Google issued a fairly minor, but still noteworthy update to its Chrome iOS app today. The update now includes full-screen browsing, as well as new printing options, allowing users to take advantage of Google's CloudPrint protocol or Apple's AirPrint feature. The update also comes with support to save a website to a PDF directly to Google Drive.
WhatsApp has denied claims that it is in acquisition talks with Google, despite reports that the search giant was offering a healthy $1bn for the cross-platform messaging service. Chatter of a potential buy-out began earlier this week, but according to WhatsApp business development lead Neeraj Arora it's not accurate; he told AllThingsD that no talks were ongoing.
Google's decision to branch off from WebKit and develop its own Blink browser rendering engine is a matter of speed not fragmentation and control, one Chrome team developer has argued, pointing out that what's currently the de-facto standard has already become a weight around devs' necks. "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster" Google London's Alex Russell argues, likening the sluggishness of adding and tweaking WebKit features to the inefficiency of using an old computer when newer, faster ones are available. As a bonus, he points out, developers will be less likely to inadvertently break something when modifying the Blink engine, a situation Russell says can often occur when dealing with WebKit.
Signs that Google Now, the search giant's context and prediction engine currently featured on Android phones, is coming to the desktop have been spotted, with a new Chromium feature teasing the functionality though not currently functional. Evidence of Google Now in the open-source browser was spotted by François Beaufort; however, without the correct server address, it can't actually be used. Still, it indicates that Google is readying to expand Google Now's footprint from mobile to the desktop.
Google certainly put on a spectacle when they announced the all-new Chromebook Pixel, and the display is truly wonderful. Everything about this new Chromebook is top notch. The design is elegant, the screen is crisp and beautiful, but we still have what many would probably agree is a love-hate relationship with the Chrome OS. Add in a touchscreen for our smartphone accustomed brains and we could really have something here. However, read on to find out if the $1,299 price is worth the risk.
You've seen the Glass concept videos, you've read the breathless hands-on reports, but how exactly is Google's augmented reality system going to work? The search giant's Google X Lab team has been coy on specifics so far, with little in the way of technical insight as to the systems responsible for keeping the headset running. Thanks to a source close to the Glass project, though, we're excited to give you some insight into what magic actually happens inside that wearable eyepiece, what that UI looks like, and how the innovative functionality will work, both locally and in the cloud.
Google may be beavering away on the last stages of Project Glass before the Explorer version arrives with developers, but meanwhile DIY wearable computers are springing up, some with Apple's iOS at their core. A straightforward combination of an iPod touch, off-the-shelf wearable display, Bluetooth camera and a set of safety goggles was enough for AI researcher Rod Furlan to get a glimpse at the benefits of augmented reality, he writes at IEEE Spectrum, though the headset raised as many questions as it provided answers.
Backup. It's more often than not the guilty omission in homes and small offices, and the hassle of setup - finding a place to plug in for both power and network - is often cited as a key hurdle. Synology wants to change all that with the DiskStation DS213air, the company's first WiFi-equipped NAS: up to 8TB of storage, all the media streaming a modern home might demand, and in a small and affordable footprint. Does wireless overcome that big barrier to backup? Read on for our full review.
Berg's whimsical Little Printer has been hacked to support photos, though the new direct messaging feature won't be present in the first generation of the unusual desktop gizmo. Part of a side-project by a member of the Berg team, the app update adds a camera feature to the currently text-only smartphone software, allowing users to append a photo to their wirelessly-beamed message.
This week the folks at Brother have revealed the Business Smart Series color inkjet all-in-one printer series with Landscape Printing Technology to change the way all-in-one printing is done. This printer lineup is made to take what it is to be an all-in-one unit and makes it a powerhouse with a much smaller footprint than ever before. This collection of all-in-one printers also includes a new engine and a larger print head to increase the speed at which prints are made.