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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Surely False by Thomas Nagel

The central argument of <i>Mind and Cosmos: Why the Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Surely False</i> by Thomas Nagel seems[1] to be as …

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 …

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 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 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 …

Google Chrome Racer experiment connects Android and iOS devices for multiplayer gaming

Google showed-off its Chrome browser's ability to sync Android and iOS devices together to create new multiplayer gaming experiences with a new racing game at I/O today. The game, "Racer," allows users to put devices together and control tiny toy cars around a Hot Wheels-style stunt track by …

Exclusive: Inside Hangouts, Google's big fix for its messaging mess

Once upon a time, Google was at the forefront of the messaging game. In 2005, the company launched Talk, essentially the best experience in what was then the hottest category: instant messaging. Since then, a new category of mobile messaging has emerged: always-on chat with rich media attachments …

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 adds button-free voice search in Chrome: just say 'OK Google'

Google has updated its voice search feature with what it calls a "no-interface" approach for Chrome and Chrome OS. With the latest version of Google Search, saying "OK Google" and asking a question will prompt it to respond, with no button presses needed. Like Siri or previous voice searches, users …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Google Play Music All Access hands-on: should you switch from Spotify or Rdio?

After months of rumors, it's finally here: Google has launched an unlimited subscription music service to take down competitors like Spotify and Rdio. The service exists as a $9.99-per-month upgrade to Google Music called All Access, and it's available today on the web and Android devices (US …

Google adopts Bluetooth Smart, hints of a new Android version within two months

According to a just-issued press release from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Google has committed to updating Android with support for Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth Low Energy) "in the coming months." That means future smartphones and tablets running the OS will be able to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

First official set photo from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox officially announced the start of production on <b>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes</b> with an official plot synopsis, and …