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Of all the companies out there that are committed to autonomous vehicle, Google by far has the most experience and has racked up the most amount of “driver free” miles. The company started its autonomous efforts with modified Toyota Prius hybrids and then later expanded the fleet to include Lexus RX 450h hybrids. More recently, Google has devoted attention to its homegrown fully electric vehicle (EV), which looks like a supersized Cozy Coupe. With its homegrown autonomous EV, Google has already eliminated the driver from the equation — now it wants to simplify things even further by recharging... Read more...
Talk of new phones usually have a tendency to trend towards whatever Apple and Samsung are cooking up, like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7, but at least one competitor refuses to be overlooked. That competitor is LG Mobile, and through a series of weird and funky images and animated GIFs, the company demands that you know its newest flagship—the G5—is debuting a day ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 21, 2016.The strangely captivating invitations feature floating balloon animals, a toy airplane with a spinning propeller, a walking toy robot, a bouncing blob wearing a party... Read more...
Google is losing one of its top lieutenants that's been there since it was just a small startup. His name is Amit Singhal, Senior Vice President of Search, and during his 15 years at Google, he played a critical role in transforming Google's search engine and ranking system through intelligent algorithms. This is a monumental loss for Google, though for Singhal, the decision to move on after a decade and a half was a necessary one. He helped make Google into what it is today, and in return, Google made him a wealthy man, turning an "immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and... Read more...
Google might be taking a page from its rival and changing the way it operates in the mobile phone space, at least on the manufacturing side. Rather than continue to outsource production to established players like HTC and LG, Google's now interested in controlling the entire process from start to finish, much like Apple.The way it works now is Google partners up with third-party handset makers and gives them a list of features, requirements, and specifications for whatever Nexus phone it has on tap. Over the years, companies like ASUS, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have played major roles in bringing... Read more...
Apple is no longer the most valuable company on the planet. That distinction belongs to Alphabet, the recently formed parent company of Google, which reached a market capitalization of $570 billion during after-hours trading last night. That figure has fallen a bit after the opening bell this morning, but at $538 billion (and climbing), Alphabet still owns bragging rights over Apple. Investors reacted positively to Alphabet's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 earnings report. For the three-month period ended December 31st, 2015, Alphabet recorded $21.3 billion in revenue, up 18 percent from $18.1... Read more...
Give BlackBerry credit, the company put forth the good old college effort and tried anything it could think of to regain relevance in the mobile world—changing its name from Research In Motion (RIM), dissing the iPhone, shaking up top-level management, launching new handsets—all to no avail. In a last ditch effort, BlackBerry earlier this month suggested it was going all-in with Android, a notion the company reinforced during its recent Priv launch in India. "The Priv device is essentially our transition to Android ecosystem. As we secure Android, over a period of time, we would not have two platforms... Read more...
Google is looking to round out its Google Fiber service, and well-entrenched cable companies like Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which often have virtual monopolies in various markets across the United States, should have even more reason for concern. According to a new report, the search giant will launch Google Fiber Phone, which would add to its exiting Internet and TV services to give Google Fiber a true “Triple Play” offering for customers. Members of the Google Fiber Trusted Tester Program have received invites via email over the past few weeks to test out Google Fiber Phone. Not surprisingly,... Read more...
Chocolates and flowers are what usually come to mind as gift ideas for Valentine's Day, but Google has something else you might love. Just one week removed from permanently slashing the price of its Nexus 5X by $30 to $349, the sultan of search has issued another price drop, this one $50 and presumably a temporary one in celebration of the day for lovers and romantics. It also applies to the gold-colored Nexus 6P.When you think about it, what says long-term relationship more appropriately than a smartphone? It's a gift that can take things to the next level, just be sure the recipient is ready... Read more...
Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, is partnering with NetHope to help Syrian refugees in Germany get acclimated to their new environment and take advantage of educational opportunities. The effort consists of a $5.3 million grant to support and fund the launch of Project Reconnect, a program designed to equip nonprofits working with refugees with Chromebooks. Chromebooks have found a niche in the education sector due to their low cost of ownership and ease of use. They thrive when connected to the Internet, as Chromebooks rely heavily on Google's many cloud-based services, like Gmail, Google... Read more...
At what point does a device become too big to use as a mobile phone? If you don't want to look silly to passersby, the cutoff point would be well before 8 inches, but that didn't stop Samsung from injecting support for voice calling into its new Galaxy Tab E 8.0, an 8-inch Android tablet that just launched in Taiwan.To be fair, the Galaxy Tab E 8.0 is a tablet-first device, though not a very excitable one. It has an 8-inch TFT display with a ho-hum 1280x800 resolution powered by a 1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (quad-core), Adreno 306 GPU, and 1.5GB of RAM. There's a modest 16GB of storage... Read more...
Google’s long-needed quest to untangle its core services from the mediocre web of Google+ is finally picking up the pace. The exodus continues today, as you will no longer need a Google+ account in order to access the Play Games service. Google notes that gamers will only have to sign-in once using their standard Google account and will no longer have to sign-in for future games, as this process will become automatic. This means that gamer will no longer be presented with an annoying popup telling them to sign-in for each title. If you’re not a fan auto-sign-in, you can always disable the feature... Read more...
Do you have a tough time getting up in the morning? If your routine involves hitting the snooze button on your alarm only to go right back to sleep and repeat the cycle half a dozen times, then you might want to give Microsoft's latest app a try. It's called Mimicker Alarm, and it's one of a growing list of Microsoft-made apps for Android. Mimicker Alarm takes a different approach to waking you up. It essentials annoys the snot of you with silly tasks that take the place of hitting the off or snooze button. For example, the app might ask you to take a selife with a specific facial expression in... Read more...
There's a good reason why Google is the default search engine in Safari on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. It's all about the Benjamins, which collectively totaled $1 billion in 2014, the amount Google paid Apple as part of a revenue sharing agreement to keep its search engine as the default on iPhones and iPads. To put that into perspective. Dr. Evil initially wanted to hold the world ransom for $1 million before upping the ante to $100 billion.The fact that Google pays big time bucks to hardware and software partners to feature its search engine as the default option has long been known.... Read more...
There was once a time when Google Chrome was the fast, fresh-faced browser on the market. Now, seven years after it was first introduced in beta, Chrome has become a lot more bloated and not as lithe as it used to be. Google hopes to change that with its new Brotli compression algorithm, which will take the place of its current Zopfli counterpart. Brotli was first discussed back in September 2015, and uses a “new data format” to allow for 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios than what’s possible with Zopfli. “We show that Brotli is roughly as fast as zlib’s Deflate implementation,” said Google... Read more...
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