As UAV internet proves too complex, Google shifts the Titan team to Projects Loon and Wing

titan aerospace When Google picked up Titan Aerospace in April 2014, the sky was, as they say, the limit. The high-flying drone producer seemingly had a lot to offer the tech giant, including the potential to expand Project Loon, its balloon-based plan to develop low-cost internet access to remote rural areas. The UAV maker, which was reportedly also being courted by Facebook around the same time, also had… Read More

Google’s Cloud Platform gets a new key management service

Keys for the Key Maker Google is launching a new key management service for its Cloud Platform today that will help enterprises — especially in regulated industries like healthcare and banking — to create, use, rotate and destroy their encryption keys in the cloud. The aptly named Google Cloud Key Management Service (Cloud KMS) is now available as a beta in select countries. Enterprises have… Read More

Google Voice is getting an upgrade

google-voice-android Google’s somewhat aging VoIP calling service, Google Voice, is preparing to roll out a significant update, the company has confirmed. Several Google Voice users this week reported seeing an upgrade link touting “the new Google Voice” on the web version of the service, along with a link that would let them try it out. Clearly, the message was posted too early because the… Read More

A Detroit art museum is leveraging Google Tango for an AR history lesson

image-508copy-of-google_tango_headerphoto_01 For all the hype around augmented reality, Google’s Tango technology hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. In fact, the second handset to support the tech – the ASUS ZenFone AR — was only announced last week at CES. But there’s certainly a chance for Tango to have life beyond the consumer space. The Detroit Institute of Arts is looking to the tech as a way to… Read More

Apple, Facebook and Google top Greenpeace’s clean energy report

apple-green-leaves Apple has again earned the title of greenest tech company in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace. In a new report, “Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet,” Apple lead the pack with an “A” grade and a clean energy index score of 83 percent. Facebook and Google also did… Read More

Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

google-hangouts-api Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API, forwarded to us by one of these devs. Some examples of experiences… Read More

Google buys Sweden’s Limes Audio to boost Hangouts voice quality

google-voice-hangouts2 In a blog post, Google announced that it will purchase Limes Audio, a Swedish company that focuses on improving the quality of voice calls. The 10-year-old company, headquartered in Umeå, Sweden, also has offices in Stockholm and Palo Alto. The acquisition isn’t Google’s first time shopping around in the Swedish startup community. In 2007, Google acquired Swedish communications… Read More

DeepMind’s updated AlphaGo has been secretly savaging pro players online

/ AFP / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images) Pokémon GO might have been the most talked about “Go” game of 2016, but the world of AI remains fixated on another Go — AlphaGo. Last spring, Go-playing AI AlphaGo made headlines when it defeated world champion Lee Sedol. Now AlphaGo is in the news for another reason. DeepMind’s freak of computing has been anonymously vanquishing the world’s top Go players… Read More

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing Google for compensation data

A Google logo and Android statue are seen at the Googleplex in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016.  / AFP / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Google in an attempt to obtain compensation data from the tech giant as part of a routine compliance evaluation. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs asked Google to submit information about the company’s equal opportunity program and practices in September 2015, but Google did not comply, according to the… Read More

Google Calendar integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health to help you stick to your fitness goals

goals-in-google-calendar_visual-tracker With Goals, Google launched a new Google Calendar feature last year that allowed you to easily schedule and track certain goals you set for yourself. Right in time for people to forget their New Year’s resolutions, Google today announced an update to Goals and Google Calendar that allows you to connect Google Fit and Apple Health to the fitness goals you set in Goals. Once you hit… Read More
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