Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows

reading newspaper with ostrich If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken. A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored content” post. Of the 8,704 students studied (ranging in age from middle… Read More

Google rolls out Search Trends hub for the Olympics

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 11.37.03 AM With the Olympics well underway, Google is rolling out a new Trends hub to give folks a bit more insight into what people are searching during the global athletics event. The Trends hub will let users view the trends happening around each sport, as well as general search trends like “Where is the Olympic Torch?” Google has already done a great job of organizing information around… Read More

How to listen to, and delete, your Google Now voice history

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 19:  (FRANCE OUT) A general view the Google European headquarters, on April 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images) Google might be eavesdropping more than you had originally imagined, though not on purpose. Since June 2015, Google has been storing personal data on its users on a website, where users only have access to their own information. The feature works a bit like a digital diary, storing web searches, YouTube history, and (you guessed it!) Google Voice Search history. The issue with Voice Search is… Read More

More evidence points toward Android VR unveil at Google I/O

Google Cardboard According to multiple rumors and a newly spotted placeholder on the Google Play Developer Console, it seems that Google will be unveiling an Android VR headset at Google I/O next week. Android Police first spotted the placeholder, which is currently just that — you can’t click into the link like you would be able to with the Android Wear, Android TV, or Android Auto. Last week,… Read More

Google is reportedly making an iOS keyboard with search functionality

Google Search It appears that Google is working on a third-party keyboard for iOS that would allow search functionality directly within the keyboard itself, according to The Verge. Casey Newton reports that the keyboard will have swipe functionality, letting users run their finger from one letter to the next instead of tapping out each individual letter. Apple opened up third-party keyboards in June 2014… Read More

Google Maps For Android Gets Predictive With Driving Mode

San Francisco's historically gay Castro district gets some love from Google You might have noticed that Uber has started to pay attention to your habits. For example, the app often suggests my home address as a destination whenever I request a driver. Google is today rolling out similar functionality across Google Maps for Android. With Driving Mode, first spotted by Android Police, the app will offer addresses for home, work, or recently searched locations as… Read More

Report: SoundCloud Secures $35M In Debt Funding

soundcloud-money SoundCloud has raised 300 million Swedish krona (the equivalent of around $35 million USD) in debt funding with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, according to Swedish news site Digital. The report also indicates that SoundCloud has an option to borrow another 600 million Swedish krona (~ $70 million USD) through convertible bonds. Tennenbaum Capital Partners is an American firm that specializes in… Read More

Vevo Buys Showyou To Take On YouTube In Subscription Content

vevo ios app Vevo, the world’s largest music video platform, has today announced its first acquisition: Showyou, a subscription-based video streaming platform that helps users find video content that might appeal to them. Vevo is a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Google, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media, and offers music videos from major record labels, which are then… Read More

Google Will Shut Down Songza App, Songza.com To Fold Into Google Play Music

google-songza The music wars are afoot, Google is consolidating its weaponry. Beginning today, Songza users will be notified that the Songza website and mobile apps are being fully folded into Google Play Music as of January 31, 2016. Google bought Songza back in July of 2014 for an undisclosed sum and has continued to integrate pieces of the technology into Google Play. With so many Songza features… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google And Microsoft And We’re Back!!!

gadgets151009 Did you miss us? The Gadgets Podcast has been fully interrupted by TC Disrupt and subsequent TC Meetups in various cities, but what is dead may never die. Or, put more simply, we’re back. Today, we’re discussing the latest news out of Google and Microsoft, which includes plenty of hardware: phones, gaming consoles, tablets, and I hear there is even a special new pen. We discuss… Read More
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