Posts Tagged ‘Google’s’
An update to the Google Music app broke compatibility with the ill-fated Nexus Q — but it appears Google may have a new media streamer waiting in the wings to replace it. A recent FCC filing provides some sparse details on a mysterious product referenced as the “H840 Device.” Google is mentioned as the product’s manufacturer, and it’s described as a “fixed base station” with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. What’s most intriguing, however, is the product’s purpose: one of the documents states plainly that “The device functions as a media player.” Douglas Adams fans are also likely to get a kick out of the device’s model number, as well. It’s listed as the H2G2-42, no doubt a sly wink towards The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Nexus Q had…
It appears that Canada will become the latest country to look into the business practices of search giant Google. The Financial Post reports that Canada’s Competition Bureau — a law-enforcement agency focused on ensuring competitive conditions in the marketplace — has notified Google that it will be investigating the company’s Canadian operations. It’s not clear at this time what the scope of the investigation will be, or what specific Google products and services will be targeted.
The investigation will follow a series of other Google investigations, including ones launched by the Federal Trade Commission and EU regulators. Google reached a settlement with the FTC earlier this year; the company offered to make changes to address EU…
Microsoft and Google have been locked in a war of words over a YouTube Windows Phone app, but in the midst of the arguments a new Scroogled ad has emerged. Designed to be an internal-only video, a copy has somehow managed to find its way onto the web right in the middle of Google’s I/O developer conference.
Unlike Microsoft’s previous attempts, this directly parodies Google’s own Chrome ads with a bouncing ball tracking how Google allegedly targets you with ads. It’s identical to Google’s own Chrome “Now Everywhere” ad, set to the same music and style. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the ad is genuine, stating it’s “an internal video that was leaked.”
While Google CEO Larry Page didn’t mention Microsoft’s…
We’re used to Google’s mobile search apps letting us ask questions as we would with a real person, but the desktop has been quite stiff. That’s changing today: Google is bringing conversation-like voice search to our computers through Chrome, with no typing required.
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Google hasn’t even officially launched Babel, but word on the street has it that the aforesaid term was being used internally to reference a new, unified chat platform. Now, TechRadar is reporting that Babel will simply become a part of Google Hangouts — almost certainly as a means to continue the art of subtly shoving Google+ onto every user it can. Moreover, the newly expanded Hangouts could launch as early as next week during Google I/O, and we’ll be there to bring you the goods if indeed it does.
I’ve spent a little over three weeks with Google Glass, and I’ve noted that the utility aspect of the device is strong, but the fun isn’t there yet. It feels a lot like the original iPhone did, before it had the App Store.
In this video, we discuss some of the quick assumptions about Glass, warranted or otherwise, and give you a look through the eyes of the device in action. Stepping outside, pulling up an address, replying to an email and listening to the latest NYTimes headlines is a pretty seamless experience. Google calls the technology “calm,” since it doesn’t require you to pull a device out of your pocket, unlock a screen or tap any buttons.
The power of Glass will be unleashed once developers start building apps that consumers will love. Until then, have a look at some of the things I’ve been doing since I got the device. For those following along, I hope to have my recipe app available soon. It’s been a fun learning experience for me.
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Israel has asked Google to reconsider its decision to list Palestine among its selection of localized search pages, accusing the company of implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, deputy foreign minister Ze’ev Elkin said the search giant’s move could undermine efforts for peace in the region.
The company’s Google.ps search page had previously been labeled “Palestinian territories,” but was changed to “Palestine” on May 1st. Israel’s foreign ministry had expressed concerns over the nomenclature, saying it “raises questions” about Google’s intent. As the Jerusalem Post reports, Elkin has now adopted a more openly critical stance.
When you run your own business, time is cash and often you don’t have the excess mins to return to your COMPUTER and modify your
Google Place Google+ Local list, right? Luckily, if you’re holding an iPhone in your wallet and have Google’s new Places for Company app, you can readjust those opening times, confirm your establishment (and even more) on the go. Various other functions consist of web traffic tracking, plus the capability to improve your Google+ listing with fresh images and deal with multiple branches from one location. Google’s most current business-facing software is offered to US-based company owners on iTunes– it’s Apple-only in the meantime.
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A lot of companies are invoking Star Trek these days, from Makerbot’s Replicator to the Tricorder Project, but Google seems to have taken it one step further. In Slate, Farhad Manjoo delves into Mountain View’s preoccupation with the omniscient, disembodied on-board computer that’s been a Trek hallmark since the ’60s. Apparently Google has adopted the computer as an ideal of human-computer interaction for Search. So far, the result is an increased emphasis on speech recognition and machine understanding — the skills a computer would need to carry on a conversation — as a way of expanding what a search engine can do. It’s a striking example of pop culture influencing modern tech, and good context for whatever’s unveiled at Google’s…
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Joaquin Almunia’s position as the European competition commissioner makes him one of the most powerful men in tech. Companies like Google and Microsoft have persistently lodged complaints against each other, and it’s down the the European Commission (EC) to ascertain what needs to be done. Although he relies on a large team of high-ranking officials and advisors to support him, Almunia has the final say in what action the EC will take.
Despite his power, Almunia remains extremely open to communication from tech companies. In a New York Times profile, the paper reveals the commissioner “sometimes sends [Google Chairman] Eric Schmidt a text,” quoting Almunia saying he has an “open phone line, or email line, or SMS line at any moment.”…