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Self-driving cars are inevitable when it comes to the future of transportation in the United States and abroad. Many auto manufactures from Ford to Mercedes-Benz to Tesla are racing to make fully autonomous driving technology ready for primetime on public roads by the turn of the decade (or shortly thereafter). Google helped to familiarize many in the tech industry with the idea of self-driving vehicles with its fleet of autonomous Toyota Prius and Lexus RX 450h hybrids. Now that Google's self-driving efforts have been spun into a separate entity called Waymo, parent company Alphabet is hoping... Read more...
Google Fiber started off with a simple enough premise: providing lightning-fast internet and TV service to customers at reasonable prices. Given that many Americans have just one or two ISPs serving their area (usually, with just one of them offering serviceable internet speeds), the promise of gigabit internet from Google at $70/month was hard to pass up. Last week, however, it was revealed that the TV portion of Google Fiber is being eliminated from future rollouts of the service. In a blog post, Google explained that in its newest markets, Louisville and San Antonio, it will not be providing... Read more...
A smart thermostat like the Nest is a great way to help you save money on your electricity and heating bills. Nest is able to do this by learning what temperatures you like and then setting itself automatically depending on the time of day. It also learns when you are out of the home using integrated sensors and the location on your smartphone to turn the temperature up when you leave, saving money.The catch for many people who would like to own a Nest Learning Thermostat is that they are expensive at $249, and are decked out with a metal ring around the outside in stainless steel, black, white,... Read more...
About a month ago, Google was hit with a massive fine by the EU that totaled $2.7 billion. That fine was levied against Google for breaching EU antitrust law and was more than twice as much as the second largest penalty the EU ever handed out for such a violation. That previous record high fine was leveled against Intel back in 2014. Understandably, the massive fine hit Google's parent company, Alphabet, hard in its recent quarterly earnings. The fine pushed Alphabet's bottom line down 27.7% for the quarter and was handed down after EU regulators found that Google was giving its own shopping service... Read more...
Alphabet’s Google Fiber business has been in a bit of turmoil for the past 9 months. In late October, the company was forced to shutter its plans to expand services in 10 metropolitan areas across the country. In its place, the company has looked into wireless deployments — courtesy of its Webpass acquisition — to further its efforts as an ISP. However, Google Fiber’s troubles are once again bubbling to the surface. It was reported this week that the chief executive of Access, the Alphabet division that manages Google Fiber, is leaving. Gregory McCray came onboard to helm Access in February, and... Read more...
SoftBank has made yet another notable purchase in the land of tech, this time for Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company that has built some eerily lifelike robots. Google's parent company Alphabet had been shopping the robotics firm for more than a year after acquiring the company in 2013 and has now found a buyer. Boston Dynamics gained notoriety on the Internet by posting videos of its various robots, including Atlas, a human-like contraption that stands 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. Armed with sensors in its body, legs to balance, and both LIDAR and stereo... Read more...
Have you been eye a Nest thermostat, but have been unable to justify the rather high price tag? Rumor has it that the home automation company is currently working on a “learning thermostat” that would ring in under $200 USD. The Alphabet, Inc. subsidiary is also supposedly testing a home-security alarm system, a digital doorbell and an updated indoor security camera. Nest thermostats regulate a home’s temperature based on the user’s schedule. The device also lets users know how much they have saved on utilities, warns the user through phone notifications whether the house has reached an alarming... Read more...
Patriot fans are not the only things jumping up and down in Boston right now. Google-owned Boston Dynamics has developed a robot named Handle that moves incredibly quickly and jumps on two wheels. The company has not officially announced it, nevertheless, footage of the robot was leaked on YouTube. Most Boston Dynamics robots incorporate two to four legs, and are intended for use on rough terrain. This latest robot, however, moves on two wheels and must constantly shift its weight to maintain balance. The videos shows the robot lifting and moving a variety of heavy objects. Handle will likely... Read more...
As long as there is advertising on the Internet, Google's parent company Alphabet will be in good shape. That was proven once again as Alphabet capped off the final quarter of 2016 with more than $26 billion in revenue, a gain of 22 percent compared to the same quarter a year prior. Alphabet's earnings paved the way to a profit of $5.3 billion, up from $4.92 billion a year prior. But not all of Alphabet's efforts were profitable. Alphabet makes most of its money from advertising, but it also has hooks in various other industries. These moon shot programs, or "Other Bets" as Alphabet calls them,... Read more...
In early 2014, both Google and Facebook battled to acquire Titan Aerospace in an attempt to use its technologies to beam the Internet from the sky through the use of aerial drones. Ultimately, Google won, and has since worked hard to accomplish its initial goal. However, as we now learn, Google apparently doesn't see much success in the immediate future with this particular take on things, so it's pulling the plug on the entire project. While this could be disappointing news, what makes it interesting is the fact that the project had actually been canned for a while. According to an Alphabet spokeswoman,... Read more...
Late last year, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) spun off its self-driving car division into a new company: Waymo. As the year came to a close, we learned more details about its self-driving fleet, which has grown to include 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. These newer vehicles join Waymo’s existing fleet of autonomous Lexus RX 450h Hybrids. Google this week announced that the sensor suite used on the Pacifica Hybrids has been completely designed in-house. That means that the cameras, sensors and software used to power the self-driving vehicles have Google’s Waymo’s fingerprints all... Read more...
Earlier this week, Waymo gave us all an early look at its Chrysler Pacific Hybrid minivan that is outfitted with all the hardware necessary for fully autonomous driving. We first learned of the partnership between Alphabet (the parent company of Waymo) and Chrysler back in early May, and now all 100 vehicles have been delivered. It now appears that Waymo has another suitor — Honda. The Japanese auto giant announced that it has begun talks with Waymo to provide vehicles that will be used for self-driving trials. So far, Honda has only entered into “formal discussions” with Waymo, and no agreements... Read more...
A lot has been accomplished with Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary, and it looks like the progress train isn't about to slow down anytime soon. As a quick recap, this year alone we've seen DeepMind take down a Go player, get started on an AI kill switch, attempt to cure blindness, improve speech generation, and even slash a mammoth power bill. What's next? Completely self-contained learning. We wouldn't be shocked if you started having ideas of Skynet running through your head right now. With a new hybrid system called Differentiable Neural Computer (DNC), a neural network is... Read more...
If you’re a student enrolled at Virginia Tech, it will soon be raining burritos on campus. Seriously, we’re not kidding here. Google parent company Alphabet is testing an experimental drone delivery service using its Project Wing unit and a partnership with national chain restaurant Chipotle Mexican Grill. Alphabet and Project Wing have gained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance to conduct the trials, which is something that Amazon has been seeking with its own nascent drone delivery program. When Amazon encountered roadblock after roadblock at the FAA, it packed up its bags and took... Read more...
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