Remember the monotone piano? Google made a free album with it


Only two weeks ago did Google reveal its monotone piano during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. The keys of the piano — all eighty-eight of them — were altered to be on middle C; therefore, every key should have been producing the same sound. But Google allowed pianist Ji-Yong Kim to sit down at this special grand piano to prove you could do various songs with just one note.

Now you can listen to the songs Google recreated with its monotone piano because the company has released its very own album. Monotune Piano by Android has ten songs ranging from classics to nursery rhymes.

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Google’s DeepMind unit is developing software to improve, quicken, healthcare


Google’s DeepMind unit was founded to help solve some of societies biggest challenges. Google quickly realized how health, and the problems associated with the healthcare field, was one of the most important challenges facing the human race. With this in mind, the decision was made to focus on healthcare, and great strides have been made in the area. DeepMind has just released its care improving Streams app, and it has just acquired Hark, a system that dramatically improves the quickness of the entire healthcare process.

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Google owes France $1.76 billion for back taxes


According to unnamed sources within France’s finance ministry, the country is demanding 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion USD) from Google as payment for back taxes owed. The French ministry has not issued an official statement regarding the matter and Google has not responded with an official comment concerning the claim. However, a spokeswoman for Google France has indicated the company believes they have complied with all relevant tax laws in the countries where it operates, including France. Read more

[Deal] The Chromecast Audio is just £15 for a limited time


A few months have passed since Google launched the Chromecast Audio, a device that plugs into a speaker via its 3.5mm audio jack and allows you to stream your favourite music via WiFi, with support for 24bit audio. There probably isn’t an easier or cheaper method of bringing new life to old speakers than the Chromecast Audio and it really is a simple device to use, as Doug explains in his review. If you live in the UK and don’t have a Chromecast Audio just yet, you may be interested to find out that the device is currently on offer for just £15. Join us after the break for more details. Read more