Google’s latest transparency report shows record government data requests

FILE - This Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, shows a sign outside Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google unveils its vision for phones, cars, virtual reality and more during its annual conference for software developers, beginning Wednesday, May 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Google saw a record number of data requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide during the second half of 2015 as the request total passed the 40,000 mark for the first time. That’s up from 35,365 in the first half of the year and 30,140 one year previous, according to the tech giant’s latest transparency report. Read More

Google launches the final Android Nougat Developer Preview

android-phone-shutterstock Google today released the fifth and last preview Android Nougat before the scheduled final release later this summer. According to the company, this preview includes the latest version of the Android Nougat emulator to do apps final testing, the final N APIs, and latest system behaviors and UI, and the latest bug fixes and optimizations across the system and pre-installed apps. As far as… Read More

Google launches voter registration assistance in its search results

vote-button-mobile Google today is rolling out a new search feature that will help U.S. users learn how they can register to vote, according to their state’s requirements. When people search for “register to vote” on Google, the search engine will now display detailed guidelines, voting requirements, as well as information on how to register online, by mail and in person, as applicable. The… Read More

Pat launches private beta to help AI understand what you say

Abstract watercolour painted speech bubbles in yellow orange pink blue and green. How many times have you wanted to throw your phone out the window of your car because Siri couldn’t understand the most basic phrases? Call Cheryl, no Vyshakh. Siri calls Cheryl anyway. Then a 20-minute argument develops with a series of “Hey Siri” commands followed by a string of unwanted Google searches and maybe even an iTunes song. I personally gave Siri a British accent… Read More

Microsoft announces professional degree program to fill the skills gap

microsoft Microsoft wants more data scientists in the job market. But some young people need to acquire their knowledge starting completely anew, while mid-career professionals need to build on their previous experience. To plug the skills gap for both categories, Microsoft launched a series of classes in data science through edX.org, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard… Read More

Google under fire again from Europe’s antitrust regulator over AdSense, comparison shopping

DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 19:  (FRANCE OUT) A general view outside the Google European headquarters, on April 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images) After years of battles in Brussels and beyond, search giant Google has come under yet more fire from antitrust regulators in Europe concerned about the its dominance in online advertising. Today, the European Commission announced that it has sent further Statements of Objections to the company, accusing it of abusing its dominant position in search in areas like comparison shopping services… Read More

Android Pay launches in Australia

AU_AndroidPay_Blogpost Google is continuing the expansion of Android Pay in Asia Pacific after the mobile payments service went live in Australia today, its most significant launch in the region to date. Read More

Google aqui-hires deep search engine Kifi to enhance its Spaces group chat app

spaces google Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps. The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi, a startup that was building extensions to collect and search links shared in social apps, as well as provide recommendations for further links — such as this tool, Kifi for Twitter. Terms of the deal are not… Read More

Google unveils new features for shopping ads and hotel search

Radios? We don't need no stinking radios. Google is giving more tools to retail and travel businesses hoping to promote themselves through search results and ads. These new features were announced at a New York City press event this morning, and then outlined in an AdWords blog post. On the retail side, changes include a new Showcase Shopping ad format. The company says those ads are designed for broader shopping search terms like… Read More

Google’s Project Fi subscribers now get high-speed wireless data when traveling internationally

Nexus 5X smartphone, co-developed by LG Electronics Inc. and Google Inc., and manufactured by LG Electronics, sit on display at the NTT Docomo Inc. unveiling in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Docomo, Japans largest mobile-phone carrier by subscribers, introduced 10 smartphone models today. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Google’s Project Fi wireless service has long allowed its subscribers to take their phones to more than 135 countries without having to worry about getting a huge bill for international data usage. That’s because international data is simply included in the company’s plans without a surcharge. Until now, though, you would only get 2G speeds when traveling abroad, but… Read More
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