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At this point, it can be assumed that most tech firms don't like dealing with the EU, and there are many different reasons for it. With Google, it could have to do with the fact that it keeps getting hit with anti-trust charges that it vehemently believes are nonsense. You might recall earlier this year when the company was effectively carpet-bombed with charges, mostly relating to the supposed anti-competitive nature of its search engine. Well, not surprisingly, Google still isn't lowering its defenses. In fact, it's making it clearer than ever that it believes the EU doesn't know what it's talking... Read more...
It's no secret that Google's search engine is littered with Easter eggs, but the latest discovery has to be the coolest. When Max Rosett wanted to refine his programming skills, he did what most people would: he hit up Google. The responses to his searches weren't quite so typical, though. When issuing queries like "python lambda function list comprehension" and "mutex lock", the search results page folded downward to reveal a question: "You're speaking our language. Up for a challenge?" Google's no stranger to creating neat little games, but this is different. This is serious. What Max didn't... Read more...
Few would disagree that YouTube dominates the online streaming video scene, and with that kind of foundation in place, Google sees an opportunity to expand into gaming. No, not as a game developer, but as an alternative to Twitch, the live streaming video game company that it tried to acquire last year before Amazon swooped in with a $970 million bid. Called YouTube Gaming, the new venture is set to launch later today, according to Variety. If previous information holds true, it will consist of more than 25,000 game pages and channels at launch in the U.S. and U.K. These pages and channels will... Read more...
You may not take digital assistants seriously just yet, but Microsoft does and it wants you start relying on its version right now. The company loaded Cortana onto Windows 10, which became available late last month, and has long been planning to put Cortana on competitors’ platforms. Cortana for Android leaked last month, but now Cortana Beta is officially available for people running Android-based smartphones and other mobile devices. Cortana for Android is still in Beta and is only available in the U.S. at this point, but Microsoft says that it has plans for extending the Beta to other countries.... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google and Twitter teamed up to embed tweets in your search results, and for both companies, the partnership made a lot of sense. From an end-user perspective, seeing popular tweets of ongoing events in your search results might give you the kind of answer you need right away. For popular Twitter users, it could even result in an increase of followers. Up to this point, the search feature has only been available for mobile users, whereas in an new update, it's been spread to the desktop. Unfortunately, I can't currently see the feature in order to share a screenshot, but it's... Read more...
One of the first things we all do when firing up a new smartphone for the first time is to see which unwanted apps we're allowed to uninstall. It's not just wireless carriers and smartphone manufactures that are guilty of pre-loading their software on our phones, but also Google, which doesn't let phone makers cherry pick its apps. The good news is, Google's trimming the selection of apps that are required.At this point you might be wondering, "Isn't Android open source and free?" True and true, and any manufacturer or individual can do pretty much anything they please with the platform. That's... Read more...
The Android Wear platform was pretty rad to begin with (kids these days still say "rad," right?), but now it's even better. To start with, Android Wear users now have access to three interactive watch faces. With just a simple tap, you can change your watch face's design, reveal more information, or launch a specific app, Google says.One of the three new watch faces is called Bits. Choosing it gives you various information at a glance, everything from weather to unread email and upcoming meetings. These are displayed in up to half a dozen circles around the edge, with the time shown in a seventh... Read more...
The Google OnHub wireless router is here and it’s enjoying the spotlight at the moment, thanks to its handsome design and the promise of easy setup for the typical consumer. But as little as the OnHub resembles an ordinary router, it’s exactly that, which means if you use the OnHub, you’re sharing information about your online activities with a device designed by one of the most data-hungry companies in the world. Seems like the OnHub’s privacy policy deserves a look, no?Google’s online support already has a page devoted to the privacy policy for OnHub and the related Google On app, which is what... Read more...
We all recognize that backing up data is important, but do you have backups for your backups? A single scheme isn't always enough, and if you think uploading your valuable documents to the cloud is all the protection you need, think again. Some users are finding that out the hard way after one of Google's data centers was affected by four successive lightning strikes. Google says the incident occurred on August 13, 2015, which is when lightning exacted its wrath on the local utilities grid that powers the company's European data center. There was a brief loss of power to the data center's storage... Read more...
Google wants to solve your wireless woes with a new router that's designed for ease-of-use and ongoing upgrades without the fuss. Called OnHub, the spiffy looking router is the result of a joint effort between Google and TP-Link, the latter of which is plenty experienced in the realm of routers, extenders, and home networking in general. OnHub sports a cylindrical design that's aesthetically pleasing enough to place in the living room or other central location in your home. There are no external antennas sticking out of the thing or blinking LEDs. Google isn't being vain here; the focus on physical... Read more...
Google’s Boston Dynamics released new footage of its Atlas project, showing off the robot’s improved balancing capabilities. The humanoid robot can now walk across uneven surfaces and can even stumble around outside, but the company clearly has a ways to go before the Atlas can perform Swan Lake.  Still image of Atlas in Marc Raibert's FAB presentation As silly as Atlas looks as it wobbles its way down a forest path, the robot’s sense of balance is actually very impressive. When we last covered the robot (in November of 2014), Atlas was making waves because it could balance on one foot while... Read more...
Google has a tendency to get our hopes up with awesome “pet projects” only to later shoot them down with delays or cancelation. One such promising Google endeavor is Project Ara, which can be summed up as LEGO for smartphones. Project Ara takes a modular approach, allowing customers to purchase a single “basic” smartphone frame and then build upon it with individual models that easily plug-in, giving you additional functionality. If you want to swap out your puny 5MP camera for a higher resolution 12MP camera, the choice is yours. Or let’s say you don’t want a camera at all and would prefer to... Read more...
Google launched a new website for its Google Hangouts chat service this week. The website comes just a week after Google announced that the Google Hangouts app for Android had received a major update and provides users with an easy way to reach Hangouts. (iOS got its Hangouts revamp earlier in the summer.)That’s not to say it wasn’t already pretty easy to start a Hangout. The service is embedded in Gmail and Google+, not to mention being available as apps for Android and iOS. But the new website gives you one more easy access point. And, as some users pointed out, business users may prefer to visit... Read more...
Google first previewed the next version of Android to developers (and the world) back in late May. At the time, it was simply called Android M, with Google stating that the official name for the mobile operating system would come at a later date. Well, the time is today and the official name is Marshmallow. Of all the tasty treats that begin with the letter “M”, Marshmallow was definitely the safe choice, although it was reported that the internal codename for the operating system was Macadamia Nut Cookie. In addition to the name, we’ve also learned that the official version number for Marshmallow... Read more...
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