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It's no secret that Google's Chrome browser loves to hog RAM. In fact, it sometimes seems like it wouldn't matter how much RAM is tossed at the browser - it's going to find a way to eat it up. Months ago, I had such bad experiences with this that the browser would lag my entire PC (and that was with 16GB of RAM!), an issue that a subsequent beta ended up fixing. Still, proper memory fixes in Chrome are long, long overdue, because when the issues are bad enough to spawn an entire meme, there's a definite need for attention. Fortunately, attention is being paid to this, and with the brand-new version... Read more...
As consumers, the sheer number of different codecs available for a given media type can be downright frustrating. There's a reason a multitude of devices exist that help transcode streams to be playable on another device - there's been a lack of a standard, so we have no choice but to bend over backwards and jump through hurdles in order to make sure our media works on any device. This reality is also frustrating for companies - those that have to open their wallets for licensing. We're long overdue for a real standard, one that doesn't have licensing costs and one that most people can agree on.... Read more...
At this point, it can be assumed that most tech firms don't like dealing with the EU, and there are many different reasons for it. With Google, it could have to do with the fact that it keeps getting hit with anti-trust charges that it vehemently believes are nonsense. You might recall earlier this year when the company was effectively carpet-bombed with charges, mostly relating to the supposed anti-competitive nature of its search engine. Well, not surprisingly, Google still isn't lowering its defenses. In fact, it's making it clearer than ever that it believes the EU doesn't know what it's talking... Read more...
It's no secret that Google's search engine is littered with Easter eggs, but the latest discovery has to be the coolest. When Max Rosett wanted to refine his programming skills, he did what most people would: he hit up Google. The responses to his searches weren't quite so typical, though. When issuing queries like "python lambda function list comprehension" and "mutex lock", the search results page folded downward to reveal a question: "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?" Google's no stranger to creating neat little games, but this is different. This is serious. What Max didn't... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google and Twitter teamed up to embed tweets in your search results, and for both companies, the partnership made a lot of sense. From an end-user perspective, seeing popular tweets of ongoing events in your search results might give you the kind of answer you need right away. For popular Twitter users, it could even result in an increase of followers. Up to this point, the search feature has only been available for mobile users, whereas in an new update, it's been spread to the desktop. Unfortunately, I can't currently see the feature in order to share a screenshot, but it's... Read more...
One of the most frustrating elements of photography isn't rain or rough weather in general, but windows. No, not that Windows, but windows that do a better job of reflecting the scene behind you than let you see or capture a photo through it. I'm sure many of us have been in a hotel room where we would have loved to have been able to shoot the scene outside, but had to contend with reflections that ruined the shot. If you can relate, you should be happy to know that there's a solution, one that was just discussed at the ongoing SIGGRAPH conference. Called "A Computational Approach for Obstruction-Free... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned of a scary piece of malware that can strike almost all Android devices in use. As has become a theme of late, the exploit is trigged via a simple text message. While it's easy to assume that you'll be safe simply by not reading any unsolicited text messages from people you don't know, this bug can be effective enough to not even require you to open it. If the attack is successful, the phone can be remotely accessed in full. That even includes being able to trigger the camera and microphone. Suffice to say, this is a serious bug, and while there's been no proof of it... Read more...
Many Android users I know like to stick with Google's official Nexus phones, and every single one of them cite the same reasons for it: a clean user interface. It's true; Nexus devices are the go-to for experiencing Android as it's meant to be, similar to how Microsoft sells "Signature" desktops and notebooks that deliver the experience it wants you to have. Ultimately, both Microsoft and Google have the same goal with their respective lines: that lack of bloat. Well, it seems like Sony might be catching onto the perks of this. In a new blog post, the company writes that it is going to be... Read more...
Google has just rolled-out yet another cool feature to one of its products that's both awesome and downright scary from a privacy standpoint. This time, it's Google Maps that's affected, and its new feature "Your Timeline" leaves little to the imagination. With it, you'll be able to effectively stalk yourself - in the past! As it is today, Google by default tracks where you are at any given time, but the amount of information captured is minimal. If you took a trip to New York six months ago, you'll probably be able to see that referenced in your Maps history. Your Timeline takes things further... Read more...
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...
I can't imagine that many people like messing around with their voicemail. Be it a lack of patience or laziness, I cringe anytime I receive one and am forced to fiddle about in the awkward interface, trying to remember the buttons I have to press to achieve a certain action. In this particular scenario, Android M is going to help. At least, if your carrier supports it. As you can see in the shot below, a custom interface can be seen for voicemail rather than the hum-drum black screen. From within this interface, you'll be able to easily choose a message to listen to, see who it's from, and delete... Read more...
Connecting a smartphone to an in-car Bluetooth system is a common way to listen to music through the device, but have you ever thought about what else could be possible? How about controlling the entire smartphone through a dash screen? Or controlling media with your steering wheel? That's just what one Nexus 6 owner did, with the help of a couple of different hardware and software products. At the forefront is the App Radio dash screen, a product that costs about $500. Then there's the ARUnchained Android app, which costs around $30. If you want to take things to the next level, you can even install... Read more...
Back in April, the EU hit Google with antitrust charges for alleged favoritism it gives its own services in search results. Being that Google is so dominant in the search game, this is a big deal to companies that feel that it's placing its inferior services above their own. Yelp is one of those companies, and one that's a complainant in this antitrust charge. It decided to go a bit further than the others though, and commission well-respected Professor of Law Tim Wu to investigate things further. With the help of a Yelp-produced browser plugin, Wu discovered that if search... Read more...
We've all been there. We've sent an email or message with a hot head, or made a big error (eg: emailed the wrong person), and realized the big mistake after the "Send" button was pushed. It's frustrating and infuriating. Perhaps even sanity-degrading. Gmail has for quite some time offered an option in its Labs section called "Undo Send", but as most people don't traverse there, not many ever used it. But it goes without saying that many people would take advantage of it at some point, and it's for that reason that Google has added the ability to enable the feature from the standard... Read more...
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