Google Fiat Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

This is Google’s first self-driving minivan, but you can’t buy one yet

By on May 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

This is Google’s first self-driving minivan, but you can’t buy one yet

Google on Tuesday confirmed what a couple of recent reports revealed: it’s taking its self-driving cars project to the next level. Google isn’t manufacturing brand new vehicles on its own. Instead, the company partnered with Fiat Chrysler, which committed to making 100 2017 Pacifica minivans equipped with self-driving technology.

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Tesla Autopilot Self-Driving Cars Sex

Warning: Sex and Tesla Autopilot do not mix

By on May 3, 2016 at 2:28 PM.

Warning: Sex and Tesla Autopilot do not mix

Once self-driving cars take over, you’ll be able to do plenty of other things while sitting behind the wheel and waiting to get to your destination. You could sleep, work, watch TV, and plenty more. However, one Canadian expert is concerned about one other distraction when driving in semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars: Sex behind the wheel. More →

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YouTube Material Design

How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches

How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches

By on May 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM.

When Google redesigned the Android interface using its new “Material Design” guidelines, users were ecstatic. It’s not that Android’s old design was particularly bad, but the new and improved look of Android was sleek and modern. In fact, Material Design arguably made Android the best-looking mobile platform in the world.

After Android got its big makeover, other Google sites and services began to enjoy redesigns using the same Material look and feel. But after all this time, one of Google’s most popular sites — YouTube — has yet to get its Material makeover… until now.

Google is testing a fantastic new design for the YouTube website and it should be released at some point in the coming weeks. You don’t have to wait another minute to check out YouTube’s new design though, and we’ll tell you how in this post. More →

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Google Search Results

Google is testing a wild new feature that allows brands to take over search results

By on April 29, 2016 at 4:45 PM.

Google is testing a wild new feature that allows brands to take over search results

In an effort to further bolster its already successful advertising business, Google is currently experimenting with a new initiative that promises to give companies and marketers unprecedented control the search results stemming from specific queries. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s new program “allows marketers, media companies, politicians and other organizations [to] publish content directly to Google and have it appear instantly in search results.”

In one example of the new advertising feature in action, ABC yesterday paid Google for the right to effectively take over the search results page when a user typed in “Jimmy Kimmel.” In that scenario, a normal page of search results was replaced with an ABC created “carousel” that featured handpicked posts and videos that users could browse through. At this point it remains unclear if the promotion appeared before every user who typed in the query or if ABC was perhaps able to target certain geographic locations or even demographics.

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Google Patents Eyeball Device

Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

By on April 29, 2016 at 3:17 PM.

Google just patented a crazy device it wants to inject into your eyeball

We may be accustomed to seeing high-tech companies file patents for out-there concepts and technologies, but a new patent from Google takes the cake. Originally spotted by Forbes, Google earlier this month filed a patent which describes a method of injecting a device into a person’s eyeball as a means to correct poor vision.

If you’re at all wary about inserting a Google product into your eyeball, well, you should be. The description of the patent in question seems to be lifted straight out of a bad sci-fi book.

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Google Fiat Chrysler Self-Driving Cars

Google is trying to take its self-driving cars to the next level

By on April 28, 2016 at 9:02 PM.

Google is trying to take its self-driving cars to the next level

Google’s self-driving cars might be ready for mass consumption, a pair of reports this week have suggested. After Alphabet execs hinted that their autonomous driving technology is approaching its graduation from Google’s X “moonshots” division, a new rumor says that Google might already be in late-stage talks with Fiat Chrysler. More →

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Millennium Falcon UFO Google Earth

Someone thinks he found Millennium Falcon wreckage on Earth using Google Maps

By on April 27, 2016 at 9:51 PM.

Someone thinks he found Millennium Falcon wreckage on Earth using Google Maps

Not too long ago, someone claimed to have discovered a UFO near Area 51 using nothing other than Google Earth, and various sets of historical images of that location. There’s no way to confirm that sighting, but alien fans will surely want to hear about an equally fascinating find. Using the same Google Earth tool, someone discovered what looks like a crash-landed UFO similar to Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon. More →

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Chrome Material Design Update Pictures

See the major design overhaul coming to Chrome courtesy of Material Design

See the major design overhaul coming to Chrome courtesy of Material Design

By on April 25, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

Over the past few months, Google has been steadily adopting some of the styles and principles from Material Design in order to give its Chrome browser a major visual overhaul. We’ve highlighted some of the most significant changes in the past, but with Chrome 50 finally rolling out, even more updates are on the way.

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Chrome OS Vs Windows

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

Is this how Microsoft Windows finally dies?

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:22 AM.

It’s not easy to imagine a world without the Windows operating system. Even in spite of Microsoft’s Windows 8 debacle, the company’s computing platform is still the most widely used desktop operating system by a wide margin. Of course, a decade ago it was equally difficult to envision a world without the Symbian platform, and now there are millions upon millions of smartphone users who don’t even know that an OS called Symbian ever existed.

What goes up must come down. Windows played an integral role in shaping personal and corporate computing, and it continues to play an integral role to this day. But the Windows platform won’t be around forever, and it’s possible that we’re about to witness the first step in a massive sea change. More →

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Android Notifications Tips Tricks

New free app gives us the Android notification experience we’ve been waiting for

By on April 21, 2016 at 7:40 PM.

New free app gives us the Android notification experience we’ve been waiting for

If you use an Android device and you aren’t happy with the phone’s default notification system, you can either wait for Android N to further improve it or install Nevolution right now. Currently in beta, Nevolution wants to improve notifications beyond what’s currently available from your average Android app by taking advantage of everything Google has to offer. More →

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Android Security Updates Explained

Android’s ‘toxic hellstew’ of vulnerabilities is slowly getting fixed

By on April 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM.

Android’s ‘toxic hellstew’ of vulnerabilities is slowly getting fixed

Google’s most recent report on Android security reveals that its mobile platform is safer than ever from bugs and malware, but that there’s a long way to go until everyone on Android can feel secure. That’s not to say that Google isn’t working on eliminating bugs and eradicating threats, it’s just that Google can’t control the way OEMs and carriers push out security patches.

Moreover, the report reveals that nearly one in three Android devices will never receive crucial security updates. More →

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Google VR Monster Movie

Google’s VR monster movie will make you wish every movie was filmed in VR

By on April 21, 2016 at 10:34 AM.

Google’s VR monster movie will make you wish every movie was filmed in VR

If you’re still not convinced that 360-degree video is part of the long-term future of entertainment, let me point you in the direction of Google’s Spotlight Stories. Over the past few months, Google has been partnering with filmmakers to create 360-degree shorts to be watched on mobile devices.

This week, Google published HELP, its first live-action short — a monster movie directed by Justin Lin, who you might know as the director of Fast & Furious.

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