Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.
This afternoon Google services Gmail and Google+ appeared to be down as marked by inaccessibility by the masses starting in at around 1PM CST. While the beginning of this inaccessibility did not show markets on Google's Apps Status Dashboard, reports from across the United States showed a similar "Temporary Error (500)" reading. This downtime seemed to permeate Google's social network as well, with messages falling short through Google+ Hangouts starting at around 1PM CST as well.
YouTube will demonstrate 4K Ultra HD video using a new codec Google hopes will corner the streaming market, VP9, at CES 2014 next week. The royalty-free codec is Google's alternative to H.265 - what's currently one of the most prevalent 4K standards - with YouTube's involvement just one of a number of companies intending to support VP9, the site told GigaOm. That's in an attempt to avoid a re-run of the last streaming codec Google tried (and for the most part failed) to launch.
I love new technology, and I love wearables, and I love Google Glass, but I can't wear it out in public. Google's head-mounted computer is gradually proliferating, as the company opens up its pyramid-scheme of invitations, but the numbers are still small, and though I appreciate the functionality Glass brings, I'm struggling to sport it out in the wild without extreme self-consciousness. As a geek among geeks in San Francisco, there should be nothing holding me back; as a vocal advocate of wearables, I ought to be flying the flag with my fifteen-hundred-dollar early-adopter beacon. So what's taking the gloss off Glass?
Motorola has rolled out a pair of new smartphone applications for users of some of its Android devices. The new apps are Assist and Connect. Both of the apps are available on the Google Play store right now. The apps are compatible with a limited number of Motorola devices so they won't work for everyone.
The new "Helpouts" program by Google connects experts with people in need of answers via Google Hangouts and Google Plus. But the human help engine is only the technological evolution of a series of Google products designed to fulfill the same purpose. Its now-defunct Knol and Answers products are cases in point.
Back in August, we talked about Google's new Hangouts-like service called Google Helpouts, which brings subject experts to you wherever you need them via video chatting. It has been a couple months since the wraps were taken off the new service, and it is now live. The platform utilizes Google Wallet, Google Plus, and Hangouts technologies.
Google is no longer requiring new Google Glass Explorers to pick up their Glasses in person in Los Angeles or New York for a one-on-one walk-through. Instead it will mail Glasses to new Explorers and conduct walk-throughs via Google Hangouts. This marks an expansion of the Explorer program as it up-to-quadruples its participation roster over the coming weeks.
When Google's Android operating system first started as an attempt to compete against Apple and the original iPhone Google really didn't have anything to lose. The iPhone was dominating the smartphone market at the time and the way Google decided to compete against Apple was offering a free smartphone operating system that it could sell ads on the and various applications to make money. It took a while to catch on, but eventually Android became the most popular smartphone operating system out there.