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Google may serve ads on your thermostat in the future

You may soon see ads on all manner of home appliances, as Google has stated in a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to serve ads on "refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities." Google's response was in...
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...
YouTube update allows you to select your video streaming quality

YouTube update allows users to select streaming quality

Google has just pushed out an update to the YouTube app to allow you to choose your video streaming quality on the fly. Now, with the update, you can choose if you want your videos to stream at 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p, or an auto mode that detects your connection. It seems that an option for full...

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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-...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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