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Last month, Google began opening up about the accidents it encounters with its autonomous vehicles. While the overall number of accidents is low, accidents are accidents, and are worthy of note. Especially when we're talking about a vehicle that's driving itself. In Google's favor, the accidents it's been encountering haven't been its fault. Surprise, surprise: it's been the fault of drivers who are not paying close enough attention. Take, for example, an accident that occurred just a few weeks ago, on July 1. When Google's Lexus began to slow down at an intersection, so too did a couple of cars... Read more...
Another quarter is in the books for Google, which this time around was worth $17.7 billion in revenue, an 11 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. After deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC), Google was left with $14.35 billion in revenue, a figure that's millions of dollars higher than analysts were expecting. Suffice to say, Google held its position as the second most valuable company in the U.S., trailing only Apple for the top spot. With its stock price surging more than 12 percent to $651.66 per share after making its financial report public, Google has a market capitalization... Read more...
Marshall may be better known for its music equipment, but that isn’t stopping the company from bringing a kickass audio experience to the smartphone market with its London handset. Given its highly customizable nature, it should come as no surprise that London runs Google’s Android operating system (Lollipop 5.0.2). Let’s get the “unique” aspects of the London out of the way first: it features dual front-facing speakers, a Wolfson WM8281 sound processor, Bluetooth atpX support, and a gold-tinged scroll wheel on the right side of the device that handle volume control, which Marshall says offers... Read more...
Nexus fans who have been following the rumors have heard that Google's tapping two different manufactures for its next generation offerings. One is South Korean outfit LG Electronics, a familiar partner of Google's that is supposedly working on the Nexus 5 (2015 model), and the other is Huawei, which has been linked to a bigger size Nexus device to succeed the Nexus 6.With regards to the latter, famed leaker Evan Blass (you may know him better by his Twitter handle, @evleaks) posted to Twitter a few specs for the Huawei Nexus. According to Blass, Huawei's phablet-sized device will sport a 5.7-inch... Read more...
If you were bummed that Google shut down its Maps editing tool in May, you'll be happy to know that Map Maker is reopening in early August. At the same time, there will be some changes and additional safeguards to avoid another embarrassing scenario like the one that prompted Google to temporarily shutter the service in the first place. In case you missed it, someone posted an image of Android relieving itself on Apple's logo just south of Islamabad, Pakistan. it's an image you've probably seen before in some fashion, usually with Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes whizzing on a Ford or Chevy logo,... Read more...
When Google announced in May that it was offering unlimited photo and video storage for free via its revamped Photos app, there was much celebration. Confetti poured out from building windows onto the streets, enemies became friends, and the nation's leaders declared and end to all conflicts, finally ushering in an era of world peace.Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, what Google did was pretty awesome, and having an unlimited bin in the cloud was just part of the story. The retooled app made it even easier to organize your images and videos, tag people, and search through large... Read more...
Google might have sparked the fiber internet wars with its highly acclaimed Google Fiber service for residential customers, but competitors like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast have been close behind looking to offer matching (or greater speeds) in the same markets. One competitor that is touting faster speeds — actually, twice the 1Gbps speeds offered by Google Fiber — is Comcast. Comcast’s 2Gbps symmetrical Gigabit Pro was first announced in April for the Atlanta market, and will soon begin expanding to the San Francisco Bay Area, Chattanooga, and parts of Colorado and Oregon. What was... Read more...
Tech giants like Apple and Google are making a big play to take over your car’s dashboard. Their respective CarPlay and Android Auto platforms allow you to connect your smartphone via a USB cable (or wirelessly in future implementations of CarPlay) and mirror functionality to your vehicle’s center-mounted display. Phone, texting, audio streaming, and navigation functionality is all made accessible through the touch screen in a format that supposedly cuts down on distracted driving, making the roads safer for us all. As we find ourselves becoming part of an increasingly connected world, it was only... Read more...
The highly anticipated Android M mobile operating system will begin [most likely slowly if previous releases are any indication] making its way to devices this fall. We’ll first start seeing new devices preloaded with Android M (like the next generation Nexus smartphone, which is reportedly being developed in conjunction with Huawei) and later as an upgrade for existing Lollipop devices.Until that time arrives, only developers have access to Android M, and up until this week, they were running the same “tired old” build Developer Preview build that was released in late May. Thankfully, Google yesterday... Read more...
Gmail reduced spam from a major headache to an occasional annoyance, but Google is going after the remaining 0.1 percent of garbage that makes it to your inbox. The company rolled out new tools this week that are meant to shut down the most pernicious spam strategies and help important emails avoid getting inadvertently trapped in the spam filter. Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi describes the spam that makes it past the company’s filter as “Sneaky spam – the kind that could actually pass for wanted mail.” To nail it, Google is now employing an artificial neural network, which is machine-learning... Read more...
The Google released an Ethernet adapter for its Chromecast this week. The little adapter will save the day for anyone who picked up the wireless TV streaming device, only to discover that the Wi-Fi connection near the TV is spotty. The device is a small, square unit that will be easy to tuck out of sight. It includes a short USB micro-B cable that connects the adapter to your Chromecast and has a single 10/100 Ethernet port. Grab an Ethernet cable, plug it into the adapter and your router (and plug the adapter in a power outlet), and you now have solid, fast connection for streaming video (If you’re... Read more...
When Google first announced its Project Fi wireless service in late April, one of the headlining features allowed customers to receive refunds for unused data. For example, Google charges $10 per gigabyte of data that you add to your plan; so if you pay $60 for 6GB worth of data and only use 2GB during your billing cycle, you’ll receive a refund of $40. Rather than just let new customers binge on its unlimited data plans ($25 for unlimited 3G data, $40 for unlimited 4G data), Republic Wireless has announced that it is tossing them in favor of a refund model similar in concept to Google’s Project... Read more...
Google this week confirmed plans to take its autonomous car project into new territory to see how its self-driving cars handle and react to different challenges than the ones they've already been exposed to. The new location is Austin, Texas, an area that's been friendly to Google's projects, such as its fiber Internet and TV service. Testing has already begun in Austin with a single white Lexus RX 450h SUV. Unlike California and other states that have laws on the books for self-driving vehicles, Austin and Texas as a whole have no such regulations regarding autonomous vehicles, meaning Google... Read more...
Let’s be honest here, BlackBerry 10 isn’t exactly a vibrant, thriving operating system. BlackBerry has less than one percent smartphone market share and simply can’t compete these days with the flashy iOS flagship smartphones coming out of the woodwork from Apple and Android flagships from the likes of Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Motorola (just to name a few). So it should come as no surprise that BlackBerry is looking for a backup plan of sorts to advances its efforts in the smartphone race, and what better partner could the Canadian company find than with Google? As we reported in June,... Read more...
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