Now You Can Buy a Chromebook For Just $150 (And They're Getting Better)

Five years ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt proclaimed that laptops would become disposable. We’re nearly there. Starting today, you can buy a new Chromebook for just $150—the cheapest price ever. And this spring, there’s a $250 Chromebook coming that looks pretty incredible. » 3/31/15 1:01pm Yesterday 1:01pm

Google's Chromebit Turns Any TV Into a Chrome PC for Under $100

Google just introduced a whole new kind of Chrome OS computer—a dongle that plugs into any HDMI-equipped display. It’s called a Chromebit, and it isn’t your run-of-the-mill streaming stick. For under $100, you’re looking at a full computer that plugs right into your TV. » 3/31/15 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

You Can Play Pac-Man On Google Maps Right Now

April Fool’s Day is imminent, which means that we’re about to see A) lots of unfunny people making awful attempts to prank everyone; and B) some people—often including big tech companies like Google and Blizzard—creating some brilliant things. Here’s one example of the latter. » 3/31/15 11:15am Yesterday 11:15am

Facebook and Google Are Locking In African Customers With Freebie Deals

Facebook and Google have grand plans to bring the internet to developing nations, paying Lisa Rinna-sized lip service to altruistic visions of global connectivity. But let's always remember that these US tech giants are also gunning for new customers and the lucrative data that comes with them. » 3/24/15 8:55pm 3/24/15 8:55pm

Leaked 2012 Report Says FTC Staff Wished to Sue Google Over Result Skews

A report acquired by the Wall Street Journal reveals that the Federal Trade Commission staff found, back in 2012, that Google had been skewing search results in such a way that they wanted to sue the search company. » 3/20/15 5:10am 3/20/15 5:10am

YouTube's Ready To Blow Your Mind With 360-Degree Videos

We told you that YouTube would support 360-degree videos. Now, they're here: as of today, Google's streaming video service now serves up videos that let you look in any direction—not just where the camera is pointing. Needless to say, this could be a Big. Freaking. Deal. » 3/13/15 2:00pm 3/13/15 2:00pm

Google Now Tells You If Your Flight Will Have WI-Fi

Snagging in-flight Wi-Fi can be somewhat of a lottery. Now, Google will let you find out before you fly if your airplane will provide you with data as you cruise through the skies. » 3/13/15 6:51am 3/13/15 6:51am

Google Should Hire Kanye

Right now, Apple reigns as the premium brand for mobile products; its monopoly on status symbol status is way too secure. Look upon at how excited people got about the Apple Watch when Android Wear does almost exactly the same damn thing. Spectators fawned over the new gold Macbook even though it's a $1,300 laptop… » 3/11/15 12:00pm 3/11/15 12:00pm

These Legendary UI Icons Are Now Hanging In a Museum

The original Mac OS icons. The Google Maps pin. The power-on symbol. These marks, which have been with us for years on our screens (or decades, in some cases), are all on display this month at the Museum of Modern Art. » 3/10/15 2:45pm 3/10/15 2:45pm

Android Is Coming to Virtual Reality, WSJ Says

Well, if Google's small cardboard-based foray into virtual reality last year wasn't a big enough hint, a new report from the Wall Street Journal says that Google is about to get even more serious about VR—by trying to become the standard OS for headsets everywhere. » 3/06/15 8:41pm 3/06/15 8:41pm

You'll Need a Nexus 6 to Enjoy Google's New Wireless Service

More details have emerged about Google's plan to become a wireless carrier without actually being a wireless carrier. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google's service will launch later this month but only on the Nexus 6. In other words, this Google wireless experiment is just that, an experiment. » 3/06/15 10:50am 3/06/15 10:50am

Organizing Your Gmail Contacts Is About to Get So Much Better

Organizing your contacts in Gmail historically atrocious. And now, thanks in part to the demise of Google+, it's about to become way better. » 3/03/15 5:28pm 3/03/15 5:28pm

Google Wants to Become a Wireless Carrier, But It's Not What You Think

We've long heard whisperings that Google wanted to become a wireless carrier, and over the weekend, a Google executive confirmed those rumors. Intriguing! Just imagine Google Fiber—but for mobile. However, Google's not trying to compete with the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world. Think of it more like Nexus for networks. » 3/02/15 10:25am 3/02/15 10:25am

Google Researchers Are Ranking Web Pages By Facts Not Links

Internet searches may be based on algorithmic rigour—but that doesn't necessarily guarantee the quality of a suggested page. Now, a team of Google researchers has developed a method that sorts results by factual content rather than how well linked a page is. » 3/02/15 7:00am 3/02/15 7:00am

Google+ Is Being Broken Into 'Photos' and 'Streams'

Google is splitting Google+ up. In a post on Google+ today, Bradley Horowitz, an existing Google VP of product, announced that he'd taken over responsibilities for the service, which will now be split into new services called Photos and Streams. » 3/02/15 5:07am 3/02/15 5:07am

Thanks For the Net Neutrality, Oligarchs

"Net neutrality" will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you… » 2/28/15 10:58am 2/28/15 10:58am

Google's AI Is Now Insanely Good at Playing Space Invaders 

Since Google acquired the artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $628 million last year, it's put the software to hard work...playing Atari 2600 video games. But no really, learning how to play 49 different Atari games showcases the promises—and the weaknesses—of DeepMind's software. » 2/25/15 3:20pm 2/25/15 3:20pm

Google Is Hosting "Nascar On The Moon"

The Lunar XPrize is a $30 million competition for a privately-funded mission to get to the moon, land a rover, and travel across the Moon sending back images and telemetry. The Google-sponsored prize has been around since 2007, but it looks like first place is going to come down to a mad dash across the lunar surface. » 2/24/15 9:00pm 2/24/15 9:00pm

France Wants Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Help Fighting Terrorism

When it comes to social media presence, the Islamic State (ISIS) has Western nations completely outgunned. In fact, ISIS and its supports tweet and post upwards of 90,000 times a day and has led to the U.S. and the U.K. to reconsider its propaganda social media strategy. France wants to take a slightly different… » 2/22/15 6:22pm 2/22/15 6:22pm