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Google: Driverless cars are mastering city streets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google says that cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the …

The director behind Alien and Blade Runner is producing a Halo project

That's right, folks: the man behind sci-fi classics like <i>Alien</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Ridley Scott, is executive producing a <i>Halo</i>-based "digital feature" (read: short film) for release "later this year." The project is headed by Microsoft's in-house <i>Halo</i> studio, 343 Industries, and Scott Free Productions -- …

U.S., UK advise avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed

BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. and UK governments on Monday advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers used to launch attacks.<p>The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest March 20, …

iPhone makes gains but Android remains dominant

The iPhone gained some lost ground in its global share of smartphone sales last quarter but continues to lag behind the Android juggernaut.<p>For the first quarter of 2014, the iPhone saw a higher slice of sales in several key countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Japan, and Australia, Kantar …

Mobile

Google Starts Making The New Google Maps The Default For Everybody

After just under a year in preview, Google today announced that it is now rolling out the new Google Maps to all of its users as the default option.<p>Since Google announced the new version of Maps at its I/O developer conference last year, users were able to switch between the two versions. Still, …

Google Unveils A Smartphone Prototype That Maps The World

Project Tango constantly scans its surroundings, giving people--and Google--better maps than ever<p>As great as Google Maps is, if you need to be directed to somewhere _really _specific--as in, a specific room in a specific building on a specific street--it stumbles. Not too long ago, we predicted …

Android Phones

This is what a room looks like through the eyes of Google's Project Tango

Project Tango is the latest of Google's ambitious pursuits: it's a smartphone capable of mapping the world around it. Google offered a sneak peek at its prototype Android device yesterday, and today we're getting yet another early look at all the data that comes from those cameras and sensors.</i> …

Google's Project Tango Aims to Give Devices 3-D Awareness

Google is tapping big brains around the world to try to enable our devices to see and understand surroundings the way humans do, in an effort it calls Project Tango. The first prototype phone uses a Kinect-like camera and sensors galore to instantly map its position and the world around it, …

Google's Smart Watch Will Launch In June

Like with the Nexus line of smartphones, LG will be taking care of the hardware details of the watch while Google designs the software. The watch will debut at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.<p>Previous reports about Google's smart watch have hinted that it will be integrated with Google Now …

Android Phones

Google Glass is getting Android KitKat, but monthly updates are no more

Google is gearing up for its biggest Glass update yet.<p>The smartglasses are finally getting an upgrade to Android KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, as Google moves towards bigger but less frequent Glass updates, according to a private forum posting unearthed by Android …

Google's Project Tango: 3D mapping on a smartphone

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone fitted with 3D sensors as part of its Project Tango - which aims to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.<p>The phone emits pulses of infrared light and records how it is reflected back allowing it to build a detailed depth map …

Mobile Devices

Samsung's latest Chromebooks come wrapped in faux-leather, on sale next month for $320 and up

It's been over a year since Samsung released a new Chromebook, and since then the competition has been heating up: Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba all sell Chrome OS devices now, as does Acer, which has been at it from day one. Accordingly, Samsung is refreshing its lineup: the company just announced …

Report: Google ‘Projected Mode’ will compete against Apple’s CarPlay later this year

Earlier today, Apple officially announced <i>CarPlay,</i> a new platform designed to integrate the iPhone experience into a car’s infotainment system. In short, the system allows iOS users to make phone calls, control music and more by simply using Siri commands. There’s also a built-in display that …

Car Tech

Google's Indoor Maps Arrive In India

Google has brought indoor maps to India. In an announcement, the company says that starting today, users across 22 cities in India can access Google’s maps for 75 popular indoor venues — including venues such as Ambience Mall in Gurgaon and Select City Walk in Delhi.<p>The maps automatically appear …

Pebble Appstore Comes To Android, Alongside New Partner Apps From eBay, Evernote And TWC

Smartwatch maker Pebble has finally released its full version 2.0 app for Android devices, following a public beta originally brought the software and the Pebble Appstore to smartphones using Google’s mobile OS last month. The update, if you haven’t used the beta or if you’re not an iPhone owner, …

Google is finally getting serious about wearables

Speaking today at the SXSW conference, Google's SVP of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, said that in two weeks, Google will be releasing a developer SDK that will make it easier for companies to create wearable devices that run on Android. Pichai didn't drop any hints as to whether or not Google …

Google may launch its first U.S. retail store in New York — right next to the Apple Store

Google may debut its very first U.S. retail location in SoHo, New York, reports <i>Crain’s NY</i>.<p>The 8,000-square-foot retail space at 131 Greene St. is situated just a couple storefronts away from eyewear giant Warby Parker. Most interestingly, Apple’s Soho retail store is right on the corner of that …

Move over Chrome, Google Docs has add-ons now too

Power users have been tricking out Google's Chrome browser with extensions for years, and now they can do the same with... Google Docs? Today the search giant launched an add-on store for its word processing and spreadsheet web apps so that productivity buffs can get more work done with less …

Search

FORTUNE — You could be forgiven for having forgotten that Google (GOOG) has its own desktop operating system, launched back in 2009. Championing a vision of a future where all data and applications live in the cloud, Chrome OS has struggled to make a dent: It accounts for only 1% of the PC market …

Affordable Asus Chromebox Cloud PC Fires Shot Across Microsoft's Bow

Recently I spent some quality time testing (and tearing down) the new Asus Chromebox small form factor Chrome OS PC. This little 5×5-inch brick runs Google's latest Chrome operating system and the model I tested was based on an Intel Core i3 dual-core (Haswell) processor, 4GB of 1600MHz RAM and a …

Voice is not enough: Motion is key to Android Wear

Google and Motorola rolled out their joint vision of Android Wear, the Moto 360, and the future of wearables on Tuesday. (LG also gave us a taste of its upcoming G Watch.) Based on the few videos and all the information released for developers, it appears that Google's wearable platform is a fancy …

Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping

Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments.<p>As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new …

Layar brings augmented reality and a QR code scanner to Google Glass

Google(s goog) Glass got an unofficial augmented reality app on Thursday as Layar introduced its immersive platform to the wearable device. The beta …

Moto 360 will use sapphire glass, wireless charging, report says

Motorola has touted the premium materials for its upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, which could include a step-up in material for its face.<p>The Moto 360 could employ a sapphire glass face, according to G for Games.<p>In addition, the site reported that the Moto 360 could also use an OLED display, as well …

Google's 3D-sensing phones are taking a trip to the International Space Station

It's arguably cool enough that Google is working on smartphones that can scan your surroundings, but now those devices are slated to take a spin in space too. How's that for living in the future? NASA first started sticking smartphones to machines back in 2011 when it used Samsung's Nexus S as the …

LG shows another photo of its Android Wear-powered G Watch

On Twitter today, LG UK released another photo of the G Watch that was first announced alongside Google's Android Wear platform last week. The photo is an upgrade from the first one the company released at the time of the announcement, which showed the smartwatch's face shrouded in black. At a …

Google Glass getting more style from Oakley, Ray-Ban, Luxottica

There should be little reason left to doubt Google's intentions to finally bring Glass forth as a regular consumer product. On Monday, a post on the Glass Google+ page announced a partnership with the massive Luxottica Group (owner of Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain …

Wearable Tech

Portal coming to Android for Nvidia Shield

<b>Fan favourite game Portal will soon be ported to Android — but only for the Nvidia Shield Android-based portable gaming console.</b><p>Nvidia has announced …

Chromecast To Get Slingbox Support ‘Soon’

Slingbox is coming to Chromecast and it could be the little streamer’s first killer app. According to a forum posting by a Slingbox employee, Slingbox is working on supporting Chromecast and the feature will launch “soon” according to the well-placed Dave Zatz. With support for a Slingbox, a …