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Google Map Maker Officially Shuts Down, Some Features Integrated Into Google Maps

Google shut down its Map Maker on March 31 and many key features are integrated into Google Maps. The company would strive to incorporate minor features of Google Map Maker into Google Maps in the near term.

Google April 3, 2017

High School Student Wins Doodle4Google Competition With Her Vision Of A Diverse, Peaceful Society

This year’s Doodle4Google winner is one that illustrates how humans can learn to love one another, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, and religion. The winner, a high school student form Connecticut, had her illustration featured on Google’s home page.

Google April 1, 2017

Google April Fools' Day 2017: All The Pranks To Date

Google is going strong with April Fools' Day this year, unveiling Gnome, Wind, a bubble wrap keyboard, the Haptic Helpers, and 'Ms. Pac-Man' on Maps and tweaking Assistant to help you steer clear of pranks.

Google April 1, 2017

Google Turns Maps Into Playable 'Ms. Pac-Man' Courses For April Fools' Day: Here’s How To Play

It’s April Fools' Day, and naturally, Google is more than up to the task of seeing its annual pranking tradition come into the fore. This time, it’s offering users the ability to play 'Ms. Pac-Man' inside Google Maps.

Google March 31, 2017

Google Working On Social Photo Editing App For Groups: What To Expect

Google wants to turn photo editing into a social experience for small groups and it has an app in the works to do just that. The app would allow for collaborative photo editing, tagging and sharing, and could debut at Google I/O in May.

Google March 27, 2017

Google Hangouts Drops SMS Support As It Focuses On Being A Workplace Communication App

Google is reportedly dropping the SMS support for its Hangouts service. The move coincides with the effort to make Hangouts a better workplace communications tool.

Google March 24, 2017

In A Push For Diversity, Howard University Outpost Opens At Google To Recruit More Black Engineers

Google and Howard University has opened up Howard West, an on-site campus where Howard students can study computer science courses and work with Google tech employees. The program launches this summer, with plans to expand moving forward.

Google March 26, 2017

Google Maps Will Soon Allow Users To Temporarily Share Their Real-Time Location

Google Maps will soon receive a feature that will allow users to share their real-time location with others. The feature will be a very useful one due to its potential applications, but it also raises certain concerns on user privacy.

Google March 23, 2017

How To Install Google's Android O Developer Preview On Your Pixel Or Nexus Device

Google has finally released the first developer preview for Android O. For owners of compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, here is how to install the first look at Android O into your smartphone.

Google March 22, 2017

Google Home Removes 'Timely Content' Audio Ads Soon After Introducing Feature

Google has removed its audio ads hours after introducing it on its Google Home. The audio clips gave information about Disney’s newly-released movie ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Google March 18, 2017

Google Develops Algorithm That Reduces JPEG Size By 35 Percent, Images Will Still Look Good, Though

Google has devised a new way to encode web images that’ll maintain the quality while reducing the file size by 35 percent. It’s called Guetzli, and Google has made it available to download for free.

Google March 17, 2017

Google Launches Efforts To Flag False, Offensive Content In Search Results

Google is currently studying how to spot potentially upsetting, offensive and factually incorrect search results. The company is using an army of' 'quality raters' to flag results to help its algorithm in the future.

Google March 18, 2017

Google Launches Family Link To Help Parents Track Their Kids' Online Activity and Location

Google is officially expanding its user base into children below 13 years old through the launch of Family Link. The app allows parents to have control over the usage of their children on Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

Google March 16, 2017

Google Rolls Out #myAndroid Taste Test To Help Users Create The Perfect Home Screen

Google has rolled out the #myAndroid Taste Test to help users come up with the perfect home screen for their devices. The online tool will ask a series of questions and then recommend three options to Android users.

Google March 13, 2017

Google Nexus 6 March Security Patch Broke Android Pay, But It's All Fine Now: What Happened?

The Nexus 6 recently got the Android security patch for March, which broke SafetyNet and Android Pay. Google found a temporary workaround and re-uploaded the OTA file and factory image, and Android Pay is now working again.

Google March 11, 2017

New Google Drive Features To Help Teams Migrate Massive Files To Google Cloud

Google has expanded Google Drive’s functionality by adding new features to help enterprises set up and manage team drives through its cloud storage.

Google March 10, 2017

Google Cracks Down On Bots Using More Stealthy Approach: reCAPTCHA Turns Invisible

Google gives website owners a new stealthy option to keep spambots at bay with the invisible reCAPTCHA widget. Humans don't have to do anything to prove they're human!

Google March 10, 2017

Google Is The Best Company To Work For In US, 6th Year In A Row

Google bagged the number one workplace position yet again for the sixth consecutive time in Fortune's list of 100 best companies. The company maintained the top spot due to its attractive perks to employees and also a great work environment

Google March 10, 2017

The 55-Inch Google Jamboard Will Come With A $5,000 Price Tag: Is It Worth It?

Google has revealed that the 55-inch, enterprise-focused Jamboard will be released in May with a $4,999 price tag. Will it be a worthy purchase for businesses, or should they go with the Microsoft Surface Hub?

Google March 10, 2017

Google Hangouts Rebooted Into Slack, Microsoft Teams Competitor: Here's What Hangouts Chat Offers

Google has divided Hangouts into two parts, namely Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Chat is groomed as a Slack and Microsoft Teams competitor, and here is what the app offers to enterprise customers.

Google March 9, 2017

Google Pixel And Pixel XL Microphone Issues: Google Confirms Hardware Problem

Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners have been experiencing yet another issue, this time affecting the smartphones' microphones. On the bright side, Google is aware of the matter and is actively communicating with affected users.

Google March 9, 2017

Google Play Turns Five: The Most Popular Downloads Include 'Candy Crush,' Facebook And Adele’s '25'

'Candy Crush Saga' was the most downloaded game in the Google Play Store since its launch.

Google March 7, 2017

Google Launches ‘Meet,’ A Version Of Hangouts For Business Professionals And Enterprises

Google appears to be gearing up for another videoconferencing app called Meet, geared for business and enterprise users. What happens to Duo and Hangouts remains to be seen.

Google March 1, 2017

3 New Daydream VR Games Coming To Play Store Soon, Confirms Google

Google announced during the GDC event that three new games would soon be launched for the company’s Daydream VR headset. ‘Turbo Button’, ‘Beartopia’ and ‘Virtual Rabbits’ are the games coming soon to the headset.

Google February 28, 2017

Boston Dynamics Officially Unwraps Handle, A Robot That Can Go Anywhere (No, You Can’t Run Away From It)

Boston Dynamics rolls out an official video of its wheeled robot Handle. Here's what it can do.

Google February 28, 2017

Google Apologizes For Wiping Google Wifi And OnHub Devices, Locking Users Out

Google has confirmed the glitch that crashed a number of Google hardware such as Google Wifi and OnHub routers. Even Chromecast and Gmail for mobile devices have been affected by the problem.

Google February 26, 2017

Google Cracks Old Crypto Algorithm, SHA-1 Now Unsafe: Why You Should Panic

Using massive computing power, Google has successfully attacked a cryptographic algorithm used to validate digital signatures. The cracked algorithm is also widely used to protect digital assets such as credit card transactions.

Google February 24, 2017

Google Replaces Android Default Texting App With A Deadly iMessage Rival

Google announced that it is leading an industry-wide initiative to adopt Rich Communication Services for text messaging. Naturally, this would mean that all stakeholders and partners will be using one SMS app only, which is the so-called Android Messages.

Google February 24, 2017

Fighting The Good Fight: Google Donates $11.5 Million To Bolster Racial Equality And Justice Causes

Google has announced its commitment to bolster racial equity in the country’s criminal justice system, believing that data can be part of that step forward. It’s donating $11.5 million for the cause, significantly larger than its previous efforts.

Google February 24, 2017

Google Sues Uber, Otto For Stealing Waymo's Self-Driving Car Secrets, Design, Highly Confidential Documents

Google filed a lawsuit alleging that Uber and Otto stole the design of its custom LiDAR system, critical in Waymo's self-driving car technology. It also accused the defendants of downloading trade secrets and blueprints, among others.

Google February 23, 2017

Android Secret Menu Lets You Use Cool Experimental Features: Here's How To Unlock It

Google has hidden a secret menu in Android that will let users customize their devices using experimental features. Its access is easy only if you know the trick in finding it.

Google February 21, 2017

Google Project Fi Enables VoLTE Phone Calls For Some Customers: Perks And Drawbacks

Google announced that in recent weeks, it has been testing VoLTE connections for some Project Fi subscribers. Here's what you need to know about the process and the perks/drawbacks it entails.

Google February 20, 2017

Android Security: How Google Scans Billions Of Apps To Keep Malware At Bay

Android Security has an overwhelming task to keep the Android Universe free from malware. We look at how the company is able to handle this daunting task.

Google February 28, 2017

In Depth: Fight Against Fake News Continues, Google News Expands 'Fact Check' Tag To More Countries

Google extends its fact check tag to its regular search, news site, and Google News & Weather iOS and Android application to South American countries.

Google February 19, 2017

Remember Google's Project Loon? Breakthrough Could Speed Up The Launch Of Alphabet's Internet-Providing Balloons

Project Loon, which looks to launch balloons into the stratosphere that will be able to provide internet connectivity to users on Earth, just made a major breakthrough. The technology is now years closer to becoming a reality.

Google February 17, 2017

You Can Now Do Your Shopping Via Google Home: Here’s How

Google has now rolled out an update to its smart speaker that will let users shop online using their voice. However, there are a few limitations to consider.

Google February 16, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Personally Responds To 7-Year-Old Girl Who Wants To Work For Google

Google CEO Sundar Pichai writes back to a girl's application letter asking for a job. Pichai says he looks forward to receiving the girl's application once she's done with school.

Google February 16, 2017

Google Outs Cloud Spanner, Its Globally Distributed Database Service For Mission-Critical Applications

Google has now officially opened Cloud Spanner, after residing in its internal operations for the most part. Spanner offers both transactional capabilities of traditional relational databases and the scale-out architecture of NoSQL database services.

Google February 15, 2017

Google Invites Netizens To Discover Beauty Of Africa: Street View Adds Senegal, Ghana, And Uganda

Google has added Senegal, Ghana, And Uganda to its Street View application. With the latest addition, Google's Street view now adds up to 81 countries across the globe with seven in Africa.

Google February 17, 2017

Google Experiment Shows Robots Can Collaborate, Co-Exist Then Turn Selfish: Is Skynet Imminent?

A Google DeepMind experiment used multi-agent reinforcement learning to determine the emergence of cooperation in AI. Well, they did not only collaborate but they also got killer instincts.

Google February 14, 2017

Google Maps Update: How To Make And Share Lists And Why You Should

Google Maps got a neat new update that now allows users to create lists and share them with friends and family. Here's a quick guide on how to create shareable lists in Google Maps, and how they could come in handy.

Google February 14, 2017

Google Pixel, Pixel XL Get Exclusive Instant Tethering Feature For Automatic Internet Connection

The newly released Instant Tethering keeps your Google devices automatically connected to the internet. There is no word yet if the feature will also head to other Android phones.

Google February 11, 2017

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