We learned a lot about Google Glass this week. In doing so, we also learned a lot about Google.
It’s tempting to look at Google’s vast range of products and research projects and conclude that the company has more ideas than vision. (The difference is that ideas tend to be disconnected, whereas vision involves a coherent strategic direction.
Where is Google going? Does Google even know?
A closer look suggests that Google [Read More...]
iTunes links mysteriously began disappearing from Google search results earlier this month, and Google was quick to confirm that a technical issue was the cause â€” and not that it was pulling them intentionally. As it turns out, the problem may have actually been Apple’s fault.
According to a report from search engine experts SISTRIX, Apple may have been blocking Google’s crawlers accidentally.
SISTRIX claims that Apple begins blocking connections to its [Read More...]
Achievement unlocked: AdMob updated for devs.
Google today announced the final step in the process of moving from the Unique Device Identifier (UDID) of Apple’s older iOS versions to the newer Identifer for Advertising (IDFA), as per Apple’s instructions to developers last month.
The AdMob iOS software development kit (SDK) allows developers to build in Google advertising support in apps developed for Apple’s mobile platform to [Read More...]
Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of speculation suggesting that Google is in the process of releasing a unified chat application called Babel. BabelÂ is rumored to have merged services such as Voice, Talk, and Google + Messenger. The new service is also rumored to be a cross-platform chat service, allowing users on iOS and Android to communicate with each other, within BabelÂ itself. It’s like Google’s version of iMessage.
Google’s crazy new Project Glasses look awesome.Â So far only a few people have actually got to try them out, but the reviews have been very positive, even if it does look weird to have a computer on your face.
While Google hasn’t announced an official release date for Google Glass, they’re already let a number of developers preorder a unit for $ 1500. A new report says that the Glasses will actually be released [Read More...]
When we first saw Google’s Glass project, we were fairly skeptical that A) it would work as advertised, B) not make you look like some maxiod cyberborg super dweeb. We still have reservations about both of those problems, but using Project Glass looks freaking awesome.
Google just released a video this morning that shows what the UI is going to look like for people who are willing to shell out $ 1500 [Read More...]
Back in August, Google-owned Motorola Mobility sued Apple for violating 7 of its software patents. Motorola accused Apple of infringing on patents relating to everything fromÂ location-based reminders to email notifications.
Now TheÂ International Trade Commission (ITC) has thrown out Motorola’s claim that the iPhone violates a patent on “a sensor that prevents accidental hang-ups,” according to Bloomberg. Motorola’sÂ proximity sensor patent has been deemed invalid by the ITC for the second time, [Read More...]
Google just released a new app that is going to make it even easier to share all your funny andÂ embarrassingÂ videos on YouTube. YouTube Capture is a new iOS app by Google that records videos and uploads them to YouTube straight from your iPhone.
YouTube Capture is designed to get videos on to the video sharing service as easily as possible by keeping the interface clean and simple. Once you open up [Read More...]
As Google pushes more and more into the smartphone and tablet market with its Android operating system, it’s a no brainer to figure out that the company previously mostly known for its search business will come into conflict with the other gorilla in the mobile operating space, Apple. The media frenzy that results from these expected differences can be deafening in its fervor at times.
The press, however, has it all wrong, said [Read More...]
Google’s updated search app adds lightning-fast voice-controlled search, just like you get on Android. It’s simple, impressively fast and will run on just about any iDevice you might have, not just the latest hardware.
But it has a long way to go to compete with Siri.
After I switched the default language setting from Australian English to UK English, the app understands me pretty well. Not as well as Siri, but me and Siri have [Read More...]