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There’s been an increased emphasis at getting children interested in programming at an early age. We’ve seen initiatives like the BBC micro:bit computer which is being spread to school-age children and the proliferation of pint-sized and economical Raspberry Pi’s in the education sector. Google is also looking to throw its hat in the ring with a new open hardware platform called Project Bloks. It uses physical blocks, err, bloks, which represent simple commands such as up, down, turn 180 degrees, on and off. You can also have a variety of sliders, dials or timers to further modify commands. These... Read more...
You can pretty much buy anything out of a vending machine nowadays, but it's not too often that one gives away its products for free. If you're interested in such a machine, you'd better hope that you'll be in Chicago either today or tomorrow, as Nest plans to drop a vending machine at two different locations that give 500 people a free Nest thermostat. The vending machine should look a lot like what it does in the picture below; essentially, extremely hard to miss, thanks to its bright blue front. We're not sure about certain details, such as how machines would limit one unit per person, or what's... Read more...
Piracy is a major issue and a vulnerability in the system Google uses to stream media through its Chrome browser could be making it worse. A flaw in the Google’s Widevine EME/CDM technology makes it possible to save illegal copies of media from streaming video sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. How does the bug work? Google owns but did not create a digital management system called Widevine. Widevine uses encrypted media extensions to allow the content decryption module, or CDM, in your browser to communicate with the content protection systems of streaming services. EME, or encrypted media extensions,... Read more...
Is the Nexus line of smartphones not Googley enough for you? Well, it looks as though Google is putting the finishing touches on a new Android smartphone that will bear its name instead of the familiar Nexus branding. This latest report of a Google smartphone comes from The Telegraph, citing “sources familiar with the discussions.” Although Nexus devices carry the torch for Android smartphones (new Nexus flagship launch with the latest and greatest version of Android), they’re designed and manufactured by third-party OEMs. Last year, Huawei was tasked with building the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, while... Read more...
Google is currently building a live support app with screen-sharing capabilities for its Nexus line of smartphone. The goal is to create a feature similar to Amazon’s Mayday button found on Fire tablets and the defunct Fire Phone. In the past, Google support has been particularly challenging for those who have bought their phones online. A screen-sharing feature would make this experience less frustrating for customer and would allow Google’s tech support to presumably resolve issues more quickly. At this point, however, we know very little about what screen-sharing feature will offer. It... Read more...
Google just added a new feature to Chrome OS -- the company is experimenting with adding a storage manager that has been added to the latest developer update of the software. This update comes on the heels of the addition of Android apps and games to Chromebook devices. When Chromebooks were initially released, they only came with 16GB of storage. The idea was that apps and user files would exist primarily online. Google has increasingly added offline features such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Newer Chromebooks will soon be running Android apps from Google Play offline.Chromebook... Read more...
Google wants you to put down your Periscope and forget about Facebook for your live streaming needs, and turn to YouTube instead. Many already have, save for mobile users, as that wasn't a feature YouTube supported. Now it does and with YouTube's massive audience, this could be a big deal for live content creators. We’ve been offering live streaming on YouTube since 2011, before it was cool. Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding in 2011. One-sixth of the Internet watched Felix Baumgartner leap from space live on YouTube in 2012," YouTube boasted in a blog post.... Read more...
Boston Dynamics’ future may still be clouded in uncertainty, but that isn’t stopping the robotics company from spitting out new generations of its quadrupedal robots. The latest from the company is the SpotMini, which looks like the cross between a large dog and a miniature giraffe. SpotMini stands two-feet tall and weighs about 55 pounds; add another ten pounds for the creepy arm that has a gripper head/hand at the end. The self-contained robot doesn’t need a tether and can operate for up to 90 minutes on a charge. Boston Dynamics’ last video showed humans abusing a helpless bipedal robot, including... Read more...
Google's been on a mission to offer 1Gbps Internet service to as many people as possible through its Googe Fiber service, and to accelerate future roll outs, it has agreed to acquire Webpass, a high-speed ISP serving San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. Like Google Fiber, Webpass offers download and upload speeds of to 1Gbps. It's also a much smaller operation than major ISPs such as Charter Spectrum and Cox Communications. That makes it an ideal target for Google, which doesn't always build fiber optic networks from the... Read more...
One of the biggest benefits to owning a Nexus device is getting access to Android updates the moment they become available, as opposed to having to sit around twiddling your thumbs while your handset maker and wireless carrier go through the lengthy process of adding in their own custom bits and certifying that everything's running properly. Unfortunately, Nexus devices aren't supported indefinitely. If you're wondering when your handset officially reaches its end of life (in terms of guaranteed updates), Google has the answer. Google commits to supporting Nexus devices with new Android builds... Read more...
Have you ever noticed that when a service becomes almost incomprehensibly large, it can begin to care less and less about what people think about it? Some might feel that way about Facebook, a company that time and time again has forced changes on its users that haven't been very well received. A major example of this in recent years has been with the forced transition to Facebook Messenger, something that caused thousands of users to give the app a 1-star rating for. Simply put, people were not happy. As that move happened a couple of years ago, we don't hear too much about the hate anymore, much... Read more...
Your throat hurts. Your head is throbbing. Could it be the common cold? Could it be the rare disease your co-worker was talking about over the water cooler? Google now lets users navigate through information regarding mild and common symptoms and ailments. Google Product Manager Veronica Pinchin stated that the goal of the app was so that users can avoid the unnecessary stress and anxiety that often accompanies symptom searches. She remarked, "After 20 minutes digging through health forums, chances are you're overwhelmed by all the complicated medical terms and breaking out in a sweat—whether... Read more...
It's a dangerous online world out there and to keep the bad guys at bay, many companies require that employees use two-factor authentication. Typically the second method of verification entails tapping a Security Key or entering a verification code that's sent to a mobile device, but to make things easier Google is adding a third method, an approval prompt that pops up on a user's phone.This is something that's built right into the latest version of Google Play Services, which gives just about every Android user access to the feature. If you're rocking an iOS device, don't sweat it, you just need... Read more...
It should be a secret to no one at this point that if you own a mobile device, you can probably run a game emulator without issue. This is especially true on the Android side, thanks to its increased openness. There, you'd actually have a difficult time finding a game platform that wasn't supported through emulation. Even advanced consoles like the Sega Dreamcast are supported. But what if you're one of those who loves classic gaming, but doesn't want to fiddle with emulation? Your best bet is to play the real cartridges, but who wants to lug around a dedicated device all day? Hyperkin is here... Read more...
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