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Picasa had a long run, but it’s time for the software application to say goodnight. Picasa came into existence over a decade ago in 2002, and became a popular destination for people looking to organize their vast library of photos and photos. This, however, was before “the cloud” took over for our mass storage needs. In 2004, Google acquired Picasa and has maintained the service ever since. Google Photos launched last May as an offshoot of Google+ Photos and has blossomed into a well-rounded, cloud-centric photo and video management service. And rather than keep devoting resources to Picasa in... Read more...
Google's contribution to the virtual reality market so far has been a blueprint for a low-cost viewer that users can can construct at home out of cardboard and a few other parts. It's a thumbing of the nose to the high priced competition—Oculus Rift sells for $599, and you need a relatively powerful PC to run it—but it's not Google's only play. The Mountain View company is said to be cooking up a second generation viewer, one that's much more sophisticated than a cardboard contraption.Earlier in the week, it was rumored that Google's next generation VR headset would feature a plastic chassis and... Read more...
Little by little, the web is transitioning to a Flash-free experience. HTML5 has emerged as the popular replacement for Flash content, though there are still scores of web ads out there that still use Adobe's Flash Player. That's about to change—at the end of June, Google will no longer accept new Flash-based ads on its ad networks."Starting June 30, 2016, display ads built in Flash can no longer be uploaded in into AdWords and DoubleClick Digital Marketeing," Google's AdWords division stated in a Google+ post. "Starting January 2nd, 2017, display ads in the Flash format can no longer run on the... Read more...
Score a victory for Google and all the work it's put into its self-driving vehicle initiative. Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informed Google that the artificial intelligence (AI) system controlling its fleet of autonomous vehicles qualifies as a "driver" under federal law, which is no small thing. To understand the significance of this, we have to go back to December of last year when California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) drafted a set of rules and restrictions for self-driving cars. Among the restrictions was that a licensed driver would have to be behind the... Read more...
We all love freebies around here, especially when you barely have to lift a finger to get said freebie. Such is the case today thanks to a promotion that Google is running in honor of Safer Internet Day 2016. All you have to do is login to your Google account and go through the Security Checkup interview process, after which you’ll be given an extra 2GB of Drive cloud storage. As was the case last year around this time, the Security Checkup will ask you to perform a variety of checks to ensure that your account is protected from malicious activity. First, you’ll be required to set a recovery phone... Read more...
OnePlus doesn't always get things right—some would argue that the company often gets things wrong, at least when it comes to smooth product launches—but it's learning from its mistakes and continues to give fans reasons to root for the company. The latest example is a newly announced price cut for its popular OnePlus 2 handset. Effectively immediately (and just in time for Valentine's Day, if you're looking for a geek gift idea), the OnePlus 2 is $349, down $40 from its $389 launch price. The new low price is a permanent one, not a temporary sale or promotion. And don't worry if you just bought... Read more...
If there's to be an era of virtual reality, it likely begins this year, coinciding with the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the two most high-profile VR headsets up to this point. However, Oculus and HTC aren't the only players—it's said that Google is working on a higher-end successor to Cardboard, it's cheap and chintzy (but effective) viewer for experiencing virtual reality on mobile devices.The next version will be an upgrade in every way, including form factor (it will be a headset instead of a handheld viewer) and additional support for Android. It will feature a plastic chassis instead... Read more...
Of all the companies out there that are committed to autonomous vehicle, Google by far has the most experience and has racked up the most amount of “driver free” miles. The company started its autonomous efforts with modified Toyota Prius hybrids and then later expanded the fleet to include Lexus RX 450h hybrids. More recently, Google has devoted attention to its homegrown fully electric vehicle (EV), which looks like a supersized Cozy Coupe. With its homegrown autonomous EV, Google has already eliminated the driver from the equation — now it wants to simplify things even further by recharging... Read more...
Talk of new phones usually have a tendency to trend towards whatever Apple and Samsung are cooking up, like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7, but at least one competitor refuses to be overlooked. That competitor is LG Mobile, and through a series of weird and funky images and animated GIFs, the company demands that you know its newest flagship—the G5—is debuting a day ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 21, 2016.The strangely captivating invitations feature floating balloon animals, a toy airplane with a spinning propeller, a walking toy robot, a bouncing blob wearing a party... Read more...
Google is losing one of its top lieutenants that's been there since it was just a small startup. His name is Amit Singhal, Senior Vice President of Search, and during his 15 years at Google, he played a critical role in transforming Google's search engine and ranking system through intelligent algorithms. This is a monumental loss for Google, though for Singhal, the decision to move on after a decade and a half was a necessary one. He helped make Google into what it is today, and in return, Google made him a wealthy man, turning an "immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and... Read more...
Google might be taking a page from its rival and changing the way it operates in the mobile phone space, at least on the manufacturing side. Rather than continue to outsource production to established players like HTC and LG, Google's now interested in controlling the entire process from start to finish, much like Apple.The way it works now is Google partners up with third-party handset makers and gives them a list of features, requirements, and specifications for whatever Nexus phone it has on tap. Over the years, companies like ASUS, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have played major roles in bringing... Read more...
Apple is no longer the most valuable company on the planet. That distinction belongs to Alphabet, the recently formed parent company of Google, which reached a market capitalization of $570 billion during after-hours trading last night. That figure has fallen a bit after the opening bell this morning, but at $538 billion (and climbing), Alphabet still owns bragging rights over Apple. Investors reacted positively to Alphabet's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 earnings report. For the three-month period ended December 31st, 2015, Alphabet recorded $21.3 billion in revenue, up 18 percent from $18.1... Read more...
Give BlackBerry credit, the company put forth the good old college effort and tried anything it could think of to regain relevance in the mobile world—changing its name from Research In Motion (RIM), dissing the iPhone, shaking up top-level management, launching new handsets—all to no avail. In a last ditch effort, BlackBerry earlier this month suggested it was going all-in with Android, a notion the company reinforced during its recent Priv launch in India. "The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms... Read more...
Google is looking to round out its Google Fiber service, and well-entrenched cable companies like Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which often have virtual monopolies in various markets across the United States, should have even more reason for concern. According to a new report, the search giant will launch Google Fiber Phone, which would add to its exiting Internet and TV services to give Google Fiber a true “Triple Play” offering for customers. Members of the Google Fiber Trusted Tester Program have received invites via email over the past few weeks to test out Google Fiber Phone. Not surprisingly,... Read more...
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