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  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Google acquires mobile app prototyping tool Pixate to boost its design team

    Google has acquired Pixate, a visual prototyping platform that allows designers to create sophisticated, fluid mobile prototypes that run natively on iOS and Android devices. The deal has already yielded fruits for users with Google and Pixate making Pixate Studio, the desktop editor for creating Pixate prototypes, free and reducing the cost of the Pixate cloud service, to only US$5 per designer per month, orUS $50 per designer per year. The trend of big companies acquiring small companies will continue for the unseeable future. What will be important going forward as this becomes common would be what pressure startups cave...

  • Google Maps’ Your Timeline knows where you have been

    After a wild night out, retracing one's steps can feel almost impossible. But Google Maps may now have a solution. Today, the Google Maps team launched a feature called “Your Timeline” which is available on desktop and as an update on Google Maps on Android mobile devices. Your Timeline lets users to view the places they have been to on a given day, month or year. The feaure allows users to visualise their real world routines, making it easy to the trips they have taken and the places where they spent their time. The feature works if a user has chosen...

  • Google brings My Maps to Google Drive

    Today, Google Drive is even getting better. Google announced that My Maps is coming to Google Drive. My Maps, though not hugely popular with most users, makes it possible for individuals to put their world on a custom map. Google says that people can create multiple maps and these will be searchable on the drive. There is nothing better than Google Drive, writing documents in one device and then having the ability to work on them on multiple device is perfect. Gone are the days of forgetting important documents at home or having to carry devices or transfer...

  • Suffer from vertigo? You’ll hate Google’s El Capitan Street View

    Apple may have laid claim to Yosemite and El Capitan when it came to naming versions of its operating system, but Google may just have one-upped it with its latest Street View project. The technology giant's mapping team has not only added Street View to Yosemite National Park, it's also scaled El Capitan -- a rock formation within the park -- to create the world's first vertical Street View collection. In order to produce the collection, Google partnered with high profile climbers including Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell. Even with all that expertise, there were some serious...

  • Google introduces News Lab, a project to birth journalists on steroids

    Google has announced a new project called News Lab, designed to give journalism more power. The site is a new effort by the company to empower innovation in which technology and media work far more closely and efficiently together. The site, the company explains, will feature different tools for newsrooms, including tutorials and advice for journalists on how to use the numerous Google products in their reporting. And when Google develops new products it will continue to update these resources. “From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use...

  • Google takes another look at Glass

    Starting by connecting scuba goggles to a computer, Google Glass soon become the technological baby of the wearable world. Although the glasses took a bit of a back seat, with technology that makes your eye-wear as smart as a super computer, the glasses were taken off the shelves in January 2015. One has to admire Google's attempt to blow everyone else out of the technology pool, taking a 10x VS 10% approach in tits advancements, perhaps we now see a beaming example of the much hated global over-achiever. In an article posted one the Google+ account, the technology giant...

  • Google’s Project Soli is an innovation from the distant future brought to the present

    Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) department has been working on something very special. Called Project Soli, the technology could completely change how we interact with devices, from smartphones, music systems, heaters, ovens, TVs and tablets. The fitting way to describe this project is that it has taken a leap into the distant future, a future that is currently out of sight. Project Soli is an interaction sensor using radar technology that can track movement. This is similar to that which is used by security cameras. The technology behind this is quite sophisticated but it has been built into a...

  • Google refreshes, reinforces its user privacy and security settings

    Google has rolled out two improvements to its privacy and security tools in a bid to give users more flexible options. There's now a new hub for managing Google settings called My Account and a new site that answers important questions about privacy and security on Google. My Account also works for those who may not have a Google account. The company says that people feel that they are not in charge of the privacy settings. “Everyday, we make choices that affect our privacy and security online. Most people, however, don’t feel they have the right level of control to make these...

  • Google explains the design philosophy behind Material Design [video]

    It's been a few days since Google I/O 2015 ended but just hours after the annual shindig, Google gave its website a Material Design overhaul and now, it has released a video explaining the Material Design concept. The video features Google designers of all disciplines talking about Material Design, from its inception to what it has become, which involved cutting out icons on paper, exposing them to light to create shadows, to finally completing a guide of material design to third party Android apps. There is no doubt that material design is pretty to look at with its bold colours, typography...

  • Will crucial partnerships help drive Android Pay’s ecosystem?

    Android Pay has officially introduced at Google’s I/O conference in San Fransisco. While the "simple and secure" mobile payment solution has been in the pipeline for better over a year, Google unveiled some interesting details we could look forward to. With rivals in the space like Apple, PayPal and Square, mobile payments is yet to take off in the US. Though Google hopes its key partnerships and open philosophy will help drive the industry forward. Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay relies on Near Communication Frequency (NFC) to make transactions. The customer simply swipes their Android smartphone at an in-store terminal...

  • Chromebook sales will reach 7.3m units in 2015, says Gartner

    Chromebooks might not be widely popular as yet but it appears that they are starting to claim an increasingly large portion of the market. According to Gartner, Chromebook sales to end users are on pace to reach 7.3-million units in 2015. This is a 27% increase from 2014. At the center of these estimates is education. In 2014, the education space represented 72% of the global Chromebook market. "Since the first model launched in mid-2011, Google's Chromebook has seen success mainly in the education segment across all regions," said Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner. In the business market, Chromebook sales...

  • Tweets will now start showing up in your Google search results

    From today, Tweets will start showing up on Google Search on mobile devices. When users are searching on the Google app or any browser on their phone or tablet, they will find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results. Only a few weeks ago, Google announced that mobile search had overtaken desktop in more than 10 countries. The company also announced that it was bringing changes to its search, making it richer and engaging. Google introduced a way for users that allows them not to the website but can order right from the search. Google explains that...

  • Google Chrome unleashes The Great Suspender

    Chrome has introduced an extension that sounds like a film title with Denzel Washington and his definitive walk playing the lead. The Great Suspender is here and it will sort out your problem. The Great Suspender is a lightweight chrome extension to help reduce Chrome's memory footprint for users who like to have more than one tab open at the same time. It replaces the URL, with a simple screen that says "Tab suspended, click to reload” and opens whenever the user is ready to do so. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it...

  • Google Fit receives an update, now estimates distance and calories burned

    Google Fit has received an update and can now estimate distance and calories burned. The LG Health has this feature so Google Fit is playing catch up and not innovating new things. Tracking one's exercise, be it the mere walking of everyday, running, hiking or cycling, has become a prominent feature in tech. Google notes that this feature is to enable its Google Fit users to have the tools to check on their progress. The update needs extra information to be functional. Users have to update their profile and include gender, height and weight. Users will also now have...