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Nike celebrates 'Air Max Day' with the first shoppable Google Hangout

Would you buy a pair of kicks from a Google Hangout? Nike certainly hopes so. The company has teamed up with Asos to host the first shoppable Google Hangout tomorrow at 9am ET. The video celebrates 27 years of Nike's Air Max trainer, and will appear on both brand's Google+ news feeds as well as …

You Can Now Get 1TB of Google Drive Storage For Just $10 a Month

Google has dramatically cut the price of Google Drive storage—you can now get a whole terabyte for just 10 bucks a month. That's a pretty insane deal.<p>…

Google's Project Tango is a smartphone with sensors to map the world around you

Google's just announced Project Tango, a 5-inch Android smartphone prototype equipped with Kinect-like 3D sensors and other components to track motion and map your surroundings. Unlike other 3D-sensing devices including Kinect, Project Tango includes the Myriad 1 vision processor from Movidius, …

New Google WiFi app could automatically log you into Starbucks and other private hotspots

Google is working on a new WiFi app that could take a lot of the drudgery out of accessing wireless hotspots. According to our sources, the search giant has built Android and iOS versions of an app that automatically authenticate and connect to its free hotspots inside Starbucks stores or wherever …

What's the Difference Between Brown and White Eggs?

There are all sorts of rumours surrounding brown eggs and white eggs. Some people say that brown eggs are better for you and contain more nutrients; …

Google Acquires SlickLogin, The Sound-Based Password Alternative

SlickLogin has been acquired by Google, just five months after launching at TechCrunch Disrupt.<p>Word of the acquisition is confirmed by a notice on the company’s site, where they say that they’ll be joining Google in their efforts to “make the Internet safer for everyone”. We’ve also confirmed this …

With Chromebooks A Success, Google Adds Focus On Chromeboxes

When you think ChromeOS, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are Chromebooks. Since 2012, though, Google and its hardware partners have also been quietly selling its Chromeboxes, the desktop equivalents of the ChromeOS laptops. Now that Chromebooks seem to have found their place, with …

Google Play Music for Android now lets you take radio stations offline

If you thrive on Google Play Music's radio stations but would love if they kept playing while you're away from an internet connection, congratulations -- Google has just granted your wish. An Android app update rolling out today lets you pin whole stations to your device, guaranteeing a fresh set …

Google Play opens to developers in new Southeast Asian countries

(<b>Update:</b> We revised the way we explain Fortumo from “premium SMS aggregator” to “mobile payments company”.)<p>For a long time, app developers in …

Google Launches Chromebox For Meetings, A $999 Videoconferencing System Based On ChromeOS

At a small media event in Mountain View today, Google announced the launch of Chromebox for Meetings, a $999 Core i7-based ASUS Chromebox setup with a remote, camera and microphone for conference rooms. The system uses Hangouts in the backend and is also compatible with existing conferencing setups …

Google Now Arrives In Chrome Beta For Desktop

Google Now is about to arrive in Chrome beta for Mac, Windows and Chromebook. With this, Google’s automatic alerts for upcoming concerts you bought tickets to, flight delays, heavy traffic on your route to work and other relevant information the company gleans from your daily habits and emails, …

Google finally opens Chromecast SDK, invites developers to get hackin'

The Chromecast is already a pretty easy sell: It's $35 and brings most of the biggest names in streaming media to your TV with minimal hassle. So, now that Google has opened the SDK to developers, it's pretty much a no-brainer. While there are no specific apps to announce at the moment, it's safe …

Google Chrome Now Lets You Play With LEGO In The Browser

This is a pretty obvious movie tie-in, but it’s still pretty cool: Google has partnered with LEGO to build an app that lets you play with LEGOs right in the browser. Using WebGL and other modern web technologies, a Google team in Australia first developed this application as an experiment in 2012 …

Google Updates Chrome For iOS With Built-In Data Compression, New Tab Page And Translation Support

Google today released the new version of Chrome for iOS. With this update, it is bringing a number of features that were previously only available in the Android app to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.<p>Just like the Android app, for example, Chrome for iOS now supports Google’s Opera Turbo-like, …

Chrome update for iOS lets you quickly translate text and save on data too

Even though Chrome promised it would bring data compression and an automatic translation bar to iOS a couple of weeks ago, it hasn't actually rolled out the update until today. As a reminder, the latest mobile browser release from Google includes a site compression feature, that when enabled …

Google's reasonably priced Street View car tours Top Gear's test track

Like swerving bends and screaming "powerrr!" as much as you dislike electric vehicles? Imagine your delight, then, when you learn that Google and the BBC have teamed up to send one of the former's street view cars around Dunsfold Aerodrome -- more famously known as <i>Top Gear's</i> test track. As you zoom …

Google’s Knowledge Graph Now Being Used To Enhance Individual Search Results

Google’s Knowledge Graph is getting baked into actual search results, the company is announcing today. In a blog post on its official Search Blog, Google explains how you’re now able to learn more about the topics you’re searching for by clicking names that appear next to a given link in your …

Google Launches AdSense Direct, A New Tool For Direct Ad Sales

Google today launched AdSense Direct, a new tool for publishers who – as the name implies – want to sell ads directly and aren’t large enough to make dealing with the complexities of DoubleClick for Publishers worth their while.<p>This puts it into direct competition with iSocket, BuySellAds and other …

Google Image Search makes it easier to sort results by licensing rights

Google Image Search has allowed users to filter results based on how they're licensed since 2009, but the option remained hidden under an advanced options menu where few users ever look. Now, a request by law professor and Creative Commons founding member Lawrence Lessig has changed that. Bing …

Nest Gives Google A Head Start On The Future Of Hardware

CES may be finished for another year, but one of the biggest themes of the show — that anything (cars, watches, mirrors, tables, whatever) can be ‘hardware’ — is just taking off. And today’s news of Google buying Nest for $3.2 billion underscores how Google wants to be the player at the front and …

BitSpin, Developers Of The Timely Alarm Clock For Android, Join Google

While details about the deal are quite sparse, it seems that Google has quietly acquired (acquihired?) Bitspin, the Zurich-based team behind the Android alarm clock Timely.<p>Best known for its design, Timely found a rather nice balance between beauty and simplicity. It’s flagship feature was its …

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, the robot builder behind Big Dog and Cheetah

The <i>New York Times</i> reports tonight that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, builder of terrifying walking robots DARPA-related projects like WildCat/Cheetah, Atlas, Petman and Big Dog. Andy Rubin has moved over from leading Android to directing Google's robotics efforts and tweeted a link to the …

Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life

Quick! Where were you last Tuesday at 6:35 PM?<p>If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably along the lines of “I… have absolutely no idea.” Most people’s brains just don’t work that way.<p>But odds are, Google knows. They probably know where you’ve been most <i>other</i> days, too. And they’ll happily …

Google Releases Its Find My iPhone-Style Android Device Manager App In The Play Store

Google launched Android Device Manager back in August, but it curiously made the tool web-only, eschewing a native Android app and causing a lot of confusion in doing so. The Android Device Manager is now in the Play Store, and does most of the things that Apple’s Find My iPhone service does, but …

Google's Ingress to become a platform for other augmented reality games

Eventually, Google's Niantic Labs will have to wind down Ingress' storyline. However, that won't be the end of the developer's augmented reality efforts. Niantic tells <i>The Verge</i> that it's working on programming kits that would let aspiring coders build their own games with chat layers, location info …

Gmail for Android gets a vacation responder, printing and universal attachment support

Many workers are about to leave on holiday trips, and Google is more than willing to help them avoid the office with an updated Gmail app for Android. The new release includes a vacation responder that will let fellow employees know that you're off the clock. If you're running Android 4.4 KitKat, …

Chrome Apps get Mac compatibility

Way back in September, Google unveiled the first round of desktop-based Chrome Apps, promising Mac and Linux functionality down the road. The company's delivered on the former today, with apps that sync when you're signed into Chrome, while offering native software functionality, like popping up in …

Google Drive Sheets gets offline document creation and editing, speedier calculations, smoother scrolling

Google Sheets isn't quite as capable as its counterpart from Microsoft, but Mountain View's preferred spreadsheet platform just got a bit more powerful with an update today. Should you choose to opt-in to the new Sheets, you'll be able to take advantage of several new features and the new version's …

Google's new Chrome voice extension lets you search hands-free (video)

Google promised that we'd get hands-free voice search in Chrome back at I/O 2013, and it's delivering today with the beta of its Voice Search Hotword extension for desktop Chrome 31 users. As long as you're either sitting at Google's home page or have a new browser tab open, the add-on lets you …

Moto G review: an affordable smartphone, done right

Since Motorola was acquired by a certain tech giant last year, its new owner hasn't had a particularly strong impact on the way it does business. Not too long ago, in fact, Motorola dealt another brag-hand of Droids, but there was something distinct about the Moto X that followed them. The first …