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Google is responsible for a lot of things that have made our lives better. Better search, better email, and one impressive mobile operating system. But beyond its commercial success sits a research department that's doing fascinating stuff. Project Loon is helping rural areas around the globe receive Internet for the... Read more...
The cloud storage ecosystem is rife with fierce competition, with companies one-upping each other every single month. In August, we saw Dropbox finally decide to offer a 1TB plan for $10/mo like Google and Microsoft rolled-out months earlier, and last month, Microsoft issued some updates to OneDrive, which included a... Read more...
We've talked a lot in the past about the rather large number of security risks that have existed on Android, and Google's Play Store in particular. While part of the reason that so much bad can happen on Android is due to its openness, something I appreciate a lot, Google still takes security and privacy on its platform extremely seriously.... Read more...
When Google does something, it tends to do it big. So when the company made its acquisition of Nest earlier this year, there was little doubt that it was going to make a noticeable impact on the home automation market. But Nest is more hardware-focused than software-focused, and the software it does have affects... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google acquired a company by the name of Songza. Now, we're seeing some fruits of the integration. Playlists have become awfully important for all music apps, from Beats to Rhapsody to Pandora. And now, Google Play Music is joining the fun with curated music stations that respond to whatever it is... Read more...
Back in July, a collaboration between Google and Royal Caribbean International resulted in a virtual tour, through Google Street View, that showed the various decks of the Allure of the Seas. The Google Street View team has also created virtual tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Now, users will be able... Read more...
Google may have purchased Nest for $3.2 billion to kickstart its expansion into the Internet of Things (IoT), but that hasn’t deterred other companies and startups from developing their own connected products. While Google Nest has its connected smoke detector, Leeo is also looking to compete in the market with... Read more...
A lot of interest is being shown in a startup company called Magic Leap. The company is working on augmented reality glasses that will be able to create digital objects that appear to exist in the real world around the user. It is a device that Google is interested enough in that it is leading a $542 million funding... Read more...
The search game is changing as Google makes a concerted effort to cut down on music piracy while simultaneously helping to promote legitimate download sites like Netflix and Google Play. In keeping with its transparent theme, Google spelled out some specific changes it's making (as well as already made) to search in... Read more...
After months of anticipation, Google finally revealed its Nexus 9 tablet the other day, and overall, it looks sweet. Aesthetically, it's pleasing to the eye, and under-the-hood, it sports a 64-bit SoC, courtesy of NVIDIA's Denver-based Tegra K1. And, if you love pixels, the Nexus 9 sure has a lot of them: 3.1 million... Read more...
Good news for those of you who live in Austin. Google will be launching its fiber network in the south and southeast sections of the city starting this December. From there, the company will continue to deploy Google Fiber through other parts of the town in stages. Google’s strategy for which areas are designated for its gigabit network... Read more...
Teenagers are usually quick to adapt to technology, so it shouldn't be too surprising that teens are the ones embracing hands-free search. According to the results of Google's Mobile Voice Study, 55 percent of teenagers between the age of 13-18 years old use voice search on a daily basis, versus 41 percent of adults... Read more...
Ireland will be closing a tax loophole next year that helped save tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter billions of dollars. But while the loophole will end next year, companies already using it will be able to continue the practice until 2020. "Aggressive tax planning by the... Read more...
We talked about the possibility of virtual doctor visits last spring, and discovered that it's a prospect most people seem to be in favor of. And who could blame them? The only thing worse than wasting away sitting in a doctor's office waiting anxiously for your name to be called is standing in line at the DMV... Read more...
Google may be an archrival of Apple, but you know what they say: keep your enemies closer. The search giant has never shied away from producing excellent apps for the iOS ecosystem. After all, a Google user on an Apple phone is still a Google user. In a bid to continue to expand its footprint in the Apple App Store... Read more...
One of the original big features of Google's Glass was facial recognition, but after catching a ton of flack for it, the company decided last summer to purge the feature on its cutting-edge device. However, while that might be the case, the company is finding it impossible to distance itself from the fact that Glass... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Google making a native 64-bit version of Chrome available back in August, Mozilla has let loose the fact that an official 64-bit build of Firefox is coming. It's about time, too - even Internet Explorer has had a native 64-bit version for quite some time. To be fair, a 64-bit version of Firefox hasn't been hard to come... Read more...
Custom large-format displays are nothing new, but if the latest rumor out of Google proves true, a very compelling solution could be coming. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google X, the company's hardware-focused laboratory, is working on a tiled display system that would allow you to stack and orientate... Read more...
Many of the apps we've seen released for Google Glass have aimed to help give you find relevant information faster, or simply make whatever it is you're doing easier. But a team at Georgia Tech have taken things a step beyond, and are showcasing an app that could dramatically help those who suffer from poor hearing:... Read more...
The fallout from the recent celebgate scandal is still being experienced and Google is the latest to feel its effects. Marty Singer, an attorney for Hollywood celebrities, has demanded that Google remove all the leaked images from its platforms or the company will have to deal with a $100 million lawsuit. Hackers were... Read more...
You could argue that the modern backpack is cloud storage, and if that's the case, you'd be hard pressed to find an offline bag that can compete with Google's "Drive for Education" initiative. Not that you'd want to -- the weight of such a thing would be overbearing, because what Google is offering is unlimited Drive... Read more...
In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be... Read more...
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