How To Fix Tech’s H-1B Problem

some-visas I’m a Canadian who has spent a sizable fraction of his adult life working in the USA, so immigration, especially as it relates to the tech industry, is a pretty personal subject. I was at a Waterloo Engineering alumnus event in San Francisco this week, and, inevitably, the arc of every conversation bent towards immigration, and how Kafkaesque it can be, even for us fortunate Canadians. Read More

Android Wear Gets Speaker Support And New Gestures, Voice Input Options

CaYrvIGUcAAbLok Google launched an update to Android Wear today that brings a couple of new features to the smartwatch platform. Maybe the most interesting of these is Android Wear’s ability to use the speakers that are now inside some of the newest watches. If you own a Huawei Watch or an ASUS ZenWatch 2, for example, you’ll now be able to go full Dick Tracy and make and take calls right from… Read More

Building A Framework For Sustainability

5811265766_bc55eb69f9_b Platforms are what make the technology world go ’round. Great platforms create value for technologists everywhere — be it a technology-specific platform like what Google has newly open-sourced through Tensor Flow, a customer-specific platform development environment like Salesforce or a truly horizontal platform like what Amazon offers through AWS. This value stems from the fact… Read More

Google Expands Its Self-Driving Car Pilot To Kirkland, Wash.

Kirkland Self Driving Lexus Press 2 Google today announced that it is expanding its self-driving car testing program to Kirkland, Washington. So far, Google’s cars have driven 1.4 million miles around the company’s hometown of Mountain View, California and — more recently — in Austin, Texas. “We have strong roots in Kirkland having established an office here a decade ago,” said Jennifer… Read More

Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

adblock-general Earlier this week, Samsung rolled out support for ad blocking in the new version of its web browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser. Third-party developers quickly responded by launching ad-blocking mobile apps that work with the browser. Now those developers are finding their apps are being pulled from the Google Play, and their updates are being declined. The reason? It… Read More

Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 9.55.03 AM Google announced its plans to support podcasts in Google Play last October, and now it appears that the feature is ready to launch. A handful of users are reporting they’re seeing the new Podcasts section pop up in their Google Play Music app’s left-side navigation menu, underneath the section for Top charts, New releases, and their Music Library. This is clearly not a… Read More

Google Turns Its iOS App Into A Game With A New 3D Touch-Enabled Trivia Button

IMG_2812 Google has added a playful feature to its iOS application that lets you kick off a random trivia search – aka, the “I’m Feeling Curious” search feature – just by hard pressing on its app icon. The feature takes advantage of 3D Touch, which means it only works on Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices. After tapping on the “I’m Feeling Curious”… Read More

Gmail Now Has More Than 1B Monthly Active Users

gmail-autocomplete During its earnings call, Google today announced that Gmail now has more than 1 billion monthly active users. That’s up from 900 million the company announced during its I/O developer conference last May and up from 425 million in 2012. With this, Gmail joins six of Google’s other popular projects, including Search, Chrome, Android, Maps, YouTube and Google Play that all also have… Read More

Alphabet’s “Other Bets” Cost It Almost $3.6B Last Year

google-car Alphabet — the company formerly known as Google — reported some pretty good earnings today. For the first time, the company also broke out its revenue and loss from its “other bets” outside of the core products that still make up its Google subsidiary. These other bets generated $448 million in revenue in 2015 but Alphabet’s operating loss for those bets was… Read More

Alphabet Becomes The Most Valuable Public Company In The World

google earnings 3 Today was a huge day for Alphabet — the first day it finally broke out its “other bets” in its earnings report — and boy did the company not disappoint. The company smashed expectations on both ends, bringing in $21.3 billion in revenue and earnings of $8.67 per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of $8.09 on $20.8 billion in revenue. And with that, Alphabet… Read More
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