Earlier this year, YouTube started to take significant flak in the form of a protest called “Where’s The Fair Use?” The movement started in response to what critics say is a broken copyright challenge system implemented by YouTube called Content ID that fails to recognize legitimate uses of copyright material. YouTube finally acknowledged that they indeed had a problem on their hands and promised to work on addressing the issues. A new step has been taken in that process with YouTube’s announcement that they are going to modify their systems so that revenues will continue to accrue while videos are in the dispute process. Read more
Just recently we heard that HTC would be in charge of the next wave of Nexus smartphones. One of the two handsets rumored may be a successor to last year’s Nexus 6P made by Huawei.
Last fall The New York Times and Google partnered to distribute Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers to subscribers so they could view a new virtual reality film called The Displaced. With a new title – Seeking Pluto’s Frigid Heart – ready to rollout on The New York Times web site and with the success of the previous partnership, the company decided to take another go at distributing Cardboard devices. 300,000 devices will be distributed to the NYT’s “most loyal digital subscribers.” Read more
In the continuing moves by Lenovo to shed the Motorola name from their branding portfolio, we saw the company part ways with president Rick Osterloh last month. Fans of the former president of Motorola will be pleased by news that Google brought Osterloh back into the fold to head up a new division managing hardware lines. Read more
It’s about that time of year for Nexus rumors to pick up, and we’re all still not-so-secretly hoping that HTC will take over this year. A new leak from Evan Blass seems to confirm this, as he’s leaked that there are two devices being developed for Android N that are both HTC manufactured. Read more
If you thought the most recent Google Calendar update had it all, you were wrong! Google has updated its Calendar application yet again for Android users.
Google surprised us all today with the release of MODE bands for Android Wear watches.
Have you been anxiously awaiting for the ability to run Android apps on Chrome OS? Well, that might not be too far out, as a user on Reddit stumbled across something that indicates that Play Store and Play Services integration is on its way for Chrome OS.
One of the best and worst things about Google employees is that they tend to spin off and create their own startups. It’s great for innovation and competition, but it’s bad for Google since it causes them to lose talent. Google’s solution? Allow those employees to chase startups under Google’s corporate umbrella. Read more
Google launched native fingerprint support on Android 6.0 with its fingerprint API. Bank of America has now jumped on board and taken advantage of it allowing sign-in with fingerprint in its Android app.