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Time Travel via Google Street

Published by on Apr 29th, 2014, No Comments

google-for-doodle-logo2Humans have always had a fascination with time travelling. The thought of experiencing actual history or checking out the future lets us escape from our everyday (sometimes boring) lives. Well Google might just have some sustenance for our time travelling appetite! As of the 23rd of April Google enabled its users to see the passage of time through their “Street” functionality. Not exactly in the same realm as Marty McFly, but its the first step in digital time travel. As with any fledgling technology the functionality does have its restrictions. The “time-horizon” only stretches from 2007 to present, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see some pretty cool stuff!

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Google launches Camera app to the Play Store

Published by on Apr 17th, 2014, No Comments

GoogleCam

Google has just launched its own camera app in the Play Store, which it simply called Google Camera. It looks somewhat different than what you might find on a Google Nexus, and is available for any device running Android 4.4 KitKat (which admittedly, is still only a few). (more…)

Google beat Facebook to the punch in Titan Aerospace acquisition

Published by on Apr 15th, 2014, No Comments

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Last month we caught wind that Facebook wants to buy Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet to more people around the world. The company’s solar drones would be able to stay in the air for years at a time and deliver satellite internet from above.

Google has beaten Facebook to the punch, though. Google has just agreed to buy Titan Aerospace and according to the Wall Street Journal Mountain View hopes to use these long-lasting autonomous vehicles to assist its Project Loon project, which would have been a direct competitor to the solar drones.

Facebook, on the other hand, went ahead with another drone company called Ascenta. Check out the official press release from Titan Aerospace: (more…)

Google’s Project Ara modular phone update (video)

Published by on Apr 8th, 2014, No Comments

Phonebloks

Even though Google quickly sold Motorola after making the acquisition a couple of years ago, they have kept some very important parts of the business. One is of course all the patents the company brought with it, and the other is what Motorola called Project Ara – the ‘build-your-own-phone’ project set to come to market relatively soon.

It spawned from what was something called Phonebloks, and Google are now calling it Project Ara by Phonebloks. They aren’t leaving us completely in the dark, though. Check out their update of where the project is and will be going below: (more…)

Google wants Android TV to simplify your entertainment

Published by on Apr 7th, 2014, No Comments

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In the past couple of years we have been hearing rumours of possible Google TV launches, but none ever came to fruition. It seems that Google has completely moved away from that concept, now starting talk about what they call Android TV.

The Verge have reportedly found documents revealing a new Android TV release with a more conventional living room interface. The new OS would rely on a simplified card layout centred on accessing content quickly. (more…)

Google Maps parody, ‘Google Naps’, shows you the best places to nap

Published by on Mar 31st, 2014, No Comments

CATNAP

Sometimes you just feel like having a nap. Especially when you’re traveling the world and doing all sorts of exhausting, tourist things. The only problem is, how would you know where the best place is to have a nap in a foreign country? Well, that’s where Google Naps come in to the picture.

Google Naps is a parody of the popular Google Maps, and, basically, shows you the best places to take a nap all around the world.

The service has exactly the same interface as Google Maps – with beacons place on the map showing you where the best place would be to get some shut eye. However, these places are not hotels or guest houses, but rather public places that will be adequate for a quick power nap.

The areas marked as nap spots are usually public areas with soft grass or benches. (more…)

Google’s new Android version will focus on businesses

Published by on Mar 27th, 2014, No Comments

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It seems that Google is targeting the corporate world with its next version of Android. According to experts, the operating system isn’t very well suited to business needs and demands, something iOS does with aplomb.

The new OS will reportedly allow apps that require their own authentication, as well as data storage on secure chips. Remote management controls will also be introduced. Google will unveil the new version of Android at its annual I/O conference in June 2014. (more…)

Gmail testing promotional image cards

Published by on Mar 26th, 2014, No Comments

Gmail pic ads

Your promotions tab in the Gmail client may soon become a much more interesting place. Presently it functions as a glorified spam folder, but that might soon change. While it’s not really spam, most emails that hit that folder are probably ignored, according to data from Google. (more…)

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