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Inside Project Loon: Google’s ambitious internet balloon project (video)

Published by on Mar 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Google’s aerial ambitions are becoming larger every year and continuing unabated. The last time Google decided to speak publicly about its fleet of internet-beaming Project Loon balloons, they could languidly hang in the atmosphere for about 100 days, but that is up to more than 6 months now.

That’s not a bad stretch considering these things can now deliver LTE data speeds to devices on the ground, but Google’s got these things running even better than before. (more…)

Google reportedly preparing Android Wear for iOS

Published by on Mar 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to a French technology website.

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch. (more…)

Google buys .app domain for a cool $25 million

Published by on Mar 3rd, 2015, No Comments

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There is no denying that Google has a lot of money. And when you have a lot of money you can do anything you want with said money.

While Google has invested in everything from robots to wi-fi balloons, the tech giant just dropped another pretty penny on something techy – that being the terribly sought after .app web domain.

The .app domain is was one of the most sought after domains for sale when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided to expand their generic top level domains, i.e the .com’s and the .org’s.

As it is with anything worth millions of dollars, the .app domain was auctioned off to the highest bidder. And Google didn’t flinch to throw around some serious cash.  (more…)

YouTube releases child-friendly app

Published by on Feb 23rd, 2015, No Comments

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To the relief of all parents anxiously watching their children navigate the minefield of the internet, the YouTube - under Google - has released a child-friendly app client aptly named YouTube Kids.

YouTube’s group product manager, Shimrit Ben-Yair, cites that the decision was made following many requests from parents to help make navigating YouTube a far more child-friendly experience. “Parents were constantly asking us, can you make YouTube a better place for our kids”, Ben-Yair says.

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Google Inbox expands to more devices

Published by on Feb 19th, 2015, No Comments

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Today marked a great turn of events for Google’s new Inbox mail service, as the service expanded into several new platforms, including the Firefox and Safari desktop browsers, as well as launching native iOS and Google Play apps for the iPad and Android tablets respectively.

On launch, Inbox initially worked inside Google’s own Chrome browser, and with a native iOS and Android app geared for mobile phones.

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Latest Android ad is all about the social (video)

Published by on Feb 19th, 2015, No Comments

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Google doesn’t market Android all that often, as the millions upon millions of Android devices out there seem to be doing their marketing department’s job for them. However, every now and again they like to release some quirky, fun TV spots.

The latest Android commercial is all about the social aspects of Google’s software, with lots of handshakes, high-fives, fist bumps and more between two or more people. (more…)

Introducing Spot: Google’s creepy robot dog (video)

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

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Boston Dynamics, a company recently acquired by Google, has already shown us a Karate Kid inspired robot. Now they are bringing us their self-stabilising dog robot, and it’s extremely impressive.

The company’s latest quadruped has a head filled with a vast array of sensors which is used to cover different terrain types and remain upright.
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Google Search results start highlighting health facts

Published by on Feb 11th, 2015, No Comments

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The search giant like to throw their weight around with an array of different services. Sometimes they don’t work out and Google will shut it down sooner than later, but other times they stick.

Google is now starting to relay health info in the same way they handle personal bios, spelling queries, sports teams etc. in their search results. Just like you could search “Eiffel Tower” to get all the relevant info regarding the Parisian landmark, you can now search “flu symptoms” to get the relevant information. (more…)

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