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Helicopter parents rejoice! Nest (now part of Alphabet since its acquisition by Google), the company best known for its smart thermostats, applied to patent a smart crib or toddler bed that would monitor infants and displays soothing images and sounds. The crib would include a thermal-imaging camera, pressure sensors, speakers, microphones, projectors, and air-quality instruments. The device would purportedly integrate with door sensors, home security systems, fire alarms, and other parts of the home to alert parents to any problems. There might also be an accompanying app and artificial intelligence.... Read more...
One of the biggest complaints about VR in general is that it only works with VR-related creations. Google is working on changing that perception -- the company is attempting to add a fully immersive browsing experience to Chrome. This would allow users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just sites that were specially built for VR. Google has recently been working on WebVR, which is a set of standard capabilities that allow for the creation of VR websites. Users currently would need to take off their headsets in order to view non-VR websites. The latest builds of Google Chrome beta and... Read more...
As good of a job Dell did in constructing in its Venue line of Android tablets over the past several years, it's kicking Google's open source operating system to the curb and focusing more on Windows 10 devices, specifically the fast growing 2-in-1 convertible market. That means no more Android slates, nor will Dell offer its Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect PC-on-a-stick."The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we've decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line," Dell told IDG News Service in an email. "We are seeing 2-in-1s... Read more...
With all of the online services it offers, Google obviously has a vested interest in connecting people to the Internet and promoting high-speed connections. It's part of the reason why Google is pushing its Google Fiber service across the country, and it's why the sultan of search teamed with five other firms to invest $300 million in FASTER, an undersea cable system that transfers data between the West Coast and Japan with a mind-boggling 60 terabits per second of bandwidth. FASTER was constructed with the latest high-quality six-fiber-pair cable and 100 gigabits per second x 100 wavelengths optical... Read more...
Qualcomm is in the process of optimizing its Snapdragon System-on-Chip (SoC) line to support Google's Project Tango augmented reality technology, the company announced this week. Support for Tango has already been extended to its popular Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 652 processors, while future Snapdragon 800 and 600 tier products will also dance with Tango. What this means is one less chip in phones designed for augmented reality chores based on Google's Project Tango technology. Rather than implement certain functions on an extra piece of hardware, the necessary sensors and algorithms are embedded... Read more...
Security researchers on Google's Project Zero team have discovered critical security flaws in several of Symantec's software security products, including its popular Norton line for consumers and Endpoint Protection for enterprises. No small thing, among the vulnerabilities are several wormable remote code execution flaws."These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. They don't require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible. In certain cases on Windows, vulnerable code is even loaded into the kernel, resulting... Read more...
There’s been an increased emphasis at getting children interested in programming at an early age. We’ve seen initiatives like the BBC micro:bit computer which is being spread to school-age children and the proliferation of pint-sized and economical Raspberry Pi’s in the education sector. Google is also looking to throw its hat in the ring with a new open hardware platform called Project Bloks. It uses physical blocks, err, bloks, which represent simple commands such as up, down, turn 180 degrees, on and off. You can also have a variety of sliders, dials or timers to further modify commands. These... Read more...
You can pretty much buy anything out of a vending machine nowadays, but it's not too often that one gives away its products for free. If you're interested in such a machine, you'd better hope that you'll be in Chicago either today or tomorrow, as Nest plans to drop a vending machine at two different locations that give 500 people a free Nest thermostat. The vending machine should look a lot like what it does in the picture below; essentially, extremely hard to miss, thanks to its bright blue front. We're not sure about certain details, such as how machines would limit one unit per person, or what's... Read more...
There's been a lot of skepticism over whether a startup called Ringing Bells could deliver on its promise to build the world's least expensive smartphone, but not only does the firm say it's achieved that goal with the Freedom 251, it says the handset is nearly ready to ship. When it does, it will cost consumers in India just 251 Indian rupees, which is less than $4 in U.S. currency. The name of the handset is based on the price in rupees, in case that wasn't obvious. It will start shipping on June 30, 2016, the first batch of which will contain 200,000 Freedom 251 phones. Once those are shipped... Read more...
Is the Nexus line of smartphones not Googley enough for you? Well, it looks as though Google is putting the finishing touches on a new Android smartphone that will bear its name instead of the familiar Nexus branding. This latest report of a Google smartphone comes from The Telegraph, citing “sources familiar with the discussions.” Although Nexus devices carry the torch for Android smartphones (new Nexus flagship launch with the latest and greatest version of Android), they’re designed and manufactured by third-party OEMs. Last year, Huawei was tasked with building the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, while... Read more...
Google wants you to put down your Periscope and forget about Facebook for your live streaming needs, and turn to YouTube instead. Many already have, save for mobile users, as that wasn't a feature YouTube supported. Now it does and with YouTube's massive audience, this could be a big deal for live content creators. We’ve been offering live streaming on YouTube since 2011, before it was cool. Millions of people around the world tuned in to watch the Royal Wedding in 2011. One-sixth of the Internet watched Felix Baumgartner leap from space live on YouTube in 2012," YouTube boasted in a blog post.... Read more...
Boston Dynamics’ future may still be clouded in uncertainty, but that isn’t stopping the robotics company from spitting out new generations of its quadrupedal robots. The latest from the company is the SpotMini, which looks like the cross between a large dog and a miniature giraffe. SpotMini stands two-feet tall and weighs about 55 pounds; add another ten pounds for the creepy arm that has a gripper head/hand at the end. The self-contained robot doesn’t need a tether and can operate for up to 90 minutes on a charge. Boston Dynamics’ last video showed humans abusing a helpless bipedal robot, including... Read more...
Does the world need another mobile operating system to compete with Android and iOS, the two of which account for all but around 1 percent of the smartphone market? Probably not but Huawei, now the world's third largest producer of smartphones, is building an alternative OS anyway, though you may never see it.Just as Samsung attempted to lessen its dependence on Google by developing Tizen, Huawei wants to do the same, essentially buying itself some insurance in case things take a turn for the worse for whatever reason. Huawei isn't necessarily interested in storming the OS market with an option... Read more...
Google's been on a mission to offer 1Gbps Internet service to as many people as possible through its Googe Fiber service, and to accelerate future roll outs, it has agreed to acquire Webpass, a high-speed ISP serving San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. Like Google Fiber, Webpass offers download and upload speeds of to 1Gbps. It's also a much smaller operation than major ISPs such as Charter Spectrum and Cox Communications. That makes it an ideal target for Google, which doesn't always build fiber optic networks from the... Read more...
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