Don't look now, but the Nexus smartphone rumor mill is churning yet again. … Read more
If you happen to believe that Google Glass is a fine idea in search of a use, I have finally found one for you.
For a wise and forward-thinking company called Emotient has created a Google Glass app that tells you how other people are feeling.
One of the characteristics of many Google Glass Explorers is that they seem not to care a whit what others might feel.
They become disoriented when, say, asked to leave a restaurant for refusing to remove their goggles.
How thoughtful, then, of Emotient to release its "Sentiment Analysis" prototype app. … Read more
Before Google Barge can ply the waters of San Francisco Bay or anywhere else, showing off Google Glass or other Google X projects, it will first spend some time at the Port of Stockton.
Late last month, CNET was first to report that the Google Barge would be moving to Stockton, and this morning, Port of Stockton director told CNET by e-mail that Google has signed a deal to bring the barge project there to complete construction.
At least one prominent technology executive isn't concerned with robots becoming too smart and overtaking the world.
Speaking at the Oasis: The Montgomery Summit on Wednesday, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that at some point in the future "robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way." Bloomberg, which was in attendance at the event, earlier reported on his comments.
Google has been investing heavily in robotics over the last few years, buying up a host of companies under the leadership of Android chief Andy Rubin. The search giant is reportedly focusing its efforts initially on manufacturing processes, … Read more
A Google executive claimed Wednesday that Android has seen the fastest and most successful adoption of any operating system in history.
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Nikesh Arora, senior vice president at Google, said the following, courtesy of Seeking Alpha:I mean, look, in the history of operating systems, I think Android has been the quickest and most successful adoption of an operating system in the world. So you just sort of stop, take pause and say, oh my God, that's crazy. Nobody could have ever predicted that we're going to get an … Read more
Google has updated the iOS Gmail app to address a pressing concern: the need for speed.
In a blog post Wednesday announcing the update, Gmail software engineer Melissa Dominguez said that the Gmail app now supports "pre-fetching" so that messages are synced before you open the app. To take advantage of the feature, you must be using iOS 7 and make sure that you have background app refresh activated.
Equally important for usability, the Gmail app now allows you to use single sign-on for Google apps on iOS. This means if you sign into Gmail, you'll also … Read more
Auction.com, an online marketplace where users can sell and buy real estate in an auction setting, has raised a significant sum of capital for its future growth.
Google Capital and Auction.com announced on Wednesday that the search company's growth-equity firm has dropped $50 million in the real estate marketplace on a valuation of $1.2 billion. A Google Capital representative will also join Auction.com's board.
Irvine, Calif.-based Auction.com handles "tens of thousands of transactions" in both commercial and residential real estate every year. The company's online platform launched in 2008, … Read more
HTC is looking to harness the power of users' cell phones to engage in some altruistic pursuits, like finding a cure for cancer, researching climate change, and bringing food to the world's hungry.
Working to solve complex world issues often means crunching massive amounts of data. Analyzing this data takes supercomputers and time -- and this is where smartphone-maker HTC fits in with its "Power to Give" initiative.
The company has partnered with a host of scientists and research institutions to give them unused processing power from Android smartphones. This means scientific data can be crunched faster. … Read more
They're both tiny sticks that connect to the back of your TV, use a nearby USB port (or power outlet) for power, and stream media from a variety of sources like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and Pandora. So which one should you get?
I haven't had the chance to fully review the new Roku Streaming Stick (which comes out in April), but from my brief hands-on time, it looks to deliver the same Roku experience that's available on the company's … Read more
Google has long provided the URL shortening service goo.gl. Users are able to log in to the site, paste a long URL and have it shortened by Google. On top of the URL being share friendly, Google would also provide analytics detailing who is actually clicking on the link.
Early this week Google released an Android app for the service, taking link shrinking and tracking mobile.
The app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.
There are plenty of options for link shortening, with most social networks doing this on your behalf, but by … Read more