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  • 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...

  • 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’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...

  • YouTube’s new ‘Music Insights’ tells artist in which city they are most popular

    YouTube has introduced a new tool for artists. Called Music insights, its function is to give artists data about where their music is being viewed the most. YouTube says this data can help artists create opportunities for both themselves and fans. Music insights is part of the recently launched YouTube for Artists site. The company says that the new tool will not only help artist grow their community on YouTube but can also help them grow it offline. The kind of data that artist can obtain from music insights includes data on which cities around the world is the artist...

  • 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...

  • Controversial Google, Oracle case could put future API usage in jeopardy

    Both Google and Oracle are tech giants and their technology is ingrained into our everyday lives. The latter company owns the Java platform, which is used in most pieces of technology. Even with all of Oracle's success, the company is looking to target other tech giants. Oracle has decided to sue Google over copyrighted API's, more specifically their usage within Google's Android operating system. Google claims the usage consisted of only a small portion of the Java Standard Library. However small the usage may be, the code had still been used. After Silicon Valley judge, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, sided...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up #22: #AskMmusi, Instacart, Gaming villains and humans crash into self driving cars

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Christopher Wilton speak about Mmusi Maimane's #AskMeAnything hour on Twitter, Instacart for South Africa, history's greatest gaming villains, and Google car crashes. Politicians have embraced social media platforms but unlike the propaganda that they can spread on their newsletters, social media platforms are a space that is hard to police. When Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter, tossing himself into the war of tweet, shortly after his election as the new DA leader,...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • Google+ Collections: a new way to group your posts by topic

    Google has introduced Google+ Collections, a Pinterest like feature that allows Google+ users to share and connect with others with shared interests and passions. This is nothing new, of course, as on Google+ one can follow groups with similar interests but there are minor changes and a different interface. With Google+ Collections, Google says, users a new way to group your posts by topic, essentially curating their likes. Google explains that “every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into.” Furthermore, users can share their...

  • Google launches Handwriting Input Tool for both text and emoji on Android

    Google Research today launched a new project, Google Handwriting Input. The new app allows users, instead of using a standard keyboard, to take a leap back to the ancient days of handwriting to write text on any Android app with or without a stylus. For now, the app recognises 82 languages and 20 distinct scripts, supports emojis, which can be entered by drawing them. Google Handwriting Input works with or without an Internet connection. The new tool comes with voice as well, accessible through the mic sign. After typing, as the same with most keyboards, one can choose the word...

  • EU officially charges Google with antitrust violations, opens formal investigation on Android (update)

    The European Union has formally charged Google with cheating competitors by distorting internet search results to advantage its Google Shopping service. The EU has also launched an investigation into Android. The EU accuses Google of “systematic favourable treatment to its comparison shopping product (currently called 'Google Shopping') in its general search results pages, e.g. by showing Google Shopping more prominently on the screen.” Though EU formally launched the charges today, it has been under pressure to investigate Google for some time. In a statement released today, the EU said that it has sent Google a statement of objections, a charge sheet,...

  • Twitter stock rises amid Google takeover rumours

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, the saying goes. And it holds any truth, fresh rumours of a Twitter acquisition may have more truth to them than you think. According to Mashable, Twitter’s shares rose ‘amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors to deal with takeover bids.’ At this rumour, Twitter’s shares rose up to 4.8% as rumours of Google and Yahoo planning a possible buyout surfaced. On Tuesday, rumours were doing the rounds that Twitter had hired advisers including Goldman Sachs to fend off companies that are interested in buying the social media...

  • YouTube’s VP9 codec has enabled users to watch 25bn hours of faster, better, buffer-free videos

    YouTube has revealed that video buffering is no longer a thing. Thanks to the VP9 video codec, which is the default codec for YouTube’s HTML5 video player, YouTube claims that its users have already watched more than 25-billion hours of video, and all of these in HD. The VP9 codec is designed to bring HD and even 4K (2160p) quality at half the bandwidth used by other known codecs, making watching movies or videos on YouTube an awesome experience. Videos have always been compressed on YouTube because it is not possible to play them at the rate in which...