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We all recognize that backing up data is important, but do you have backups for your backups? A single scheme isn't always enough, and if you think uploading your valuable documents to the cloud is all the protection you need, think again. Some users are finding that out the hard way after one of Google's data centers was affected by four successive lightning strikes. Google says the incident occurred on August 13, 2015, which is when lightning exacted its wrath on the local utilities grid that powers the company's European data center. There was a brief loss of power to the data center's storage... Read more...
Google wants to solve your wireless woes with a new router that's designed for ease-of-use and ongoing upgrades without the fuss. Called OnHub, the spiffy looking router is the result of a joint effort between Google and TP-Link, the latter of which is plenty experienced in the realm of routers, extenders, and home networking in general. OnHub sports a cylindrical design that's aesthetically pleasing enough to place in the living room or other central location in your home. There are no external antennas sticking out of the thing or blinking LEDs. Google isn't being vain here; the focus on physical... Read more...
Google’s Boston Dynamics released new footage of its Atlas project, showing off the robot’s improved balancing capabilities. The humanoid robot can now walk across uneven surfaces and can even stumble around outside, but the company clearly has a ways to go before the Atlas can perform Swan Lake.  Still image of Atlas in Marc Raibert's FAB presentation As silly as Atlas looks as it wobbles its way down a forest path, the robot’s sense of balance is actually very impressive. When we last covered the robot (in November of 2014), Atlas was making waves because it could balance on one foot while... Read more...
Google has a tendency to get our hopes up with awesome “pet projects” only to later shoot them down with delays or cancelation. One such promising Google endeavor is Project Ara, which can be summed up as LEGO for smartphones. Project Ara takes a modular approach, allowing customers to purchase a single “basic” smartphone frame and then build upon it with individual models that easily plug-in, giving you additional functionality. If you want to swap out your puny 5MP camera for a higher resolution 12MP camera, the choice is yours. Or let’s say you don’t want a camera at all and would prefer to... Read more...
Google launched a new website for its Google Hangouts chat service this week. The website comes just a week after Google announced that the Google Hangouts app for Android had received a major update and provides users with an easy way to reach Hangouts. (iOS got its Hangouts revamp earlier in the summer.)That’s not to say it wasn’t already pretty easy to start a Hangout. The service is embedded in Gmail and Google+, not to mention being available as apps for Android and iOS. But the new website gives you one more easy access point. And, as some users pointed out, business users may prefer to visit... Read more...
Google first previewed the next version of Android to developers (and the world) back in late May. At the time, it was simply called Android M, with Google stating that the official name for the mobile operating system would come at a later date. Well, the time is today and the official name is Marshmallow. Of all the tasty treats that begin with the letter “M”, Marshmallow was definitely the safe choice, although it was reported that the internal codename for the operating system was Macadamia Nut Cookie. In addition to the name, we’ve also learned that the official version number for Marshmallow... Read more...
Considering that Android is installed on around eight out 10 smartphones around the world, it was pretty scary to find out about Stagefright, a vulnerability that's present on almost all of them. Even more frightening is that in many cases, the exploit could be triggered with a simple text message. In theory, an attacker could text your handset while you're sleeping, take control of your phone, and wipe any trace of something nefarious taking place so that you'd never be the wiser. That got the attention of Google, which patched the MMS exploit and sent the code to wireless carriers. One by one,... Read more...
The challenge of raising a child starts the moment you realize you're going to be a parent and must pick out a name. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. You inevitably find yourself looking up baby names, either in a book or on the web, and eventually you land on something you like. However, it's a process, and it's where Google finds itself right now in regards to Android. There's an added challenge to the process for Google since, historically, major Android builds have been named after delicious treats. Not without purpose, Google maintains that "since these devices make our lives so sweet, each... Read more...
There's been a fair bit of chatter over the last several months about Google's next Nexus device, the 2015 Nexus 5 (codenamed Bullhead), and we may have our first real glimpse of the forthcoming handset. The solo shot of the supposed new Nexus shows off the device's backside and, if it's to be believed, confirms that LG Electronics is in charge of manufacturing.As always seems to be the case, the picture is a blurry one, though we've certainly seen poorer quality snapshots. The pictured first appeared on an Indonesian user's Google+ account and was picked up and posted to Twitter by Marques Brownlee,... Read more...
The SHIELD Android TV already has more than 300 compatible titles since launching a few months ago, but Nvidia gave that pool another boost today with the announcement of seven new(ish) titles. Five the games were already available but now have support for Nvidia’s set-top gaming device, while two are completely new to the Google Play Store. Killing Floor: Calamity Of the two new titles, Killing Floor: Calamity will be more familiar for most gamers. While Windward ought to make for some ocean-faring fun, Killing Floor: Calamity is based on the tried-and-true bloodbath of a game that first appeared... Read more...
Google project Niantic Labs is heading out on its own, the newly-formed company announced this week. The move comes as the company that was once Google is restructuring under its own newly-created parent organization, Alphabet. While some Google projects are becoming separate entities under Alphabet, others are launching as independent companies. Niantic Labs, which is known for its augmented reality game Ingress, is one. “Niantic Labs is becoming an independent company,” the company announced on its Ingress Google+ page. “We’ll be taking out unique blend of exploration and fun to even bigger audiences... Read more...
It’s no secret that Huawei is developing one of two new Nexus smartphones for Google. LG Electronics is the other OEM tapped with developing a second smartphone that will result in a one-two punch for Google’s debut of the Android L operating system. Over the past few months, various details surrounding Huawei’s Nexus device have leaked, including word from Evan Blass that the device would feature a 5.7-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. That latter spec is becoming a bit more suspect considering that Qualcomm today said it products featuring the SoC wouldn’t ship until the... Read more...
There's a new app available in Amazon's Appstore for Android that will bring the Chromecast experience to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It's called YouMap Cast Receiver by VMLite Corporation, and it runs $7.99 -- a bit expensive for app, though a fair bit cheaper than a Chromecast dongle, which normally sells for $35 (you can often find it for a few bucks less). To be clear, YouMap Cast Receiver won't replicate the Chromecast experience in its entirety (more on that in a moment), though it will allow you to mirror your phone, tablet, or Chrome browser tab to your TV. It implements the same protocol... Read more...
It's reasonable to think that Google did its due diligence when settling on "Alphabet" as the name for its new holding company. And if so, we can also assume that Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were well aware that a not-so-little company called BMW owns the trademark for Alphabet, along with the alphabet.com domain.So why step on BMW's toes (or tires, as it were) when the company could have chosen a different name? That's a good question, and if BMW decides to sue Google, it's one that might be answered in court. Or the two sides could settle things privately, though if that's... Read more...
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