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Google Chromecast launches down under

From today, Australians can purchase the device in Dick Smith, JB Hi Fi and on the Google Play store for an RRP of AU$49.<p>The device, which launched in the US in July of last year and 11 countries in Europe in March, is a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port. It then allows users to stream content …

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Google Eyes Dropcam, Company That Thinks Monetizing User Data Is 'Tricking the User'

If Google is really going to buy Dropcam, the video camera startup might have to readjust some of its company values.<p>The Information reported Tuesday that Google is considering buying Dropcam, which makes $150 cameras that stream video to a computer or phone.<p>But there might be one ideological …

Google uses self-aware datacenters to cut the cost of searching

Google spits out about 4 million search results per minute (among many other duties), which consumes <i>a lot</i> of energy. According to a recent blog, it cut its electrical bills significantly by applying the same kind of machine learning used in speech recognition and other consumer applications. A data …

Simband, sensors key to Samsung wearables push

SAN FRANCISCO -- Samsung on Wednesday made a new push into digital health, and it doesn't want to go it alone.<p>The Korean electronics giant introduced new open software and reference design hardware to better measure certain health characteristics of wearables users, including heart rate and blood …

Google’s brand-new public cloud is already stealing the show from Amazon

The Google Compute Engine, Google’s answer to top public cloud Amazon Web Services, has been generally available for just six months, but it’s already become a service that IT buyers need to watch.<p>In the latest edition of technology analyst firm Gartner’s influential magic quadrant report on cloud …

'I'm Not Very Social': Sergey Brin Admits His Google+ Mistake

Google cofounder Sergey Brin admitted Tuesday that he should not have been even "marginally" involved in the company's social network, Google+, …

Samsung reveals Simband and Sami health platform

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1080000/1080385_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524632300_b3306211988af00298a8756ff4891754<p><b>Samsung has unveiled a prototype wristband that can be fitted with third-party sensors to gather a range of health data about the wearer's …

Google's camera app now lets you shoot in different aspect ratios

Google isn't done getting its Android camera app up to the standards set by third-party software -- not by a long shot. The company is now rolling out an update to Google Camera that lets you choose the aspect ratio for your photos, not just the resolution. If you prefer a movie-like widescreen …

Samsung Moves To Upstage Apple With New Biometric Data Platform

Samsung is building a “data bank” of people’s biometric information that app developers and researchers can plug into to create clever, health-related services — ideally for Samsung devices.<p>Following the release of its Gear Fit wearable fitness tracker, its new SAMI platform, overseen by a former …

Google to build prototype of truly driverless car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that could operate without a person at the …