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If you've been itching to give your Nest smart thermostat a security camera sibling, your oddly specific desire can soon become a reality. It appears that Nest will be unveiling a security camera next week that shows off its Dropcam lineage, but has been given an aesthetics overhaul to look great wherever you want to put it. While it appears that this camera has been in its testing phase for a while, concrete details on its features is slim. What is said is that it will be able to stream at 1080p, and we'd imagine record at that resolution, too. It'll also have Bluetooth, which will probably be... Read more...
It's a horrible feeling, that one of regret when the realization strikes that we should have been more on top of things, quicker to get something done. I'm sure we've all been there, and while it can easily happen to any one of us, it can also happen to the biggest of companies -- Google being the latest example. Had Google been quicker in finalizing the details of its Google Pay mobile payments service, it would have been able to enjoy nickel and diming the kings of nickel and diming: credit card companies Visa and MasterCard. In May, those companies updated the details to their respective... Read more...
There are myriad of ways to improve the battery-life of a laptop, but one of the best is to disable CPU-intensive (or perhaps even GPU-intensive) browser plugins. Adobe's Flash is a perfect example of this. While Flash animations can be detrimental with regards to battery-life, it's made worse when an element in the background is running a video. It's just bad news, and Google realizes it all-too-well. That being the case, the company will soon be introducing a new feature to its Chrome Web browser that lets users disable all Flash content by default, or let Chrome decide which content should be... Read more...
It's beginning to look like Nintendo's "NX" console could be quite interesting -- or not, depending on your perspective. It's being reported that the Mario maker is planning to go the Android route for its upcoming console, which would allow developers the freedom to publish their titles for it, as well as other Android-based devices. Hearing this should invoke immediate images of the OUYA console, which has largely been deemed a failure. But, there are some major differences between a startup company and an established player like Nintendo. For starters, Nintendo makes great hardware. Not just... Read more...
At Google's I/O conference, held late this week, Qualcomm announced that the next-generation Project Tango platform is going to sport its Snapdragon 810 processor, which packs in the very capable Adreno 430 GPU. As we've covered before, Project Tango is Google's upcoming smartphone and tablet platform that revolves around using the device for 3D purposes. With it, you could capture and turn the environment around you into a 3D model, something that multiple cameras and infrared sensors would help with. With its Snapdragon 810 processor, Qualcomm says that it will allow Project Tango to deliver... Read more...
Creating VR content that revolves around camera-captured footage is difficult. The biggest challenge is getting the multiple cameras required to be positioned correctly, and beyond that, there's also the hurdle of getting all of the cameras to work in unison. Well, with a brand-new product called Jump, and a partnership with GoPro, Google is soon to offer an extremely compelling option. Well, assuming you don't mind shelling out about $8,000 for the 16 GoPro HERO4 cameras that will be needed, that is. As seen in the shot above, each one of the 16 cameras... Read more...
Google has just rolled out a fresh update to its Goo.gl URL shortening service, now allowing links to load up an app and bring the user straight to the appropriate page. An example can be seen below, where a user taps a link on Twitter, and is brought to the specific page of an appropriate app. Got $23,000,000 kicking around? Developers interested in taking advantage of this feature will need to follow the steps in Google's App Indexing guide, found here. Once done, pages inside of your app could come up as search results, and further, you may find greater success when someone searches for an app... Read more...
When Google introduced "Instant" to its search engine five years ago, it quickly became another feature that cemented Google as many persons' go-to provider. With features like that and the overall accuracy, it's no wonder why Google hogs 65% of the world's search market share. Well... it looks like Google's search is about to become even better. So much better, in fact, that it aims to answer a question before you can even ask it. A good example can be seen below: On the left, a question was answered with the mere query "when did Hawaii", but admittedly, that's not that impressive. How many other... Read more...
With Google's I/O conference set to kick off later this week, the anticipation surrounding its upcoming OS, Android M, is growing fast. While we just learned that M internally stands for Macadamia Nut Cookie, we have doubts this OS release will crumble. Whereas Lollipop represented a major overhaul of the OS, Android M will refine what's there, and then toss in some cool new features (at least, we hope). As we discovered earlier this month, it seems like Android M could have a big business focus. Perhaps that business focus ties into the bit of information leaked late last week, claiming that Android... Read more...
Russia has sent warnings to the world's largest social platforms for disobeying a law put into place last year. As per this new law, Russia requires companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, to automatically disclose certain information on bloggers who have more than 3,000 readers per day, and thus far, the Kremlin is displeased with the results. The reason behind this recent law is to shut down websites or specific blogs that are critical of Russia's government, Vladimir Putin in particular, and anything that could incite a riot or protest. Clearly, the goal here is to control what information... Read more...
Since its founding in 1998, Google has conquered a vast number of different markets. From search to email, phones to tablets, watches to thermostats, Google's achievements are admirable. So, what's next? Teddy bears, of course. Yup - Google has set its sights high, here. Well, perhaps not a teddy bear, explicitly, as Google's latest patent is open-ended: "an anthropomorphic device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy." An image pulled from the patent below can help answer some of our questions: It appears Google wants to go the route of the Amazon Echo, but instead target kids. Equipped... Read more...
Google has just introduced its first 'Live Case', as part of an 'Editions' series, for a handful of different Android devices. It's an interesting concept, and from the get go, the first release caters to fans of Skrillex -- or rather, huge fans of Skrillex. When using a phone equipped with one of these cases, which sport art from Skrillex himself, users will gain access to a number of neat perks. The one that will be most noticeable from day-to-day is a live wallpaper, which during the day, shows images of Earth, while at night, shows constellations that are visible from your location. If none... Read more...
Owners of the first-gen Moto X who've been salivating for a taste of the super sweet Android 'Lollipop' have no doubt been a frustrated in recent months given the lack of concrete updates. This is made worse by the fact that the OS has been hitting many other devices. Even the lowly Moto G was treated to Lollipop a couple of months ago, or even as far back as November if we're talking unlocked devices. Well, a new Google+ post made by Motorola's David Schuster gives Moto X owners some new hope: Lollipop could land in a couple of weeks. Pardon the pun, but Schuster doesn't sugar coat what's been... Read more...
The smartphone market may have four major OSes battling it out, but the real fight -- the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao -- is between Apple and Google. Given the trends we've seen in recent years, where Android shot up to command the bulk of the smartphone market, we knew Apple was facing an uphill battle to begin eating away at those percentage points. Well, there's some good news for iPhone fans: according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 32.4% of those who adopted iOS during the first quarter came from Android. It should be noted that in many cases, Apple's overall market share didn't gain - it's just... Read more...
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