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Google to reveal answer to Apple’s CarPlay

Published by on Jun 19th, 2014, 1 Comment

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We are extremely excited about Google I/O conference next week. Among other things, we are expecting the unveiling of Android Wear, Google’s version of its popular operating system for wearable devices such as smartwatches. But now we get word that they will also unveil their answer to Apple’s CarPlay, the operating system built into cars to allow immediate connectivity to an iOS device and all the apps on it.

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Google in talks to buy stake in Virgin Galactic

Published by on Jun 13th, 2014, No Comments

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Well, it seems Google is extremely interested in space. Just this week, we reported that Google has bought a satellite imaging company, and now news hit the internet that they also want to buy a stake in Virgin’s space business, Virgin Galactic.

Sky News reports that the search giant is in advanced talks to take a minority stake in Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic business with a view to getting its internet satellite project off the ground. (more…)

Google buys imaging satellite company for $500 million (video)

Published by on Jun 11th, 2014, No Comments

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Google, just like Facebook and Apple, is on a buying-spree at the moment. These companies are acquiring other businesses that can lend as much expertise to the various fields they are involved in, sometimes for an exorbitant amount of money.

The search-giant wants to rule the roads with their self-driving cars, the skies with the drones and now even beyond our atmosphere. They have agreed to buy a company for $500 million (in cash) called Skybox Imaging – a company that claims it’s “built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects beautiful and useful images and video every day.” (more…)

Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara Developer’s Conference (video)

Published by on Jun 6th, 2014, No Comments

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Yesterday was day one of the Project Ara developers conference.

Imagine having a smartphone with modules that can all be swopped and replaced, allowing you to upgrade certain parts of your phone at will. You would be able to concentrate on what you find important in your device. If you like photography, install a better camera module; if you prefer more storage for all your music and apps you can rather include that. The concept is called Phonebloks.

This concept brought on Project Ara, which Google took control of after buying Motorola. Google are completely transparent with this idea, and has started with a developer’s conference to get as many people on board as early as possible. Check out their progress below: (more…)

Is the Android logo changing?

Published by on Jun 5th, 2014, No Comments

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The Android platform’s looks are instantly recognisable to the majority of users out there. Android’s logo has basically remained the same since its existence, but if a leak of the LG G Watch’s boot-animation is to be believed, it might change in the coming months. (more…)

Gangnam Style reaches 2 billion YouTube hits

Published by on Jun 2nd, 2014, No Comments

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‘Gangnam Style’ has become the first YouTube video to reach more than 2 billion views. It became the most watched video ever on YouTube when it surpassed Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ music video. (more…)

Uber CEO says company will embrace self-driving cars

Published by on May 30th, 2014, No Comments

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One company that seems to have a lot of faith in Google’s latest venture – their self-driving cars – is chauffeur service company Uber.

Right after Google showcased their first prototype of their self-driving car, Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, expressed his excitement about the project at Re/Code’s Code Conference.

Kalanick, who is currently working hard to raise funds for Uber at a valuation of a whopping $17 billion, said that the company will definitely embrace the self-driving car and will eventually replace their drivers with these cars.  (more…)

Google and Facebook will look to space for internet

Published by on May 29th, 2014, No Comments

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As we recently reported, both Google and Facebook are planning to utilise drones to deliver internet connections wirelessly to areas in the world that does not have the infrastructure needed to support conventional internet technologies. Both these companies have even larger ambitions, though.

Over the last year or so, both looked at drone maker Titan Aerospace before Google acquired it, adding to a portfolio that includes its Project Loon experiments. Facebook was able to acquire another drone maker, Ascenta. (more…)

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