Softbank buys Boston Dynamics (and its robots) from Google

Softbank buys Boston Dynamics (and its robots) from Google It's been over a year since we heard that Google's parent company Alphabet wanted to sell its robotics company Boston Dynamics, and now it has a buyer: Softbank. The Japanese company has been working on its own robots for years, including the helpful… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Android Pay is your new shopping BFF in Taiwan

Android Pay is your new shopping BFF in Taiwan Google has been bringing Android Pay to new regions in an attempt to expand its limited availability. After landing in the UK last year and in Canada more recently, the mobile payment system has now made its way to Taiwan, where you can use it in […]

Hangouts calls on iPhones now appear as regular voice calls

Hangouts calls on iPhones now appear as regular voice calls It took a while, but Google Hangouts has finally followed in Facebook Messenger's footsteps and started taking advantage of iOS 10's Callkit. That means calls you receive on Hangouts will appear as regular voice calls on your iPhones' lock screen –… Source: Engadget Link: Hangouts […]

Google Photos archiving rolls out with AI-powered suggestions

Google Photos archiving rolls out with AI-powered suggestions The new Archive feature recently spotted in Google Photos is now rolling out to all users, but it has an extra trick. While the Archive button lets you push more mundane photos (scans of receipts, screenshots of a random tweet, or maybe particularly… Source: Engadget Link: Google […]

Google teaches kids to code with scenes from 'Wonder Woman'

Google teaches kids to code with scenes from 'Wonder Woman' Google has an interest in teaching kids how to code. After all, they're going to be the next generation of engineers and developers inventing and supporting Google's products. Yesterday, the tech giant announced that they'd teamed with Wonder Woman t… Source: Engadget Link: Google teaches […]

Waymo will battle Uber with its own self-driving trucks

Waymo will battle Uber with its own self-driving trucks Google was one of the first companies to show off self-driving car tech, but it's pretty late into the autonomous truck game. Well after companies like Daimler, Komatsu and Uber unveiled their own platforms, Waymo has started testing a single truck o… Source: Engadget Link: Waymo […]

Google Confirms Ad-Blocking Feature Coming to Chrome in Early 2018

Google Confirms Ad-Blocking Feature Coming to Chrome in Early 2018 Google will introduce an ad-blocking feature in both its mobile and desktop Chrome web browsers early next year, according to the company. Thursday’s announcement confirms rumors back in April that the tech giant was seriously considering the feature for Chrome, and provided more details on […]

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art

Google's virtual museum tours tell you more about the art Google has built tools to explore art since 2011, when it began uploading gigapixel images of classic pieces. The tech titan introduced museum floor plans and walking tour info to Google Maps as well as its Art and Culture app, released last July, to… Source: […]

Sling TV doesn't want you to waste time looking for shows

Sling TV doesn't want you to waste time looking for shows Sling TV, the live streaming service that lets you start with a core channel package and add on whatever other bundles you might be interested in, is revamping its Android user interface. The changes, which begin rolling out today, will be expanded t… Source: […]

Google's latest addition to Allo is custom GIFs of your face

Google's latest addition to Allo is custom GIFs of your face It seems like Google hopes tickling your funnybone will keep its Allo chat app installed on your phone. The latest update adds selfie clips so you can add a personalized touch to your responses. Essentially, they're just looped GIFs made from a video… Source: […]

Google beefs up Gmail security to fight phishing attempts

Google beefs up Gmail security to fight phishing attempts Google has just added a bunch of new security features in order to protect Gmail users from spam and phishing messages. Though they didn't say as much, the bumped-up protection is likely in response to the phishing scam that went around earlier this… Source: Engadget Link: […]

Android Pay hits Canada without the support of some major banks

Android Pay hits Canada without the support of some major banks You have to sympathize with Android-loving Canadians. While Apple Pay has been available in the country since 2015, Android Pay has been a no-show — you've had to pay for your Tim Hortons donuts the old-fashioned way. At last, though, it's here. In… Source: […]

Uber Fires Engineer Accused of Stealing Self-Driving Secrets From Waymo

Uber Fires Engineer Accused of Stealing Self-Driving Secrets From Waymo In the ongoing legal battle between Uber and Alphabet-owned Waymo, Uber announced this week that it has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer accused of stealing Waymo’s self-driving intellectual property when he left his job at Google to start his own company, Otto (via The New […]

Google says it would cost too much to gather wage gap data

Google says it would cost too much to gather wage gap data The Department of Labor will have to keep bugging Google for the salary records it's been asking for, because the tech titan keeps refusing to hand them over. Those records might be able to prove once and for all whether Mountain View truly […]

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition

Google's AlphaGo retires from competition To say that AlphaGo had a great run in the competitive Go scene would be an understatement: it has just defeated the world's number 1 Go player, Ke Jie, in a three-part match. Now that it has nothing left to prove, the AI is hanging up its boots and… Source: […]

New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost

New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost When you’re traveling through unfamiliar territory, sometimes turn-by-turn navigation just isn’t enough. A new design update on Google Maps is here to help you out. Read more… Source: Lifehacker Link: New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost

Google Allo's Selfie Stickers Are Cool, But Don't Get Too Excited

Google Allo's Selfie Stickers Are Cool, But Don't Get Too Excited Fans of Bitmoji: there’s a new caricature app that you’ll want to see. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and a breeze to use, but not so simple to share. Read more… Source: Lifehacker Link: Google Allo's Selfie Stickers Are Cool, But Don't Get Too Excited