Google reportedly buying AI firm DeepMind Technologies for $400+ million


We already knew Google had quite a bit of interest in artificial intelligence and robotics, but it seems they have over $400 million of interest. Google is reportedly in the process of acquiring DeepMind Technologies for $400 million. DeepMind’s Web site describes the London-based company as “cutting edge,” specializing in combing “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”

This is definitely something to keep an eye on as Google grows into more and more areas of technology. Could Google be trying to rival Amazon’s futuristic delivery drones” We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: 9to5 Google

Samsung and Google announce 10-year global patent license agreement


Samsung and Google have announced a new, long-term partnership to cross-license patents “covering a broad range of technologies and business areas.” The agreement covers both existing patents as well as any new patents filed during the next 10 years. Although Samsung and Google in general are not antagonistic toward each other, outside of the occasional small spat, they did take the opportunity to dig at other companies using litigation-based strategies with regard to their competition.

Samsung’s intellectual property lead, Dr. Seungho Ahn, stated the agreement shows “the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.” Meanwhile, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents with Google noted that, “by working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

source: Samsung Tomorrow Blog

Google expands search engine to try to respond to complicated questions


Although we see Google branching out into many new areas and products over time, that doesn’t mean they ignore the base of the company, search. Over the years Google has continued to expand the ability of their search engine to respond to queries from users. They have now reached a point where the Google Search engine is able to handle some “complicated” questions. Read more

Corning announces antimicrobial Gorilla Glass


Smartphone, tablet and other touch device users are in a constant battle to keep their screens clean. This usually involves wiping off the buildup of fingerprints and oils from our fingers, along with assorted liquids that may have splashed on the screen. Corning has been working on some technology to help keep screens clean at a more basic level with the introduction of antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.  Read more

Google Autocomplete responses to “Why is [state] so…” shows US state stereotypes


Google Autocomplete has  been used on multiple occasions to show how ridiculous some internet users can be. Inspired by Tumblr user Gaysquib, Twitter user Gabe Rivera created a map of autocompleted responses to “Why is [state] so…”

Most of the responses are pretty predictable, but some will still probably get a chuckle out of you. Check it out above.

Source: 9to5 Google

The official Grammys app gives you the Red Carpet and behind the scenes action during tonight’s Grammy Awards


Planning on watching the 56th Annual Grammy Awards tonight? Then you might want to download the official Grammys app from the Play Store (or iOS App Store). It will give you the perfect second screen experience during the show, but it will also give you access to the Red Carpet before the actual event. During the event, you will get behind the scenes interviews and live performances. You can even follow all the hot Twitter feeds from both artists and fans. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.

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HTC M8 leaked wallpaper allegedly confirms 1080p display [update – 2nd wallpaper leaks]


The unreleased HTC phone codenamed the M8 still has a few mysteries, but it seems like a big question has been answered. @evleaks tweeted out a picture of an alleged HTC M8 wallpaper that is 2160 x 1920 pixels – the exact wallpaper size for full HD 1080p devices.

As a reminder, other M8 specs we reportedly know are that the device will have  Snapdragon 800, or, the newest, 805 SoC at the phone’s core, 16GB of expandable internal storage, and, of course, Android 4.4. A dual-camera and fingerprint reader are also possible.

Click on the image for the full size version and feel free to use it as a wallpaper on your current phone.

Update: 2nd leaked image with the same resolution after break….

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for January 20 – January 26, 2014


For some strange reason the World didn’t end during Google’s major outage a couple of days ago, so here’s a recap of all the top stories from the week. Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is so big, they decided to re-introduce it as a WiFi-only tablet. Motorola is offering another crazy one day event tomorrow where you can purchase the best phone of the year for only $299 off contact. Throw in an extra $25, and you can have your choice of 4 wooden backs. Will there really be a Nexus 8, and where the hell is the new Nexus 10? Fingerprint scanners will be the rage this year, but will Android manufacturers implement them correctly? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


How to sync your iTunes library to your Android device


[Deal] 25% off Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 cases via Google Play

Dead Zebra announces Year of the Horse Android mini figurine

Apps – New

Beats Music officially kicks off today in the U.S., AT&T customers get an extended free trial and Family Plan

Beats Music service shuts down user registration after influx of demand

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Google Glass gets five new Mini-Games to help inspire developers


Google has released five mini-games for Google Glass devices to help inspire developer’s to think about gaming with the devices. The titles are all rather simplistic and harken back to the early days of video gaming with basic graphics and game play. They do showcase how Glass can be used to involve a user in the gameplay experience. With time, developers should be able to greatly improve gaming with Google Glass, especially if the major gaming studios tie them in to titles on the major gaming platforms to provide an additional screen of information. Read more

Automate device settings with TF Profile app


Many Android smartphone users have learned over time that certain settings are frequently set for common occurrences or situations and it can be a real drag to constantly make the changes manually. For instance, when going to bed at night, trying to remember to turn sounds off or switching off Wi-Fi when hopping in the car for a drive so you can save battery life. Numerous solutions have cropped up like the use of NFC tags with Tasker or even installation of alternative launchers. If you want something a little more lightweight, XDA forum member j2187 has released TF Profile – Profile Scheduler to Google Play to help automate a variety of chores. Read more