Google Partners With Rockchip to Power Project Ara

Google works on so many projects, it can be hard to keep track of them all. They've put computers on our faces, sent internet balloons into the atmosphere, and created contact lenses that measure glucose through our tears. Project Ara is another example of trying to take an ambitious idea and make it possible—all… » 8/24/14 10:00am Sunday 10:00am

Meet the Company Google Just Bought To Design Its Future

Today, Google announced it's taking a big step into its future: By buying Gecko Design, an 18-year-old product design and mechanical engineering studio, to be part of Google X. What could Google want with a smaller engineering company like Gecko? Its ability to build real-world products, that's what. » 8/22/14 3:42pm Friday 3:42pm

​Google Wanted To Keep Secrets About Its Self-Driving Cars

We've moved beyond the geewhizOMG phase of autonomous cars and into the dirty, nasty, contentious world of legislation and regulation. The California DMV has issued its rules that Google (and others) have to abide by, and with that fight over, now we know what the crew from Mountain View wanted to hide. » 8/22/14 3:30am 8/22/14 3:30am

Google's Awesome 360-Panorama Photo Sphere App Comes to iOS

Since making its debut on Android a little over a year ago, Photo Sphere has been one of those "Hey, look what my phone can do!" things that Android users have lorded over their non-Android friends. Today, though, Google is opening the doors to iPhone users with the Photo Sphere Camera app of iOS. This is good news… » 8/19/14 12:00pm 8/19/14 12:00pm

Why the Military Is Pinning Its Hopes on Google's Modular Phone

In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It's not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It's a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates. » 8/18/14 3:26pm 8/18/14 3:26pm

Google Wants Your Children...To Be Safe on the Web

Internet services want users, and much like religions and smartphone ecosystems, it's best to convert them when they're young. But a string of federal regulation, including the last year's overhauled COPPA rules, provide necessary restrictions and protections for youngling web surfers. But Google isn't giving up and… » 8/18/14 3:00pm 8/18/14 3:00pm

Pro Hackers Could Be Spying on You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It's getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it's time to encrypt your shit. » 8/15/14 4:09pm 8/15/14 4:09pm