Google unveils their first self-driving car: Googlicious
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We finally get to see Google's prototype for their self-driving car, the LG G3 is announced and Samsung plans to bring its third smartwatch in less than a year. Yikes.
[MUSIC] What's happening? Brian Tong, here. And, welcome to Googlicious for all the Google goodness that we can pack inside of a show, each week. Let's get to it. And everyone is talking about Google's self driving car they unveiled for the first time at Code Con. It's their first prototype car, designed from the ground up with no steering wheel, no brakes, and the push of a button will take you where you want to go. [CROSSTALK]. Yes, it's very cute, and it's just amazing to see how this project has developed so quickly in just a few years. Now the Googs started building 100 of their electrical experimental vehicles. The cars would be summoned by using a smartphone application, and it will be able to automatically pick you up and then take you to your destination. And again this is just amazing. And the other big, semi-big announcement was the official unveiling LG's G3 flagship phone that looks to compete directly with the Galaxy S5 and the HTC 1MG. Now this beauty features a 5.5 inch. Quad HD resolution screen, at a 2560 by 1440 resolution, for 538 pixels per inch. That's what's up. And this thing just looks so sexy. Now, it has a micro SD slot for up to 128 gigs of additional storage. And a 13 megapixel camera with ultra HD video recording, and a feature they call laser autofocus. Now that uses laser technology to measure the distance between the camera and the subject you're shooting for a fast focus. It will be running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, and has a clever case of their own. With our quick circle feature to access commonly used apps with the case still on the phone. It goes on sale in South Korea on May 28th with the worldwide release to follow some time after that. And I'm loving how these companies continue to innovate differently from each other. Alright, last week we talked about all of Google's latest acquisitions and a new report from the information. Says the Google plan to move into the home security market and it's considering acquiring Dropcam, the makers of the popular camera system that streams live footage directly to your phones and computers. It's what Brian Cooley uses to watch his cats at home, for uncomfortably long, long stretches of time. Oh, kitty! Now the report says the status of negotiations is unclear, so this could just be a pure rumor. But it's intriguing because it could be Google's second company in the home automation space after their acquisition of Nest. And it's really a new market that's still trying to figure itself out. Okay, rumors surrounding YouTube bringing a music streaming service have been swirling as far back as October from a Billboard report. But according to The New York Times, the online video giant has run into licensing troubles with Indy labels. Specifically less enticing streaming deals compared to agreements with Universal, Sony and Warner. Now, the members of the Worldwide Independent Networks posted a letter of their complaints, including YouTube threatening to block all the music on India's official YouTube channel. If they do not agree in the current terms. And YouTube would also prevent them from collecting revenues from videos that use their music. Come on Google. Don't be evil. [LAUGH] Now the service has been reported to launch later this year. But. we'll see how this might all affect that. Alright Samsung has released to smart watches two the market with a less than lukewarm reception. But they aren't finished. After Sammy today revealed a recent patent filing that shows a gesture controlled wearable device with a round screen interface. The patent filing also shows the different places that you can possibly wear this, ranging from a necklace to your chest to your arm to, your hand upon your hips, when I dip you dip we dip! [MUSIC]. Alright, I'll stop that. Now these fan filings aren't always indicators that this is exactly what we'll see in the future, but we know Samsung still isn't finished here after the Wall Street Journal report that the Korean giant is going to announce. Guess what? Another smart watch this summer. Now the big difference with this one is that it will act as a stand alone device that will have it's own sim card so you'll be able to make calls without being connected to a smart phone. I'm sorry but Samsung has already killed any excitement that they could bring in the smart watch market after two huge mail that was literally rushed out. And then, they still want us to pay attention with their third smart watch model in less than a year? Eh, eh. Not happening. But if there's any smart watch that really has my interest at all, it's the Moto 360, a smart watch that actually looks like a fashionable watch. Now, we've seen the concept and we're expecting the real deal this summer. But just to keep the momentum going, Motorola started a contest, and is letting the community submit, watch face designs, ahead of the launch. And you can get all the details at the link on the screen, and this contest ends on June 24th, and they'll be giving away one Moto 360 to the submission that's selected as the winner. Now the community is really coming up with some great stuff, ranging from the wood pattern. This one looks pretty cool too. And there's also a Tron theme. But I decided to do a little work on my own. And let's be honest. You're looking at the winner right here. Alright that's going do it for this week's show. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or tweet me @briantong. Thanks so much for watching and we'll see you guys next week for some more of that googlicious.