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While other smartwatch operating systems seem to evolve at a somewhat glacial pace (a la watchOS), Google is kicking into overdrive with regards to adding features to Android Wear. The company is continually adding little tweaks and new software features here and there, and this fall will see yet another big revamp with the release of Android Wear 2.0. Google has overhauled the Android Wear UI, making it easier to respond to and take action when notifications come through, and includes a new darker UI color palette that blends in more deftly with smartwatches featuring round displays. Google also... Read more...
Google's taken contingencies for the inevitable day when a self-driving car mows down a pedestrian. To keep injuries to a minimum, Google filed for and was granted a patent for a sort of sticky hood that would grip people who've been hit by an autonomous vehicle. The concept behind it is to prevent people from bouncing off the front of the vehicle and sustaining more damage, whether it's by bouncing off a tree or simply being flung to the concrete. The patent describes an adhesive layer that's applied to the front end of a vehicle. A special coating is then put on top to prevent the hood from being... Read more...
It’s no secret that Google is heavily invested in machine learning algorithms for use in its vast software portfolio. Products like Street View, Inbox Smart Reply and even voice search rely heavily on machine learning to deliver customers the data they need in quick fashion. But behind what may seem like rather mundane software on the surface is some incredibly powerful hardware. In Google’s case, the company has been using its own custom ASIC for the past year which it calls the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) to power its machine learning efforts. If you want to know just how powerful Google’s TPU... Read more...
Many people would likely love to visit the Louvre one day, but most won't get more than a glance of all of the amazing art contained within its walls. The Gigapixel Art Camera from the Google Cultural Institute, however, makes it so that users can inspect over 1,000 artworks online. Google Cultural Institute engineer Ben St. John stated, “Zooming into these images is the closest thing to walking up to the real thing with a magnifying glass.” The Art Camera is a robotic camera, custom-built to create Gigapixel (over one billion pixels) images. The robotic system takes hundreds of high resolution... Read more...
Google is expanding its reach into virtual reality (VR) with the announcement of Daydream, a VR platform that is built on the upcoming Android N mobile operating system. Daydream encompasses both hardware and software, which means that later this year you will be able to purchase Daydream-ready smartphones from popular OEMs like Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei and ASUS. Daydream in essence is a more advanced replacement for Google Cardboard and uses a new VR Mode that’s incorporated into Android N. Daydream-ready smartphones are all designed with performance and low-latency in mind and include a... Read more...
Google is moving its way into an arena currently dominated by Amazon: the home-centric, voice-activated digital assistant market. Today at Google I/O, CEO Sundar Pichai actually gave Amazon a proper shout-out for making getting consumers used to the idea of devices like the Echo. Amazon Echo started off a “simple” voice-activated Wi-Fi speaker that responds to your every command, but has grown to become a central hub for home automation that can plug into many IoT services and products and much, much more. Like the Amazon Echo, Google Home is a Wi-Fi connected speaker that can beam playback music... Read more...
Digital assistants have proven handy companions for daily activities and reminders, and not just on smartphones, but more recently in standalone form as well. Amazon was first to really capitalize on the latter, and now Google's getting in the game—it's expected to announce a device similar to Echo called Google Home later today.Google Home will be able to answer questions and perform basic tasks. The full extent of its capabilities will be made known when Google makes an official announcement, but you can expect that it will be able to play music, look up the weather, search the web for answers... Read more...
It's fair to say that relations between the U.S. and China are strained, especially in regards to technology. Security researchers have often traced cyberattacks big and small back to China, for which the Chinese government often denies, and there's contention over shipping products to the region. The latter is likely to escalate as China ramps up its security reviews on U.S. tech companies such as Apple and Microsoft.China has a deep distrust of technology products originating from the U.S. As a result, China's been conducting more intensive reviews of tech companies with a focus on encryption... Read more...
As huge as Google is, it's sometimes easy to think of it as being invincible. The American company seemingly gets away with whatever it wants simply because it dominates its competition. But, the European Union has time and time again proven that Google is not invincible, and in fact, it could now be facing the EU's largest penalty to date. Where we stand today is with a mammoth price tag on Google's head. As it appears right now, this is not a fight Google is going to win (easily), and if it's found guilty, it's going to owe on a fine reaching at least €3 billion ($3.4 billion USD). If the... Read more...
It’s safe to say that Adobe Flash is one of the most disliked pieces of software in the modern computing era. What started off as an innovative way for users to experience interactive content and simple online games has transformed into a resource hog and significant security risk. Software vendors have taken extreme measures to scale back support for the plugin and Adobe itself has announced that Flash will soon be on the chopping block. This week, we’re learning that Google is taking further steps to ensure Flash’s demise. Starting in the fourth quarter, Google Chrome will default to HTML5 instead... Read more...
Google seems to be forever linked with concerns over user privacy. After all, the company has the most popular search engine in the world and the world’s most popular smartphone operating system (Android). Now, Google’s penchant for scooping up massive amounts of data for advertising purposes has landed it in legal troubles over at UC Berkeley. Two lawsuits have been filed against the search giant which together include 890 students and alumni that claim Google’s Apps for Education platform was used to scan their emails for advertising purposes without first gaining consent from each individual... Read more...
First there was Boaty McBoatFace. Now there is Parsey McParseface. On Thursday Google released SyntaxNet, an open-source neural network framework implemented in TensorFlow that provides a foundation for Natural Language Understanding (NLU) systems. This release includes Parsey McParseface, an English language parser that has been trained to analyze English text. Google claims that this is the most accurate model in the world. The term “parsing” has a fairly interesting history. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, students took parsing courses where they would break down the grammatical... Read more...
Not all jobs at Google entail crunching code or having familiarity with APIs. If you have a clean driving history, excellent written and verbal communication skills, can type at least 40 words per minute, and a BS or BA degree, you could end up working for Google in a position on one of its self-driving car teams (and no, not the San Andreas team). The gig pays $20 per hour to test Google's autonomous vehicles. It entails driving (or riding) in an autonomous Lexus for six to eight hours per day as it roams the city streets of Arizona. However, you wouldn't be able to just kick your legs up and... Read more...
Google would like it if everyone used its search engine (and most people do), and what better way to boost search traffic than to make its most popular product even more accessible. That’s the idea with its latest application for iOS: Gboard. Gboard is an iPhone keyboard that puts the power of Google search right at your fingertips. Accessing this feature is as simple as tapping on the “G” icon, which allows you to search without even leaving the keyboard. “Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s lunch plans. They ask you for the address,” writes Google Principal Engineer Rajan Patel.... Read more...
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