The next target for Samsung? Your home. The company is reportedly in talks to purchase SmartThings for a deal in the range of $200 million. According to TechCrunch, the deal has yet to be completed but it is very well on its way to being so. Google owns Nest and Apple is launching HomeKit, so it is only right that Samsung gets in on the action. » Read the rest
Since its inception, Google+ has required users to use their real names for their pages. While this slowly opened up overtime, it was only today that Google opened names up completely, allowing users who do not wish to use their real names the option of doing so.
After being in the running for Microsoft’s vacant chief executive officer position and losing out to Satya Nadella, Alan Mulally will be joining Google as a member of its Board of Directors. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon. » Read the rest
It can be a little frustrating when hitting a link from a Google search and the website does not fully work with your device. Most of the time, this is because the website still uses Flash and Android devices no longer play nice with that technology. The outcome is either a blank page or a page that is missing content. Google wants to warn searchers of what is to come with such websites and will have a small note below the link. An example of that note can be seen above.
Source: Google Webmaster Central Blog (Official)
Today, Google announced a new “well-staffed team called Project Zero.” Project Zero aims to put an end to targeted internet attacks such as those criminals or state-sponsored actors that try to infect your computer to steal information or monitor your activities.
Google is hiring the best security researchers who will devote 100% of their time towards improving security with all types of software. Google will also continue its tradition of transparency by filing each and every bug they discover in an external database. Before they become public, they will report the bugs to only the software vendor. After the bug is patched, it will become public.
This sounds like another sound Google project and if you think you might have the expertise to help Google, be sure to contact them because they are hiring now.
source: Google Online Security
Well that didn’t take long.
Just yesterday, former Google X director Babak Parviz announced he was leaving Google to work for Amazon.
Since he’s left, Google has already announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to commercialize Google’s smart contact lens technology, one of Parviz’s main projects.
Google I/O was only 2 full days, but it was jam packed with probably more stuff than any of the previous years. We are all very busy and can’t always find the time to watch the entire keynote or many of the sessions that happened over the course of the 2 days. Well here’s Google to the rescue with a short video highlighting all the important stuff. When I say short, I mean short. We are talking 1 minute and 42 seconds to be exact. I think we can all find that much time, so hit the break to watch the video. And if you need to catch up on any news from Google I/O, click here.
New screen images appear to show Google is hard at work on overhauling the Play Store to incorporate their Material Design from Android L. We have already seen hints of Material in apps like Google+, Docs, and Sheets, so it should be no surprise that Google is working on other apps to be consistent. There is no word on when this may roll out, but Google is probably targeting the new media and graphics heavy interface to be released in time for the Android L official release. » Read the rest
Google has slowly been adding in hints of Material Design into all of their applications, and everyone fully expects every Google app to see a facelift around the time that Android L gets released. We’ve seen a few leaks of some of these apps before, but next on the list is the Play Store itself. » Read the rest
A little worried about what is to come in terms of weather when out and about? MyRadar Weather Radar for Google Glass can help with that. The new Glassware gives users an easy way to see a live forecast without having to take out a physical device and moving through an app. Specifically, it uses a user’s current location rather than having to pick and choose one. So if rain is coming, you can make sure to get some cover in order to protect the very expensive wearable.
To activate the Glassware, you just have to ask it to “Show the weather” and the radar is brought up. Immediately after, the live forecast is displayed. It is animated and shows just how dense the coming storm will be. The MyRadar Weather Radar Glassware is free, but it does not yet work nicely with the mobile app.