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Google racing to encrypt data transfers in response to NSA surveillance

Google is stepping up efforts to encrypt information flowing between its own data centers as a response to surveillance programs waged by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world. "It's an arms race," Eric Grosse, Google's vice president for security engineering, tells <i>The Washington</i> …

What Are Chrome Apps?

<b>Important:</b> Chrome will be removing support for Chrome Apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome OS will continue to support Chrome Apps. Additionally, …

Details of the object model

JavaScript is an object-based language based on prototypes, rather than being class-based. Because of this different basis, it can be less apparent …

Android 4.3 coming to Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 next month

Most eyes where on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear during Samsung’s principle press event at IFA yesterday, but there was also another tidbit of information that will bring a smile to millions of Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 owners. According to Samsung the company plans to roll out …

Gear & Gadgets

Google Earth Updated To v7.1.2, Shows Your Geocoded Google+ Photos

Google Maps is practical, but Google Earth is kind of the show off side of Google's mapping project. You can explore satellite imagery from all over …

Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows

The web alone is not enough<p>Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps. Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name. Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. …

Chrome OS beta gets touchscreen drag and drop, text selection features

Chrome OS's touchscreen features continue to grow. On Wednesday, Google updated the Chrome OS beta channel, adding touch-enabled drag and drop and text selection. Chrome evangelist François Beaufort demoed drag and drop on a Chromebook Pixel in a YouTube video shared a couple weeks ago. For now, …

Jelly Bean is now on 45 per cent of Android devices

It's the start of the month, and you know what that means: Google spills the (jelly) beans on how its Android operating system breaks down. And Jelly …

Jelly Bean

Check out Motorola Mobility’s new Google-ized logo design

<i>Updated with confirmation from Motorola Mobility that this is the new logo.</i><p>Motorola Mobility has undergone plenty of changes since it Google purchased it for $12.5 billion back in 2012, but the latest change might be its most prominent yet.<p>The company confirmed with VentureBeat that it is ditching …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition review: Powerhouse Android gets elegantly purified - CNET

MSRP: $649.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition</b> offers users the most powerful hardware specs of any Android phone without any carrier bloatware, and with an elegantly simple Jelly Bean UI.<p><b>The Bad</b> Google's Galaxy S4 variant strips away a lot of Samsung's neat software and photo …

Gear & Gadgets

Report: Google Gains As Search Ad Spending Starts To Rebound

Spending on search advertising in the U.S. rose in the second quarter following a steep year-over-year drop in the first three months of the year, according to a new report from digital ad firm IgnitionOne.<p>The 7% rise is still considerably below last year’s 15% rise in spending on those little ads …

Google Now introduces a few new contextually aware features

Google Now's new Cards let you play music and interact with your TV<p>Google Now has undoubtedly become one of Android's most popular features, and the …

5 Ordinary Things That Save Your Life Every Day Without You Knowing It

<b>By Therese Oneill</b><p>1. Tap water<p>Water is problematic. You need it to live, but it's practically aching to kill you. Naturally occurring water, even when …

Google Is Reportedly Working On A Service To Help You Share Your Gadgets, Clothes And Other Stuff With Friends

So here is one of the weirder rumors coming out of Mountain View we’ve seen in a while: as Google Operating System’s Alex Chitu reports, Google is apparently working on an app called Google Mine that is meant to help you share real-world items, such as CDs, cars, bikes, gadgets or clothes, with …

Planetary Resources hits $1 million Kickstarter goal to build space telescope 'for everyone'

Planetary Resources, the billionaire-backed asteroid mining company, has raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter to build a proposed space telescope that will be accessible by members of the public. The campaign has more than 12,000 backers and 10 days to raise even more money for the Arkyd, an …

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: The Case for Commercial Rockets

PM catches up with SpaceX's Shotwell to find out about the company's Grasshopper tests, the way to get to Mars, and how she'd like to see space in person.<p>Why commercial spaceflight, as opposed to government-run programs?<p>After I finished my master's degree, I moved to a company called Aerospace …

Computer picks emotion based on brain scan

<b>CARNEGIE MELLON (US) —</b> For the first time, scientists have identified which emotion a person is experiencing based on brain activity.<p>The study, …

Ashes, memes, and reality TV: can far-out funding strategies save space exploration?

In an era of NASA budget cuts, private space ventures are testing unusual tactics to finance new missions<p>In November of 2014, if all goes according to plan, NASA's Sunjammer will be launched into space. Engineers will pack a waist-high shell with a compact probe and a 13,000 square foot solar sail …

Ultra-high resolution 3D map of a human brain

Mapping the brain is all the rage. In 2009, the National Institutes of Health announced the Human Connectome Project, an ambitious …

Study: Apple’s bet on the wrist might be smarter than Google’s bet on the face

A new Forrester study on Google Glass might just show that Apple’s apparent obsession with the wrist might be a better bet than Google’s focus on the face.<p>According to the study of 4,600 adults, 12 percent of us would want to purchase wearable technology, like glasses, on our face. That’s almost 22 …

DIY YouTube directors to self-regulate under new censorship scheme

A simple plan to offer children protection from harmful and inappropriate internet footage by clearly rating it with traffic light symbols is to be …

France and Spain launch probe into Google's privacy law

<b>Spain has launched proceedings against Google over five suspected serious data breaches.</b><p>Meanwhile France has given the search giant three months to rethink its privacy rules.<p>Since last year Google has been combining data from all its sites to better target adverts, a decision which the EU has said …

Privacy

Google's latest 'moonshot' idea: balloon-powered internet for all

Advanced system of high-altitude balloons delivering 3G-like speeds to rural areas<p>The latest project to come out of Google may seem like an April …

Project Loon

This 'invisibility cloak' could conceal satellites — or hide your kids

Scientists have been slaving over the development of exotic materials that can serve as invisibility cloaks for small objects in specific wavelengths, but father-and-son researchers are showing off a type of invisibility that's done with simple sets of mirrors, lenses or tanks of water.<p>In a paper …

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Report -- June 7, 2013

Sony reportedly creating 'Google Edition' Xperia Z, following Samsung and HTC

Samsung's stock-Android Galaxy S4 was announced at Google I/O and HTC's stock One was unveiled at the D11 conference, but apparently those two companies won't be the only ones to offer flagship phones without custom skins. <i>AndroidGeeks</i> has reported (with <i>Android Central</i> confirming) that the Sony …