Google Wallet has been updated today with a couple of really nice features. As you know, Google Wallet already lets you store your loyalty cards, which makes things a lot easier. With this update, you can now store your gift cards for the same easy access. Just like loyalty cards, you can snap a picture of your gift card or enter the information from it in the app to store it. If you received an electronic version, you can click “Save to Google” directly from the e-gift. Once your gift card is in your Wallet, just show your phone to the cashier at checkout.
Google wants more modules for Project Ara. So how are they getting developers to work with the modular smartphone? With a developer application, of course! If approved and Google brings a developer along for the ride, they can start to produce their own modules with a development board.
There are multiple rounds for applicants to try and get involved. The current round is ending on July 17 as Google has reviewed applications. The next round will start the following day on July 18 and run through August 17. Applicants can expect a response (if approved) one week after the review period has ended.
The development boards will begin shipping to approved applicants at the end of July.
Source: Project Ara
We all want to create an application. While there are simplified tools out there allowing users to drag and drop blocks to build something of their own, it does not go very much further. And learning to develop apps is a time-consuming task that not many people have the patience for. It can be rather difficult. Google, though, wants to promote the education of developing Android apps and is doing so by partnering with Udacity. » Read the rest
Over the last few weeks, Google Play has been updated a few times. Some have brought design alterations and others have been for bug fixes. Version 4.8.22 that has started to roll out is also the latter. Just the usual bug fixes are found with this update. Details are not usually issued regarding bug fixes; however, it is good to know some bugs have been squashed.
Since its inception, Google+ has required users to use their real names for their pages. While this slowly opened up overtime, it was only today that Google opened names up completely, allowing users who do not wish to use their real names the option of doing so.
Expansys has fired up a promotion on Google Play Edition devices as part of an apparent effort to clear out some stock. If you don’t mind a device that may be a generation behind the current flagships and have been looking for the experience of a GPE device, this is something you will certainly want to check out. » Read the rest
After being in the running for Microsoft’s vacant chief executive officer position and losing out to Satya Nadella, Alan Mulally will be joining Google as a member of its Board of Directors. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon. » Read the rest
It can be a little frustrating when hitting a link from a Google search and the website does not fully work with your device. Most of the time, this is because the website still uses Flash and Android devices no longer play nice with that technology. The outcome is either a blank page or a page that is missing content. Google wants to warn searchers of what is to come with such websites and will have a small note below the link. An example of that note can be seen above.
Source: Google Webmaster Central Blog (Official)
Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.
Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.
This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.
source: Google Online Security
Well that didn’t take long.
Just yesterday, former Google X director Babak Parviz announced he was leaving Google to work for Amazon.
Since he’s left, Google has already announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to commercialize Google’s smart contact lens technology, one of Parviz’s main projects.