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So there’s this mysterious barge parked in San Francisco Bay, stacked with shipping containers. It was a known fact that the barge belonged to Google, but nobody knew what it was doing there, what was on it, or what it might be used for, but local TV station KPIX says it’s cracked it: The barge will be a... Read more...
The launch a month ago of the Healthcare.gov website, the online portal for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (AFA), aka Obamacare, went as badly as it possibly could have gone. Millions attempted to use the site, and it simply didn’t work. To fix the problems, the Obama administration is reaching out... Read more...
Microsoft’s long-awaited update to its Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, recently landed, and already it’s clear that many users are taking advantage of the free upgrade. According to NetMarketShare’s numbers, Windows 8.1 rose to 1.72% of the desktop OS market share after starting at 0.39% in... Read more...
What’s that, you say? You’re sick to death of the high-stakes patent wars being waged by huge tech companies against one another? Well too bad, because if anything, things are just escalating. A consortium called Rockstar, which is comprised of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, is suing... Read more...
Now that Google has officially launched its Nexus 5 smartphone, it marks the arrival of Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. The Nexus 5 may be first out the door with the delicious new build, but it's only a matter of time before other handsets receive the update as well. Given that Google purchased Motorola's mobile business, you would... Read more...
Before you go out trick or treating tonight, Google has a Halloween treat of its own to announce. At long last, the much anticipated Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG is finally available in Google Play, and with it comes the delicious new build of Google's open source operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. In fact, the... Read more...
Little by little, Google's tiny Chromecast device is becoming a more compelling option with each passing day. For the money, we were actually fond of the streaming dongle from the very beginning, and it's only gotten better since then. A Chromecast iOS app became official not long after launch, and more recently, Hulu Plus joined the party.... Read more...
Heads up for all you California motorists, and perhaps drivers in all 50 states. If you're donning a pair of Google Glasses while behind the wheel of your car, you might get a ticket. Cecilia Abadie found that out the hard way when she was issued a citation by a police officer in California for what essentially... Read more...
Everybody has expected Google to develop a device of its own to compete in the burgeoning smartwatch market, and the writing was all but on the wall when the company recently acquired smartwatch developer WIMM Labs and at least one of its employees. However, the speed at which Google may come to market with such a device is somewhat startling;... Read more...
Our eyes got all misty dreaming about the future portended by the Phonebloks modular smartphone design when we heard about it in September, but thanks to Google-owned Motorola (as well as Dave Hakkens, the Phonebloks designer), that future could be coming astonishingly fast. Motorola announced that it’s actively... Read more...
As the Internet has grown up before our very eyes, a bevy of security protocols have taken shape to protect its users from ill-willed computers and those who program them. It may sound a bit dystopian, but Google has been one of the companies on a mission to make security easier and more foolproof for the masses. As... Read more...
Anticipation is running high for Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 5, especially since you can no longer purchase the Nexus 4 direct from Google Play (both 8GB and 16GB models are sold out and aren't likely to be coming back). There have been plenty of leaks associated with the Nexus 5, including a rough draft of the device's entire user... Read more...
Not that it’s much of a surprise, but Samsung is developing a device of its own to compete with Google Glass. According to images pulled from a patent filing in Korea, the so-called “sports glasses”, or smart glasses, look quite a bit like Google Glass, right down to the HMD, side buttons (which could be touchpads), and transparent... Read more...
Worried about what your kids are doing online with their Chromebooks? Your only option at this point is to hover their shoulders each and every time they fire it up, but starting soon, you'll be able to implement certain restrictions as a "Supervised User." By allowing for multiple accounts, Google is basically baking... Read more...
Google is not interested in suffering a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack--although it’s hard to imagine such an attack being successful considering Google’s vast capabilities--and the company is bringing the same DDoS-thwarting technology it uses to protect itself to the masses with Project... Read more...
Did you ever think snapping a photo and sharing it could be easier than it is already? Google has been awarded a patent for technology that would allow a wearer of an HMD (head-mounted display) to use hand gestures as a means of input. In other words, if you’re wearing Google Glass, you can use your hands and fingers to frame something... Read more...
Malware writers are a tricky bunch, and if you're not suspicious of every little thing on the Internet, you could fall prey to one of their many tactics, like spoofing software updates. It's not really a new method, though apparently serving up fake updates for Google Chrome and a fake media player update that appears... Read more...
Typically, Fridays on Wall Street are comparatively quiet, and often, they sag a bit lower than other weekdays. It's the end of the work week, volume is lower, and hardly any company announces spectacular, can't-miss news on a Friday. But if you're Google, you're pretty pleased with how Friday treated you. Google's... Read more...
Without a doubt, Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG has to be the worst kept secrets on the web, and perhaps that's by design. The latest confirmation that a Nexus 5 exists -- and is close to being released -- is that someone on Google's web team was a little overzealous yesterday and posted the product live in Google Play. Marketing... Read more...
Remember several years ago when people were so hesitant to switch from Windows to Mac OS X because they felt like migrating was going to be too hard? People were worried about software and file types, and a spate of migration tools popped up to make it easier. The same thing is happening again, but this time... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy S4 owners have been hearing for weeks that an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is headed to their device, but so far all is pretty quiet in terms of official releases. If, however, you're willing to play with leaked code that may or may not be feature-complete, you have options. Nearly two weeks after the first Android 4.3 build... Read more...
Yahoo’s fresh new Mail revamp earlier this week brought a new look, new themes, 1TB of storage, and deeper changes such as disposable addresses, mail filters, automatic mail forwarding, offline access with POP, and more. It also came with a major bug. Some users have complained that they were missing emails, and... Read more...
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