With Google being newly owned by Alphabet, many previously Google owned companies are being broken up and becoming their own company. One of those divisions that will now be it’s own independent company is Niantic Labs.
Google is now a subsidiary of a bigger company called Alphabet, but they may run into some issues using that name. Apparently, the name Alphabet (and alphabet.com) is already registered to German automobile manufacturer BMW. That Alphabet handles support to corporations for vehicle fleets, and BMW isn’t interested in selling the name or website domain. Google never approached BMW with an offer to purchase the domain, anyway, but that’s a moot point. Read more
Google is said to be getting ready to launch an affiliate program for the Play Store. Rumors have said the program will be powered by Performance Horizon Group, which is the same company that runs Apple’s affiliate program.
Today, a major restructuring reassigns Google as a wholly owned subsidiary of a new holding company called Alphabet. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the duo that co-founded Google, will be leading the company that is a “collection of companies.”
Microsoft is trying to expand its digital assistant Cortana by offering access on phones, tablets, and computers. A new update (220.127.116.11) for the Cortana for Android beta app has hit the Play Store. With the update, Android users will now be able to replace Google Now as the default voice assistant with Cortana. Instead of holding down your home button or swiping up from your on-screen home button to launch Google Now, you can set Cortana to open.
Microsoft hasn’t mentioned when the official version of the app will be available, but one could expect it to arrive shortly. Once the official app is released, all of the features you get with Windows Phone will be available for Android users to enjoy.
Google has rolled out a new update to Keep and Slides. Both bring some useful tools.
When a video quickly earns hundreds or thousands of views on YouTube, the view count defaults to displaying ‘301+’ views. There are, of course, many more views than that. Thankfully, YouTube has finally decided to put an end to the ambiguity of ‘301+’ while getting rid of it entirely.
Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.
Perhaps as soon as next year, more than 1.4 million people in San Antonio will have another option for internet and television service.