Google has created more than just a messaging app in Hangouts. The company created a unified platform for free group video chats, photo sharing, and text and video messaging. It works across all Google platforms so that you can use it on your computer through Google+, and on your Android mobile phone and tablet through downloadable apps.
Barnes & Noble announced that its two high end tablets are getting Google Play through a software update that started yesterday. By allowing Nook HD and HD+ owners to access Google Play from their tablets, the company is giving them access to over 700,000 apps, movies and TV shows not previously available and sets the Nook apart from the Amazon Kindle.
Google Glass has been out for less than a month, but newfound owners are already wondering how they can break it, hack it, and make it work in ways that, perhaps, don’t fulfill Google’s vision for Glass. Enter Jay Freeman, who hacked and rooted his Glass while he ate dinner with friends.
Google has agreed to change the way it presents search results for some type of queries following pressure from the European Union. But rival Internet firms have already said the changes don’t go far enough.
Lookout Mobile Security, a security research firm, has discovered a new Android-based malware family dubbed — in what must be considered one of the more apt names for more malware — “BadNews.” And it is, truly, bad news: the affected applications, according to Lookout, have been downloaded 2,000,000 to 9,000,000 times from the Google Play store.
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The last thing Google’s Eric Schmidt wants to see is a drone hovering over his yard. Not the kind of drone which drops missiles and kills people in Pakistan, mind you, but the kind you can take out of a box and just let loose. The kind of drone that civilians can, and likely will, use in the near future. That’s why, Schmidt argues, they need to be regulated before they even become an issue.
News reports indicate that we can expect an update of Google’s popular Nexus 7 sometime in July. ASUS will again be the manufacturer behind the tablet but there will be some significant differences with the update.
Google announced who has won the privilege to purchase the $1,500 Google Glass in advance in its “#ifihadglass” contest, and the list is quite exclusive. For example, former Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, won the right to a pair. Mayhaps he’ll use his Glass on his soon-to-be moon colony?
A Swedish organization has abandoned plans to include a reference to Google in a semi-official list of new Swedish words. The move comes after pressure from Google relating to its trademarks.