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Music lovers have a bunch of options when it comes to streaming on-demand subscription services. One of them is Google Play Music, which has attempted to set itself apart from the pack by tossing in free access to YouTube Red, its ad-free membership program for YouTube that also lets you save videos for offline viewing. If you're still on the fence, Google is currently offering a four month trial to kick its music service's tires. That is up from two months, though it is not clear how long the promotion will last. In order to see the four-month offer, you must use a special link, which is a custom... Read more...
Be careful what you download from Google Play, as auto-clicking adware dubbed “Judy” is believed to have infected up to 36.5 million users. The apps have been deemed as malware, despite their overall high review ratings on Google Play. Judy was found on forty-one apps developed by a Korean company Kiniwini, registered on Google Play as ENISTUDIO corp. Hackers developed bridgehead apps that, once downloaded, established a connection with their Command and Control server (C&C). The server replied with payload that included JavaScript code, a user-agent string and URLs that were controlled by... Read more...
Google developed a high-tech whiteboard that costs $4,999 and is now available to purchase. While that seems a bit pricey, it is a much more affordable solution compared to Microsoft's competing Surface Hub, which starts at $8.999 and goes up from there, depending on the size and configuration. In this case, Google's Jamboard measures 55 inches and comes with a pair or styluses, and eraser, and a wall mount. What makes Jamboard unique from a regular whiteboard is the technology inside. It is described as a cloud-based collaborative whiteboard, which allows teams in different parts of the world... Read more...
A board game like "Go" might not look complicated on the surface to the untrained eye, which could lead the uninformed to believe that it wouldn't be all that difficult for a computer to best a human player in a head-to-head match. We've seen many examples in the past where that hasn't been the case (IBM's Watson is a good start), and it's because despite their simple nature, the number of solutions/moves at any given time is sometimes astronomical. Last month, we wrote about Google's DeepMind and its challenge of going up against the world's best Go player, Ke Jie. Fast-forward to now, and... Read more...
Google last week released its first developer preview of Android O, the next-generation mobile operating system that will replace Android 7.0 Nougat as the latest and greatest in the Android camp. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Android O, but Google also talked a little bit about Android Go at is Google I/O developers conference. There has been some confusion about Android Go, including what exactly it is and why you might care. Let's clear things up, shall we? First and foremost, Android Go is not a new operating system. Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android and Google... Read more...
Among a number of other updates announced this week at Google IO, it was revealed that hands-free calling was coming to the popular Google Home AI assistant. And those hands-free calls will quite literally be free – the update itself and calls made from the device will come at no additional cost.When the feature rolls out, calls can be made from the Google Home in a couple of ways. Users can allow the device to scan and store their contacts, which can be referenced directly, or calls can be made from Google search results. For example, someone could say “Call Mom” – assuming there was a contact... Read more...
Could Google’s Android O possibly go modular? Google’s own Romain Guy, Android Graphics Team Manager just revealed that his team has been working on making it so that device graphics drivers can be updated through the Play Store. The functionality should be ready for select devices by the time Android O is officially released. Android users could potentially update their graphics drivers without having to download and flash a time-consuming system update. OEMs and driver developers will need to collaborate a little bit, however. Regardless, developers will be able to troubleshoot without diving... Read more...
The lead lawyer for Uber has threatened to fire Anthony Levandowski, one of the company's top self-driving car engineers, if he refuses to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into accusations that he stole trade secrets from Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Google's parent company Alphabet. Levandowski previously worked for Waymo before joining Uber. His path to Uber came by way of an acquisition. After departing Waymo, Levandowski co-founded Otto in January 2016. Just seven months later, his company was acquired by Uber for around $680 million. Since then, Alphabet has filed a lawsuit... Read more...
If you own a 2016 Ford car or truck, some new smartphone/infotainment goodness is now coming your way. The American auto giant today announced its SYNC 3 version 2.2 software, which enables both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all 2016 model year vehicles. So, if you own a lowly Fiesta subcompact or a highfalutin F-150 King Ranch pavement pounder (or anything in between), you’re covered. Getting SYNC 3 v2.2 is quite simple, and you have one of three ways to perform the update. If your vehicle is Wi-Fi-enabled, you can perform an over-the-air (OTA) update from within the vehicle to upgrade to... Read more...
Stop and think for a moment how much of the Internet is powered by Google. Many of you reading this have at least one Gmail account, if not several, and for many people Google is the go-to search engine. It is pretty amazing when you think about it, and even more so when you consider the underlying hardware and technologies involve. One of those bits includes Google's Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), a mighty chip that just became even mightier. These custom ASICs that Google built help power the company's machine learning efforts. Services such as Street View and Inbox Smart Reply lean heavily on... Read more...
Google had a lot to talk about today at Google I/O, but perhaps the most important product announcement was related to Android O. Android O is the follow-up to Android 7.0 Nougat, and brings many new features to the table for the world’s most popular operating system. A number of these features have been rolled up into what Google calls “Fluid Experiences”. These include Picture-in-Picture, Autofill with Google, and Smart Text Selection. On that latter feature, tapping on just one part of the name of a business, for example, will highlight the whole name. So, let’s say that you have an email... Read more...
  The Google Assistant is gaining some new tricks, and it is applying its machine learning algorithms to your smartphone’s camera. So now, you’ll be able to pull out your smartphone and point your camera at objects and have the Assistant display relevant content based on what it “sees”. Since your smartphone knows where you are based on your GPS location data, you can aim your camera at the front of restaurant, for example. The Assistant will be able to recognize the restaurant and provide you important information like ratings, contact information and hours of operation. Think of it as Google... Read more...
Waymo and Lyft are joining forces to help bring self-driving vehicles to the masses. The collaboration comes on the heels of a ruling in the case of Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, founder of Otto and current Uber employee. Waymo and Lyft were not forthcoming about the details of the new relationship and did not reveal what products they will be working on, or when their new projects will be available to the public. Both Waymo and Lyft have worked in the past to collaborate with corporations in the automobile industry. Waymo has been in formal talks with Honda and Fiat... Read more...
Google apps on Apple’s iOS platform aren’t exactly a foreign concept these days. The bulk of the search giant’s productivity, communications and webmaster tools are available on the iPhone including apps like Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, Google Docs and even Google Analytics. But one particular service that has since been reserved for Android devices might soon make the leap to iPhones: the Google Assistant. This information comes from Android Police, which typically has a good track record with regards to unreleased Android software features. According to the site, the standalone Google Assistant iOS... Read more...
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