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

Apple Loses ‘Swipe To Unlock’ Patent In German Court

keep-calm-and-swipe-to-unlock-25 Apple has lost a challenge in the German court system that sought to overturn an earlier ruling, which voided its patent for ‘swipe to unlock’ in Europe. The patent (EP1964022) was granted back in 2010 and was used to win an injunction against Motorola smartphones (back when Moto was owned by Google) in 2012. Motorola has since appealed the injunction, with a decision dependent… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O

gadgets150529 Google I/O blasted us in the face with news, mostly around the new and improved Android M. Greg was live at the Moscone Center in San Francisco the whole time and reported back to John and I (stuck in New York) as Matt continued the struggle with his microphone. Google Now on Tap, which reads the text on the screen and taps Google Now for relevant info, has Greg jazzed, as does… Read More

Google Adds Traffic Alerts To Maps

traffic Just in time for the hustle-and-bustle of Memorial Day Weekend, Google has added traffic alerts to Google Maps. Google has shown traffic conditions for a while now, but this update actually brings with it explanations as to why various routes will be faster, alerts for a blockage or traffic jam up ahead, and of course, alternate routes to each destination. If/When a traffic jam pops up… Read More

Giphy Makes Email Slightly Less Horrendous With Giphy For Gmail Extension

sunday-funday-desktop-3 We can all agree that email is the worst thing that’s ever happened to any of us. Sure, it made the postal service obsolete and it speeds up the rate of textual transmission by a factor of 200,000 or so, but that doesn’t mean that most of us aren’t drowning in promotions and newsletters. But there is hope. Friends: Giphy, the GIF search-and-share service we all know and love,… Read More
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