Google has been building its own self-driving cars and testing them. According to Google’s official blog, the company has created prototypes that do not have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal. The reason for the removal of these parts is that Google expects the software and sensors to do all the work.
Spotify is the latest company to fall prey to a hacker attack and has launched an investigation into the data breach. Based on initial findings, only one person's data has been accessed, and that information didn't include any password, financial, or payment information. Nevertheless, Spotify says it's erring on the side of caution and plans to roll out an updated Android app, which should show up in Google Play and Amazon Appstore over the next several days.
Google Fiber's approach is the exact opposite of Comcast's
Net neutrality is one of the biggest topics on the web right now, and lest anyone thing it's being overstated, see the spat between Netflix and Comcast. In short, Netflix inked a multi-year agreement with Comcast to ensure that its traffic is pumped into homes at the fastest speed possible to avoid buffering, low quality video, dropouts, and other undesirable effects of slowed connections. Not long after, Netlfix announced it was increasing its subscription by $1 for new subscribers. In other words, it's the customers that ultimately foot the bill when big companies fight, which is why it's refreshing to see Google take a different approach.
Apple concedes its spot atop the list of most valuable brands
Steve Cook and the rest of the Cupertino gang at Apple are off their collective game, or so it would appear. Having once been declared the most valuable brand in the world, that honor now belongs to Google, as determined by Millward Brown, a global research agency specializing in advertising, marketing communications, media, and communications. In a new ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands for 2014, the Mountain View firm supplanted its Cupertino rival.
New and improved version of Chrome OS hits the Stable channel
Google this week rolled out an updated version of its open source Chrome OS to the Stable channel -- version 35.0.1916.116 (Platform version: 5712.6.0). The update applies to all Chrome OS devices, save for the Asus Chromebook and Samsung Series 3 Chromebox. For all other Chrome OS devices, the update adds a number of bug fixes, security updates, and feature enhancements.
Twitch may have turned down a Microsoft offer to join forces with Google's YouTube service
To borrow a line from "The Social Network," a million dollars isn't cool. Do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. There are a lot of cool offers being made in the tech industry, and the latest involves Google reportedly offering to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Twitch, which is a video game streaming service, is said to be more interested in partnering with Google than Microsoft (which is also interested in Twitch) because of the potential Google's YouTube division brings to the table.
Previously, Chrome OS devices were guaranteed four years’ worth of software support
Google has updated its Chrome OS End of Life (EOL) policy, extending the minimum EOL term to five years. Many Chrome OS device owners have already received an email apprising them of the change from the search engine giant.
No other Android app has been downloaded more times than Gmail
High fives are in order for Google's Gmail team, as Gmail is the first Android application to notch 1 billion downloads in its belt. The feat, which actually occured a few days ago, was announced today by Google VP Sundar Pichai, who posted the achievement on his Google+ page. It was a succinct (albeit excited) recognition, though crossing 1 billion downloads doesn't mean there are a billion people using Gmail.
You may have seen reports indicating that the bill of materials (BOM) associated with Google Glass is a mere $79.78, well short of the $1,500 price tag it costs to join the Explorer program and bring a set home. Sounds like highway robbery, right? Even after factoring in other expenses that have nothing do to with the actual component costs, the markup seems downright obscene. But is it? Google denies its Glass device cost just $80 to make. So how much is it really?
Currently restricted to Kansas City, Provo and Austin (promised), Google Fiber is getting ready for a major round of expansion. Earlier this year, the search giant invited 34 cities around the U.S. to “work with us to explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber.” As if gigabit internet wasn’t enough, the selected cities could also end up getting citywide Wi-Fi from Google.