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Google is getting ready to unveil Android L (or Lemon Meringue Pie or Lollipop or Licorice or whatever tasty treat will serve as the next build's namesake), and one of the big features is that it will optionally support 64-bit processors. Of course, it will be up to smartphone and tablet makers to take advantage of... Read more...
Late last week, we reported on the FBI's latest beef with Apple, as the company is soon to make encryption standard on its customer's iPhones. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's not just the FBI that's upset, but law enforcement in general. Since the FBI spoke out, some Bay Area police officials have spoken out as well... Read more...
Those hoping to Glass-and-drive might soon be in for a rude awakening: Research shows that using Google Glass while driving is just as dangerous as using a smartphone, and as it stands, 44 US states have banned the latter. The most important factor during this study was how quickly people reacted to an accident and... Read more...
Many people have finally become truly fed-up with the likes of Facebook. All the ads, all the tracking, all the rules. Last month, the world's most popular social network found itself in hot water after it forced some drag performers to use their real names, and while it's not hard to understand Facebook's reasoning... Read more...
There's a fine line between privacy and safety, and the question we face as a nation is how much information should government agencies be allowed to access? Privacy advocates would argue that the U.S. government is stepping way over the line with the level of spying it's capable of, and in the aftermath of that all... Read more...
There have been no shortage of rumors and speculation suggesting that Google is getting ready to unveil new hardware next month, and when there's this much smoke, you can typically expect to find fire. Or, in this case, you'll find the Nexus 9 with HTC likely in charge of manufacturing. As to when, mark your calendars... Read more...
Technology companies have been talking up smart homes for years at trade shows, but it’s a concept that has a hard time getting significant traction – until now. Google recently entered the market in a big way with its $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, which makes Wi-Fi connected home thermostats, smoke... Read more...
We've always wondered if the digital world was spacious enough for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and it seems that the answer to that is becoming ever clearer. G+ was mocked for years by those who felt that it joined the social race too late, and that Google was simply bullying users of its other products into signing up and linking an account.... Read more...
Events of the past year or so have really highlighted the importance of both our security and privacy, but the sad fact of the matter is, the majority of people don't take simple precautions to vastly improve either of those things. Take two-step authentication, for example. It's widely available, but not widely used... Read more...
Google may have missed out on acquiring Twitch, but it still has YouTube which is a powerhouse among video-sharing websites. While 1 billion viewers visit the site on a monthly basis YouTube wants to keep its viewer base growing and has announced that it is investing in its top stars by paying them to create more... Read more...
Google's next major version of Android, currently called Android L and likely to be named Lemon Meringue Pie, isn't far off in the distance, at least not as a mobile operating system release. As for when it will drop on your Android smartphone or tablet, well, that's another story -- bear in mind that only a quarter... Read more...
Among all the different things Google is introducing in Android L, the next major version of Android, the one that will be of most interest to anyone concerned about privacy is the default setting for encryption. It will be the first version of Android to enable the setting by default, which means that a password will... Read more...
As HBO mulls the addition of a streaming-only option for its content, Verizon and Sony consider cloud-based pay-TV replacements, and Roku celebrates sales of 10 million devices, it's obvious that the future of television looks different than what we've dealt with in the past. Google's Chromecast is amongst the least... Read more...
Although Facebook hasn’t made any official comments about a new app, reports are surfacing that an app, codenamed Moments, make break cover soon. If these reports are accurate, the app will be meant to give users a better tool for sharing messages with specific groups of people privately. That’s a feature... Read more...
California is making it legal for self-driving vehicles to hit the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has started issuing permits allowing these self-driving cars to be tested on the state’s public roads so long as certain requirements are met and fees are paid. A $150 application fee is required... Read more...
We already know that Uncle Sam is keeping tabs on us, or at least those of us who might trigger a red flag for one reason or another. The question is, to what degree? We might never know the full answer to that, though we can parse together bits and pieces to get an idea. For example, Google's latest transparency... Read more...
While Google has grown into a multifaceted company with many areas of focus, connecting people remains at its core. Without people connected to the Internet, people can't connect to Google's services. And without that, there's no Google. In a bid to assist the next billion in getting connected, Google debuted Android... Read more...
Thank's to NVIDIA's legal spat with Samsung and Qualcomm over GPU technology patents, we know that HTC is building the Nexus 9 tablet for Google (more on that in a moment). We also know the Nexus 9 will come to town with a Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC). The biggest mystery that we've yet to solve at this point is the... Read more...
We now feel reasonably confident in saying that HTC is building Google's Nexus 9 tablet and that it will be powered by NVIDIA's mighty Tegra K1 platform. The reason we believe all this to be the case even though there hasn't been an official announcement is because NVIDIA tipped its hand in a legal document accusing... Read more...
When the EU began forcing Google to abide by its "Right to be forgotten" laws, it caused a major stink all over the world. For those unaware, these laws allow anyone within the EU to submit a link removal request to Google if the link happens to involve their personal information, or can be deemed irrelevant. In... Read more...
We've been talking a lot about smartwatches lately - so much so, that I wouldn't blame you if you forgot that other wearables could actually exist. To the rescue for a refresher on that is MOTA, a company that has just announced its first "SmartRing", and based on its name alone, you can probably already tell what... Read more...
Since the announcement of the Android Wear platform this past June, Google has said very little about what's in store for the future. As it stands today, we're anticipating the launch of three smartwatches based on the platform, including LG's G Watch, Samsung's Gear Live, and of course, the much-touted Moto 360. All... Read more...
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