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The San Diego Comic-Con is not usually known for tech announcements, but a preview of this cool new Google Play feature may be the exception. Google just announced Bubble Zoom which makes the text bubbles in comic books leap off the page. Google can identify speech bubbles and enlarge them on the page thanks to machine learning and image recognition technology. Blobs of text are identified and popup when a user presses the volume button or taps the bottom-right of their screen. This magnification makes it easier to read the comic and even adds a little more action to the reading experience. Bubble... Read more...
Google’s powerful DeepMind AI is saving the company a lot of dough. The technology has resulted in a 15 percent improvement in power usage efficiency (PUE). Get your calculators out. Google said it used 4,402,836 MWh of electricity in 2014 which is the equivalent to 366,903 family homes in the United States. The average American family paid between $25 to $40 USD per MWh in 2014. If we split this difference, we can theorize that Google spent at least $140,890,752 just on its 2014 electric bill. A fifteen percent improvement means a little over $21 million in savings. Most of Google’s electric... Read more...
Google has just reported that there were over 40,000 request for user data from the government between June and December 2015. Requests for user data has steadily increased since 2009, however this was the highest number yet. Google admitted that this number was not comprehensive. For example, the same Gmail account may be specified in several different requests for user information. Google also might receive a request for a user for account that does not exist at all.   It believes that these discrepancies do balance out. The statistics do cover all government entities that request user data.... Read more...
Edge is the Internet Explorer replacement that Microsoft has been increasingly trying to promote as an alternative to competing browsers on the market (i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera). Microsoft has been especially adamant about vilifying Chrome, continually pointing out the browser’s well-known pennant for chewing through laptop batteries at an incredible clip. Microsoft came out swinging in late June, showing Chrome coming in dead last in battery tests (by a large margin). Microsoft struck again last week with benchmarks showing that Edge far outpaced Chrome in Netflix streaming... Read more...
Google is just about finished preparing Nougat for insatiable Android uses who've had their fill of Marshmallow, Lollipop, and every other flavor of the world's most popular mobile operating system. In the meantime, those who want to catch a sneak peek of what Android 7.0 will bring to the table can download the final developer preview now. It's the fifth developer preview since Google began working on Android 7.0 and the last milestone in the series before Nougat is thrust onto devices later this summer. Adding to the previous developer preview, which included the final APIs for Android 7.0, this... Read more...
While there are a number of different VR solutions on the market today, the main competition really boils down to Oculus, with its Rift, and HTC, with its Vive. As we now learn, there could have very well been a third competitor in this small group: Google. The fact that a company like Google was working on a VR headset probably won't strike many as a surprise. After all, Google has an unbelievable amount of resources to throw behind interesting new products, and as we've seen proven time and time again, it can end up dominating certain markets (especially thanks to its acquisition prowess). Interestingly,... Read more...
If Google had been hoping that the European Union would back off on its pursuit of proving that it's anti-competitive, it appears that the company hasn't been hoping hard enough. Today, the EU shot another set of charges at Google for anti-competitive practices, this time squarely targeting its AdSense for Search platform. Previous antitrust charges against Google have involved Android, search, and shopping, with this third set expanding on the latter two. Anyone who's ever browsed the internet will have likely passed by an AdSense advertisement, as they're simply everywhere. We reinforce Google... Read more...
Google is really starting to make some inroads with its Fiber high-speed internet service, and the latest city to “see the light” is Charlotte, North Carolina. Google announced this week that residents in the Highland Creek neighborhood will be the first residents eligible to sign up for one of three plans: Fiber 1000 + TV, Fiber 1000, or the entry-level Fiber 100 (priced at $130/month, $70/month, and $50/month respectively). And in an effort to bring high-speed internet to the “most digitally divided areas,” Google will offer a 25 Mbps version of its service for $15 a month. Residents that live... Read more...
Google’s Project Fi Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service has been an intriguing value proposition for smartphone users since its introduction over a year ago. Project Fi allows you to use Wi-Fi (whenever possible) for data and calls and can switch to cellular carriers (selected based on signal strength) when out of Wi-Fi range. When Project Fi launched, it did so with carrier support from T-Mobile and Sprint in the United States. Last month, Google brought on U.S. Cellular to further expand coverage so that “users have a connection nearly 99% of the time, and spend about 95% of cellular... Read more...
If you're a cable-cutter who's hated to lose some key channels by dropping cable TV, you might just be in luck when YouTube rolls out what's in effect a replacement later this year. It's been rumored for quite some time that the company has wanted to offer a subscription-based service that would include a number of common channels - it'd benefit not just YouTube, but the channel owners, and of course, consumers, who'd end up getting a better deal than going with a traditional cable TV service. That price has been pegged at "under" $35/mo, which might seem a bit high, but the value will really come... Read more...
It may still be in the early days for quantum computers, but Google is already experimenting with post-quantum cryptography. Someone could potentially retroactively break any communications that were encrypted with today’s standard encryption algorithms. Google is attempting to encrypt some of its connections through post-quantum cryptography to avoid this possible problem. Google remarked, “Our aims with this experiment are to highlight an area of research that Google believes to be important and to gain real-world experience with the larger data structures that post-quantum algorithms will... Read more...
So it seems that Google is probably, almost definitely and most likely working on a pair of Android Wear smartwatches of its own, according to a "reliable source" along with "confirmation of their existence from multiple sources" who spilled the beans to Android Police. On a scale of 1 to 10, the site's confidence level in the information obtained from its sources is a 9. Well alright them.There's a lot of huffing and puffing over the sources and validity of the rumored wearables—several paragraphs, in fact—along with a disclaimer in case it turns out to be hogwash or Google cancels the project.... Read more...
While Tesla Motors has been in the news recently for self-driving Autopilot hijinks for all the wrong reasons, Google is chalking up another positive aspect of its fully autonomous driving fleet. Google’s self-driving vehicles have racked up over 1.7 million miles in fully autonomous mode (mostly in California) and in the process have learned a lot about the drivers that they come in contact with on a daily basis. But what about cyclists? Google announced via its monthly self-driving car report [PDF] that its fleet has been upgraded to pay particularly close attention to cyclists, and... Read more...
Google DeepMind recently commenced a new collaboration with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). DeepMind is working with Moorfields Eye Hospital in east London. The goal is to create a machine learning system that will be able use digital eye scans in order to recognize sight-threatening conditions. Moorfields Eye Hospital DeepMind researchers will use millions of anonymous eye scans to train an algorithm to better spot the early signs of eye conditions. Professor Peng Tee Khaw, the head of Moorfields’ Ophthalmology Research Centre, remarked, “These scans are incredibly detailed,... Read more...
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