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Is Apple taking on Google with a search engine?

Published by on Feb 5th, 2015, 6 Comments

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During 2015 you can expect a lot of people asking, or rather Googling: “What is Apple Search”.

Could we really see Apple taking on Google at its own game? There have been rumours surrounding this idea for years, but very little evidence to back it up. Many experts thought that was the direction Apple was heading when Safari made its first appearance.

A job advert has been spotted that refers to this yet unknown service. In the summary, the ad calls for a manager to work on “a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users” and “play a part in revolutionizing how people use their computers and mobile devices.” (more…)

Report: Google working on ride-sharing app and Uber wants to build self-driving cars

Published by on Feb 4th, 2015, No Comments

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Over the past year, there has been in immense rise in two fields of auto technologies: taxi and ride-sharing apps and the research and development of self-driving cars. The two head honchos of these two fields are, of course, Uber and Google – and  now it seems as though these two tech giants may go head-to-head with competing apps on both ends of the sphere.

While Google has made the most headlines with their autonomous vehicle initiative, Uber has just announced that they are moving into that very same field.

The company announced yesterday that they are partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to create a ‘Uber advanced Technologies Centre’ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This centre will be aimed at researching (and possibly developing) autonomous vehicles as well as other vehicle safety technologies.

“The partnership will provide a forum for Uber technology leaders to work closely with [Carnegie Mellon University] faculty, staff, and students — both on campus and at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) — to do research and development, primarily in the areas of mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology,” they said in a blog post on their website.

There is also a formal event for the research centre scheduled to take place within the next few weeks.  (more…)

Android 5.0 Lollipop’s adoption is slow

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2015, 1 Comment

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The latest version of Google’s confectionary named Android software has been with us for a couple of months already. However, it has made it onto Google’s platform versions chart and the adoption rate it quite measly.

Mostly to blame are the manufacturers here, but LG have managed to get the update out to a couple of its devices already. Some HTC owners have reported the same, but other than that it has been slim pickings. (more…)

Google Now to support third-party apps

Published by on Feb 2nd, 2015, 1 Comment

exampleforpandoraAndroid users already know that Google Now can be a hugely powerful tool, reminding you about important appointments, helping you navigate to your next meeting, advising you of upcoming weather alerts, and much more.

Lately, it has started pulling some of your browser history into cards as well, updating you on frequently searched items or terms in much more detail. For the longest time, though, we have wanted Google to add the ability for our other most used apps to be able to utilise the Now service as well. Finally, our wish is being granted.

The floodgates are about to open, and Google recently announced a big step forward for Now that allows some of your favourite developers to start bringing their content to the service, introducing support for new Now cards from forty apps. (more…)

Google’s space documentary is now available on YouTube

Published by on Jan 28th, 2015, 2 Comments

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Nowadays, every major company seems to be involved with space and space exploration in some way or another. The out-of-the-universe field that was once only reserved for the likes of NASA, has now captured the imagination of (mostly tech) companies worldwide.

There is Elon Musk’s SpaceX programme, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic and of course, the mighty Google.

As you may of heard, Google has recently launched the Google Lunar XPrize – a sort of post Cold War space race competition that challenges different teams from around the world to land a spacecraft on the moon.

18 private teams from all four corners of the Earth will go head-to-head in a bid to be the first to land a spacecraft on the moon. However, the objective is not to simply land the spacecraft on the moon, but to also let it roam for 500 meters as well as being able to send data and images back to Earth.

The winning team will then receive a grand prize of a whopping $20 million. (more…)

How To: Upgrade your LG G3 to Lollipop now!

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments

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The wait is over. Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop is now available in South Africa (even before it has become available in the US). LG Mobile is the first to bring it to local consumers and is has been available for download since late last week.  Lollipop is available only for the LG G3 at the moment, but will roll out for other devices at a later stage.

You have a couple of options to install the latest version of the software: (more…)

Google and Fidelity invest $1 billion in SpaceX

Published by on Jan 21st, 2015, No Comments

SpaceXSpaceX has been going from strength to strength as a private space exploration and transportation company. Elon Musk’s success story recently received further recognition with news that Google and Fidelity are investing a collective $1 billion in SpaceX. Combined, Google and Fidelity now own just under 10 percent of SpaceX, which has already taken on four other major investors. The round values SpaceX at over $10 billion. (more…)

YouTube’s first Super Bowl halftime show to make huge splash

Published by on Jan 21st, 2015, 1 Comment

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If you didn’t, the Super Bowl in the USA is the most watched televised event in the world. Last year, for example, a record 111.5 million people watched the final of America’s biggest sport. Being the most watched slot in television the ad space on the broadcast at halftime, appropriately called the halftime show (with live music from the world’s biggest acts), is also the most expensive in the world, of course. (more…)

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