It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about you. It recently made headlines when the internet realised every time someone speaks to Google, it records their voice. And you can listen back to it. But that isn’t the only bit of Google data that users with the right know-how can track down.
I think it’s pretty safe to say now that almost everyone with an internet connection knows that Google has a new logo. A few weeks after the company announced a huge restructuring effort that will split the search, advertising and internet giant into several different organizations, the new Google is showing off a new identity. The iconic four colors and “Google” over a white background remains unchanged, but the font is significantly different, removing the serifs that have been part of the letters for years. All in all, it’s a flatter, slightly more modern design It is also one that evokes the company’s new Alphabet logo.
Personally, I like it.
Beginning today, a select set of Android Wear smartwatches (and all future watches) will work with the iPhone. The app should be rolling out worldwide soon. It’s been a long time coming — and it means that Google will be challenging the Apple Watch on its home turf. Those Android Wear watches will be both cheaper and more varied than the Apple Watch.
With the world of Smart Watches heralding the possible future of mobile devices, some manufacturers in the research and development of such devices are trying some interesting alternatives.
The HTC Mini+ follows in this endeavor, using Bluetooth to field calls, view texts and e-mails, and trigger your a HTC phone’s camera from a distance.
Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities. Products that the firm has demonstrated in recent years include BigDog, a motorized robot that can handle ice and snow, the 29 mile-per-hour Cheetah, and an eerily convincing humanoid known as PETMAN. News of the deal was reported on Friday by The New York Times, which says that the Massachusetts-based company’s role in future Google projects is currently unclear.
After 9 p.m. on a Thursday night is an odd time to launch a new flagship smartphone, but that’s just what the Google Play Store did with the LG-made Nexus 5 last night — except the whole thing was a mistake.
The Verge reported Thursday that the Nexus 5 handset that’s been popping up in various leaks and spy shots over the last few weeks made a full-on appearance that pretty much makes its existence legitimate.
Google’s Chromecast is Mountain View’s next foray into the television market. In brief, it’s a $35 HDMI dongle that mirrors content being played nearby on a tablet, smartphone or computer. Hrm, that sounds familiar. The 2-inch device runs “a simplified version of Chrome OS” and requires separate USB power; connect it to your local WiFi network and similarly connected devices work with Chromecast. It can be ordered right now on Google Play and will apparently ship in one to two days. Of note, the device seems US-only for now, as our UK colleagues are showing a “not available in your country” prompt. Early buyers get three months of free Netflix with the purchase. Additionally, it’s also heading to retail (read: Best Buy) on July 28th. Google ended its presentation with a quick word that Chromecast functionality will eventually come embedded in various other devices, and that it’s working on getting other countries access “as quickly as possible.” No specs were given during the presentation, but its Google Play page lists the device as HDMI-CEC compatible, and it uses 2.4GHz 801.11 b/g/n WiFi. Given the separate USB power required, the $35 nets you a Chromecast device, an HDMI extended, a USB power cable and a separate power adapter.
Google’s Chrome browser can already access local media files and soon that will include your iTunes library. Google’s François Beaufort, who keeps an eye on the Chromium project, noted the change on Monday. The support would allow browser-based access to local iTunes music and possibly spur some Chrome browser extensions for music playback.
Mac users are finally being treated to a a peek into what life might be like should Apple add Siri to the next version of OS X.
After updating to version 27.0.1453.93 and heading to the Google home page, Chrome browser users will find a little microphone on the right edge of their search field. Click it, allow the feature (first time only), then speak and watch as your words magically appear on screen before the search results are presented. The future is now!
The new addition, borrowed from the Android-based Google Now, is also available on Windows PCs too.
Source: [Android Central]
Google have put their driverless Street View cars to good use after listening to the people of the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. The area which was devestated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear disaster in March 2011 is still a no go zone – most badly affected was the township of Namie-machi.
Many of the displaced townspeople have asked to see the current state of their city, and there are surely many people around the world who want a better sense of how the nuclear incident affected surrounding communities.
Working with Google, they were able to drive Street View cars through Namie-machi to capture panoramic images of the abandoned city exactly as it stands today. This Street View imagery is available on Google Maps and the [Memories for the Future] site, so anyone from Namie or around the world can view it.
Source: [Google Blog]
Link: [Street View]