As Google has grown throughout the years, one result has been their investment in the massive computing power needed to drive all of their services. In a new effort to make use of that computing power, a new Wall Street Journal report indicates Google has turned to their Google X team to start a new project called the Baseline Study to collect anonymous genetic and molecular information in an effort to paint a picture of what a healthy human should be like. That can then be used to help researchers identify potential markers that signal problems and help people become more proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Dr. Andrew Conrad, who is heading up the project, notes, “We are just asking the question: If we really wanted to be proactive, what would we need to know? You need to know what the fixed, well-running thing should look like.” » Read the rest
It seems that Google Glass and sports are just meant to be. Many leagues and teams have taken it upon themselves to use the unique piece of technology to provide a dynamic look at the action. The latest organization to do so is the Minnesota Vikings. The team will supplement video content to its official site, allowing fans to view what is going on in training camp.
With this new form of content, fans know whether or not the players are exceeding expectations. Are we looking at a new way to analyze fantasy sports? We shall see.
The latest Gmail mobile app update has added some much-needed basic functions that are present in the desktop version. For starters, Google Drive is now more efficiently integrated with Gmail, so that you can directly insert files into an email on your mobile device. You can also discern whether or not you’ve selected to share the file with the email recipient and change the sharing settings before sending it. The latest features are available as an update on the Google Play Store. Links after the break.
A couple of days ago, the Play Store app was updated with Material Design, and now the Chrome Beta app gets a little lovin as well. It’s not full blown because the tabs don’t show up in the Android L recents like we saw at Google I/O, but there are other changes such as the tab switching interface, a bigger omnibar, and an action overflow menu.
You will also get a simplified sign in for multiple accounts along with other bug fixes. The version is 37.0.2063.39 and is rolling now. You can hit one of the Play Store links after the break, but if your device isn’t eligible yet, you can opt for the APK download link from XDA.
Back in May, it was reported that Google was exploring the purchase of Twitch, the premier game streaming service. Although not officially announced, today it was revealed that a deal has been reached for roughly $1 billion.
Apparently both companies started talking back in September, but nothing leaked until May. It’s also expected that Google’s YouTube division will be the ones swallowing Twitch. YouTube was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion back in 2006.
Twitch has grown considerably over the years. Back in 2011, Twitch had just 3.2 million active users, but today that total tops 50 million.
source: Venture Beat
We already know that Google has been working for a while now on completely migrating the functions of Google Voice into Hangouts, so that it can merge most of its communication apps into one (besides Gmail).
We’re getting closer to that reality now, as Google has added support for making phone calls via Hangouts from the Google Voice website — and you don’t even need Google+.
In addition to getting new ad extensions, Google Maps is getting a brand new Explore feature that’s going to make finding new locations and points of interest even easier.
Tapping the new Explore button at the bottom of Google Maps opens up a pane that displays different kinds of places to visit in your general location. After confirming your location, you can specify how close you’d like recommendations to be (within 10 minutes walking distance or 20 minutes driving distance, for example) and what time of day you’re interested in going, and Google populates the results based on that information. This keeps the feature from suggesting you head to a breakfast spot at 8 at night, or from recommending driving locations when you’re out and about on foot for the day. » Read the rest
Not too long ago, Google Search started returning results for eligible ads whenever you searched things like hotels or restaurants. These results quickly show you nearby and relevant locations, which is great if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat or go and need to see what’s in the area. Starting today, those ad extensions are also going to start showing up in Google Maps, too.
Whenever you search for any type of location, the results you see in Maps will show ads for businesses or places if applicable. Searching for a restaurant will show places to eat near you, and you’ll be able to quickly tap one and get directions to it. The implementation isn’t intrusive, so it’s a very welcome addition to make navigating and finding places much more convenient.
source: Google Plus
JW Player, a video playing platform used by millions of sites, most notably including ESPN, Chevrolet, AT&T, EA Games and more, just received a major update that will bring Chromecast support to the platform.
That means that with the new release (version 6.9), you’ll now see the Chromecast button on the bottom of the screen, adding the ability to stream the content directly to an existing player.
You don’t need Android L to experience a little Material Design. Google has updated the Play Store to version 4.9.13 and it brings a new look with Material Design. You will notice larger videos, new animations, and a bigger emphasis on +1s. You can also view app descriptions, changelogs, the version number, last update time, and number of downloads in full screen mode.
This is of course a staged roll out so you might not get it for a few days. If you’re the impatient kind, we have the APK download link below.