Disconnect.Me dispute with Google over Play Store leads to antitrust complaint in Europe

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As Google continues to deal with the European Commission over a variety of claims that the company has become too large and is creating an anticompetitive environment, a new complaint has been lodged by Disconnect Inc., developers of an ad-blocking and privacy app. The crux of the complaint is Google’s decision to ban the Disconnect Mobile app from the Google Play Store. Disconnect is demanding their app be included in the Play Store along with unspecified damages. Read more

Better late than never, Project Ara makes hot appearance at ATAP session

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Earlier today one of the most watched live streams from Google I/O 2015 was for the session on Google’s ATAP unit. Looking forward to some of the cutting edge technology Google is working on, anticipation was high for an appearance by Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. Google did not entirely disappoint as late in the session Google engineer Rafa Camargo brought out the device for a brief demonstration. Read more

Check out our hands-on video of Google’s Project Soli

project_soli_google_io_2015_TAAlongside Project Jacquard, Google introduced Project Soli which is focused around sensors that use radio waves to track your hand movements and gestures, which then relay signals into something that can be used by another piece of technology.

We have a hands on video for you demonstrating how one of Project Soli’s sensors will register your movements and turn them into data that another object can use. Unfortunately, the demo didn’t have an actual usable object to play with, but it does give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what’s going on. There are several monitors set up, all of which react differently and show different data based on how your hand is moving. Read more

See Google’s clothing-based Project Jacquard in action

project_jacquard_google_io_2015_TAInterested in seeing Google’s ambitious Project Jacquard in action? Fortunately, Google had a small demonstration set up at I/O to show off a very simple way that smart clothing can be used, and we’ve got a hands on video for you.

The video demonstrates how simple it is to tap a patch of clothing to play and pause your music, and how the swiping gestures will allow you to skip through songs and adjust the volume on a connected smartphone. Google of course uses a Nexus 6 to show off everything in action, but it works extremely well. Read more