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It seems as though Google is constantly changing the way it delivers news to users, and that's because it is. And like many technology companies, Google is invested in machine learning technology with sophisticated algorithms to better anticipate what is most interesting to you. Taking things a step further, Google has tweaked its feed, which it introduced last December to its Google app, to not only display information based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what's trending in your specific area and around the world. Short and to the point, Google says the more you use its app,... Read more...
While the history books are still being written, we may one day look back on Google Glass and determine that it was ahead of its time. That will depend on how the next few years play out, especially now that companies are making a major push into virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality hardware and experiences. Glass was one of the first to get there before Google changed directions and took aim at the enterprise market. Now nearly two years later, Glass is back. Image Source: Alphabet (X-company) This newest version of Glass is dubbed "Enterprise Edition" and it is now available... Read more...
We talked yesterday of an example of how deep learning and artificial intelligence can be used to put words in people's mouths, creating video proof of something someone said, even if they didn't really say it. Prospects like that are downright scary, but so too are the realities of the jobs AI will be able to take away from humans. Case in point: professional photography editing. This is a bit of an odd one, as most photographers will edit their own photos, so maybe we should consider this an example of how AI could help someone get through their workflow more efficiently. And perhaps even... Read more...
Do you backup your files and photos on a regular basis? Most of us know that we should be backing up our data, but for one reason or another—usually the inconvenience of it all—we don't. That is like playing with fire, especially if you have important files that you either cannot afford to lose, or would strongly prefer you didn't. Well, Google is making things easier with a new app for both PC and Mac systems. It is called Backup and Sync and it works with both Google Drive and Google Photos. This is something Google aimed to release last month but was delayed for some last minute tweaking. It... Read more...
When it comes to Google’s next generation Android flagships, we’ve covered plenty of leaks on the devices’ rumored specs and features, but we haven’t seen much with regards to what the actual smartphones will look like. Thankfully, a new leak is giving us our first look at the overall design language of the upcoming devices. Android Police has just posted a speculative render of the second-generation Pixel XL (which we’ll simply call Pixel 2 XL from here on out) based on information received from its sources. While the Pixel 2 XL (codename Taimen) might not come out looking 100 percent identical... Read more...
Google is not about to let Amazon steal the spotlight with its upcoming Prime Day sales event. While Google is countering with a site wide sale of its own, the Mountain View company is offering a hefty discount on its Home smart speaker and Chromecast streaming gadget bundle. The two devices are being offered up through Google's eBay account for just a Benjamin ($100).That is a 39 percent savings over the cost of buying them individually, which would set you back $164. Free shipping is part of the promotion, too. According to the eBay listing, Google is offering up a "limited quantity" of its Home... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
Backyards are not only a fun place to hang out, but could also potentially be a functional part of one’s household. Dandelion, a new start-up created by Google X’s secretive lab, plans to to offer home geothermal and cooling systems. Homeowners would be able to tap into the ground’s energy to heat and cool their houses. Dandelion’s system would utilize plastic underground pipes or “ground loops” that would connect to a pump inside the home. During the winter, water inside of the pipes would absorb heat and pump warm air to the building. During the summer months, the pump would pull warm air from... Read more...
Google did not have touch input in mind when it developed Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system that would serve as the foundation for its Chromebook initiative. Instead, Google was preoccupied with the cloud. Nevertheless, Google's hardware partners came out with touch-capable Chromebooks anyway, and now the Chrome OS team is tooling around with a touch-friendly version of the launcher for Chrome Canary (experimental version). While this is still in the experimental phase, it seems like a forgone conclusion that Chrome OS will be upgraded with a touch-friendly launcher in the near future.... Read more...
Imitation may not be the sincerest or safest form of flattery. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. researchers just revealed that CopyCat Android malware infected 14 million devices worldwide in 2016, and eight million of these infected devices were also rooted. How was this malware so successful? According to Check Point, CopyCat has a modular structure. They noted, “This allows the malware developers to choose and change their strategy and the malware’s behavior on the device to accommodate their current target.” CopyCat mimicked popular apps that were spread through third-party distributors.... Read more...
Google just cannot seem to catch a break from European regulators. Fresh off being hit with a record-setting €2.42 billion fine (around $2.7 billion in U.S. currency) for favoring its own shopping search engine in search results over third-party comparison shopping tools, antitrust regulators in the European Union are now considering slapping Google with a subsequent penalty over its Android mobile operating system. Back in April of last year, the European Commission determined that Google was using its dominant Android platform to gain an unfair competitive edge against rivals. An initial team... Read more...
Google is heavily invested in artificial intelligence, one of the hottest fields in tech right now right alongside machine learning, the two of which are tightly intertwined with one another. As part of its ongoing effort in AI, Google's DeepMind team has opened up an AI research office in Edmonton, Canada. This is the teams first and only AI research office located outside of the UK. "It was a big decision for us to open our first non-UK research lab, and the fact we’re doing so in Edmonton is a sign of the deep admiration and respect we have for the Canadian research community," Google stated... Read more...
Most PCs may run some variant of Microsoft Windows operating system, but Google's Chrome browser still rules the internet browser roost. According to various studies conducted by StatCounter and NetMarketShare, Chrome tightly holds onto nearly 60% of the market share. Microsoft Edge, however, barely claimed a 5% share, despite the fact that 91% of PCs are running a Windows OS of some version.  Chrome enjoyed dominance this past year throughout all regions and over various device categories. StatCounter claims that Google Chrome enjoys a 53.91% total share, while NetMarketShare argues... Read more...
For those of us that are used to traditional wireless plans from carriers like AT&T and Verizon, Google’s Project Fi is definitely a rather quirky alternative. The downside, however is that the number of smartphones that can be used with the service is very limited at this time. Right now, the only officially supported smartphones are the Nexus 5, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. However, that list will grow by [at least] one phone in the coming months according to Google. The internet giant tweeted out the following earlier this week: We hear you loud and clear. Keep an eye out for a new Fi-compatible... Read more...
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