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“In need your clothes, your boots, and for you to turn right in 300 feet.” Google’s popular Waze navigation app is a boon for frequent road travelers with its informative traffic mapping and police alerts, and the thorn in the sides of police departments around the country. After all, traffic cops our out to nab speeders and secure extra revenue for their cities/counties, and Waze puts a serious damper on this form of taxation. With that being said, we definitely know which side actor (and former California governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger takes. He’s definitely endorsing Waze, as he has lent his... Read more...
Google is putting up some serious cash in hopes that security researchers and Android dissectors in general will root out security vulnerabilities in exchange for monetary rewards. The expansion of its bug bounty program over to Android represents the first time the mobile operating system has been included, though at the outset it only applies to vulnerabilities discovered on Nexus phone and tablets currently available to purchase in the Google Play Store.That limits the program to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, at least for now -- Google says the set of devices that qualify for monetary rewards will... Read more...
At first glance, Google’s debut app for its newly-launched “free app of the week” promotion is a bit of a head-scratcher. Instead of offering a popular utility or game to pull customers from the Amazon App Store, Google’s Play Store is handing out an app for kids. This week, you can save your $2.99 and download Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids free for your Android device.  Amazon has been running free app promotions for quite a while, so it’s not surprising that Google is providing a little competition. Weirdly though, Google is burying its free app in a family fun section,... Read more...
Chrome on OS X is a battery hog. It’s been known for a while that compared to Apple’s stock Safari browser, Chrome has a tendency to eat up CPU cycles and use excess amounts of memory. Google took a step earlier this month to combat this problem by reining in the much-hated Adobe Flash Player plugin. Using what Google calls “Intelligent Pause,” Chrome can decide for itself whether a particular Flash element is worth displaying to the user. If isn’t, it will be disabled, thus helping to save your laptop’s battery from prematurel discharging. But Adobe isn’t the only party at fault when it comes... Read more...
When it comes to video streaming, YouTube is the king of the castle. Google’s video property is the dominant streaming platform and you’ll find everything from movies, to how-to guides, to adorable puppy videos that could keep you entertained for years on end. But for those who are into streaming of a different sort, say for example game streaming, the best option out there has been Twitch. When Google lost out on a bid to acquire Twitch last year, it was only a matter of time that it would come clawing back with a solution of its own. That day is today, with Google officially announcing YouTube... Read more...
Navigating the sea of Android phones can be a bit overwhelming, especially for anyone who is new to the platform (first time phone buyers, iOS defectors, and so forth). There are a lot of devices to choose from and they're as varied as the people who choose them. That's one of the best things about Android, though for anyone is feeling lost, Google has a new tool to help narrow down the choice.The "Find the Android phone for you" tool asks potential Android phone buyers three or more questions, beginning with what they use their phone for. The options include taking photos, listening to music,... Read more...
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...
Google is on a mission to improve cities across the United States. Whether it be ensuring that residents have access to more affordable housing, improving public transportation, reducing pollution, or even constructing safer biking paths, Google wants to help, and it plans to do that through the formation of a new company called Sidewalk Labs. The new venture is described as an urban innovation company that will develop technology at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds, with a focus on improving city life for residents, businesses, and governments. That's a bit of a broad stroke,... Read more...
Here's a fun fact -- YouTube has supported 8K video since 2010. The label for 8K video (4320p/8K) was only added "earlier this year," according to Google, but support for the crazy high resolution has been baked into YouTube for the past five years. The thing is, who has the equipment to shoot video at that resolution? Not many, which is why the recently uploaded "Ghost Towns" is likely the first 8K video on YouTube. Ghost Towns was uploaded three days ago and is a short 2 minute and 8 second video, but due to the buzz it's receiving on the Internet, it's already up to more than... Read more...
Sounding like the plot of a bad sci-fi movie, Google's director of engineering, Ray Kurzweil, predicts that we're going to be artificially intelligent beings within the next 15 years or so. He made the prediction while speaking last week at the Exponential Finance conference in New York, and if you doubt him, consider that he's right about 86 percent of the time -- just ask him. Kurzweil is himself an intelligent and accomplished inventor, and one of the smartest minds out there. He also likes to make predictions -- a lot of them. Back in the 1990s, he made 147 predictions for 2009, including that... 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 was a slight stir caused back in early May when it was revealed that self-driving cars had been involved in four accidents on public roads during an eight-month. However, both Delphi and Google — the two companies who the four accidents were attributed to — denied that their vehicles were at fault in any of the accidents. Google later provided further clarification, indicating that its self-driving vehicles had been involved in 11 fender benders over the course of 1.7 million miles of testing. And in each one of those 11 accidents, the self-driving vehicles were cleared of any fault. “We’ve... Read more...
There's a vast world out in the ocean. As Google points out, the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, much of it unchartered with ecosystems that have yet to be discovered. What we have been able to see, however, is pretty magnificent, and if you're not in a position to don a scuba suit and swim with the fishes, you can stay dry by exploring new Street View imagery of more than 40 locations in and around the vast ocean. Google added the locations in time for World Oceans Day on June 8, an annual celebration of the world's oceans and marine life. There's a lot of nice imagery... Read more...
European regulators are holding Google's feet to the fire over what they claim are various search shenanigans, such as Google promoting its own shopping services by displaying them at the top and burying non-paying rivals way below. Matt Brittin, Vice President of Google in the U.K., addressed the anti-trust charges that were brought against the company in April in an unexpected way."We don't always get it right," Brittin acknowledged. "As far as Europe is concerned, we get it. We understand that people here are not the same in the their attitudes to everything as people in America. We just didn't... Read more...
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