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A new Lumia phone from Nokia, this year’s Google I/O and BlackBerry World — yep, it was a pretty hectic week for us, but also a good seven days for tech news. Even if Google didn’t have any truly new hardware for us, it’s started up its own on-demand music service, gave us more details on Google Glass, redesigned its Maps and, well, it was a very long keynote. Join us after the break for a numerical breakdown of that and the rest of the week’s big news.
Google and other tech companies have come under fire for exploiting a common tax loophole to book revenues through their Irish subsidiaries, but today The Sunday Times is reporting that a former Google UK executive has evidence of further tax avoidance by his one-time employer. Barney Jones worked for Google between 2002 and 2006 and says that during his time at the company, Google relied almost exclusively on its UK sales staff to secure advertising deals in London and elsewhere while the company closed the deals at its Dublin office. Google VP Matt Brittin had previously testified to the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that “nobody” at Google’s UK office was selling Google advertising, revising his statement last week to…
Google I/O is always full of surprises, and we came across yet another elusive bit of hardware on the show floor today: Google Glass “prescription edition”. No, it’s not actually called that (we made up the name), but what you’re looking at is definitely Glass that’s been neatly integrated with a pair of prescription glasses — in fact, it looks a lot like the version of Glass that Google recently mentioned on its blog. We don’t really know anything else about this device, but we’ve reached out to Google for comment. Is this a custom design built by combining Google Glass Explorer Edition with off-the shelf eyewear? Is this a Glass prototype that’s designed specifically for people who wear prescription spectacles? Share your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to check out the gallery below.
Update: Google’s confirmed it’s a prototype the company’s experimented with that uses the same software as the Explorer Edition but slightly different hardware on the outside.
Brad Molen contributed to this report.
Google’s major developer conference, Google I/O, went down this week. Was it a bit of a letdown? Probably. Did cool stuff still come out of the event? Eh? Maybe? We discuss these topics and more this week on the TC Gadgets podcast. In fact, we even had Frederic Lardinois join as a guest, along with John Biggs, Matt Burns, Jordan Crook (that’s me!), Romain Dillet, and Darrell Etherington as Bob McKenzie.
We invite you to enjoy our weekly podcasts every Friday at 3pm Eastern and noon Pacific.
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Google showed off lots of new stuff yesterday . But this is the one thing you’ll use the most.
The concept is simple: money as an email attachment. And it’s not fundamentally more capable than PayPal, which has let you send money to other people for years. But in online payments, ease counts for a lot — preexisting iTunes accounts are a large part of why the App Store caught on so quickly, for example. Which is why this, which was buried among flashier announcements about Chrome, Glass, Android, Music and Maps, might be the most important thing Google's announced in months.
Kudos to this guy for putting his $ 1500 glasses on a tiny clumsy human.
Google and NASA have teamed up to launch a new laboratory focused on advancing machine learning. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab — hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California — will contain a quantum supercomputer that will be used by researchers from the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and all over the world to pioneer breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.
Google is offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, arguably one of the top current Android devices, with Jelly Bean 4.2 unlocked on Google Play beginning June 26, the company revealed at I/O today. The news is big because it’s the first non-Nexus device to get blessed with this opportunity, and Google says it will be updated in time with all other Nexus devices.
The Galaxy S4 will cost $ 649 with no contract, and will be usable on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., Google said today. At that price it isn’t exactly cheap, but people are probably willing to pay for an untouched Android experience on some of the most powerful smartphone hardware available.
The S4 is not only carrier unlocked, but it also has a fully unlocked bootloader. That means that owners of the device can load their own software on to the device, including things like CyanogenMod, which allows for extremely deep device software customization options. In other words, this new unlocked S4 will essentially be the ultimate developer plaything, but again it’s likely to have more or less niche appeal because of the high price tag.
What’s interesting about this is that Samsung emphasized all its software additions to the stock Android experience at the Galaxy S4 launch event, and this is basically stripping all that away. Reviewers seemed more or less overwhelmed by Samsung’s software smorgasbord, so this might result in a much better device overall.
Google TV is getting a refreshed YouTube app to go along with its update to the latest versions of Android and Chrome. The video-streaming service now features a sleeker UI, complete with playlists displayed under the video discovery and subscription tabs and larger thumbnails for previewing content. The update also lets you subscribe to a channel with just one click, and it’s now easier to share a clip via Google + as well. Other additions include more in-depth playback controls and support for paid subscriptions. Google TV owners can download the update now — just hit up the source link below.
Via: Android Police
Sending money with Google Wallet wasn’t a tremendously difficult affair before today, but Mountain View’s now discovered a clever new way to part you from your cash. “Over the coming months,” the company will roll out a new payments feature within Gmail, letting you attach money just as you would an image or document. After clicking the new “$ ” symbol within the composer, you’ll type in an amount and select the source of your funds. Then hit Attach, click send, and say goodbye to your Greenbacks. It’s that simple. You can probably get a solid feel for how this works just from looking at the image above, but given the onslaught of announcements today, we’ll forgive you for needing a more comprehensive explanation. Goog’s got your back, too — there’s a demo video waiting just past the break.
Source: Gmail Blog