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If you're in a situation where your phone has data, but your tablet doesn't, and Wi-Fi isn't an immediate option, things can get frustrating pretty quickly. Consider checking into a hotel, for example, which only allows one or two devices to connect to the Wi-Fi - that's a major roadblock for those with their families, or those with multiple devices. While your smartphone is charging, you could be kicking back using the tablet, for example. That assumes that the hotel's Internet service allows you access without dinging you again for another device. Situations like those or similar will be less... Read more...
In early 2014, both Google and Facebook battled to acquire Titan Aerospace in an attempt to use its technologies to beam the Internet from the sky through the use of aerial drones. Ultimately, Google won, and has since worked hard to accomplish its initial goal. However, as we now learn, Google apparently doesn't see much success in the immediate future with this particular take on things, so it's pulling the plug on the entire project. While this could be disappointing news, what makes it interesting is the fact that the project had actually been canned for a while. According to an Alphabet spokeswoman,... Read more...
If you're a little timid of talking to an electronic device, you better suck it up soon, because it looks like it's going to be such a big part of our future as the "new normal". Solutions like Google's Conversation Actions are going to make these interactions possible. With Conversation Actions, smart algorithms are able to pick up on keywords to help give a reasoned response. An example of this can be seen below, where a user asks Google Home for dinner suggestions. The words "hot", "soup", "fast", "chicken", and "tomato" are plucked from the sentence, and without much of a delay, a tomato chicken... 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...
Google's DeepMind has been working on some truly incredible things over the past couple of years. Just last week, we learned that DeepMind would be teaching itself how to play StarCraft II, which wouldn't be the first time it had a gaming focus. Before Google acquired DeepMind a couple of years ago, its AI was used to learn and conquer Atari games, and more recently, it taught itself how to beat an expert at Go. Since then, we've seen DeepMind used to enhance AI-speech generation, and even work to conquer blindness. Now it's going to teach itself how to identify objects in a virtual world. As we... Read more...
It's the dream of many youngsters to grow and be involved in the NFL, whether it's to be a player or a member of the team staff. But for obvious reasons, an elite few actually get to fulfill that dream. Fortunately, the future is looking great for allowing the rest of us to get a mere taste of what it's like to be in the NFL, with virtual reality set to become the next-best-thing to actually being in the NFL. Last December, we wrote about Google working with the NFL to produce a VR look at the New England Patriots, and for fans of the team, it proved to be a real treat. Now, the NFL has announced... Read more...
There's been no shortage of stories regarding Android security of the years, a fact that has worried some fans of the "openness" of the OS. Each new security story makes it seem more likely that the OS will become a little more locked-down, a la iOS. Well, that might not happen after all, because as it stands today, Google is confident that Android is just as secure as iOS. This was revealed at a security conference in New York last week, by Google's Director of Security for Android, Adrian Ludwig. He plainly states, "For almost all threat models, they [Android and iOS] are nearly identical in... Read more...
Last month, Google renamed its popular "Apps for Work" suite of business tools to "G Suite", a simple naming scheme change that gave us the hint that other big things would be coming. Today, we get our first real taste of what's new with Google's own take on the boardroom whiteboard. Google's interactive whiteboard is called Jamboard, and it tackles the likes of Microsoft's Surface Hub head-on. The goal isn't to simply display important information on the screen for everyone to see, but let people collaborate in real-time as they would with an actual whiteboard - we're talking drawing, writing... Read more...
A lot has been accomplished with Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary, and it looks like the progress train isn't about to slow down anytime soon. As a quick recap, this year alone we've seen DeepMind take down a Go player, get started on an AI kill switch, attempt to cure blindness, improve speech generation, and even slash a mammoth power bill. What's next? Completely self-contained learning. We wouldn't be shocked if you started having ideas of Skynet running through your head right now. With a new hybrid system called Differentiable Neural Computer (DNC), a neural network is... Read more...
Are you having trouble keeping track of all of the different messaging apps that Google offers? Don't feel bad; a lot of us do. In fact, it feels like Google has a number of redundancies in this space, and with its latest move, we get the feeling that the consolidation has begun. Take Allo, for example, which is set to take the place of Hangouts in the official "Google Mobile Services" package going forward. That means that vendors won't need to bundle Hangouts with their devices, although they still have the option to should they want to offer a more complete package. Even if they don't,... Read more...
This past June, Lenovo invited select press to an event in San Francisco where the company unveiled two upcoming products: Phab2 Pro, and Moto Z. We took a look at the (seriously awesome) Moto Z a couple of months ago, and now, we have the Phab2 Pro to look forward to next month. We'd understand it if you felt a little bored of mobile releases lately, because there's just so many of them, and it's sometimes hard to figure out the true differences between one model and another. But Phab2 Pro is worth your attention, as it will become the first commercially-available phone built on Google's Tango... Read more...
According to tracking website NetMarketShare, Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer this past March to become the most widely-used Web browser on the planet. As of just last month, the service pegged Chrome as owning a staggering 54% of the total marketshare, with IE settling with 27%. Firefox, meanwhile, scored about 8%, while Edge took 5%. With Chrome dominating the market, it must mean that it's the best browser out there, right? While Chrome is definitely doing something right to get to the top, as we've found out in recent months, those reasons have nothing to do with battery life. As... Read more...
One of the most obvious facts on Earth is that Google loves search. It's for good reason: it's how the company began, and it's what's needed to fuel its products outside of search. There's a reason most of the world's population goes to Google over other providers for search: the big G is really good at it. Well, what about searching for information that's not in a singular place; or, information you need but you can't remember where you stored it? Take for example a scenario where a friend gave you an address, but you can't remember whether it was sent to you through Gmail, Hangouts, or something... Read more...
We reported earlier this year on Daydream, a new Google solution for virtual reality. It's in effect set to become Google Cardboard's replacement, and requires Android 7.0 'Nougat' to use. If all of the required specs are met, then Google will denote compatible phones as 'Daydream Ready'. If Google has its way, Daydream is going to be huge, and the company isn't going to leave it to chance that it's going to happen. As Bloomberg reports, the company has been investing 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars into various projects that will launch for Daydream, giving those who adopt the technology some... Read more...
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