishing more arrows than seen in a whole series of Bullseye. Future linkups with The Flash and some decent action make this a TV show that respects rather than shies away from its superhero roots.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 3 

The Bureau is riding a heady wave of decent French drama and is definitely recommended. Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, who has taken time out of directing to do this show, The Bureau ( Le Bureau des légendes) is about the French secret service and the undercover agents in it who have go deep undercover – away for years to get the bad guys. Season 1 focuses on a spy who’s been in Damascus for six years and we see him trying to get back to a normal life.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 2

Johnny Depp may have spent the latter half of his career convincing the world that pirates all look, smell and talk like a Rolling Stone but we prefer Black Sails’ interpretation. Exclusive to Amazon Prime, Black Sails treats the pirate legend with a touch more reality and this is pretty much all down to Shakespearean thesp Toby Stephens.

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His interpretation of Captain Flint, one of the great characters of Treasure Island, is inspired, as is the cinematography in this high seas romp. Set 20 years before Treasure Island, Black Sails is one bit of piracy we fully condone.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

With 20-something novels to mine for source material, Bosch is a character that was always destined for the small screen. Created by Michael Connelly but brilliantly brought to life by actor Titus Welliver, the series follows the exploits of LA Homicide detective Harry Bosch and features enough grit to pave the longest of driveways.

This is no surprise – the series has been created by Eric Overmyer, who was part of the alumni that created The Wire. Bosch is another show that has been put together by Amazon Studios – proving that streaming services are becoming just as powerful as the HBOs of the world when it comes to producing compelling drama.

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Bosch Season 2 has also landed on Amazon Prime, continuing the saga of Harry Bosch and it comes with a nice uplift in quality too.

Number of seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

From the minds of Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney comes one of the funniest, most well-written sitcom in years. The plot is slight: a one-night stand turns into a relationship once Sharon announces she is pregnant. But the series contains some of the most cut-to-the-bone humour seen on TV. Combine this with a nice slab of pathos – nestled among many a sex joke – and what you have is a modern classic.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Woody Allen and Amazon are as unlikely a pairing as you can get, but the result is great fun. Crisis In Six Scenes is six episodes, consisting of six scenes, centring around a family in the 60s who are visited by a guest – Miley Cyrus of all people – who turns their lives upside down. It’s not vintage Allen, but seeing him work within the constraints of TV is great, even if some of the jokes don’t quite hit.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Empire showcases brilliantly the glitz, glamour and garishness of the world of hip hop, offering up a bling-filled look at what happens when the CEO of one of the biggest rap labels may have to give up his throne. Now in its third season, the show may not be able to hit the heights of its first season anymore but it’s still good, epic fun.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Before he was whipping up a storm as Mr Grey, Jamie Dornan played an effortlessly charming and equally chilling serial killer in The Fall, a fantastic Irish drama that deserves all the acclaim it gets.

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Dornan is Paul Spector, a care worker who has a sideline in killing woman. To help track him down, hard-nosed detective Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) heads to Belfast to try and capture the murderer. The Fall is a perfect blend of intelligent scripting, nuanced acting and a fantastic premise. Knowing who the killer is from scene one amps up, rather than releases, the show’s tension.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

With Season Six of Walking Dead coming to an end with a thump, you can still get your undead helping with Fear The Walking Dead – a show that tries its hardest to be more than a spin-off. Set in Los Angeles, the show follows high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (a brilliant Kim Dickens fresh from Treme) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) as they adapt to a life after the ‘zombie’ outbreak. The show is slow paced, each episode is an hour and there’s a 90-minute pilot, but it manages to approach the Walking Dead world in a wholly different way.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Billy Bob Thornton stars as a washed-up lawyer looking for a big break who stumbles on to a big case that may well give him the solace he needs. Made by David E Kelly who loves a bit of courtroom drama, having already created Boston Legal, The Practice and Ally McBeal, the show works well as a standalone series but there’s talk that it may get a second season. Goliath is part of Amazon’s Original series of TV shows.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

To be honest, we’re surprised that Amazon has been so quiet about The Grand Tour . We’ve seen nothing about it anywhere. No adverts, no trailers, no Jeremy Clarkson selling his soul to promote Amazon products… nope, nothing. Who are we kidding? Amazon spent tens of millions to nab Clarkson, James May and the other one and have thrown more money at The Grand Tour than the UK has lost post-Brexit.

Each episode is a more grandiose version of the Top Gear specials, with the presenters sent off to far-flung lands – sometimes with actual cars. Amazon needs this to be a hit, Clarkson need never worry about money again and as for the quality of the show: well, you might say it packs one helluva punch.

Seasons on Amazon: 1

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Now in its third season, Halt And Catch Fire is another surefire hit by AMC – the folks that brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Set around a fictionalised version of the computer revolution of the 1980s and the rise of the web in the ’90s, Catch Fire is a fantastic look at how technology has improved all our lives, while nearly tearing apart the innovators at the same time.

A fourth and final season began airing in October, but you can watch the first three on Amazon Prime now.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

Last seen in Sons of Anarchy, Ron Perlman has moved from the mad world of biker gangs into the stranger world of law. Perlman plays a vice-riddled barrister who, after suffering a breakdown, starts to believe he is a messenger from god.

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The full season for Hand of God arrived on Amazon Prime in September, after a successful pilot. Don’t expect a light-hearted ride – this is one drama that takes a dark turn and doesn’t plan on getting any lighter soon.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Filmed in Baton Rouge and based on the stories of Joe Lansdale, Hap and Leonard is a great swampy noir thriller of a show that’s based on the relationship of two friends and the sometimes violent scrapes they get into. James Purefoy and Michael K Williams are superb as the pair, one a Vietnam vet, the other a draft dodger. Set in the 80s, the show is similar to Cold In July, the movie from the same writer and is only six episodes long, so perfect for a binge watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

Stephen King has had a rocky journey to the big and small screen. For every adaptation that works (Misery, Shawshank Redemption), there’s a dozen that don’t (The Langoliers, Under The Dome TV show). Haven is a strange one – it’s a show that started as an adaptation of a Stephen King short story, The Colorado Kid, and has mutated into a love letter to King and his stories. Over the course of five seasons, the show has becomes a great watch – especially if you are a King fan and can spot the many references.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 5

Hell on Wheels sounds like it should be a Sons of Anarchy rival, about motorcycle gangs or the like. But it’s actually centred on the construction of the US’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The first season begins soon after the assassination of President Lincoln and from there the show plays out like a western, showing myriad sides of the railway being built – from slaves to their owners, to the money me behind the scheme. It’s a show that’s been a massive hit for AMC – falling just behind The Walking Dead in their ratings for original shows.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 5

Into The Badlands is a heady mix of brilliant martial arts and high drama as trained fighter Sunny (Daniel Wu) takes a group of people on a twisted road trip through the mystical badlands. This may only be a six-part mini series but there’s plenty of bite in each of those episodes. And it also contains some of the best fighting seen on television.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Not many people can find the funny in the post-apocalypse, but Will Forte has managed it with The Last Man On Earth. He writes and stars in this comedy where he is the only survivor on earth after a virus kills everyone else. The cast is brilliant, with the likes of January Jones and Kristen Wiig join him on his adventures and there’s a smattering of decent cameos to – including Will Ferrell and Jon Hamm in season 3. Unfortunately, Amazon Prime Video only has the first two seasons, so you’ll have to hold your breath for Mad Men’s Hamm to come aboard.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 2

Created by Jeff and Jackie Schaffer and starring Mark Duplass, The League is very much a US focused comedy – based around a group of friends in an American Fantasy Football league – but don’t let that put you off as it’s nearly always hilarious. The lengths the group go to to win The Shiva – the league trophy – is great to watch, as is there balancing of trying to win week in week out with their normal lives. All seven seasons of the show are available on Prime Video.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 7

It felt like Lucifer was going to be a one-season wonder – given the last show that dealt with the devil and detectives, Constantine, failed to make it to a second season. But there’s some devilish charm to be had with Lucifer. The plot is a perfect elevator pitch: the Prince of Darkness gets bored so reincarnates himself as a detective in Los Angeles. What ensues is part buddy cop procedural, part supernatural drama. We’d wish there’s a bit more otherworldliness to the show, given it’s taken from a Neil Gaiman comic but there’s fun to be had.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 2

The UK version of Mad Dogs was a breath of fresh air when it first aired. Well, the first season was then it all went a little too strange. This remake – green-lit from Amazon’s burgeoning Originals series – takes the best from the UK version and mixes it with a plot that’s a little easier to follow and humour that’s more laugh out loud than pitch black.

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The premise is the same: a bunch of mates go and visit one friend at his luxury villa to celebrate his early retirement, only for murder, mayhem and mind-boggling plot developments to ensue. A touch of genius is the recasting of Ben Chaplin. While he played the rich, retiring Alvo in the UK version here he gets to try his luck in a bigger and better role.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

There have been a number of successful Amazon pilots that have made it to a full series but none have the epic potential that Man In The High Castle has. This Philip K Dick adaptation is finally available to stream – with all episodes ready for your consumption. High Castle imagines what the world would be like if Germany had won World War II and the Nazis had taken global control. Turns out it’s a bit worse than us all driving around in VW Beetles and wearing Hugo Boss coats.

Season 2 is now available and expands on the mythos. Given this is a cautionary tale about what could happen when the hard right takes over America, things suddenly don’t feel too far fetched.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Instant Video: 2

Yes, Masters Of Sex could have ended up being a Mad Men rip-off when it first arrived in 2013 but thanks to the brilliance of Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan the show soon elevated above being a copycat.

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Sheen is Dr William Masters, a fertility expert who turns his hand to researching the world of sex. Turns out researching sex means having a lot of it, which would all be rather gratuitous if it wasn’t wrapped in some of the most intelligent script work around.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Robert Rodriguez teams up with Lost alumni Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman for Matador, a show about a football player come CIA operative. It’s silly but fun and unfortunately just one series long as Rodriguez’s El Rey cancelled it, despite promising a second season. Thankfully the show is pretty self contained but it would have been nice to see the story progress.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 1

Now into its second series, Mozart in the Jungle was this surprise winner at the 2015 Golden Globes, where it won Best Comedy Series. The show is a comedy set in the strange world of classical music. Gael García Bernal plays young conductor Rodrigo who replaces a retiring conductor played by Malcolm McDowell. Based loosely on a true story and created by the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, it’s well worth a watch.

Season 3 has arrived and brings with it the fantastic Monica Bellucci as an opera singer who teams up with Bernal.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

It was an agonising wait for Mr Robot in the UK – the first season had all-but ended in the US before we even got a sniff of it. But its popularity meant that there was something of a bidding war to see who would show it in the UK. Amazon, Netflix and other more traditional broadcasters fought for it, proving that even bean counters can see the worth in counter culture.

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Amazon won in the end and is the perfect place for a show that focuses on the exploits of hacker Elliot (a superb Rami Malek). Mr Robot is Fight Club for the Tor generation, lifting a lid on a world where what Linux kernel you use is not just a badge of honour but a way of life.

Season 2 has begun and Amazon is a lot quicker off the mark this time around. It is showing the show a mere 24 hours after it has been shown in the US. Darker and more destructive than the first season, Mr Robot Season 2 focuses on the aftermath of season 1, where Bitcoin has become the only currency you can count on. Sounds a bit like the UK post-Brexit, then.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Game of Thrones with kilts and time travel, Outlander was a solid show in its first season – by the second it was a great one. Based on the eight-book series by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is about Claire Randall, a nurse who is transported from 1945 to 1743, where she meets a Scottish outlaw and a simmering romance ensues. Given it’s shot in the Scottish highlands, the show looks fantastic, is well acted and should be your next binge watch.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 2

Aaron Paul is back on TV, thanks to The Path. And while his role might not be as enticing as Jesse in Breaking Bad, The Path is decent enough. Revolving around the Meyerist movement, an ‘it’s not a cult / it’s definitely a cult’ cult, the show is a gripping and beautifully shot look at what happens when people truly believe.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Parks and Rec is a joy of a show. Originally seen as a quasi spin-off of the Office – using the same documentary style camerawork, awkward pauses, asides to camera – it soon grew from an amusing first season, about the goings on in the parks department of Pawnee, to a comedy phenomenon that spanned a fantastic seven seasons. It’s not just the script that makes it great, it’s also the characters – headed up by the ever-brilliant Amy Poehler.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7

There’s not many that can find humour in subjects such as attempted suicide and the anxieties of coming out to your friends and family, but Please Like Me manages to do this and more. The show is based around Josh, an awkward 20-something gay male who takes all the trials of tribulations of life and recounts them in a brutally honest fashion. The show is a comedy but it adds pathos. The closest thing to it in the US is Louie and that’s no bad thing.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

Amazon of a Preacher, man! Preacher is the next big comic-book adaptation and my god it’s good. It takes the deranged feel of the graphic novels and translates it well to the small screen. Dominic Cooper is great as small-town preacher Jesse Custer who, inhabited by a strange spirit, starts to do God’s work in a small America town with his ex girlfriend (A brilliant Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire, played by Misfits’ Joe Gilgun as his cohorts.

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The whole season of Preacher is now available on Amazon Prime.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Yes, the show had burnt out by the fourth season but Prison Break is still a great watch.Riding high off the back of other high-concept television at the time – 24, Lost – Prison Break is about the Burrows brothers big plan to break one of them out of prison, which involves one of them being incarcerated with a map of the prison tattooed onto his back. Wentworth Miller is great as younger brother Michael as is  Dominic Purcell as the older sibling. Their on-screen chemistry was so good. DC decided to revive it for Legends of Tomorrow.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 4

The ’80s is the en vogue decade when it comes to nostalgia. Not only are Seth Gordon and Adam Goldberg mining the era for their superb prime-time sitcom The Goldbergs, Red Oaks has appeared to prove that it is respectable to set shows in the ’80s. Amazon-exclusive Red Oaks – made by another Green, this time David Gordon – focuses on David, a tennis player at the Red Oaks country club and his summer shenanigans. Great casting – Jennifer Grey! – some brilliant nods to ’80s films, a short run time means this is a series you can eat up in one neon-fuelled sitting.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

For a show that’s steeped in murder, it’s pleasing to note that we all have Amazon to thank for breathing new life into Ripper Street. After two series of the show, which focuses on the lives of the East End of London in the 19th Century where there is a copycat Jack the Ripper on the loose, it was cancelled by the BBC. Amazon decided there was enough fan love out there, thankfully, and revived the show for three more series. Great acting masks some of the hokier moments of the script but this is all good, grizzly fun.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 5

Seinfeld is comedy gold. It’s the sitcom that was self reflexive and knowing. It was about Jerry Seinfeld who was played by Jerry Seinfeld but was playing a version of himself. It’s a similar trick Larry David used when spinning off his character for the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. He even took it a step further to make a whole season of Curb dedicated to bringing back Seinfeld. Over nine seasons this show, which is essentially about nothing, will captivate you, make you laugh and think. It’s fantastic.

Seasons on Amazon Prime Video: 9

Due to rights issues, there’s currently just one season of Sherlock on Amazon Prime and it’s not the first, or the second. That’s right, bizarrely the third season is ready to watch with your prime subscription. If you have seen the first two, then this is a must. It’s here we see Benedict Cumberbatch’s superb Sherlock battle becoming a best man, and come up against Charles Augustus Magnussen, a fantastic Lars Mikkelsen who’s a media mogul with a penchant for blackmail.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1 (third season)

Sneaky Pete’s plot maybe a little cliche – a con man assumes the identity of someone else to try and make a new break in the world – but Giovanni Ribisi is superb as Marius, the titular character and there’s plenty of intrigue to keep you glued to this new Amazon Original.

Interestingly, the show is co-created by Bryan Cranston which makes him the streaming king, given he’s done so well with Breaking Bad on Netflix. Don’t expect Sneaky Pete to be as intense as Breaking Bad – it’s a crime caper, yes, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Seemingly always vying for the top spot of Best Recently Finished Drama (we may have made up that award) with Breaking Bad, Sons Of Anarchy is a long brooding menace of a show that deserves your attention. Centred on a motorcycle gang that live by their own rules (you can probably guess what their name is from the title) the show is positively Shakespearean in its storytelling and will have you gripped from episode one.

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While Ron Perlman steals the show as Clay, Charlie Hunnam’s Jax is one of the best tortured souls you will see on any television show. All seven seasons of the show are now streaming on the service.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 7

Not content with becoming a Hobbit, starring in the Marvel universe or playing Dr Holmes, Martin Freeman goes back to his TV roots for Startup – a great look at what happens when a bunch of tech entrepreneurs create something that is much bigger than they ever thought it would be. It may occasionally be too gritty for its own good, but it’s great to see Freeman hamming it up as the big bad.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 1

Anything featuring spies is going to get a watch from us but instead of overcoats and a 1940’s setting, Turn: Washington’s Spies is about a team of secret agents who helped George Washington in his fight for American Independence. The cast is stellar, including Jamie Bell, but it’s the setting that’s key here. Seeing the US in the 1700s and the on-going fight with the British is great fun.

Season on Amazon Prime Video: 3

Two seasons of UnREAL have landed on Amazon Prime and you will be pleased to hear that a third season has been commissioned. UnREAL focuses on the fictional goings-on behind the scenes of a fictional reality show. It’s a show that holds a broken mirror up to the vacuous and plentiful reality shows that litter TV channels at the moment and actually goes into some rather dark territory. Yes, it’s melodramatic and will wave numerous moral flags at you while you are watching it, but it’s nonetheless engrossing television.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 2

Anything Netflix can do, Amazon Prime can do better it seems, especially when it comes to winning a Golden Globe. Netflix may have made history by being the first streaming service to win a Golden Globe, courtesy of the acting talents of Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, but Amazon went and topped this by winning the Best TV Show prize in 2014 for Transparent.

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It was much deserved. Transparent is everything you want in a TV show. It’s heartwarming, funny and packs a real punch about a subject that doesn’t get enough attention: transgenderism. Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman is a television character we hope will be around for a long time.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 3

If you have any interest in Norse mythology then the name Ragnar Lothbrok will mean a whole lot to you. Basically he was a king and powerful ruler that was a right git to the English and the French.

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Vikings is a series that traces his Norse-based goings on with enough charm and scope to take on Game of Thrones in the sword and sandals stakes. Yes it takes a number of liberties with its source material but the acting is top class, as is the cinematography in a historical romp that’s now deservedly in its fourth season – the second half of which is now available.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 4

The Walking Dead has been reanimated more times than the zombies that harruange the group of survivors we have all come to know and love. Initially created with Frank Darabont at the helm, he left after the first season then his replacement was eventually replaced and their replacement replaced.

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With this in mind, it’s amazing that not only has the show consistently managed to improve season after season it has become one of the most successful series ever. Yes it sometimes slumps along slower than a zombie with its legs hacked off but give it time and it will reward you with more drama than you can shake a bloody stump at.

Seasons on Amazon Prime: 5

The X-Files was one of the first shows that embraced event TV. Yes, it had many ‘monster of the week’ storylines but creator Chris Carter managed to produce a nine-season long mythology arc that kept viewers coming back for more. That and the brilliant casting of David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and the ever-excellent Gillian Anderson and Dana Scully. With a new 10th season on the horizon, Amazon has put all nine previous seasons on to Prime – all remastered in wide screen. Lovely stuff.

Google, Box Team Up to Improve Cloud Productivity for Businesses

Google, Box Team Up to Improve Cloud Productivity for Businesses

Google on Wednesday announced a partnership with Box, an online file sharing and content management service for businesses, which will allow the latter to act as a third-party repository for Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

The company says that Box will integrate with Google Docs and Google Springboard to deliver a “seamless experience for working and collaborating” for the enterprise customers in the cloud. The partnership will also allow users to create and collaboratively edit Google Docs directly from Box.

Apart from the Docs integration, Google also confirmed that it is working to integrate Box with Google Springboard, which was announced recently and is an AI-powered digital assistant for enterprise customers offering content from Google apps.

“We’re also working together to integrate Box with Google Springboard, which connects people and information with Google-powered search and intelligence. Through this integration, Springboard will help users find the right information at the right time, no matter where it’s hosted – in Gmail, Drive, Docs or in Box,” said Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners, Google in a blog post.

Google announced that customers like Avago, Intuit, Internet2, and Whirlpool are already using Box and Google together.

“We’re excited to partner closely with Box to expand our efforts in the enterprise and transform how businesses work in the cloud. We want our customers to have flexibility in their choice of tools and to have the most productive and collaborative suite possible for their needs,” added Boden. Google’s move to partner with Box seems an interesting move from the company considering Google already has its own cloud storage service Drive.

Google Introduces ‘Reviews From the Web’, Lets Any Site Contribute Reviews to Search

Google Introduces 'Reviews From the Web', Lets Any Site Contribute Reviews to Search

It used to be that Google Search would show reviews of places, movies, TV shows and so on from a few, reputed websites. Google is now bringing ‘Reviews from the Web,’ which will display reviews from any third-party site. Google will now collect reviews from up to three sites for any place, movie or TV show, ordered in terms of relevance.

This essentially means that user-generated reviews can be displayed on the search engine and has the opportunity to be read as widely as the more popular sites. Prior to this, Google introduced best of lists and critic reviews for the search engine.

The company was earlier criticised for allowing only critic reviews on its engine, while sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor were ineligible since their content and reviews were user-generated. Google’s new update will now include sites with user-driven reviews as long as the sites implement Google’s review snippet markup., the search giant said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Google will also collect its own reviews which will be among the three review sources. The other two being critics and third-party review sites. Qualified critics will be able to display their reviews in the search engine’s Rich cards which are large boxes with an embedded snippet of the review.

The search giant will roll out the new feature globally in the 24 hours. The company also announced a new ‘Shop the Look’ feature currently being tested that allows users to search and shop for specific outfits and home décor options all without leaving the search engine. With these new additions, Google wants to make sure that its search engine becomes a one stop destination for consumers.

Google Services get faster in Asia with new 26 Tbps undersea cable

Earlier in June, Google and five other companies part of the FASTER consortium announced that the fibre optic undersea cable between Japan and the US was complete. The cable is designed to offer a bandwidth of 60 terabits per second. Now Google has announced that its new high-speed undersea cable that links FASTER from Japan to Taiwan is online, which has made its services in Asia faster.

Google Japan to Taiwan cable

The cable connects Google’s largest data centre in Asia located in Taiwan to Japan, at speeds of up to 26 terabits per second. The brand said that this should help its services like Gmail and YouTube work a little faster for millions of people across Asia. Google mentioned that users may not notice right away, but the new cable should help its products and services load faster across the continent.

“With more people coming online every day in Asia than anywhere else in the world, we’ve been working hard to invest in the infrastructure needed to make the Internet work for all of us who live in the region. That’s why we’ve built two data centers in the region and have already expanded our facility in Singapore. It’s also why we’re investing in these undersea cables – to make everyone’s computing just a bit faster and to bring people around the world just a bit closer together,” said the company in a blog post.

According to Google, the speed of its new undersea cable is enough to allow all people in Taiwan to send a selfie to a friend in Japan every 15 second, amounting to 138 billion selfies per day. The cable was strategically built outside of tsunami zones to reduce the chances of network downtime during natural disasters, the company added further.

Smart Ways to Add Cash to your Wallet and Use Them Smartly

The online transaction landscape has evolved rapidly ever since its inception and the virtual wallet is the latest piece to be added to the puzzle. Imagine you go online wanting to make an Airtel online recharge, you would really feel entering all the card details like your name on the card, the card number, the CVV code and all that a tedious task. There arose two alternate solutions to the problem. One is the possibility of saving the card details online and the other is to have an online placeholder of sort that would play a role similar to the physical wallet that we own. The idea behind this was simple – to load enough money into the wallet that would exist virtually and use it whenever you would do a transaction online. MobiKwik offers just that and much more.

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Users of the application can add money to the wallet in a smart and secure way and use them for a number of purposes including shop online from over 5000 offline stores, get themselves an Idea recharge and even do online money transfer with the money in their wallet. All these can be done anywhere, anytime with access to the application platform. Customers now create an account of their own online and enjoy the benefits of using the wallet in a smart way by making a BSNL recharge and choosing from a variety of recharge packs on offer, they can also make purchases online and earn themselves discounts, exciting cashback offers and even coupons that can be redeemed elsewhere on a wide variety of items.

The idea here is to bridge the gap between consumers and providers by offering a platform where users can securely and easily store money and put that for a variety of use including paying bills online, doing mobile and DTH recharges and even transfer money to accounts of your friends and family.

Google Street View Shows Toll of Climate Change

As world leaders gathered in Paris on Monday in the hope to stopping catastrophic climate change,Google Maps provided online views of remote locations where wildlife is struggling for survival.

A “Street View” feature at the free online map service has grown from simply showing scenes outside of business or residential addresses to allowing arm chair adventurers to virtually explore mountains, rain forests, ocean depths and more.

Some settings find creatures in dire straits, such as polar bear in the Canadian Arctic appearing to desperately wait for bay ice that doesn’t form because temperatures are too warm.

“From polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, to communities in the Brazilian Amazon, to blue oak trees in Central California, the impacts of climate change are being felt by plants, animals and people across the planet,” said Google Earth outreach program manager Karin Tuxen-Bettman.

“With Street View, you can get a window into some of our world’s changing ecosystems, and learn how nonprofit and other organizations are working to keep our planet healthy.”

Polar Bears International (PBI) borrowed Street View Trekker 360-degree camera and location-pinpointing gear to enhance maps with scenes of polar bears in Manitoba as the sea ice on which they depend vanishes.

PBI incorporated the Street View scenes into its website and a lesson plan for schools to help children learn about the habitat.

Brazilian nonprofit Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) used Trekker Gear to capture scenes in the Amazon forest and put isolated local communities on the map.

FAS captured imagery from three reserves in the Amazon and uses it for education about rain forest protection and sustainable ecosystem management, according to Google.

Visualizing climate change
The initiatives aims to make climate change more real for people and inspire them to act by allowing them to virtually explore remote areas, and see beauty lost or under threat due to climate change.

Street View imagery also allows for comparisons over time to show how environments are changing along with the climate.

“Street View is great for visualizing the impacts of climate change, but we’re also using our Street View platform to measure climate data, which can be used by scientists, policymakers, businesses and citizens to drive better decisions,” Tuxen-Bettman said.

Google Earth has worked for several years with the Environmental Defense Fund to map methane leaks from natural gas lines under an array of US cities by equipping Street View cars with special gear, according to Tuxen-Bettman.

Street View cars will begin measuring more pollutants, such as climate change culprit carbon dioxide, in an alliance with environmental sensor network specialty firm Aclima, according to California-based Google.

“Essentially, we’re turning Street View cars into environmental sensing platforms,” Tuxen-Bettman said, noting that they will first be put to work in California communities.

Google’s Answer to Facebook Instant Articles Coming ‘Early Next Year’

Google introduced its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) last month in an attempt to take on other rival news delivery services such as Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles.

The company on Tuesday announced that it will start showing AMP pages in Google Search early next year. Google also promised that it will share more details soon.

“Google will begin sending traffic to your AMP pages in Google Search early next year, and we plan to share more concrete specifics on timing very soon,” said David Besbris, Vice President of Engineering, Google Search and Richard Gingras, Head of News, Google in a blog post

Detailing further, the company said that the AMP Project as an open-source initiative is available to advertisement partners across the industry that are ready to adopt the rapid-loading specifications of the initiative. Google alongside also announced that Outbrain, AOL, OpenX, DoubleClick, and AdSense are working within the framework to improve the advertising experience for users, publishers and advertisers on the mobile Web.

“Thousands of publishers have expressed interest in AMP since the preview launched with the likes of the BBC, Sankei, New York Times, News Corp, Washington Post and more. Since then, many others have committed their support to the project, including R7.com and NZN Group in Brazil; CBS Interactive, AOL, Thrillist, Slate, International Business Times/Newsweek, Al Jazeera America and The Next Web in the US; El Universal and Milenio in Mexico; The Globe and Mail and Postmedia in Canada, as well as many more across the globe. The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a partnership of 70+ media companies collectively representing 1,600 local newspapers and television stations, has also voiced their support,” the company added in a blog.

Detailing the progress of its AMP Project, Google revealed that so far over 4,500 developers are following the ongoing engineering discussions on GitHub while around 250 pull requests have contributed to the new code, samples, and documentations.

FBI Has Lead in Probe of 1.2 Billion Stolen Web Credentials

A hacker who once advertised having access to user account information for websites like Facebook and Twitter has been linked through a Russian email address to the theft of a record 1.2 billion Internet credentials, the FBI said in court documents.

That hacker, known as “mr.grey,” was identified based on data from a cyber-security firm that announced in August 2014 that it had determined an alleged Russian crime ring was responsible for stealing information from more than 420,000 websites, the documents said.

The papers, made public last week by a federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provide a window into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of what would amount to the largest collection of stolen user names and passwords.

The court papers were filed in support of a search warrant the FBI sought in December 2014 and that was executed a month later related to email records.

The FBI investigation was prompted by last year’s announcement by Milwaukee-based cyber-security firm Hold Security that it obtained information that a Russian hacker group it dubbed CyberVor had stolen the 1.2 billion credentials and more than 500 million email addresses.

The FBI subsequently found lists of domain names and utilities that investigators believe were used to send spam, the documents said.

The FBI also discovered an email address registered in 2010 contained in the spam utilities for a “mistergrey,” documents show.

A search of Russian hacking forums by the FBI found posts by a “mr.grey,” who in November 2011 wrote that if anyone wanted account information for users of Facebook, Twitter and Russian-based social network VK, he could locate the records.

Alex Holden, Hold Security’s chief information security officer, told Reuters this message indicated mr.grey likely operated or had access to a database that amassed stolen data from computers via malware and viruses.

Facebook and Twitter declined comment. The FBI declined to comment, and US Justice Department had no immediate comment.

The probe appears to be distinct from another investigation linked to Hold Security’s reported discovery that 420,000 websites, including one for a JPMorgan Chase & Co corporate event, were targeted by the Russian hackers.

In a case spilling out of the discovery of the JPMorgan breach, US prosecutors this month charged three men with engaging in a cyber-criminal enterprise that stole personal information from more than 100 million people.

Prosecutors accused two Israelis, Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein, and one American, Joshua Samuel Aaron, of being involved in a variety of schemes fuelled by hacking JPMorgan and 11 other companies.

An indictment in Atlanta federal court against Shalon and Aaron names as a defendant an unidentified hacker believed to be in Russia.