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Grand Theft Auto might get the lions share of the attention from Rockstar fans, but the developer has released a few other gems over the years as well, including some that sound downright bizarre at first, but turn out to be quite good. Such as Bully, which has just passed its tenth birthday. In Bully, you find yourself in the town of Bullworth playing the role of a high school student. It's an open world game (although limited compared to today's open-world epics) that lets you try to progress up the ranks of the school system, and tackle any and all roadblocks that arise. Rockstar has spruced... Read more...
If you have a Daydream-ready smartphone (i.e. Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Pixel, Pixel XL), Google is now shipping two new editions of the Daydream View VR headset. The Daydream View was initially only available in gray, but you can now choose from Crimson (red) and Snow (white). If you preordered either color, your headset will ship today. If you place an order for either headset today, your order should arrive no later than December 16th. Regardless of which color you select, the price of entry is still $79. Daydream View is the successor to the low-cost Google Cardboard VR accessory. It is constructed... Read more...
There’s no question that Google Chrome is by far the most dominant player in the desktop browser market. As we reported in early November, Chrome has more market share than both Internet Explorer and Edge combined. And over the past year, Chrome has seen its market share climb from 35 percent to 55 percent. During its meteoric rise, Microsoft has done its best to assail Chrome and promote its Edge browser as the faster and more efficient choice for Windows 10 users. But with Chrome 53, Google gave Windows 10 users a 15 percent speed boost by using Microsoft Profile Guided Optimization (PGO) technology.... Read more...
In the words of Google, “Live has never looked so good”, as the company has just rolled out 4K live streaming on YouTube with standard and 360-degree viewing at up to 60 frames per second. According to Google, “Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.” 4K videos have a total of eight million pixels, giving the four times more image definition than their 1080p counterparts. Live streams therefore have crisper, more detailed images and... Read more...
Google Earth Timelapse is now offering a 33-year glimpse at the Earth’s human-led transformation transformation. Viewers can peruse thirty-three images of the Earth that span from 1984 to 2016 in numerous locations throughout the world. Some of these images include the rise of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, and the urban expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada. Google used its Earth Engine to sift through three quadrillion pixels from more than 5,000,000 satellite images. It then took the best pixels to create the thirty-three available Timelapses. Google encoded... Read more...
If you currently are in possession of a Google account (and who isn’t these days), you might want to pay close attention to the findings of researchers at Check Point. According to Check Point, new malware is making the rounds under the name Gooligan. Gooligan’s main attack vector is through Android-based smartphones, attacking users that have downloaded infected apps. Once Gooligan finds its way onto an Android smartphone or tablet, it proceeds to root the device and then downloads additional payloads to compromise email accounts and steal authentication tokens. But that’s not all, the malware... Read more...
It's been proven that some tech companies have been willing to cater to the government's every need, but others -- namely Google -- remain adamant about transparency regarding shady practices. Earlier this year, we reported on Google's new feature that informs users if they've become the target of state-sponsored attackers, so as to help you better protect yourself via whatever means you have available. We can't imagine what it's like to receive a notification like this, but it can't be a great feeling. Now, we're reminded that this functionality exists, as a slew of journalists and professors... Read more...
Don’t panic but Google’s AI may have accidentally (or not so accidentally), sort of, kind of, created its own secret language. This internal self-taught language has apparently been developed by the company's Neural Machine Translation (NMT) and not a human. How was the secret language created and discovered in the first place? Google announced their new Neural Machine Translation this past September. The Neural Machine Translation translates entire sentences instead of small pieces. It examines the broader context of the sentence in order to produce the more relevant translation. The result... Read more...
Turkey massacre day is right around the corner. So is Black Friday, the annual shopping bonanza that turns otherwise well behaving citizens into rabid beasts with an insatiable thirst for savings and a total disregard for their fellow man, woman, or child. The frenzy will continue to some extent throughout the holiday shopping season, though Google is doing its part to make things a little less hectic by providing data of how crowded a particular place is at any given point in time. This is a real-time upgrade to Google's Popular Times feature introduced to Google Search and Maps last year. Popular... Read more...
The spread of misinformation and fake news via the internet is running rampant. As both a news writer and teaching assistant/college professor, I am in the unique position of not only battling misinformation online, but also in a university classroom. A Stanford University study recently discovered that many preteens and teenagers are unable to detect fake news, despite having tools at their disposal to to determine the validity of content. These future voters and leaders were unable to tell whether or not the articles they read were legitimate, accurate, or unbiased. Social media does not appear... Read more...
Heads up folks, the latest version of Google Play services will be the last one to support Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices. Google put the word out in a blog post on Monday, saying that Google Play services 10.0.0 and Firebase 10.0.0 client libraries for Android will be the last versions to support Android API level 9 (Android 2.3 Gingerbread). The next scheduled release is Google Play services version 10.2.0, which will increase the minimum supported API level from 9 to 14 (Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich) when Google releases it to the public sometime in early 2017.... Read more...
One of the common arguments in favor of the iPhone and iOS devices in general is that "it just works." It's an oversimplified retort often thrown around by people who favor iOS gadgets over Android equivalents, but is it also an inaccurate one? A new report by Blanco Technology Group suggests that in reality Android devices work more often. There is a fair amount of surprising data contained in The State of Mobile Device Performance Health Report, which is an in-depth quarterly review of global mobile device trends, including diagnostic testing, performance issues, and outright failures. It begins... Read more...
Many Pixel owners woke up this week to find that their Google account had not only been suspended, but their mail, photos, documents, and anything else linked to their Google identity had been lost. Google is punishing Pixel owners who took advantage of a tax loophole in order to purchase their phones at a reduced out-of-pocket price. The affected customers bought their phones via the company’s Project Fi MVNO service. They then shipped the phones directly to a reseller in New Hampshire, who split the profit with the customers. New Hampshire is one of four states with no sales tax. Resale of the... Read more...
For the past ten years, Google has made it possible to traverse and explore our planet using Google Earth. Since debuting a decade ago, Google Earth has racked up over 2 billion downloads, making it possible for people to visit places they may never have an opportunity to see in real life. Well, now Google is upping the ante with a new version of Google Earth designed specifically for virtual reality. It's called Google Earth VR and it's available to download for free through Steam. As it did with Tilt Brush, a VR painting app that lets users paint in 3D, Google VR is launching to first on the... Read more...
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