While Amazon was shooting its mouth off about drones that can deliver packages, Google was quietly acquiring several technology companies in a bid to create a new generation of robots.
Google Glass: we can’t wait to see it. But, we also can’t wait to see how it might fail. The thought of communicating with a device strapped to our faces, whilst still appearing to be immersed in the real world just seems to weird.
In what is no doubt some sort of elaborate marketing ploy for the new Hobbit movie, Google is allowing us to fly through Middle Earth using Google Earth technology.
A man from San Francisco claims that a Google Maps satellite image near some train tracks shows the body of his teenage son – who was murdered in 2009.
There is hot competition out there for the first company who can successfully replace the physical wallet with a completely digital version. Google and Apple are the main contenders, but a small start-up may be inching ahead, with this amazing new piece of tech.
A week ago we covered a story about Google pulling its advertising from The Pro Afrikaans Action Group (Praag),and how the site may well go to ruin now that it cannot generate any advertising revenue. You might remember them as the organisers of Red October.
The whole point of online tech companies monitoring us is to try and get an idea of what we’re doing in real life. Thankfully, up until now they could only use our online footprints to try figure out what we were doing in reality. Now, though, Google is telling advertisers that they have a way of tracking us in real life, all the time.
Last week we published a story about the mysterious ‘Google Barges’ that had popped up in the harbours of Portland, Maine and San Francisco – and caused mass hysteria as people attempted to guess what they were for. Some suspected a secret water-borne data centre, or a marketing platform, but Google has dispelled any myths with a recent statement.
Being a consumer is great when you have two heavyweight tech brands fighting to the death for your money. The competition between Google and Apple is heating up – and that is totally fine by us. In response to Apple’s launch of the iPad Air and OS X Mavericks, Google released the new Nexus 5 phone, as well as their new Android operating system. But they didn’t stop there.
It’s everyone’s dream job to work at Google, isn’t it? It’s one of the most forward-thinking corporations on earth – the pay is great, the benefits are out of this world, and the working environment is unparalleled anywhere else. Take the Swiss office, for example, where employees spend their days working inside old ski-lifts, and can take a breather in an aquarium equipped with reclining seats. So what’s the downside?
There have been sightings of four mysterious ‘barges’ floating in the San Francisco bay area. Journalists and coast guards have gone to extra lengths to find out precisely what these things are, and to whom they belong. Sadly, they’ve managed to find out nothing, except for the fact that they belong to Google, and that the internet-giant is using them for some sort of secret project.
Ever doubted that Google Glass would take off properly? One of those people who dismiss it as futuristic brouhaha? Be prepared to eat your words. Google Glasses are already out there, being worn and tested by an elite group of ‘chosen ones’ or ‘Glass Explorers’. Google has already had feedback from developers, and released a hardware upgrade for the product – and now they’re upping the stakes with an online accessory store.
In a response to Apple’s launch of iOS 7, Google has come out with their very own revolutionary new mobile software update – the 4.4 KitKat. Android users will be happy to know that Google hasn’t made as stark of a change as Apple did with the new iOS, but they have made enough of a change to make the software look, feel and perform better.
Google, while subtly taking over the world, have always fought the good fight in terms of free access to information and connectivity. On Monday, Google will kick-off a few new methods that they hope might level the playing fields, and help those under oppressive regimes sidestep oppression and censorship.
Oh, so you thought your name, face and fact that you “liked” the coffee at that place down the road was personal, private information? Sorry to say but, you’re wrong. At least in Google’s eyes that is…
Google wants to make your life easier. As of yesterday Google launched their Google Wallet app for iPhone. The app allows you to send money to friends and store credit cards, debit cards, loyalty program cards and coupon-style offers. This is definitely a solution the next time you go out for dinner with your friends
Google has always prided itself on trying for the extraordinary. Having succesfully mapped a massive chunk of the world above sea level with driven vehicles, they’ve turned their attention to the oceans. When they aren’t photographing the Great Barrier Reef or translating the web into 64 different languages, they’re trying to make you immortal. Meet project Calico.
Check out these art installations by an Italian artist in New York City who is bringing Google Street View to life through his project called ‘Street Ghosts.’ He scours Google Street View until he finds an interesting looking person (Google blurs out the faces of people captured by their cameras) then he prints out a life sized photo and paints it on to the side of a building where that person was spotted.
Google Street View has captured some weird and wonderful moments around the world. Its taken us to the Galapagos Islands, under the sea and along the Tour de France. Now, Google Street View has helped save a stray dog.
Google Street View is making it harder and harder for us to find reasons to leave the house. This week marks the 178th anniversary of Darwin discovering the Galápagos Islands, and Google has launched an amazing 360 degree tour of one of the most biodiverse archipelagos on Earth.
Guess what? There’s drama in Google land. The company’s co-founder, Sergey Brin – the one who you always see with a pair of Google Glass glasses on – is having intimate relations with the 26-year-old Google Glass marketing manager, Amanda Rosenberg.
Rosenberg was recently romantically connected to Hugo Barra, another top Googler, who coincidentally no longer works for the company. Interesting.
According to a report, a group of 20 villagers from Sa-eab, in Northern Thailand, blocked one of the Street View cars, interrogated the driver, and demanded he swear on a statue of Buddha that he wasn’t up to no good.
China buying up SA newspapers. NUM won’t be at the Marikana commemoration. Obama condemns Egypt violence. Teachers ‘duck and dive’ bullets in Cape Town. Agliotti to take on SARS. Google/Microsoft war. Weekend sports multiple for you to cash in.
Aa new study by Domo and CEO.com determining Fortune 500 CEO’s presence on social media platforms; LinkeIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook has released these results.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been getting up to some interesting things on Instagram. So what is Schmidt getting up to on the photo sharing platform?
If you are still catching up with the times you may not be aware, but in the world of smartphones, the major players are Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone. Users of either brand enjoy playing “my phone is better than yours”.