Google Wireless Carrier Report

Google is going to sell wireless data plans ‘directly’ to consumers

By on January 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Google is going to sell wireless data plans ‘directly’ to consumers

We’ve heard rumors about Google getting into the wireless carrier business for a while now but now it looks like the search giant is finally getting ready to pull the trigger. The Information has a huge scoop where it reports that Google is going to sell its own wireless voice and data plans “directly” to consumers. More →

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Google SpaceX $1 Billion Investment

It’s official: Google invests $1 billion into SpaceX

By on January 20, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

It’s official: Google invests $1 billion into SpaceX

It’s a perfect partnership between two companies who love their “moonshots.” SpaceX on Tuesday announced that it’s received $1 billion in funding from new investors Google and Fidelity that will go toward “to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.” More →

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Google Acquisitions

The 10 most expensive acquisitions Google has ever made

By on January 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

The 10 most expensive acquisitions Google has ever made

Google’s massive annual revenues are achieved thanks largely to its advertising network, but did you know the key acquisition the company made to build the network it runs today was only its third-largest acquisition? Did you know that YouTube, the biggest video network on the planet and the second most trafficked website in the world (behind google.com), was only Google’s fourth most expensive deal?

The Mountain View, California-based company has a long history of spending huge sums of money on big forward-looking bets. Some of those bets pay off in a huge way, obviously, while others never really end up panning out. Let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest acquisitions Google has ever made. More →

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Google SpaceX Satellite Internet

Google to reportedly team with SpaceX to create a global satellite Internet service

By on January 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Google to reportedly team with SpaceX to create a global satellite Internet service

Both Google and SpaceX are companies known for taking on huge projects that seem to come out of science fiction. Because of this, it’s all too appropriate that the companies will reportedly team up on a hugely ambitious project that could vastly expand access to the Internet across the world. More →

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Android Device Manager Guide

How to easily secure your Android phone and get it back if it’s stolen

By on January 19, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

How to easily secure your Android phone and get it back if it’s stolen

There aren’t many instances in the modern world more terrifying than realizing you are no longer in possession of your cell phone. You can have your friends try to call it, you can retrace your steps, but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t figure out where it went.

But before you start to panic, you remember that you were smart enough to set up Android Device Manager before you left the house. More →

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Google Glass Review

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Daily Show’ destroys Google Glass

By on January 19, 2015 at 11:25 AM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Daily Show’ destroys Google Glass

Google Glass is indeed no iPad. The device that many touted as the wearable computer of the future has hit a rough patch as Google finally comes to terms with the fact that people aren’t going to pay $1,500 for a ridiculous looking wearable that sits on your face. As I said back in 2013, Google Glass is not the future — but… it may indeed help steer consumer electronics companies toward less abrasive devices that could proliferate in the future.

That, of course, remains to be seen. In the meantime, Google Glass is still pretty fun to laugh at. More →

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Google Search Tips And Tricks Music

Music fans will absolutely love Google’s latest search trick

By on January 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Music fans will absolutely love Google’s latest search trick

If you’re someone who goes to live music shows frequently, you’re going to love what Google is doing. 9to5Google notices that Google has started adding direct links to Ticketmaster sales pages when you search for bands and venues. This means that if you search for your favorite artist on Google and they’re playing nearby in the near future, Google will give you an easy way to buy their tickets with a minimal number of clicks. More →

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Gmail Security Settings

How to protect your data by making Gmail as secure as possible

By on January 16, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

How to protect your data by making Gmail as secure as possible

Millions upon millions of people around the world rely on Gmail for their email needs, and Google’s free service is indeed one of the most feature-rich out there. For obvious reasons, Google encourages users to keep anything and everything they receive in Gmail using its archive system; the more emails you save for Google to refer to and analyze, the better the company’s advertising profile will be for you.

With all of that data from years worth of emails sitting in your Gmail account, it stands to reason that you’d want to ensure that all of those emails are as secure as possible. But what’s the best way to make sure all of those messages are safe and sound? More →

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Google Chrome Private Mode

Google’s latest invention is fantastic – and a little scary

By on January 15, 2015 at 12:49 PM.

Google’s latest invention is fantastic – and a little scary

Google on Tuesday was granted an interesting new patent that describes a highly advanced piece of Internet browsing technology that might also be a bit scary to some extent, as it only proves how powerful the company’s artificial intelligence will become. More →

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Google Maps Directions

Google Maps was just updated – here are 5 new features you have to check out

Google Maps was just updated – here are 5 new features you have to check out

By on January 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Google Maps is one of the most popular mobile apps on the planet. Millions upon millions of people around the world rely on the app to help them discover new places, and of course to guide them to those new places. As a result, each new Google Maps update released by Google instantly impacts millions of people — mostly for the better, but sometimes Google’s changes in Maps cause more aggravation than they’re worth.

On Wednesday evening, Google released new updates for its Google Maps apps on Android and on the iPhone. And thankfully, this is a case where all of the updates bring nifty new features and there are no big design changes that might cause people headaches. More →

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Project Ara Spiral 2 Specs and Release Date

Spiral 2 is the first modular smartphone you’ll be able to buy

By on January 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Spiral 2 is the first modular smartphone you’ll be able to buy

Google on Wednesday unveiled more details about its modular smartphone plans at the Project Ara Developers Conference, announcing the first such handset that interested fans are going to be able to buy. Set to debut in Puerto Rico later this year, where Google will conduct its first market test, the first Project Ara phone will not be the high-end Android handset you may have been fantasizing about. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering that Project Ara is a modular smartphone, which you should be able to turn into a flagship-like handset in no time, assuming certain modules will become immediately available for purchase. More →

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Google Project Ara Photos

Check out these new photos of Google’s crazy experimental smartphone

By on January 14, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Check out these new photos of Google’s crazy experimental smartphone

Google kicked off a big developer’s conference on Wednesday for Project Ara, its experimental smartphone project that could allow for the creation of fully modular phones. Droid Life notes that as part of its opening keynote on Wednesday, Google “unveiled a massive gallery of the updated Ara skeleton with modules and other customizations to show the potential as we get closer to availability.” Below you’ll find a few of these new pictures showing off Google’s crazy experimental smartphone. More →

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