AT&T Gigabit Internet

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

By on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

Much like in real estate, sometimes the price you pay for Internet service simply boils down to location, location, location.

Earlier this week, AT&T rolled out their gigabit Internet service in Cupertino, right in Apple’s backyard. Dubbed AT&T GigaPower, Ma Bell is offering blazing Internet speeds of 1Gbps for $110/month. Of course, if you just so happen to live in an area where Google Fiber is available, AT&T will lower the price to $70/month.

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Google Surgery Robot

The first Google robot worth truly getting excited for

By on March 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

The first Google robot worth truly getting excited for

It’s not a secret that Google is interested in robotics and that’s developing its own robots with technology purchased from no less than eight robotics companies. Various video clips have already shown the advancements made by the company but the search giant has an even more interesting robot in the works that could be a literal life saver. More →

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Google Lawsuit

Millions of Apple users can now sue Google for its Safari hack

By on March 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

Millions of Apple users can now sue Google for its Safari hack

Millions of Apple Safari users in Britain have been given the green light to sue Google amidst proven allegations that the search giant implemented a workaround to bypass Safari security and install tracking cookies on both desktop and iOS versions of Apple’s web browser.

Why? Because over 90% of Google’s ad revenue comes from advertising and they wanted to deliver higher-cost targeted advertising to OS X and iOS users.

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Android Apps Install Malware

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

By on March 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM.

Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware

Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on.

New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports.

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Google Maps Directions

Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of

By on March 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM.

Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of

Google Maps for Android and Google Maps for the iPhone may never have true feature parity. This is due in part to the limitations Apple puts in place on third-party application developers, but Google also seems to reserve some features and design elements solely for users of its own mobile platform.

One such feature was just added to Google Maps on Wednesday evening, and iPhone users should definitely be jealous. More →

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Google Driverless Cars Airbags Patent

Google has an absolutely crazy idea for protecting pedestrians from its driverless cars

By on March 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Google has an absolutely crazy idea for protecting pedestrians from its driverless cars

Google’s driverless cars will definitely make driving safer for people inside cars, but what about pedestrians? Quartz reports that Google has been awarded a patent that details a system for installing airbags on the outside of vehicles to lessen the chances that someone getting struck with a self-driving Google car will suffer severe or fatal injuries. More →

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Android Lollipop Encryption

How to enable one of the best security features in Android Lollipop

By on March 25, 2015 at 1:01 PM.

How to enable one of the best security features in Android Lollipop

One of the best built-in features of Android 5.0 Lollipop focuses on security and privacy, even though it comes with one unwelcome side effect: a hit to overall performance. However, in its most recent Lollipop update, Google has disabled the feature – default device encryption – in order to increase the speed of smartphones and tablets already running Android 5.x.

While that move may please users who aren’t interested in having all their data protected by 128-bit AES encryption (it also definitely pleases the government), other Android users may want to reenable it if privacy and security are concerns. More →

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Material Design Apps

This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find

This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find

By on March 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

There is plenty to like in Google’s latest major Android release, Lollipop. It’s faster, lighter and more battery efficient than ever before. The biggest in-your-face change found in Android 5.0 was the new look of the operating system, which Google calls “Material Design.”

Material Design brings a sleek and sophisticated look to Android, modernizing the user interface and unifying it at the same time. Developers are still hard at work updating their apps to conform to the principles of Material Design, so it’s still a bit difficult to find the best new apps.

At least, it was difficult until now. More →

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Google Maps Engine

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

By on March 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

Even before the advent of Google Maps, folks were using programs like MapQuest to print up directions and figure out the shortest route between any two locations. While it’s easy to take mapping apps for granted these days, there’s some interesting mathematical algorithms at work behind the scenes that make it all possible.

Not many people are aware of this, but the computer algorithm that makes mapping programs so convenient dates all the way back to 1956, when a programmer named Edsger W. Dijkstra needed to come up with a solvable problem as a means to showcase the power of a new ARMAC computer. Dijkstra himself is a bit of a computing legend, having received the Turing Award in 1972.

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Google Gmail Pony Express

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

By on March 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM.

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

As if the United States Postal Service wasn’t already in deep enough water with the countless online innovations making physical mail obsolete, Google’s new service could make paying your bills as easy as having a Gmail account.

Re/code reports that Google is working on a project called Pony Express that will allow users to view and pay their bills straight from their Gmail accounts, without having to visit those awful websites belonging to utility companies and other service providers. More →

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Android Vs Cyanogen

Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control

Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control

By on March 24, 2015 at 1:41 PM.

Ahhhhh! Save yourselves! Google is evil! We hear it time and time again; people erupting with concern over Google’s “evil” policies that play it fast and loose with our privacy. And who complains about Google and its evil policies more frequently and much louder than anyone else? Why, it’s Google’s competitors, of course.

Case in point: A new blog post published by one of Cyanogen’s investors on Monday. More →

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Google Glass Larry Page

Google chairman swears Google Glass is still alive

By on March 23, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Google chairman swears Google Glass is still alive

Google Glass hasn’t exactly been a rousing success. Actually, you might even call it an abysmal failure. While the product undeniably housed incredibly cool and advanced technologies, compelling use cases for the product were never fleshed out. If anything, Google seemed content to just release the product into the wild and leave it to Google Glass explorers to figure out what in the world to do with it.

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