Google Launches Handwriting Input For Text And Emoji On Android

google_handwriting Google Research today launched its latest project: Google Handwriting Input. Besides their voice and favorite keyboards, Android users using Android 4.0.3 and up can now also simply use good old-fashioned handwriting to input text into any Android app. Read More

The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions

TableSplash Recent news of Pinterest acquiring a two-person startup was probably a head scratcher for most of you. It shouldn’t be. Along with Kosei, Hike Labs was a focusedmicro acquisition intended to bolster Pinterest’s content discovery efforts. More companies should be following their lead. Read More

Europe’s Antitrust Chief Confirms Google Shopping Objections, Launches Formal Android Probe

EU Competition Commissioner As widely expected, Europe’s antitrust chief, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, has issued a formal Statement of Objections (SO) regarding the operation of Google’s shopping search comparison service — marking both the latest step in a five-year long antitrust investigation, and an escalation of European anti-competition action against Mountain View. Read More

Internal Google Memo Responds To EU Antitrust Objections

William Echikson Following reports about the European Union preparing to file formal charges against Google in its ongoing antitrust investigation, Google General Counsel Kent Walker has issued an internal memo to all employees. TechCrunch obtained the memo and it is reproduced in its entirety below. In the letter, the counsel also notes that the EU is likely to open an investigation into its mobile… Read More

Movidius Raises $40M To Bring Computer VisionTo Mobile Devices

482562125 Movidius, the company that makes the vision processor that powers Google’s Tango tablet, today announced that it has raised a $40 million funding round led by Summit Bridge Capital — a collaboration between Atlantic Bridge Capital and WestSummit Capital. This marks one of the largest funding rounds in a fabless semiconductor company in recent years. New investors in this round… Read More

Are The Fortune 500 Ready For Mobile Search?

2561885967_ace74d2a6a_o On April 21 Google will be making significant changes to its mobile search algorithm to promote sites that the search giant feels are mobile friendly (aka #Mobilegeddon). Mobile friendly sites render different layouts depending on the size of the browser screen, and as mobile penetration rates prove, with more people accessing the web through mobile devices, the decision makes sense. Read More

Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2 Launches In U.K. On 21st April, Pricing Starts At £799

pixel_up_top It was already known that Google’s second-generation Chromebook Pixel, the new version of its flagship laptop running Chrome OS, was to launch in the U.K. next after debuting in the U.S. last month. However, Mountain View has now confirmed an official launch date and pricing. Read More

Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Critical Reviews From Google Maps

japan flag There’s troubling news in Japan today, after Google was forced to remove two critical customer reviews from its Google Maps service. Read More

Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

cyclonepam When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country. Yet for a storm significantly stronger than Hurricane Katrina, Cyclone Pam resulted in a relatively low number of casualties. Early warnings helped save scores of… Read More

Google’s Online Art Museum Adds 3D Scans

2015-04-09_0908 The Google Cultural Institute offers an impressive online library of art from museums from all over the world. While the project’s website has long featured the ability to use Street View to browse museums, all of the actual art, including statues, was only represented through high-resolution photographs. Starting today, however, Google will also feature almost 300 3D scans of objects… Read More
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