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Users of the Chrome beta for Android are in for a bit of a treat, as the latest version has added support for "Physical Web" beacons. Don't worry if you've never heard of these, because most haven't. Google did talk about it a bit last summer, and it seems like a feature that could be incredibly useful at times. The logic behind the name of "Physical Web" is that data is distributed locally; not over the Internet. The goal is to relay information to those nearby that would prove useful. Say, for example, you're in a restaurant, and as you wait for a seat, a beacon beams the menu to your phone so... 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...
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...
Android Wear today is quite a different beast from when it landed nearly two years ago — thankfully, it’s been changed for the better thanks to steady improvements and feature additions that Google has bestowed onto the operating system made for smartwatches. Today, Google is rolling out another big Android Wear update, which is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at its core. The update brings the ability to send messages with your smartwatch using just your voice. A number of messaging services are supported including WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber and of course Google Hangouts. To send a message, you could... Read more...
It seems certain that we've all managed to wind up on a website at some point in time that had misleading elements, such as fake download buttons. While piracy is going to be the first thing that springs to many minds when this kind of sketchiness is brought up, it's hardly exclusive to that area. Some websites that host completely legitimate software still have misleading advertising, and let's face it: we've been dealing with it for way too long. Well, if Google has its way, we're not going to have to worry about such misleading advertising in the future. Back in November, the company released... Read more...
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the geekiest of them all?” Well, we have a highly plausible answer for that question: Max Braun. Braun, an engineer for Google, created his on Android-powered smart mirror that he installed about his bathroom sink. As Braun describes, “There doesn’t seem to be anyone selling the product I was looking for.” Since no one could sell him a finished product, he decided to build his own using off-the-shelf components. The main parts required for his smart mirror include a two-way mirror, a controller board (complete with HDMI and VGA outputs), a 15.6-inch ASUS MB MB168B+... 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...
When communities discover that Google Fiber is coming to town, there is usually instant jubilation. I know that when it was announced that my neck of the woods here in North Carolina would be receiving Google Fiber, my Facebook feed lit up with overjoyed friends tired of the monopolies that rule the Internet roost. A “mere” $70/month will get you 1Gbps Internet speeds with Google Fiber. However, if you pay a one-time $300 construction fee, you can enjoy “free” 5Mbps/1Mbps Internet speeds. In a move to further bolster its philanthropic efforts, Alphabet is bringing its Google Fiber service to low-income... 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...
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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