Google Denies Motor Trend’s Claim That Android Auto Collects Key Automotive Data

Ecran_d'accueil_Android_Auto Android Auto does not phone key automotive data back home, Google says. This comes after Motor Trend stated Porsche opted to not include Android Auto in the new 991/2 as Google’s system collects and transmits back to Google information such as vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temp, engine revs. Google’s official statement: Steering this story straight – we… Read More

Google Lets You Translate Text In 90 Languages Within Android Apps Like LinkedIn And WhatsApp

google translate With the release of Android’s latest operating system, Marshmallow, tons of new functionality is going to be introduced over the next few weeks. One of the more interesting new features rolling out now is the ability to translate text within popular Android apps like WhatsApp. That’s pretty huge if you only speak English and your friend only speaks Russian, for example. Google… Read More

Google’s Domain Registrar Expands, Now Works With Google Apps

google-domains Google is today expanding its efforts with its newer domain registry service, Google Domains, announced earlier this year. The service, which represents Google’s initial foray into selling website addresses itself, competes with those from NameCheap, GoDaddy and others, by offering individuals and businesses in the U.S. an easy way to grab your own web address, while also integrating… Read More

Report: Google Invests In Wall Street Messaging Tool Symphony

security globe Google has participated in a new round of funding for Symphony Communication Services, valuing the company at $650 million, reports Dow Jones. The deal is expected to close this week. Launched last year, the Palo Alto-based messaging service has previously received financing from Wall Street giants including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BlackRock. Symphony hopes its… Read More

Russia’s Regulators: Google Has Until November 18th To Play Fair

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 11.32.59 AM Early last month, Russia’s FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service) stated that Google had violated Russian competition rules with its stock apps in Android. The folks complaining happen to be Google’s biggest competition in Russia…Yandex. Today, the FAS announced that Google has until November 18th “to eliminate the violation of the law on protection of competition in terms… Read More

Google Starts Rolling Out Android Marshmallow To Nexus Devices

marshmallow Last week, Google promised it would release Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of its mobile operating system, to Nexus devices sometime this week. As the company announced this morning, the rollout is now in progress, so if you own a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) or a Nexus Player, you can expect to see your update notification in the near future. Read More

Automatically Animate GIFs In Your Google Image Search Results

chip Even though I’m a huge Giphy fan, I still use Google Image search a lot to find fun imagery…especially animated GIFs. The problem with using Google search for this is that the results aren’t animated. Static as the day is long. Womp Womp. First world problems, but you have to click on each result to see the animation and it’s never guaranteed that what you click on… Read More

Google Officially Becomes Alphabet

Google Alphabet blocks Well, it happened. Google is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of a new parent company called Alphabet. The company announced its plans for a new corporate structure back in August. Google itself will continue to exist under the leadership of CEO Sundar Pichai, while Alphabet serves as “a collection of companies” led by CEO Larry Page. Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

TC-weekly-roundup1 It was a big week in tech news, with Google’s massive hardware event, a major announcement from Tesla, and a huge discovery from NASA. These are the stories to catch you up on everything tech this week. 1. Google held an event in San Francisco to announce a few new products. In particular, the company unveiled two new flagship Nexus phones — the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. We… Read More

Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

YouTube Kids Screenshot YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling… Read More
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