60% of top 1000 YouTube videos are blocked in Germany due to aggressive copyright laws, according to study
A lot of countries get criticized for censoring the web, such as countries in Asia and the Middle East. And rightly so — censorship is not the answer for offensive or disliked content, education is. (I’m not even going to comment on using censors for political purposes.) However, not very much attention is given to what I like to call censor by copyright that takes place in many “modern”, “developed” nations.…Read More »
Google recently showed off how it feels to use Google Glass, and it looked pretty awesome. Unfortunately, they also mentioned a pretty hefty $1,500 price tag for the developer edition of the device.
But today, Google has officially said that the company is not only aiming to bring a “fully-polished” version of the product to consumers by the end of this year, they will also be selling it for less than $1,500.…Read More »
What is Google known for? Google Search, of course. How does Google make most of its money? Selling ads, of course. Between these two factors, Google has a huge stigma of, well, selling ads. So it is natural that people suspect Google Glass is another Google ploy to show you more ads.…Read More »
Google built a laptop. It’s called the Chromebook Pixel, a $1,299 Chrome OS laptop with a 239ppi display that’s designed for the web. [Video]
Well, that didn’t take very long. Less than two weeks ago, reports surfaced that Google may be working on a ‘Retina’ laptop similar to Apple’s MacBook Pro’s with Retina Display. They’re not only announced a high-resolution Chromebook today, but a touchscreen-enabled one too.…Read More »
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is working on touchscreen-enable Chromebooks, not too dissimilar from what we’ve seen in most Windows 8 hybrid laptops. The report also says that the company is looking to launch these devices as early as the end of the year.…Read More »
As part of its plans to expand its pre-order program, Google has published a new video showing off a more realistic and fleshed out version of its upcoming wearable headset, Google Glass.
The current UI appears to be centered around a voice-activated command, “Ok glass.” The display will show a list of contextually-based actions you can take, and from there you’ll be able to do things like: take a picture or video, use Google Hangouts, ask for directions and translations and of course, search the web.…Read More »
Check out the hilarious trailer for ‘The Internship’, an upcoming movie about working at Google [Video]
The Internship is an upcoming comedy that stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and is directed by Shawn Levy. Why am I telling you about this? Because The Internship isn’t just your regular comedy, it’s a comedy that’s set in Google.
The plot sees Vaughn and Wilson’s characters losing their job as salesmen because of everything becoming “digital.” They then get a chance to intern at Google, where they’re pitted against all the smart people you’d expect work there and the results are hilarious.…Read More »
Reports are surfacing claiming that Google feels they need a way to directly introduce their products to consumers. The Nexus devices and Chromebooks aren’t easily available for consumers to try before buying, and the company wants to change that. What better way to do than that by opening a completely Google-run retail store?…Read More »
Woah, is that a BlackBerry Z10 with an HTC logo? Oh, an iPhone 5 with an HTC logo? My bad. That’s the HTC One!
The company’s latest flagship possesses quite a few similarities to the star devices of their competitors, and it’s looking actually quite good for it.…Read More »
Australian developer Dan Nolan has discovered that Google is sending him the name, suburb (where people live), and email address of anyone buying his app on the Google Play store.
He discovered it after checking his merchant account to update his seller payment details.…Read More »
Australians have been warned against using Apple Maps before, and it looks like they’re getting another reminder that Apple’s built-in maps application just isn’t quite ready for prime time.
The Country Fire Authority in Victoria is telling people to “to disregard Apple Maps township locations and instead focus on street names and the location of incidents and warnings in relation to their GPS location.” Turns out Apple’s Maps is directing people toward the center of a district, rather than the actual township itself.…Read More »
If you couldn’t care less about watching the Grammys, you might have missed one of Google’s best ads for the Nexus 4. But really, it couldn’t have just as easily been an ad for Google Now, as the service is the prime focus of the ad anyway.…Read More »
…to be the default search engine on iOS.
Like their relationship with Samsung, Apple and Google remain rivals despite the fact that they actually kind of work together. In fact, Apple will be earning a whopping $1 billion from Google this year.…Read More »
Now this is pretty weird. If you use Google Search, you might be aware that the tool can do a lot more than just finding stuff. It can convert measurements, currencies, do instant translations, and even make calculations for you. But what happens when you enter an equation that the engine misinterprets as an impossible query?…Read More »
It’s no secret that Google likes airplanes, in fact, that’s how they first demoed Project Glass at Google I/O last year. Google currently has its private planes, including their own Boeing 737 and 747 jets, parked at the Moffett Federal Airfield.…Read More »
“You don’t need [a zero-day exploit] to attack most Android devices if consumers are running 13-month old software,” says Chris Soghoian. Soghoian is principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union. He believes that the reason why there are millions of Android phones in the hands of users today that are vulnerable to hacking, is because of the wireless carriers and hardware manufacturers.…Read More »
Scientists from the University of Surrey in the UK are getting ready to launch their latest satellite, on February 25th. It’s called the STRaND-1, and it has a very interesting characteristic. It’s powered by a smartphone. A Google Nexus One to be exact.…Read More »
Microsoft tells users to ditch Gmail for Outlook.com because Microsoft “doesn’t go through your email to sell ads”
So while we take a break from all the Apple versus Samsung lawsuits, why don’t we shift our attention over to the brewing Microsoft versus Google battle. This time, we have Microsoft on the offensive with their current “Scroogled” ad campaign — which also cost them a seven figure amount.…Read More »
Looks like Android 5.0 isn’t the only thing Google has planned for its Google I/O conference, at least if this video is talking about a real product in development. If it is indeed real, Google will be launching a laptop that would match Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro’s in pixel-density, while also possibly adding a touchscreen.…Read More »
Well, that didn’t take very long. Initial reports pegged a reveal around Feb. 17, but I guess HP decided to unveil its latest laptop earlier. The HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook is the first ever HP laptop dedicated to running Google’s Chrome OS, and it is officially here.…Read More »
Wine for Android lets you run Windows programs on your phone or tablet, but it is still a work-in-progress
Wine is a free Linux program that allows you to run Windows programs on Linux (e.g. run Microsoft Word on Ubuntu via Wine). Alexandre Julliard, a developer, is developing an ARM-friendly Wine compatibility layer that runs on Android. So Wine on Android mean Windows programs on your phone — if it’s fast enough.…Read More »
An upcoming book co-authored by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen was previewed by The Wall Street Journal, and it looks like China’s reputation as of late isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The book is called The New Digital Age, and it says that China is the ”the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign firms, as well as ”the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information.” The book also talks about the Chinese government’s alleged involvement with infrastructure provider Huawei, which it believes will put the US at “an economic and political disadvantage” because ”the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play.”
Also mentioned is the dangers posed by the country’s ”mix of active citizens armed with technological devices and tight government control…” Schmidt and Cohen believe that it is extremely volatile, could cause widespread instability and might even result in “some kind of revolution in the coming decades.” Yikes.…Read More »
Leaked documents from Qualcomm have revealed a spring announcement for Google’s Android 5.0. The documents have since been taken down by request of Qualcomm, but the information in it, as always, will live forever on the internet.
One of the documents say that the “K release” of Android should be hitting in the “March – June” window.…Read More »
If you ever tried taking a peek at North Korea through Google Maps before, you’d have to be content with the image above. Sparse, with no details about roads or any sort of locations within North Korea for that matter — just the landmass.…Read More »
While YouTube currently charges for things like movies and TV shows, individual channels remain free for everyone to subscribe to and watch. A report from AdAge says that Google is looking into launching paid subscriptions for a particular set of channels, with prices ranging from $1 to $5 a month.…Read More »
Since release, Nexus 4 has been one of those “have” or “have not” type products. A combination of extremely low price, excellent specs, and low supply has turned Nexus 4 into one of the hardest smartphones to get a hold of over the past few months.…Read More »
Google has redesigned a lot of its core services like Gmail and even turning Google Docs into Google Drive. So it’s about time that they made significant changes to how image searches work, as its mostly stayed the same over the years save for the few tweaks here and there.…Read More »
If the same company that’s making something like Project Glass is doing something else that’s also unheard of, you wouldn’t be very surprised now, would you? That’s why this latest rumor about what Google’s up to now is exciting — if it’s real, and there’s a good chance it is, it could be pretty awesome.…Read More »
Google protects user privacy and defies the government by asking for search warrants to access Gmail emails
To most Americans (and other countries that have laws to protect citizens from search and seizure without warrant), it may come as a surprise that a search warrant is not required for the American government to access private emails. This is due to the ‘Electronic Communications Privacy Act’ (ECPA), a law passed in the United States in 1986 that allows the authorities to get warrant-free access to emails stored on a server for more than 180 days.…Read More »
Google has become a very integral part of our lives. And in Windows 8, though Google has said that it won’t develop anymore apps, there is the official Google Search app. Now if Google is doing right thing by not developing anymore apps is the subject for another article.…Read More »
Protect your Google account (Gmail) by enabling SMS (text message) notifications for suspicious activity [Tip]
Google has a useful ‘account activity’ monitor built into Gmail that allows you to check to see where the latest logins to your account were made from. This helps you identify if there was unauthorized access to your account. Another useful security feature Google has is the ability to notify you by e-mail or phone (text message/SMS) when your Google account (aka Gmail account) has its password changed or a ‘suspicious login attempt’ has occurred.…Read More »
This little donkey has been making the rounds on the internet lately — from Twitter all the way to Fox News. Twitter user @TheRealSheldonCooper posted the picture above on the social network, which is actually a Google Street View image in Botswana.…Read More »
The traditional password is now considered by many to be a security flaw. A combination of characters that can be cracked or even guessed is probably not the best way to safeguard our online lives today, and services like LastPass or 1Password provide an alternative through their software-generated passwords.…Read More »
Back when Facebook just started, it was not really considered to be a competitor to Google. After all, Facebook was (is) a social network while Google was (is) primarily a search engine. Now, however, Google and Facebook are rivals in more than one way.…Read More »