As 2014 nears its end and the new year approaches, it is very clear that 2015 will be filled with headlines involving drones. Everyone from the government to technology companies are utilizing them (for different reasons). According to a request for permission sent to the FCC, Google would like to use drones to bring internet access to remote areas that would not otherwise have a connection.
The request submitted by Google is specifically to start testing its drones on October 6, 2014. The location for the testing would be outside of Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico in an unincorporated community. It will be transmitting at 910MHz to 927MHz and 2.4GHz to 2.414GHz. Some of this is to be used by a more sophisticated 911 location service, but Google is noting that that service is not yet live.
And, like Amazon, Google is working with drones for a future delivery service.
Source: FCC [PDF Download Link]
Via: Ars Technica
One of the biggest surprises of Google I/O 2014 was the company’s cardboard virtual reality headset. Google Cardboard is a very inexpensive, do-it-yourself option to have a virtual reality experience. The device was given away to I/O attendees and has not been put into Google Play for availability to everyone. Luckily, there is a kit on TinyDeal that has everything you need to have your own Google Cardboard headset. The cost? A whopping $2.99 with free shipping.
This kit is compatible with the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy S 4, Moto X, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus.
Via: Android Authority
A new report from The Information claims several changes have occurred inside Google’s walls involving the Android@Home project. That project has been trying to put together a marketable consumer entertainment device, rather unsuccessfully thus far. The closest the team got was the Nexus Q, which was scuttled after negative reviews. The most recent effort was a Nexus TV, also known as the ADT-1 Android TV developer reference platform.
We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
As Google’s official announcement of Android One smartphones in India starts to sink in, more details about the three devices unveiled today are beginning to surface. The devices initially revealed for the Android One program include units from Spice, Karbonn and Micromax. Consistent with the Android One minimum specificiations, all of the devices have 4GB of internal storage space which can be expanded with a microSD card. A review of the Spice and Karbonn smartphones reveals a microSD card is required for users to access their camera, download content or take screenshots.
Google introduced Android One at Google I/O and told us to expect the launch soon. Today is that day. Android One is an initiative that will bring high quality smartphones to as many people as possible. 1.75 people around the world own a smartphone, which is a lot, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There are still 5 billion more people on this earth, and Android One gives those people an opportunity to join the revolution.
Spend any time on the web’s social networks and you are bound to run across a poll. While some polls probably have some legitimate value in being asked, a frequent strategy for companies is to use polls to drive traffic to their content. Of course, Polar would like for you to think their service is all about “the simple idea that everyone has an opinion worth hearing.” Wherever their value lies, Google wants a piece of it as the company has been acquired by the search giant.
As Google continues to deal with the fallout from the posting of Gmail account information on a Russian forum, Google has added a new Security tab for Google accounts to help make it a little easier for users to update and maintain their security settings. It is likely a coincidence that this change has occurred on the heels of yesterday’s events, which Google says is not as bad as initially reported. However, it could be in response to what happened as Google would be a company that has the resources to throw at the issue and rollout a change quickly.
Yesterday the big news about Google’s Hangouts app was that Google Voice was finally being merged into the platform. As that update continues to rollout to users, Google has announced some other improvements to the Hangouts platform for communication. Perhaps the biggest change is that users accessing Hangouts using the iOS or Android app can now participate in video calls without a Google+ profile. The ability to do this first appeared in July when Google added this to the web-based Hangouts interface.
Just yesterday we reported that roughly 5 million Gmail username and passwords were leaked on the web, which sounds like a pretty terrifying thing to happen. Google has released a statement today to clear things up, though, and it looks like things aren’t as bad as they first appeared.
Google claims that less than 2% of the leaked username/password combos would have actually worked, which is only about 100,000 accounts. On top of that, Google’s security measures likely would have blocked most of those attempted log-ins anyway. On top of that, Google has prompted affected users to reset their passwords, so if you were one of the few to be affected, Google has already given you a heads up.