Google’s huge developer conference, Google I/O, is this week(!), and while it’s not normally a place for a hardware announcements, a lot of rumors surrounding Google’s 2015 Nexus devices are already frothing toward the surface. Bottom line: Smartphones are in, tablets are out. »
This week at Google I/O, we’re likely to learn more about Brillo, Google’s oddly-named new operating system for low-powered devices that are perfect for a smart home or internet of things setup. »
Google’s hoping there’s a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug. »
Google has published a Chrome extension that allows you to share URLs in an interesting new way. Click a button and a simple chirrup from your computer’s speakers sends the link to other devices in earshot. »
An update to Google Maps has brought with it an interesting added bonus for Android smartphone users: access to maps, right there on your wrist. »
A collection of tech giants, including Apple and Google, along with noted cryptologists, have sent President Obama a letter urging him to reject government proposals to include backdoors in encrypted communication systems.
Google’s first consumer-focused prototype driverless cars will takes their first drive on public roads this summer, taking to the streets of Mountain View. »
Over the past six years, Google claims that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 “minor” accidents with light damage and no injuries. More importantly, it says its autonomous vehicles were never the cause of the crash. And it only took one report from the Associated Press for Google to finally release the… »
Update 06/21: Google has emphasized that none of the accidents its cars were involved with were the fault of its self-driving vehicles, and has updated its recorded miles to nearly a million. With that information, the accident rate for self-driving cars looks less unsettling and a lot more reassuring. »
Driving a car is easy. Engine on, eyes open, foot on the gas and you’re all set. So why is it taking autonomous cars so long to learn? »
Because ordering food already seemed too difficult, Google has decided to add a new tool to its search system which allows you to order takeout from restaurants straight from a page of results.
Much of the news in the “space race” for Silicon Valley dominance has focused on the Big Three: Google, Apple, and Facebook have all been competing to build Imperial Star Destroyer-size new HQs. But now we learn that LinkedIn also has big plans to grow its campus. And a failed land-grab by Google almost stopped it. »