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Earlier this year, the Google Translate got a whole lot more useful thanks to the ability to read signs in a foreign language in real-time. For those that travel abroad on a regular basis and don’t speak or understand the native language, this tool has been a huge asset. While the instant translation feature was definitely welcome to users, it was limited in its first iteration; it only supported English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Today, Google is adding support for a whole truckload of additional languages supported by the instant visual translation feature in... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's part of the apparent game plan for Microsoft in mobile -- let's face it, Android isn't about to be toppled by Microsoft or anyone else in the mobile space. Rather than cry over spilled milk, Microsoft is making the most of the situation with a new Launcher for Android called Arrow. And guess what? Early impressions are positive.Arrow Launcher is currently being tested as a beta product by invite only. So no, you can't go out and try it right at this very moment. However, others have, and they're saying mostly good things about the Launcher, which is... Read more...
One of the lamest things that Google did in recent years was to require that everyone signup for a Google+ account just so that they post comments or share content across its vast portfolio of services. If you wanted to simply leave a brief comment on a YouTube video showcasing adorable little kittens, you needed Google+. Of course, we all knew why Google made this move. It wanted to “encourage” its customers to use the social network and bolster of its usage numbers to counter the likes of Facebook and Twitter. However, Google could no longer turn a deaf ear to its many critics. In late May, the... Read more...
Is your phone recording your voice right now? If you have an Android smartphone, you shouldn’t be so sure that it isn’t, given a discovery by a researcher from mobile security firm Zimperium. The San Francisco-based company claims to have uncovered a method for attacking phones, known as Stagefright, which gives a hacker complete access to a smartphone running Google’s operating system – all without the user knowing. There hasn't been any indication that malicious parties have attempted to use the attack... yet. The seriousness of the threat lies in the way it infiltrates your phone, according... Read more...
Someone fetch the party favors and candles, we have a birthday to celebrate. Google's streaming Chromecast dongle just turned two years old, but don't worry about bringing gifts to the celebration. Just as Google did when the Chromecast turned one, the company is flipping the script and giving away goodies to anyone who owns or purchases the HDMI stick.For Chromecast's first birthday, Google gave away three months of Google Play Music All Access (now just Google Play Music, thankfully), about a $30 value based on the service's $9.99 per month subscription fee. This time around, Google is renewing... Read more...
Just as you can't walk into a McDonald's and order a Whopper, you can no longer waltz into one of Apple's retail stores or visit the company's online shop and pick up a Nest thermostat, which is owned by rival Google. They've been yanked from store shelves, both physical and virtual, to make room for products that tap into Apple's own HomeKit home automation technology.Apple also kicked two other Nest products to the curb, at least for now -- the Nest Cam, a Wi-Fi video camera that lets you see your home on your phone, and the Next Protect, a second generation smoke and CO alarm that talks that... Read more...
Visual voicemail is a wonderful thing...in theory. The idea of being able to read our voicemails in text form is both convenient and awesome, though in practice, it's not usual to stare at a jumble of words trying to figure out if the caller was drunk or if it was simply a poor transcription. Even Google is not shy of admitting that voicemail transcriptions in Google Voice at times "aren't completely intelligible," and at other times "are humorously intelligible."You may be thinking, 'Great, you've acknowledged the problem, Google, now fix it!' and the good news is you should see continued improvement... Read more...
In late May, Hyundai became the first automaker to officially support Android Auto with a software update to its 2015 (and newer) Sonata midsize sedans. At the time, Hyundai said that it would add support for Apple CarPlay at a later date. This week, however, Honda announced that is refreshed 2016 Honda Accord, a direct competition for the Sonata, is debuting with both Android Auto and CarPlay support fresh out of the box. CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher, while Android Auto requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Both allow you to mirror functions from your smartphone like texting, navigation,... Read more...
If you've never watched a 360-degree video on YouTube, you should check one out, they're pretty nifty. They're so neat that Google is extending the functionality to advertisers so they can deliver more immersive ads on Chrome and the mobile YouTube app for Android and iOS devices, the company announced in a blog post today. For advertisers wondering why they'd want to go through the bother of making a 360-degree video, Google is quick to point out that existing campaigns that have been testing the feature have been "impressive" so far. Providing some empirical data to the claim, Google says that... Read more...
Vertical videos are proof that we're in over our heads with smartphones. Here we have these wonder pocket-sized gadgets that can capture precious moments like little Johnny getting his first hit in baseball or your sweet niece Sarah reciting the alphabet. Unfortunately, too many of these memories are ruined by holding the phone the wrong way resulting in the dreaded vertical video. Education is the only real solution, but in lieu of teaching everyone, everywhere how to properly shoot a video on their mobile device, Google has made the best of a bad situation by changing how YouTube displays such... Read more...
Google is getting ready to say goodnight to Google+ Photos (oh no!) as the service is set to expire on August 1, 2015, but Google Photos will live on (phew!). Confused? It's all about the "+" symbol. The photo service that Google is shutting down is the one that's built into its Google+ social network, while the one it's going full steam ahead with is its standalone Google Photos service launched back in May. While it's unlikely Google would ever state this publicly, the shuttering of Google+ Photos is partially an admission that its social network isn't on the level of Facebook, or even close.... Read more...
Whether your old tablet is starting to spit and sputter or you're looking to buy a slate for the first time, you have a lot of options to choose from. And if you can hold off until next month, you can add Samsung's newly unveiled Galaxy Tab S2 in two different size options -- 9.7 inches and 8 inches -- to the list of potential candidates. The ongoing trend among mobile device makers is to build increasingly thin and light models, and according to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market. It has a thickness of just 5.6mm and checks in at just... Read more...
Suits from AT&T and business representatives from Durham, North Carolina are high-fiving each other today as AT&T gets ready to cut the ribbon on its ultra-fast GigaPower fiber Internet service in the area. Today's rollout will cover the Bull City and Durham Country, providing residents with access to broadband Internet service of up to 1Gbps.That's more than a 100 times faster than standard cable Internet speeds in the area, and just as important, AT&T has beaten Google the punch in North Carolina. That gives AT&T time to grab as many customers as it can before there's more competition,... Read more...
Another quarter is in the books for Google, which this time around was worth $17.7 billion in revenue, an 11 percent increase compared to the same period a year ago. After deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC), Google was left with $14.35 billion in revenue, a figure that's millions of dollars higher than analysts were expecting. Suffice to say, Google held its position as the second most valuable company in the U.S., trailing only Apple for the top spot. With its stock price surging more than 12 percent to $651.66 per share after making its financial report public, Google has a market capitalization... Read more...
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