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Where autonomous driving is concerned, two things are certain: it's going to be a big part of our future, and companies like Google want that future to get here as soon as possible. Last month, we reported on Google's proposal to the government which highlighted reasons why the allowance of autonomous vehicles on our roads should happen sooner rather than later. In effect, Google believes that if a self-driving car can pass the same driving tests that humans must pass, then they should stand the same exact chance of being allowed on the road. It's hard to fault that logic. Fast-forward to today,... Read more...
The threat has been looming for a while, and now it's official. The EU has fired off its second set of antitrust charges at Google. Both antitrust accusations happened in under two years, and revolve around how Google handles its Android OS and the power it wields over OEMs. Part of this accusation implies that Google has required Google Search to be default on Android, and has even offered financial incentives to have it act as the exclusive provider. The issue here is obvious: by wiping out the potential for competition to mosey on in, you've created a monopoly. European Antitrust Commissioner... Read more...
If you're an Outlook user on Android and also happen to own an Android Wear device, you're in luck -- Microsoft has just released a new update that adds support for smartwatches. At the moment, the update can be snagged from the Google Play store in some areas, but in the event your device isn't pulling down the latest version, you can manually snag the update here. Note that the up-to-date version is 2.1.0 (Google Play currently shows 2.0.57 for us.) According to the folks over at Android Central, Microsoft sums up the update, writing, "This week, we're bringing the best of Outlook to Android... Read more...
When Google released the first version of its Chrome Web browser way back in 2008, it was hard to guess whether or not it'd become a success. Naturally, many pieces of software come out that don't really "click" with people, but with Chrome, the promise of speed and lack of bloat lured many in without hesitation. Today, Chrome isn't just the most popular Web browser in most markets, it's leaked out of our desktops and notebooks and onto our mobile devices and even streaming TV sticks. To say that the past 8 years have been eventful for Chrome would be an understatement, but there is a little something... Read more...
Google is keen on making the lives of those living with disabilities less arduous, and it's willing to put its money where its mouth is. The company's philanthropic arm, Google.org, has just announced that it has provided over $20 million to 30 different nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of those living with disabilities. Of those, 6 in particular received grants of over $1 million each. All of the projects supported can be viewed here, and you'll probably find it hard to pick and choose the "best" ones, as all of them offer some real value. A couple of these organizations are dedicated... Read more...
It's pretty much guaranteed that any April Fools' day is going to make you chuckle or at least smile at a joke, but for many Gmail users yesterday, April Fools' was no laughing matter at all. Before most people could even see Google's April Fools' gag "Mic Drop", we wrote about the company's decision to take it down. The idea behind Mic Drop is simple, and could in fact be useful to some if it were a real feature. Google temporarily added it as a way to effectively end a thread, even if it persists without you. It should be fair to say that most people like to get the "last word" in, and that's... Read more...
This April Fools day and like all others before it there's no shortage of good gags floating around the Web. As always, some jokes are obvious from a mile away, while others are subtle and require critical thinking. With whatever April Fools' will bring, one thing is a certainty: Google's going to have a chuckle or two up its sleeve. This year, the company announced "Mic Drop", a humorous feature in Gmail that lets you have the last word in an email chain - and then never see it again. Admittedly, this is the kind of feature that many people would actually want, even if it's not going to be entirely... Read more...
Last week, we learned about the company teaming up with others, such as Microsoft and Yahoo, to make SMTP 'Strict Transport Security' a reality, a protocol that would make it even harder for malicious users to gain access to our email. In a new blog post, the company draws our attention to SMTP STS as well as a couple of other recent (and not so recent) ways the company has improved our security. On Safer Internet Day, which happened a month-and-a-half ago, the company introduced a new Gmail feature that highlights when email is received or being sent to a domain... Read more...
With agencies like the NSA and FBI wanting to peer into our personal communications at will, we have to be proactive about keeping ourselves safe. But what if there's a fault we can't work around and simply have to live with? Unless you're a skilled developer, you have to rely on other to come up with an improved solution. All of us want to stay a step ahead of those who want to intrude on our digital lives, and thankfully, many major companies do too. The latest example is with an improvement of SMTP, an extremely popular email protocol that lets you interact with your email in real-time, unlike... Read more...
Google has been heavily invested in its self-driving car program since 2009, and has made great strides in improving the technology it has racked up over a million miles of real world testing. The self-driving fleet, which includes various Toyota Prius, Lexus RX 450h and Audi TT models, until recently has a spotless driving record. Thanks to Google’s transparency with regards to its self-driving fleet, we were quickly alerted to the first at-fault accident involving an RX 450h in its test fleet. But in the grand scheme of things, the fact we've seen only one accident - a minor one, at that - really... Read more...
It has been just over six months since YouTube Gaming was launched, and now, the company has decided to take its Twitch competitor service to the next level (pun intended, of course). At the forefront, YouTube has opened up its app availability to gamers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, which YouTube says are homes to popular game content creators jacksepticeye, Vanoss, and TypicalGamer. In addition to enhanced availability, YouTube has rolled out a number of changes to its app worth noting. With the Android version, live playback now has the option to stream at 60 FPS, and you can... Read more...
The amount of research that goes on inside of Google's walls (and out) at any given time is nothing short of amazing. You can be sure much of that research revolves around the mobile market, as its Android operating system didn't reach super stardom through sheer luck. With its latest move, however, Google is really taking its mobile research to heart. In fact, Google employees will soon be boarding a company van and taking a six-week trip across the United States in an attempt to lure folks in to provide their valuable insight and feedback on Google products. On the side of this van is a... Read more...
Even for mainstream users, it's not hard to tell the differences between using a PC that has its OS installed on a solid-state drive versus a mechanical hard drive. With an SSD, the OS will start up faster, while apps and multi-tasking won't bring certain processes to an absolute crawl. With SSD pricing where it is right now, it's easy to justify including one in a brand-new build (even a modest one) for the obvious speed boost.OCZ's Trion 150 SSD actually uses TLC NAND - Read Our Full Review If we can see benefits as end-users, you can imagine the benefit that flash-based storage offers companies... Read more...
If you're a fan of travel, you're probably going to love what Google has been up to lately. As we've covered many times, Google is no stranger to machine-learning and developing complex and powerful neural networks of computer resources. Now, the company has decided to focus on geography as well as testing you, not only its own neural network. Google's Tobias Weyand, with the help of other engineers, has developed a neutral network that helps pinpoint exactly where in the world a photograph was taken. For things like landmarks, this wouldn't be too complicated. But what about inside someone's... Read more...
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