Google uses a robot to check for lag on Android and Chrome OS devices

Screenshot 2015-06-29 10.33.07Testing for input lag on a smart device seems like something only a human would be able to do, but Google apparently uses a giant robot to handle the task. Is there anything we can’t develop a giant robot to do?

The machine is called TouchBot and it tests Android and Chrome OS devices by tapping the screen in different places, then recording what’s going on. It’s a pretty cool automated concept, and apparently works well for Google. Hit the video below to see it in action. Read more

You can now check your Project Fi invite’s status


Still waiting for your invite to join Project Fi? Google has launched a way to check the status of your invite. Most people are seeing 3-4 weeks as the estimated wait for an invite while a few are noticing a longer wait of 4-8 weeks. Google did note that everyone would have an invite by mid-summer. So things actually seem to be on schedule. Even after getting an invite, people will have to decide whether or not spending hundreds of dollars on the Nexus 6 is worth it. Then, and only then, they can try Google’s new wireless service throughout the United States.

You can check your invite’s status by heading over to Project Fi’s signup page.

Can the question of morality and self-driving cars be solved through an algorithm?

Google self driving car

Utilitarianism and deontology.

Two words that many don’t know the meaning behind, yet we’ll have to side with one or the other sooner than later. And the topic? Self-driving cars. Automated vehicles are the world’s next big phenomenon, with Google touting that it’s self-driving vehicles, in years of testing, have only been in 11 minor incidents, which were all mostly due to human error.

That’s a staggering figure. In six years of testing, only a handful of minor accidents? Imagine all of the lives we could save with this self-driving technology. One thing’s for certain, self-driving software is much more attentive to the road than the human eye will ever be.

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Cloud Source Repositories by Google to compete against GitHub


For most computer users, developers and all the work they do to write code for apps is invisible, so it should be no surprise that a new tool from Google designed for developers is flying under the radar. The tool is a new code repository call Cloud Source Repositories and is a move by Google to get into the source code repository hosting market where they will be competing against companies like GitHub, Atlassian, Microsoft and Amazon. Read more

Google’s #ProudToLove video celebrates U.S. Supreme Court decision and LGBT Pride Month


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.

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Google’s own self-driving cars released to the streets of Mountain View, California

google_self_driving_car_prototypeGoogle 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