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Free information, as great as it sounds, will enslave us all

Imagine our world later in this century, when machines have gotten better. Cars and trucks drive themselves, and there’s hardly ever an accident. Robots root through the earth for raw materials, and miners are never trapped. Robotic surgeons rarely make errors. Clothes are always brand new designs …

Sustainability

Teens Care About Online Privacy—Just Not the Same Way You Do

Why do teenagers behave the way that they do online, sharing personal information with just about anybody who wants it? Look to the privacy …

The top 6 MMOs you should be playing this year

Massively multiplayer online games have long suffered from a nauseating lack of originality, smothered in an endless monotony of grinding away on dire rabbits for experience points and completing a never-ending strings of cookie-cutter, carrot-on-a-stick fetch quests. That trend continues even to …

Outlook.com gets Google Talk support, rolling out worldwide this week

Following Outlook.com's recent Skype integration, Microsoft is turning its integration focus to Google services today. Google Talk, an instant messaging service for text and audio, is being integrated directly into Outlook.com, Microsoft's refreshed webmail service. The surprising move comes just …

Google CEO Larry Page says his voice problems were caused by vocal cord paralysis

Google CEO Larry Page has finally opened up about a recurring and noticeable health problem — what Google Chairman Eric Schmidt characterized as the loss of Page's voice last year. In a post on his Google+ page today, Page describes how he first encountered the issue "about 14 years ago," right …

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Google I/O 2013: everything you need to know

Contributors:<p>Share<p><b>Share</b><p>Google I/O 2013: everything you need to know<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Google used its biggest event of the year to reveal a major overhaul to Google Maps, an ambitious messaging initiative called Hangouts, and a redesigned Google+ filled with new …

Exclusive: Google readies its Spotify competitor with Universal and Sony now on board

By signing the three largest record labels, it's likely we'll see Google roll out its new subscription music services at I /O<p>Google will unveil new subscription music services tomorrow at the Google I/O conference, sources close to the company said. Google has now signed separate licensing deals …

Brazil

Google takes on Apple in schools with Google Play for Education

Google just announced a new initiative to put Android tablets in schools and take on Apple on turf it has dominated for years, and its calling it Google Play for Education. It's a custom app store filled with curated apps specifically for students and educators. Developers can start submitting apps …

Google+ completely redesigned, now automatically enhances photos and highlights your best shots

Just over a year since the last major redesign to Google+, Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra has revealed at I/O 2013 that the search company is completely reworking the layout of its social network. It will be available later today. The new design bears resemblance to the rather attractive layout …

Google unveils Hangouts: a unified messaging system for Android, iOS, and Chrome

Can Google catch up to the world of seamless mobile messaging?<p>After years of waiting for Google to tie its disparate communication services together, the company has today announced, at Google I/O, a unified messaging system simply called Hangouts, available for Android, iOS, and the web using the …

Can fancy photos and lavish linking help Google+ take off?

Almost two years in, Google’s social network hasn’t siphoned much activity off of Facebook. But even if Google+ doesn’t yet have all your friends, it does have one of the world’s most powerful data centers at its disposal. Starting today, the network will start leveraging that power, focusing on …

Google Now updated to include voice reminders, emails, and public transit data

As part of the updates to Google Search being introduced at I/O, Google Now is also getting a nice update with some new cards. Probably the most useful is a new voice reminders tool — you can tell your Android device to remind you to do something, and it'll bring up a quick dialog to let you set a …

Google Maps integrates Google Earth and Street View in completely redesigned interface

Google Maps on the desktop has been rebuilt from the ground up, ushering in its most significant changes since its launch eight years ago. After spending some time with the new Maps, and with its lead designer, we’re struck by Google’s choice to do away with most of the user interface elements and …

Google redesigns Maps for Android, iPad version coming this summer

Like its larger desktop counterpart, Google has revealed that it's giving Maps for mobile its own design overhaul. Well, one half of it, anyway. Android users will soon receive the updated UI and features first delivered in the company's Maps app for iOS. But the changes are more than skin deep: …

Larry Page to tech world: 'Being negative is not how we make progress'

As Google I/O's opening keynote neared its close, co-founder Larry Page took the stage to offer a somber but optimistic take on technology's future, asking the tech world to "create things that don't exist" instead of being dragged down by negativity. While comparing earlier views of computing as a …

Larry Page wants to 'set aside a part of the world' for unregulated experimentation

Google CEO Larry Page is holding a rare Q&A session with attendees of today's Google I/O keynote, and he's been offering up some pretty unfiltered answers. In response to a question about reducing negativity and focusing on changing the world, Page noted that "the pace of change is increasing" and …

Google Wallet now lets you send money as an attachment in Gmail

Email attachments have been limited to files forever, but now Google is rolling out a feature in Gmail that lets you attach money. Using Google Wallet, a new button ($) in the Gmail compose window will allow you to easily send money as a gift or repayment. On the back end its the same as the money …

Google Maps for desktop: hands-on with the world's most-advanced web app

Google I/O this year has a stronger developer focus than in years past, which meant that consumer-facing products sometimes didn't get much airtime during the keynote. That's certainly the case for the new version of Google Maps, available today as an opt-in preview. As we discussed in our early …

Google Play Books enables user ebook uploads, Google Drive support

Google has updated its Play Books e-reader apps for iOS and Android to include support for EPUB and PDF files from outside the Play Store. The new feature has been enabled as part of Google's strategy to unite its cloud services, allowing users to either upload their ebooks via its website, or …

Watch this: the Google I/O 2013 keynote in three and a half minutes

From Hangouts to Maps, Google announced a host of new features across a variety of products during its 2013 I/O keynote. But if you missed watching it live, combing through all three-and-a-half hours of the event may require a bit more effort than you're willing to put in. Luckily, we've picked out …

Google says SMS integration and outgoing calls 'coming soon' to Hangouts

Google's new Hangouts messaging platform will feature SMS integration and outgoing calls in the future, a Google employee has confirmed. Dori Storbeck, Community Manager for Hangouts and Chat clarified that SMS features are "coming soon" in a Google+ post, adding that an SMS tie-in is already one …

Apps

Google Glass becomes more useful with new Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr apps

Until now only two third-party apps have been available for Google Glass: <i>The New York Times</i> and Path. Thankfully that's about to change. Today at Google I/O we learned that several new apps (or "glassware" as the company refers to them) are coming to Google's headset including Facebook, Twitter, …

Google+ Games shutting down on June 30th in favor of Google Play game services

One of yesterday's big Google I/O announcements was the launch of Google Play game services, a cross-platform tool that will sync progress, achievements. and other gaming data on Android, the web, and even iOS. So what's to become of Google+ Games, a feature ripped pretty closely from Facebook that …

New Google Music app breaks compatibility with ill-fated Nexus Q media streamer

There's a lot to like about the new Google Play Music experience that was unveiled at I/O yesterday, but there's a downside for one small segment of the population: those intrepid souls using the Nexus Q. Unfortunately, it looks like the Nexus Q is not compatible with the new Google Play Music app …

Facebook on building for Google Glass: it's another way to 'plug into the world'

The social network offers first details on what it was like to build for Glass<p>Google today launched several new services for Glass — dubbed "Glassware" — including a Facebook app that lets you post photos to your timeline. Facebook's efforts were led by Mobile Product Manager Erick Tseng, a former …

Congress asks Google CEO if Glass infringes 'on the privacy of the average American'

For all that's been said about the tremendous innovations of Google Glass, privacy concerns have only grown louder since the project's introduction last year. As Google's Explorer Edition continues its staggered rollout, Congress is finally seeking answers. The Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy …

Google encourages developers to push the limits by hacking Glass

Google doesn't want any reselling of Google Glass, and it will even shut down some key functionality if you even try to log into the headset with multiple Google Accounts. But that doesn't mean you can't hack into Glass at all. In fact, Google is encouraging hacking, albeit with clear boundaries.<p>At …

Google Glass

Will Google Glass create information heroes or new-wave Bluetooth dorks?

"There's a real opportunity for Glass to be mainstream," says Google<p>Google Glass in its current form might be the ultimate early-adopter status symbol, but project leaders at Google think it will grow into a broadly-accepted product. "There's a real opportunity for Glass to become mainstream," …