According to a new report, over 50% of advertisement clicks on all devices are accidental. In order to reduce this number, Google has announced that it will improve the click quality of mobile ads by automatically blocking accidental clicks on several occasions.
Still waiting for your invite to join Project Fi? Google has launched a way to check the status of your invite. Most people are seeing 3-4 weeks as the estimated wait for an invite while a few are noticing a longer wait of 4-8 weeks. Google did note that everyone would have an invite by mid-summer. So things actually seem to be on schedule. Even after getting an invite, people will have to decide whether or not spending hundreds of dollars on the Nexus 6 is worth it. Then, and only then, they can try Google’s new wireless service throughout the United States.
You can check your invite’s status by heading over to Project Fi’s signup page.
Google yesterday took to its Android Developers Blog to announce that it would be ending all development and support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse. The search giant plans on focusing its efforts on its own IDE, Android Studio. “This specifically includes the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system,” Google says.
Utilitarianism and deontology.
Two words that many don’t know the meaning behind, yet we’ll have to side with one or the other sooner than later. And the topic? Self-driving cars. Automated vehicles are the world’s next big phenomenon, with Google touting that it’s self-driving vehicles, in years of testing, have only been in 11 minor incidents, which were all mostly due to human error.
That’s a staggering figure. In six years of testing, only a handful of minor accidents? Imagine all of the lives we could save with this self-driving technology. One thing’s for certain, self-driving software is much more attentive to the road than the human eye will ever be.
Google announced yesterday that they are rolling out carousel search results for mobile searches (see image). The new search results pull images from sites like Pinterest, Food Network, Houzz, etc. making it even easier for users to find what they are looking for.
Since last year, Google X research labs has been working on a smart contact lens that would analyze the wearer’s tears and measure glucose levels. This would allow diabetics to keep track of their glucose levels without having to prick their fingers to draw blood for analysis. Read more
For most computer users, developers and all the work they do to write code for apps is invisible, so it should be no surprise that a new tool from Google designed for developers is flying under the radar. The tool is a new code repository call Cloud Source Repositories and is a move by Google to get into the source code repository hosting market where they will be competing against companies like GitHub, Atlassian, Microsoft and Amazon. Read more
Google appears to be ready to drop a new version of Google Drive for Android devices taking the app to version 2.2.233 that includes a few features that users will likely appreciate. In recent updates Google has added support for features like drag and drop support for files and Chromecast support. These latest enhancements may not garner headlines like those changes, but they will make the app a lot easier to use for many people. The new Google Drive app has revised the menu when multiple files are selected to make it easy to download or share them. The update also improves the process used to share a file with collaborators. Read more
This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage bans in the country are unconstitutional. The ruling, which went in favor of same-sex marriage by a 5-4 vote, legalizes same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Joining the nationwide celebration, ironically during LGBT Pride Month, is Google. The company launched its #andproud campaign just last week and now it has released a new video on the heel’s of the monumental decision. The #ProudToLove video highlights various people being open with who they are.
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A new massive benchmark from Tom’s Guide has put six of the best performing smartphones on the market against each other to see which phone came out on top in a variety of situations. The tests measured everything from real-life performance and tasks you’d typically do on your smartphone every day, to gaming and other benchmarks. The test measured the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and Apple iPhone 6, so there’s a very wide variety of hardware here. Read more