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Hands On With Google Now on Tap: Contextual Awesomeness

One of the most exciting features in the (distant future) release of Android M is the upgraded version of Google Now. It’s built to understand …

Android M is making device switches more convenient with new Auto Backup

Google I/O 2015 has brought a host of announcements regarding new Android M features and updates to apps we already know and love. Something that was …

Diving into M: Multi-window option can be enabled with some work!

Back in March we first reported on how multi-window functionality had been discovered in an Android code commit. While many custom ROMs and OEM skins have had multi-window capabilities for a while, stock Android fans have been long been waiting for such a feature. The good news is that Android M …

Diving into M: Android M lets you move apps to microSD thanks to “adoptable” storage

Google is famously uninterested in giving proper support for microSD, but it looks like the Android team is having a slight change of heart.<p>One of the many new features that Google didn’t really advertise about Android M yesterday is Adoptable Storage Devices. Adoptable basically means that Android …

Diving into M: Launcher lets you uninstall from homescreen, lockscreen gets minor change too

In our very first ‘episode’ of Diving into M we took a look at the revised app drawer found in Android M’s launcher. Now that we’ve had a bit more time, let’s talk about two other minor but potentially useful changes found in the latest version of Google’s launcher.<p><b>Want to dive even deeper?</b> <i>Check</i> …

Watch the Google ATAP keynote live stream right here!

The Google Advanced Technology and Projects team, led by Karina Dugan, holds its keynote at I/O 2015 this morning in San Francisco. What will the …

San Francisco

Android M: small refinements with a huge impact | Sundar’s Google: an exclusive look at the future of Google’s most important products

It’s really impressive. It’s also a little scary<p>Is Now on Tap a blatant effort to help Google access all the information locked inside apps?<p>"We think it’s important that app developers are able to ask for permissions to do things in context."<p>If Google gets Doze right, users will never know it’s …

The renegade future of Google's ATAP lab | Sundar’s Google: an exclusive look at the future of Google’s most important products

"A small band of pirates trying to do epic shit."<p>ATAP projects are defined by that rare combination of high stakes and high science<p>Once you pass the two-year hard deadline, either the market or the science are liable to pass you by<p>Soli allows you to use a system that’s very high-bandwidth: your …

Google's "Hands Free" will allow you to shop at stores without pulling out your phone

Coming to select McDonalds later this year<p>Google debuted Android Pay during yesterday's opening keynote at its I/O developer conference. But the most interesting payments news came at a late afternoon session, where executives from Google's commerce division showed off a prototype of a hands-free …

Handsfree

Levi's wants to put Google's touch-sensitive fabric inside your jeans

The incredibly cool touch-sensitive fabric that Google's ATAP unit is demonstrating here at I/O 2015 won't be limited to Mountain View's labs. Levi's just announced that it's partnering with Google to turn Project Jacquard into proper fashion. "We’ve got the genius pirates at ATAP who can help us …

Clothing

Google Now on Tap Demo at Google I/O 2015

At I/O 2015, Google took the wraps off of the latest iteration of its OS, Android M. While the upcoming M release does not feature, or require, the aesthetic overhaul that was Lollipop, what it does bring to the table are a slew of enhancements and upgrades to Google apps and features currently …

Google’s Project Soli and Project Jacquard want to bring touch controls to everything

Google has announced two new projects as part of ATAP. These two projects are called Soli and Jacquard, and they’re the first steps towards making …

A quick look at the new Google Photos app (video)

Google I/O 2015 is well on its way, and we’ve already gotten a quick overview of everything Google announced during its keynote. Among the many announcements including Android M, Project Brillo, Google Now on Tap, Android Nanodegree and many others, we’ve also taken a first look at Google’s new …

Google Photos

See Google’s clothing-based Project Jacquard in action

Interested in seeing Google’s ambitious Project Jacquard in action? Fortunately, Google had a small demonstration set up at I/O to show off a very …

Check out our hands-on video of Google’s Project Soli

Alongside Project Jacquard, Google introduced Project Soli which is focused around sensors that use radio waves to track your hand movements and …

Google and Qualcomm are building a Snapdragon 810-powered Project Tango smartphone

While we didn’t see any new Project Tango hardware at Google I/O this year, that doesn’t mean Google forgot about the platform in the slightest. Google today announced that it’s teaming up with Qualcomm to create a Project Tango smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. These new …

Augmented Reality

Better late than never, Project Ara makes hot appearance at ATAP session

Earlier today one of the most watched live streams from Google I/O 2015 was for the session on Google’s ATAP unit. Looking forward to some of the …

ATAP’s Project Abacus aims to eliminate passwords from our lives

Following the incredibly futuristic announcements of Project Soli, Vault and Jacquard, Google’s ATAP team had yet another crazy announcement at its presentation earlier today at Google I/O. This next endeavor goes by the name of Project Abacus, and it aims to eliminate passwords for good by looking …

Google and Qualcomm collaborating on new Project Tango smartphone with Snapdragon 810 processor

The string of big Google I/O announcements carried into the second day of the conference with a tease of the next Project Tango smartphone.<p>Qualcomm …

Diving into M: Revamped volume controls and Do Not Disturb mode

Android Lollipop was without a doubt the most massive change to Android since Ice Cream Sandwich, but all that change also brought a number of bugs, and some clunky implementation of certain features. Thankfully, Android M is less about changing the formula and more about refining it, making its …

Google ATAP's Project Jacquard creating interactive textiles

Google ATAP is constantly announcing cool new projects for the future, and the latest is Project Jacquard. It’s not just some new high tech device …

We took a look at the GoPro Google Jump camera array

Jump, Google's newly announced VR creation platform, is entering the market with a GoPro camera array. This new camera rig will hold 16 GoPro cameras …

Videography

Google ATAP shows off Project Vault, a microSD card that gives you a security boost

Today was Google ATAP’s day to shine at Google I/O, and it took the opportunity to announce a new security-focused product.<p>Project Vault is the …

Smart jeans, tiny radar, and other crazy inventions from Google's ATAP lab

I/O is a show about the future of Google, and one of the best places to see what that could look like is from the company's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP). It's the skull-and-bones, emblem-toting team behind modular smartphone Project Ara, and up until January was in charge of …

Google to make 2-step verification mandatory, phones to replace passwords

(Image credit: Biometrics / Shutterstock)<p>The rise of mobile devices and persistent connectivity, as well as apps and cloud services, has put us all at potential risk when it comes to online security. Simply put, it’s no longer as basic as using strong passwords and strong encryption on websites and …

Information Systems

Why Is YouTube Censoring David Bowie's SFW New Music Video?

Here we go again. After Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video was pulled from YouTube last month, David Bowie's latest video from his new album "The …

Lawmakers rush to ban 3D-printed guns, but enforcement options are murky

Local legislators take aim at a plastic pistol<p>Defense Distributed's attempts to 3D print a firearm have always been a shot across the bow of politicians. The group made a point of naming its ammo magazines after anti-gun legislators, and founder Cody Wilson has said the project is a way to make …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …