Google and Fidelity invest in SpaceX to spread the internet globally

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It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.

Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.


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Chrome to Mobile and Print to my Phone are both going bye-bye next month

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Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.

Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.


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Google said to be investing major dollars in SpaceX project

spacex-dragon-1600According to a report from The Information, Google is considering a large investment in SpaceX. For those that don’t know, it’s a privately funded company led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that’s set on making advancements in space travel. However instead of investing in the space travel portion of the SpaceX project, Google is apparently looking at helping to “support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globel to billions who don’t have it.” As the report says:


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Google’s working on a feature for Chrome OS that will let you import files from external hard drives

 

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We’ve known for a while now that Google is redesigning the File Manager application within Chrome OS and today some leaked details have appeared online. If a report published by OMG Chrome is anything to go by, it looks like the search engine giant has baked a new ‘Cloud Import’ feature into its latest build of the app.


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New patent reveals why Google invested in Magic Leap

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Back in October, Google invested in a startup called Magic Leap, a company that makes specialized augmented reality hardware. Now a new patent is revealing just what Google saw in this company.

Magic Leap’s new technology is called “cinematic reality” and will offer a 3D experience not offered on any other device. It’s a pair of smart glasses and other than seeing 3D virtual objects and scenery that can be downloaded from the cloud, users will also be able to share the real-life environment around them to another user. Imagine being at a concert, a sporting event, or some other tourist attraction and being able to share exactly what you see with someone else.


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Marriott backtracks under pressure from FCC, Microsoft, Google

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Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.

Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.

In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,

The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

Google’s self-driving car is not familiar with snow

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The technology behind the self-driving car being developed by Google is incredible. And things are starting to look very promising for the project as Google was able to secure various manufacturing partners for a launch targeted in 2020. Right now, there is one rather important roadblock for Google. Its self-driving car is not familiar with snow. The company has yet to figure out a way for its self-driving car to operate successfully (and safely) in snowy conditions. Why is that? The self-driving car has been primarily used in California and, more specifically, Mountain View where it is highly unlikely to snow. A Google employee at the Detroit Auto Show did explain that it is something the company is working on.

Via: Business Insider UK

Motorola Migrate gets updated with Material Design

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Motorola is currently in the midst of pushing out an update for its official Migrate application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t transport much with regards to new features, but it does bring support for contact transfers from non-smartphones and an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Nexus 6 owners try to hold it together amidst new problem with devices

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Reports are starting to trickle out onto the Internet about Nexus 6 devices that are falling apart. Owners are reporting the back covers are coming off of the units although the reason has not yet been identified. In some cases it appears to be a problem with the glue that Motorola used to affix the back covers. However, others are reporting their batteries are swelling to the point they cause the covers to pop off.
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Google rumored to be purchasing Softcard

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Paying for merchandise using your smartphone via Near Field Communication (NFC) is all the buzz these days since Apple Pay was launched. A lot of people in the media gloss over the fact that Google’s Wallet app on Android has given us this capability for quite a while now, though. Despite this oversight in media coverage, one beneficial thing does come out of it: the momentum generated by Apple Pay should help Google with retailers that were initially hesitant in supporting mobile-based payments.

Apple Pay and Google Wallet aren’t the only products on the field, however. One company that is also offering the same NFC payment services is Softcard, formerly branded as Isis Mobile Wallet. (The name change was due to the company not wanting to be even remotely associated with the militant terror organization named ISIS.) Similar to Google Wallet, Softcard has been struggling to make headway in the payment sector, but unlike Wallet, Softcard has lacked the financial backing needed to keep it afloat while it waits for retailers to catch up.

Google, who has not really put a lot of work into making Wallet a bigger game-changer, is rumored to be eyeing Softcard for acquisition in an attempt to bolster Wallet’s weak offering to Android consumers. Softcard does have a few perks in its portfolio, which Google may find appetizing. 
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