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Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

Gecko Design acquisition would help Google commercialize advanced research projects

Google is showing that it may be moving more into the hardware space thanks to the acquisition of Gecko Design, a mechanical engineering and product design firm, that was announced today. Though details of the deal were not disclosed, Gecko's design team will be joining Google X, the Internet...
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Ten years of Google awesomeness as a publicly traded company

Mountain View has been a prime example of the long-term play Google went public 10 years ago today. I remember it well because, at the time, I was working as an equity analyst covering the technology hardware sector on Bay Street in Toronto. When IPOs happen, the investment bankers typically are...
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Understanding Google's Android location tracking

Is Google following your phone everywhere it goes? Sure — but only if you let it. Every now and again a story hits the blogosphere reporting how Google is automatically tracking your location on your Android phone (or your iPhone), and how you can see proof of this by visiting a certain website...
Google recaps the World Cup through trends and searches

Google relives the excitement of the World Cup through trends and searches

Want to know more than the scores, the wins, and the celebrations behind the World Cup? Google has now compiled a video and a World Cup recap page that shows off not just highlights from the game, but what people were talking about and what they were searching for. Through trends, you can relive...
Android I/O 2014 app source code released by Google

Android I/O 2014 app source code released by Google

Google announced in a blog post that it has released the source code to the popular Google I/O 2014 app, a tool that was useful to attendees of this year's Google's developer conference. In doing so, Google hopes that the source code could serve as a useful learning tool to developers on creating...
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Google announces its Q2 2014 earnings: $16 billion revenue leads to $4.26 billion income

Google has just released its Q2 2014 earnings, where revenues hit $16 billion, up 22 percent from the year previous. Operating income was $4.26 billion, 27 percent of revenues, up from $3.47 billion the year earlier. Net income was $3.42 billion in the end, up just slightly from Q2 2013. Earnings...
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Google lets you easily track the value of your Bitcoin hoard

Google has updated its search engine to list real-time Bitcoin price conversions. The search giant has partnered with Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase to provide the feature. To see how much Bitcoin is worth, you can just ask Google a query like, "Bitcoin price" or "how much is Bitcoin worth...
Mulally chooses Google over Microsoft for next venture

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally joins Google's board

Alan Mulally is leaving Detroit where he was the former CEO of Ford to join Google's Board of Directors. In a press release today, Google announced that Mullaly was appointed effective July 9th, and that he will serve on Google's Audit Committee. "I am honored to serve on the board of a global...
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Investigation underway after Indian agency issues fake certificates to Google domains

The Indian Controller of Certifying Authorities (India CCA) has launched an investigation into the issue of unauthorized digital certificates to Google by the National Informatics Center Certifying Authority. Such a certificate could have been used to trick a service into thinking that a fake...
Android TV announced at Google I/O

Android TV announced at Google I/O

As expected, Google has taken the wraps off a new version Android for the living room at today's Google I/O 2014 keynote. Android TV, the successor to the ill-fated Google TV, brings a new, streamlined user interface to TVs, game consoles, and set top boxes, designed to put content front and...
Nest

Google's Nest is officially in competition with Apple HomeKit

Not that this is any sort of surprise, but Google has finally announced a developer program for the Nest division. The timing couldn't be much better since I just finished writing about why I'm looking forward to the primary mobile players, Apple and Google, integrating "Internet of Things" hooks...
Nest thermostat

Nest announces smart home API, brings third-party integration to connected devices

Nest has launched a "Works with Nest" certification program and API that allows third-party companies to communicate with Nest's Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector. Companies initially in the certification program included IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Logitech, Mercedes-Benz,...
Data center, Google style

Google starting its own domain name registration service

Google is using some of their data center space to start up a service to help you register your own domain name on the Internet. The service, aptly named Google Domains is an invite-only beta for the time being, as we have come to expect whenever Google rolls out a new product or service. Google...
Nest creator will now lead Google's hardware business

Father of the iPod now leading Google's hardware initiatives

Tony Fadell, widely considered as the father of the iPod and creator of the Nest, is now joining Google's leadership to head up the company's consumer hardware business. It's still unclear what that means for the future of Google's hardware business as the company doesn't produce that much in-...
Glass

Google Glass UK hits the UK, priced £1000

For the first time since its announcement Google Glass is officially available to purchase outside the United States. Today Google has announced that Glass is now available to purchase from the UK Google Play Store, priced £1,000 ($1,700). Like U.S. buyers, Brits get their choice of free frame or...
Dropcam

Google and Nest buy Dropcam for $555 million

Nest has just acquired Wi-Fi video streaming camera company Dropcam for $555 million. As you know, it was just a few months ago that Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. This move will bring Dropcam into the Google family. A blog post on the Nest website alleviates any concerns over ads...
Android Wear

Android Wear video highlights Google's design views

Google's Android Wear platform will likely be a major talking point at this year's I/O conference, which will be conducted next week. Ahead of the event, Google is giving a glimpse of what its new platform can do through a series of videos posted to its YouTube dev channel. The latest video...
YouTube

YouTube confirms paid music service, intends to block holdout labels' videos 'within days'

After Amazon announced Prime Music last week, YouTube is following suit by confirming its own paid music streaming service, which will debut sometime over the summer. The ad-free service will allegedly be called YouTube Music Pass and will allow users to download full albums for offline...
Google may be planning Google Fit APIs for connected wearables

Rumored Google Fit to allow wearables to phone home

Google is rumored to be working on a Google Fit project that could become the hub for collecting data tracked through health and fitness wearable technologies. Google Fit could debut as early as by the end of the month at the Google I/O conference. Though details aren't clear, at its core...
Google Now can pencil in appointments automatically

Google Now can pencil in appointments automatically

Google Now can now infer events that are not yet in your calendar but that you may have been talking about in your Gmail conversation. By scanning your email, Google can now suggest a calendar card in Google Now and ask if you want to add events that it has inferred into your books. This would...

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