Items tagged with NASDAQ:GOOG

Google's free Gmail service is a constant work in progress that's been steadily improving since it was launched 11 years ago (or 6 years ago, if you don't want to include the 5-year beta period). Not every tweak Google makes is a functional one, and if you spend a lot of time in Gmail, you'll be glad to know that Google's made some visual improvements to its webmail service. First on the list is more themes. Lots more. Gmail themes have been available since 2008, giving users a fun way to dress their accounts, and now there are hundreds more high resolution options, courtesy of photographs taken... Read more...
Google seems pretty excited about showcasing video at 60 frames per second. So excited, in fact, that just over a month after launching 60FPS 1080p (Full HD) and 720p (HD) live video streaming, support for 60FPS video has been added to Google's YouTube app for iOS and Android devices. And of course you can still watch 60FPS video on the desktop, too. Whether or not you want to watch videos at a standard known as High Frame Rate (HFR) is up to you. There have been a handful of films released to theaters in HFR, such as the Hobbit, which was short at 48FPS. While some enjoy the experience of seeing... Read more...
Time flies when you’re mapping the world. Google Earth turned 10 today, so Engineering Manager Sean Aksay celebrated by announcing a new tool for finding interesting places around the world and a collection of some of the most beautiful images of our planet. “The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientists to learn more about the world is what I love about Google Earth,” wrote Aksay in a blog post. “It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place, if you take the time to explore, discover and share what you learn.”Google kicked off Earth View’s... Read more...
One of the more elegant looking smartwatches on the market is the ZenWatch by ASUS. At this point, the first generation model isn't long for this world as ASUS preps a ZenWatch 2, but if you favor price and bang-for-buck over cutting edge features, now is the time to strike -- Newegg just knocked $50 off the price of the original ZenWatch, bringing the cost of ownership down to $150.That's $200 less than the least expensive Apple Watch, and while that's a bit of an apples to oranges comparison (or Apple to Android), it's something to think about if you're platform agnostic. Yes, the original ZenWatch... Read more...
It was reported yesterday that there was a "close call" between two prototype self-driving cars from separate companies (Google and Delphi). The so-called "incident" involved an Audi Q5 crossover vehicle from Delphi that was planning to change lanes. Before it could, a self-driving Lexus RX400h crossover from Google entered the lane first, causing the Audi Q5 to stay put. While Google has declined comment, Delphi is taking exception to Reuters calling what happened a close call rather than just a routine driving scenario. The folks at ArsTechnica spoke with John Absmeir, director of Delphi's Silicon... Read more...
Google is coming back to the United States to build its next data center and the company has its sights on a coal plant in Alabama for the location. The data center (which is Google’s 14th, globally, in case you’re counting) will transform the aging Willow Creek power plant into a glistening installation that relies heavily (and eventually, completely) on renewable energy. Construction will begin early in 2016. The plant is expected to bring at least 100 new jobs to the area.Image credit: GoogleAs poetic as it might seem to put an environmentally-friendly data center on the site of a coal-burning... Read more...
Whether it's because you're afraid of heights or simply don't want to tempt the Grim Reaper, maybe rock climbing isn't your thing. That's okay, you don't have to scale a massive wall of rock to enjoy the visuals -- Google and its Street View technology have come to the rescue once again. This time, it's the world's most famous rock wall that's been added to Google's Street View collection, Yosemite's El Capitan. It's the first-ever vertical Street View collection, and a most appropriate one at that. This sucker scales 3,000 feet high and is a challenge on its on. When you add a camera into the... Read more...
Google launched a free version of its Google Play Music subscription service this week. The ad-supported free streaming service comes just days after a public spat between Apple and Taylor Swift put Apple Music back in the spotlight weeks after its official unveil.  The ad-supported Google Play Music service is a typical ‘try before you buy’ promotion. “We hope you’ll enjoy it so much that you’ll consider subscribing to Google Play Music to play without ads, take your music offline, create your own playlists, and listen to any of the 30 million songs in our library on any device and as much... Read more...
One of the neat things about smartwatches is the ability to change the face on a whim. You can't do that with a regular watch, at least not without spending some hard earned cash. This is also a strength of Android Wear -- not only are there a bunch of different smartwatches supporting the platform, there's over 1,500 downloadable watch faces to download for virtually any mood, including 17 new ones that were just added. "Today, we’re showcasing 17 new watch faces from all over the globe—from the adorable characters of Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, and Moomin, to the elegant accessories of Cynthia... Read more...
As BlackBerry clings to a less 1 percent share of the smartphone market in the U.S., the Canadian handset maker announced today that all BlackBerry users living stateside will soon have access to Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. While access to Google Play would have been preferred, the Amazon Appstore is a nice consolation prize for anyone wanting to run Android apps on their BlackBerry phone. Access to Amazon Appstore comes courtesy of the BlackBerry 10.3.2 software update. It's already begun rolling out to BlackBerry Classic users on Verizon and T-Mobile, along with AT&T BlackBerry... Read more...
“In need your clothes, your boots, and for you to turn right in 300 feet.” Google’s popular Waze navigation app is a boon for frequent road travelers with its informative traffic mapping and police alerts, and the thorn in the sides of police departments around the country. After all, traffic cops our out to nab speeders and secure extra revenue for their cities/counties, and Waze puts a serious damper on this form of taxation. With that being said, we definitely know which side actor (and former California governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger takes. He’s definitely endorsing Waze, as he has lent his... Read more...
Google is putting up some serious cash in hopes that security researchers and Android dissectors in general will root out security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary rewards. The expansion of its bug bounty program over to Android represents the first time the mobile operating system has been included, though at the outset it only applies to vulnerabilities discovered on Nexus phone and tablets currently available to purchase in the Google Play Store.That limits the program to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, at least for now -- Google says the set of devices that qualify for monetary rewards will... Read more...
At first glance, Google’s debut app for its newly-launched “free app of the week” promotion is a bit of a head-scratcher. Instead of offering a popular utility or game to pull customers from the Amazon App Store, Google’s Play Store is handing out an app for kids. This week, you can save your $2.99 and download Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids free for your Android device.  Amazon has been running free app promotions for quite a while, so it’s not surprising that Google is providing a little competition. Weirdly though, Google is burying its free app in a family fun section,... Read more...
Chrome on OS X is a battery hog. It’s been known for a while that compared to Apple’s stock Safari browser, Chrome has a tendency to eat up CPU cycles and use excess amounts of memory. Google took a step earlier this month to combat this problem by reining in the much-hated Adobe Flash Player plugin. Using what Google calls “Intelligent Pause,” Chrome can decide for itself whether a particular Flash element is worth displaying to the user. If isn’t, it will be disabled, thus helping to save your laptop’s battery from prematurel discharging. But Adobe isn’t the only party at fault when it comes... Read more...
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