Having a direct connection to websites you’re trying to connect to makes things a lot faster, but underwater cables take a lot of time, effort and money – hundreds of millions of dollars, in fact. Google and a host of telecom giants (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel) are backing FASTER, a $300 million fiber optic cable that runs between Japan and the US.
The name is pretty self explanatory, as it hopes to make things faster by having a cable that offers 60 terabits per second of bandwidth between the two regions. You won’t see a difference until the cable is functional by the second quarter of 2016, but speeds are sure to be faster across the internet as a whole.
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Remember that new feature called Google Stars that we told you about in April? Well we have more screenshots for you.
Google Stars appears to be a new way to store bookmarks, whether it be synced across the web or locally stored. The screenshots after the break include both the desktop version as well as the mobile view.
If nothing else, Google Glass is making a name for itself by assisting doctors perform surgery and operations. We reported on a plastic surgeon using Glass with patients last time, and this time we have a doctor in Kansas City who is using Glass to complement computer monitors in the operating room.
During facial reconstruction surgeries, Dr. Jeff Colyer wears Glass to view x-ray images without having to look up at the monitors that would typically display the images. By doing this, he is able to see exactly what he’s working on without having to look away from the patient.
A recent addition to GFX Bench’s database includes the “Google Nexus Foo,” which seems to be causing quite a few of us in the tech community to be scratching our heads today.
At first, you’d think the 10.3-inch (Full HD 1080 x 1920) device is a tablet, but then when you see it runs Android Wear (KKWT), you’ll start to get a bit confused. The device has no touchscreen, no accelerometer, no barometer, no GPS, no compass, no gyroscope, no light sensor, no NFC, or no proximity sensor — only Bluetooth and WiFi are included.
Being a subscriber to Play Music can be a little bit confusing and a hassle considering there is once again a limit on the amount of devices replaced (or deauthorized) on a account within a single year. The reason why this policy has been reimposed is because of the music industry itself. Record labels feel that not having a limit of replacements set allow customers to abuse the system and allow others to piggyback off of them. They are worried about missing out on potential customers if they can simply share an account with an already present subscriber.
Google is working to fix the issue, though. It is known that the entire flashing process on an Android device uses a deauthorization and that hurts subscribers. Google did not share what exactly its fix is, nor did it offer a completion time. So, for now, just sit tight and wait until Google takes care of this mess.
Looking for some great applications and games to keep you busy during the summer? Then head over to the Play Store because Google is hosting a summer sale full of goodies. While the majority of the items are now free, others have been discounted. And some of the discounts reach 85% off of the regular price. If you see an app that is normally free, its in-app purchases have been discounted instead. There are 50 apps and games to choose from, so there should be something for anyone.
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Two years ago, Google instated a limit on how many devices you could remove from access to your Google Play Music account. The maximum amount of devices allowed on each account was and is ten, but at that time, you could only remove and replace four devices a year. This limitation rightly caused an outrage, and Google removed that restriction.
Google will not be alone in its quest to design an encrypted email system. Yahoo has announced it will be joining Google in doing so. The encrypted email system would be ready sometime next year and act as an optional, not mandatory, feature for users. Both companies would be able to bring privacy their more than 500 million combined users, a subject that has long been in question.
Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus 8 have been circulating for a while now, but we have some juicy details for you. If these leaked specs are true, this will be the tablet of the year.
The Nexus 8 is codenamed T1, and it’s expected to sport an 8.9-inch (2560 x 1600) display, a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra chip, 4 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, and optional LTE. How is that for some serious power?
Google announced Google Fit at Google I/O, which will gives developers the tools to build amazing fitness apps. The set of APIs can store and access data from fitness apps and sensors on Android devices or other wearables. With the user’s permission, apps will now be able to access fitness history data allowing for detailed insights, personalized coaching, recommendations, and more.