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Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …

The next Google TV might be a Nexus

The imminent relaunch of the Google TV brand might also include a change in name, aligning Google's big-screen devices with its Nexus phones and …

Google TV

Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email

Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens.<p>In a Google+ post – natch – Google asked its followers if they felt their online missives deserve …

Google expands in-depth article search results, makes it easier to explore relevant topics

When Google introduced the in-depth article search results section, the company gave voracious readers a great way to look for weekend reading spree fodder. Today, Mountain View is making it even easier to scour the internet by adding a "More in-depth articles" link at the bottom, which reveals up …

Android's share of global device sales growing 14-times faster than iOS

Consumers continue to purchase more Android than iOS devices, the 3DS is less popular than the Amazon Kindle, and more than half of the mobile-gaming audience is women.<p>Market-research firm IDC and mobile-market-tracking company App Annie released a new report today that helps make sense of mobile …

Android 4.4.1 focuses on camera improvements for Google’s Nexus 5

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Nexus 5 owners who aren’t too happy with their phone’s camera should get some relief — and better pictures — soon. Android …

Google's humanoid robots take on Amazon's courier drones

Online shopping is not the most glamorous aspect of the digital revolution, but it has just become the latest Silicon Valley battleground, with droids racing drones to become the courier of the future.<p>First Amazon promised to eliminate the drudgery of the post office queue with parcels delivered by …

Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google’s Chromebooks

Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting Chromebooks, Google’s cheap ChromeOS-based, web-centric laptops. Why is Microsoft worried about …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Google is Building Ephemeral App Support into Chromium

Google really wants Chrome apps to take off. Not only has the company added rich notifications, in-app payments, and an app launcher into its browser, but now it’s developing ephemeral apps that launch by just clicking a link.<p>There are two separate components here. Ephemeral apps (you can enable …

Google's gorgeous Thanksgiving doodle: Everyone can contribute

Another enchanting doodle from the Google factory brings us animals preparing dinner. But what can a fox bring? A banjo, of course.<p>What will you bring to your Thanksgiving feast?<p>A pie, perhaps. Or a turkey, some sauvignon blanc and a risque joke you heard at work.<p>But what if you're a fox and you go …

Chickens

Yet another European country says that Google is breaking the law

The Netherlands is one of the most liberal societies in the word, and one that treasures openness. Many people don’t close the curtains in their windows; passersby are simply expected to resist the temptation to look in. But today the Dutch concluded that Google has been doing a lot more than …

Personal Data

Microsoft video attacks Google's Chrome as surveillance technology

A leaked internal Microsoft video attacks Google's Chrome Everywhere campaign, drawing pointed attention to Google's program of monetizing personal …

Google Drive for Android now lets you find and replace text

Mobile writers just got a little more control over their masterpieces. An upgrade to Google Drive for Android now lets users find and replace text; they can also insert tables and named styles. A few file management tweaks are in store as well, such as a new two-column view on tablets and an option …

New Google Debit Card Draws Funds from Your Virtual Wallet

Google will release a prepaid debit card for use in stores and at ATM machines, the company announced Wednesday.<p>The Google Wallet Card will be tied …

Google: Government Requests for User Data Have Doubled in Three Years

Google has released details of requests it receives from governments for information on its users, noting that the number has more than doubled since 2010.<p>In the update to its Transparency Report, now on its eighth iteration, Google says that part of that increase is down to the growth of its …

Google: Project Loon balloons will circumnavigate the globe 3 times

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google’s(s goog) floating network in sky — Project Loon — won’t just be mobile, following the stratospheric wind …

Google Now's latest update adds Reader-like website updates, Waze traffic reports and more (updated)

Some of the Google Now enhancements mentioned at the Android 4.4 KitKat unveiling are ready to roll, as the search giant has started pushing a new version of its app on Android today. The ability to follow news about specific people started popping up last month, but the news update card follows …

ASUS Chromebook Planned For Early Next Year

In September of this year, Google promised we’d see Chromebooks from multiple device manufacturers over the months ahead. Google gave particular attention to newly-designed releases from Acer and HP, as well as new entrants ASUS and Toshiba. These Chromebooks would be powered by Intel Haswell’s …

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Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

Lie Detection

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Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks

We had a tip about, and have now confirmed, Intel’s latest acquisition: Kno, the education startup that started life as a hardware business and later pivoted into software — specifically via apps that let students read interactive versions of digitized textbooks.<p>“I can confirm Intel has purchased …

Speaking a second language delays dementias, even in the illiterate, study finds

There’s more evidence that speaking a second language can delay the onset of dementia later in life — this time in a population where even illiterate people reaped the benefits of being bilingual.<p>Conducted in Hyderabad, India, the largest study of its kind so far found that speaking two languages …

Dementia

Mt Fuji with a hat. This is an example of a lenticular cloud, also known as altocumulus standing lenticularis. These are stationary, lens-shaped clouds that are formed at high altitudes. They are included in the middle layer cloud family because the bases of the clouds are stationed between about 2,000 and 7,000 meters. These clouds form when moist air is forced to flow up around mountains and large hills. The water is super cooled and condensed from air below the dew point temperature.

Android snags record 81 percent of smartphone market

More than 204 million Android phones shipped around the world during the third quarter, says Strategy Analytics.<p>Android continues to gobble up more of the smartphone market.<p>Google's mobile OS won a global market share of 81.3 percent last quarter, up from 75 percent in the prior year's quarter, …

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Android 4.4 KitKat Targets Google’s Next Billion Users, Adds Pervasive Search & Improves Google Now

Today Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding. KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles, Google told TechCrunch, including reaching the next billion (it previously announced 1 billion …