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One thing that hasn't changed in recent times is that life's precious memories are still preserved in photos and videos. However, it's the media that's different now—instead of actual photographs stored in physical photo albums, it's now common to archive memorable moments in digital form. The widespread adoption of Google Photos underscores that transition. It's been a year since Google introduced its Photos service, and in that short period of time it's amassed some 200 million monthly active users. Collectively all those users have uploaded a whopping 13.7 petabytes of digital data. To put that... Read more...
Google has beaten Oracle in what became a protracted legal battle over the use of the latter's Java APIs in the former's Android mobile operating system. Oracle had sought $9.3 billion in damages, but any hopes of winning a big payday from Google were mostly dashed on Thursday when a U.S. jury unanimously sided with Google in the dispute. Oracle took issue with Google injecting certain parts of its Java platform into Android, the world's leading mobile OS (by market share), without a license agreement. The dispute led to a lawsuit being filed in 2010 that stated "in at least several instances,... Read more...
While Google’s Android is far and away the most popular smartphone operating system on the planet, the platform has a problem with fragmentation. More specifically, the number of users running the most recent version of Android is frighteningly low, which is a sobering statistic given that customers are increasingly becoming aware of the dangers of outdated security — especially given the big target painted on the back of Android users. Apple, which controls both the hardware and the software for its smartphones, has the upper hand when it comes to keeping its user base on the latest version of... Read more...
Like it or not, the web and advertising go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's the reason Google is worth billions of dollars. That's the way it is, though it doesn't mean ads have be intrusive or automatically skipped. Case in point, Google is experimenting with different types of ads for local businesses in Maps that might appeal to both consumers and business owners. "For example, Maps users may start to see promoted pins for nearby coffee shops, gas stations or lunch spots along their driving route. Local business pages are also getting a brand new look -- to encourage consumers to... Read more...
It’s no secret that Google and Apple have a strained relationship. Late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs once openly declared thermonuclear war on Google for "theft" when it comes to the Android operating system, but that hasn’t stopped Google from bestowing on iOS a bevy of apps. Everything from Gmail to Maps to Chrome to YouTube to Gboard (which currently is an iOS-exclusive) is available on the iPhone. This is great for people that like Google services, but prefer Apple hardware. Given this embrace of cross-platform app support on the part of Google, it should come as no shock that its Chairman,... Read more...
Using passwords as a form of security may not be long for this world, not if Google gets its way. The Mountain View outfit's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) division is hard at work on Project Abacus, a scheme that relies on biometric data to determine a person's identity rather than relying on traditional password input. Core to Project Abacus is a "Trust Score" that takes into account a variety of factors. One of the biggest ones is your physical location, though it's far from the only way Project Abacus calculates the likelihood that you are who you claim to be. It also analyzes things... Read more...
Lenovo just disclosed that Moto G4 Plus smartphone will be upgraded in 2017 to Android O. This leak has come ahead of Google’s announcement of Android O, which should be deployed over a year from now. Image from AnzuhoGoogle announced Android N far ahead of schedule. Instead of waiting for this year’s Google I/O conference, Google made the Android N Developer Preview available as an OTA update in early March. The Android N Developer Preview currently supports the Nexus, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and the Pixel C. Some Android N improvements include multi-window support, direct... Read more...
Either for work or just for fun, science can be one of the most rewarding and exciting fields to delve into. This is something that Google apparently has a passion for as well, as the company has released a very cool new science app for Android devices. Called Science Journal, this app will let anyone with an interest in science create and manage their own projects. The app is made even more useful by the fact that it interacts with Google's science initiative called Making & Science, and based on its name, it's not that hard to figure out what it's all about. Users of the app can easily browse... Read more...
Thanks to the Internet, technology has become intertwined with our daily lives, playing a part from the moment our smartphones wake us up with an alarm to chilling with Netflix after a long day's work. Now technology is being woven in our very clothes. Meet Project Jacquard and the world's first smart denim jacket that's being built in collaboration between Google and Levi. Smart clothing is one of the frontiers Google's been embarking on and it found a willing partner in Levi to come for the ride. What they did was integrate Jacquard technology into Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket designed specifically... Read more...
Out of nowhere, Google has unveiled a project that's bound to make the industry at large stand up and take notice. Its new "Soli" platform is exactly the kind we need to spearhead a more "futuristic" tomorrow, one where we can merely wave our hands in the air to take care of business on mobile devices or virtually anywhere. The brains behind Soli are hidden in a small chip that can be installed into a variety of devices, and uses a miniature radar operating in the 60GHz ISM band that can detect touchless gestures. Imagine changing the time or volume simply be rubbing your index and thumb together.... Read more...
Google wants more eye candy to spruce up its search results on mobile, so it has introduced rich cards, a new search result format building on the success of rich snippets. Rich snippets are structured data markup that site operators can add to their existing HTML. This allows search engines to better understand what information is contained on each web page. Like rich snippets, rich cards use schema.org to display content in an even more engaging and visual format. The content,  however, is now presented in carousels that are easy to browse by scrolling left and right. Rich cards are... Read more...
Do you folks remember Project Ara? It seems like ages ago when we last talked about Google’s modular project that would allow you to essentially build your very own “perfect” smartphone and swap out components with ease. Want to swap in an always-on secondary display? No problem, just slide the module in place and you’re ready to go. Want to upgrade to a better camera? Toss in a new module and you’re off and running in seconds. Well, we’re happy to say that Google hasn’t forgotten about Project Ara and that the Developer Edition will begin shipping this fall. In its current form, Project Ara can... Read more...
For many people, especially in education, Chromebooks offer the right combination of price, security, and functionality. According to Google, schools in the U.S. are now buying more Chromebooks than all other devices combined, and not to be scoffed at, that's helped propel Chromebooks over Macs in overall shipments to become the second most popular OS in the U.S. That bit of accounting was provided to Google by International Data Corporation's quarterly PC tracking data. IDC didn't break down Chromebook versus Mac shipments for public consumption in its most recent report, but it did point out... Read more...
We reported on a leak last month that suggested that Google's Chrome OS would finally be gaining support for the company's Play Store, hinting that it's a feature that could be announced at the company's I/O conference. Well, as it happens, the company did confirm the feature at I/O, but surprisingly, it didn't make a big deal out of it. The fact that Google didn't raise its trumpet to announce this feature is a bit strange, as it's something most Chrome OS users would have been happy to see long ago. It could have been simply pulled from the keynote due to time, which is suggested by the fact... Read more...
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