Once only associated with gaming and entertainment, virtual reality is now working its way into sports, news, and soon, classrooms. The latter is what Google was aiming for when it revealed its Google Expeditions plan at Google I/O late last May. Those plans are now coming to fruition, as the company formally launches its Expeditions Pioneer Program, inviting teachers and schools to try out the new technology that could almost literally open students' eyes to the vast world existing outside the four corners of their classrooms.
When smartphones began their lives almost a decade ago, the order of the day was to keep apps as small as possible due to limitations in storage space and hardware capabilities. Today, however, we possess veritable computers in our pockets with enough power to rival the least powered netbook (remember those?). As such, developers have been increasing their apps' sophistication, and therefore, size. Keeping up with the times, Google is finally allowing Android developers to have APKs that are up to 100 MB in size, allowing them to include higher quality assets in the package.
Some companies need a few computers to go about their business, others need very fast mainframes and servers to function. And then there are others who need exponentially faster computing to run at peak efficiency. Google and NASA are two examples of those companies, which is why they are heavily invested in the still nascent field of quantum computing. Luckily for them, D-Wave, a leading manufacturer of quantum computing equipment, has just revealed the D-Wave 2X to cater to their, as well as others', needs and experiments in the field.
Google's Chromebook Pixel has always been a cut above other Chromebooks. While most of their ilk sport low to mid-range specs, Pixels more often than not bear some of the highest in the market. The next Pixel, named Pixel C, is said to be both the same and yet different, according to insider sources. While it might look like a Chromebook, or half of one, the Pixel C won't be a Chromebook. For one, it will be a tablet. And for another, it will be running Android instead of Chrome OS.
Google has had some very ambitious and sometimes even incredible ideas to bring the Internet, whether low speed or high, to more people, from installing fiber lines in US cities to flying balloons in remote places in the world. Now it's bringing that vision and ambition to India, home country of new Google CEO Sundar PIchai. This time, however, it isn't looking to the skies to connect India's next 10 million to the Internet. Instead, it is looking to repurpose India's train stations to be come hubs of public high-speed Internet access across the country.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, the FTC and US Justice Department are launching an investigation into Google's anti-competitive behavior over Android. Regulators are said to have spoken with several of Google's rivals, discovering that the company limits competitor’s access to the mobile operating system in order favor its own apps and services, including Gmail, Chrome, and Maps. The antitrust investigation will try to determine if Google has created a monopoly that puts rivals at a disadvantage.
Recently, tech companies have been taking major action to gain a foothold in the ripe market that is China, from Apple's public apology to Google's rumored censorship. The latest to make somewhat of a concession is Microsoft, though the implications are probably far less unprecedented or disruptive. The company has just announced one its latest major partnership in China, which will help it gain access to potentially hundreds of millions of users. But its deal with Baidu is coming at a small price, one that will see Bing out the door in the region.
Just because Google's announced event is just around the corner doesn't mean the leaks and rumors have to stop. Quite the opposite, everyone is trying to get their last minute unofficial sources in before all of it is either validated or made moot. For example, we're once again getting some more or less better quality PR images of the Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X. This time, however, we're also being given a peek at the color options that might be available when the two land next week.
Without specific training it can be very difficult to manage large databases and deploy tools needed to use large data sets efficiently and easily. Not all organizations have the staff with the skills to do this. Google has announced a new service called Google Cloud Dataproc that aims specifically at making it faster, cheaper, and easier to manage Spark and Hadoop databases.
In just less than a week, Google has a scheduled event where it might possibly reveal the two new Nexus smartphones, one from LG and one from Huawei. Naturally, leaks and rumors are ramping up to beat the deadline. This latest batch seemingly confirm some of the things we've been seeing and hearing about, particularly the rather odd design on the back of Hauwei's Nexus. Alleged retail boxes of both Nexus smartphones have also appeared, confirming the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P monikers leaked earlier.
The Google Wallet app for iOS has received a substantial update this week, introducing not only a refreshed UI design, but also the ability to make peer-to-peer payments to "anyone in the US with an email address," as Google puts it. Accompanying the release of Android Pay earlier this month, the same features were added to Google Wallet for Android devices. The new version of the iOS app is available now on the App Store.