Google’s New Nexus Player Talks A Big Game But Isn’t A Winner Yet

2014-11-03 11.53.33 I’m addicted to TV. Well, screens in general, but TV definitely takes a close third behind my laptop, which hangs out behind my iPhone. So, when it comes time to review a new media player, my hand goes up like a rocket. I’ve tried ‘em all, from Boxee to Apple TV to the Fire TV to my current set top box of choice, the Roku. Despite the fact that I currently only have one TV,… Read More

Hands On With The Motorola Droid Turbo From Verizon

DROID Turbo Ballistic Nylon Apps The latest Droid device is fully unveiled, and it’s truly a beast of a device. The most prominent and highlighted feature of the phone, it’s ability to charge quickly and last for up to 48 hours, is hard to test properly in a matter of hours. However, the look, feel, and general build of the device is already making an impression on me. Read More

Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

skybox On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity, according to the official blog post. The program launches today in beta with a small group of partners. Read More

Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

inbox-feature On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50. Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to totally replace the way you used to deal with your email. It was released as a… Read More

Google Updates Play Music With Songza-Style Functionality

google-play-songza For the first time since acquiring Songza this summer, Google is integrating the technology into its Google Play Music service. The updated service gives you access to expertly curated playlists based around date, time, weather, and what Google thinks you might be up to. Read More

Google Buys Songza

google-songza Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout. Songza uses information about the user and context to determine the best playlists for you at any given time, all of which are curated by music experts (DJs, Rolling Stones writers, etc.). Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google I/O, GoPro IPO, And Aereo

gadgets140627 It was a big week for gadgets, with GoPro’s public offering, Aereo losing in the Supreme Court, and Google holding its annual I/O Developer conference. Read More

Google Invests $50 Million In “Made With Code” Program To Get Girls Excited About CS

Screenshot 2014-06-22 15.12.01 This week, Google launched a new initiative called Made With Code, aimed at getting young women excited about learning to code and close the gender gap in the tech industry. The idea behind it is to show young girls that the things they love, from apps on their smartphones to their favorite movies are made with code, and they can apply the skills they learn to their own individual passions. Read More

Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

maps The Transportation Department is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year. This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to enforce a set of rules for navigation apps on smartphones, which many drivers… Read More

Conan Shows Us A World Where Google’s Self Driving Car “Has A Few Bugs”

Screenshot 2014-06-04 11.00.12 Last week, Google showed off the prototype for its self-driving cars. Designed from scratch, the little bug-like vehicles look like gumdrops on wheels (and they even have little faces,) inviting us into a relatively uncertain future where technology and a set of sensors literally take the wheel. Some are stoked about it. Others are more skeptical. Conan O’Brien, ever the jokester, seems… Read More
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