This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans in the country are unconstitutional. The ruling, which went in favor of same-sex marriage by a 5-4 vote, legalizes same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Joining the nationwide celebration, ironically during LGBT Pride Month, is Google. The company launched its #andproud campaign just last week and now it has released a new video on the heel’s of the monumental decision. The #ProudToLove video highlights various people being open with who they are.
Hit the break for the video.
Google recently began offering a free app of the week on its Family section on the Play Store, with Dr. Panda and Toto’s Treehouse being this week’s selected freebie. Being in the family section, it’s a no-brainer that the game is kid-oriented.
Google is finally letting some of its quirky self-driving cars out to drive around the streets of Mountain View, California after extensively testing the technology that powers the vehicles. The cars aren’t completely ready to take off on their own, however; their speeds are being capped at 25 MPH, and they still include traditional driving mechanisms like a steering wheel and pedals. Smart safety precaution on Google’s part.
So if you’re in the Mountain View area, keep an eye out for some of the small little vehicles that Google’s testing out. Read more
Want to try out Google’s VR Cardboard viewer? Good news! If you’re a fan of Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS, you might just have a chance to win a Conan360 virtual reality Cardboard headset.
In a ruling issued by the Supreme Court this week, Los Angeles saw an ordinance overturned in which they sought to give their police force the ability to seize information from hotel registries on demand and without a warrant. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing the majority opinion in the 5-4 ruling, deemed the ordinance unconstitutional and importantly, found the ordinance as written could have been extended to apply to any business, not just hotels. It was on that point that Google had jumped into the case via an amicus brief. Read more
It was only last year when Google launched Chromebox for meetings, which consists of a Chromebox, camera, speakers, and some other hardware designed for small businesses to be able to video conference. Now Google has launched a brand new Chromebox for meetings bundle aimed at large businesses. The original bundle could handle up to eight people in one room for $999 while the new version can do up to 20 people in one room for $1,999.
A while back Justin wrote an article about the LinkNYC network that plans on replacing up to 10,000 unused payphone kiosks with WiFi outlets. Each WiFi pillar is called a Link, besides free WiFi it would also serve up free charging. The Link WiFi pillars would be funded entirely through advertising, and thus not cost the good citizens of New York a penny in taxes. It sounds good, right? Read more
Google has announced a new wearable, intended to give doctors and researchers quick and accurate data on their patients. The new wearable can measure a patient’s skin temperature, heart rhythm, and pulse. It’s also able to track environmental data, such as noise and light exposure, Bloomberg says.
Google has released a new video that is part of their “Be Together. Not the Same.” marketing strategy in which they showcase their Google Translate platform and app. In the course of the video it is revealed that Google is now processing over 100 billion words each day through Google Translate. According to Google, the most translated words they process include “How are you?”, “Thank you” and “I love you.” Besides the statistics regarding translation, the video also shows how the Word Lens integration in the Google Translate app on smartphones works to provide a real time image translation.
Hit the break to check out the video from the Android team and let us know in the comments how you use Google Translate.
Google has officially brought a Gmail Labs feature into the standard Gmail service after several years of testing. The Undo Send function will now be available to everyone who uses Gmail on the web and will give you a short time frame to undo sending an email. Pretty cool new feature. Read more