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google to sell ellite unit to planet labs


alphabet inc.’s google is selling its ellite business to competitor planet labs inc. for shares in the startup, in a move to simplify google’s sprawling operations.under the deal, planet would acquire google’s  ellite-imagery terra bella unit and its seven ellites in orbit, the companies said. in exchange, google would get a stake in planet and agree to purchase ellite images from the company for five years. the...






google now launcher will reportedly be discontinued, will still get updates via


why it matters to you if the google now launcher is removed from the play store, there will be no official alternatives for android devices until the pixel launcher is made available for everyone.google may be gearing up to discontinue the google now launcher, the default launcher on devices running stock android before the pixel was released last fall.according to a leaked email from the android team at google mobile services, which was obtained by android police, “google now launcher will be unpublished from google play” in the first quarter of 2017.more: google’s latest live case designs inspired by a nyc ballet performance“although users would not be able to and install the launcher from the google play store, google will continue to support existing users of the google now launcher b






google sells ellite unit to planet labs


alphabet inc.’s google is selling its ellite business to competitor planet labs inc. for shares in the startup, in a move to simplify google’s sprawling operations.under the deal, planet will acquire google’s  ellite-imagery terra bella unit and its seven ellites in orbit, the companies said. in exchange, google gets a stake in planet and agrees to purchase ellite images from the company for five years. the companies...






google to have a superbowl ad for home


superbowl is on sunday and a lot of people can’t wait for it. some are into the game between new england patriots and atlanta falcons but some are into the sweet adverts that we are going to see between plays and quarters and especially at half-time.google reported advertising revenue of $22.4 billion and are going to pay the $5 million chunk to get a spot in the superbowl commercials. according to ad age, we will see a google home ad on sunday.this will be a first for google’s virtual home istant. amazon already showed its echo, voiced by alexa in last year’s superbowl and the search giant is keeping up with the trend.google already has a tv commercial that runs in united states since october. sources do not reveal if this is going to be the same spot or google has produced another one.vi






32gb pixel c no longer available from google store


the pixel c the first “pixel” device to come from google running android, proper. it was first rumored to run chrome os, to succeed the chromebook pixel. in the end, it launched with android marshmallow 6.0.1 back in december of 2015.the pixel c is just over a year old at this point, and it appears google has stopped stocking an entry-level model with 32gb of storage. at this time, only the 64gb version of the android tablet remains for sale from google for $599, that raises the entry-level price by $100 from $499.as the pixel c reaches this far in its life-cycle, there’s no knowing if google plans to launch a successor in the future. but given that the google pixel phones have been selling generally well, perhaps google should consider a pixel-branded tablet lineup that rivals the ipad, t






google seems to have abandoned end-to-end encryption for 'hosted' s/mime encrypt


google adopted s/mime encryption for the enterprise version of gmail, but it comes with a compromise: the encryption is no longer end-to-end, and google can decrypt all s/mime emails.






google open-sources chrome for ios


google today announced that the code for chrome for ios is now part of its chromium open source project.on ios, chrome has to use apple’s webkit rendering engine instead of google’s own blink engine. because of this, google didn’t add the chrome for ios code to the chromium code base before. supporting both rendering engines in the same code base, after all, adds quite a bit of complexity.over the last few years, though, google’s team worked on making the necessary code changes to add the chrome for ios code to chromium. that work is now complete and developers who want to compile the ios version of chromium can now take the ios code from the chromium repository and do so ( uming, of course, that they run os x and use xcode).google argues that this move also means that the development spee






google now launcher will die by the end of march


if you've been confused by the fact that there are two google-made launchers in the play store, namely the google now launcher (gnl) and the pixel launcher, then prepare to become un-confused pretty soon. sure, the pixel launcher is only installable on the pixels, as its name implies, but the search giant is getting ready to stop supporting the google now launcher. the upside is that there will be only one google launcher in the play store by the end of the first quarter of this year (so on march 31 at the latest). the downside is that this probably means the end of the road for any big feature additions to the gnl.we say "probably" because in another confusing move, google has been pushing updates to the gnl through the google app for android (seriously, that's how this works). and obviou






google istant will arrive on on the nexus 6p and nexus 5x soon, rumor says


one of the unique selling points for google's pixel and pixel xl has so far been the integrated google istant. the more conver ional virtual istant offers a more polished experience when talking to it compared to past iterations that weren't called istant. despite that, the istant's capabilities are still more limited in certain areas than what google now used to provide, but that doesn't mean people don't want it on their non-pixel android devices.the lg g6 may be the first such smartphone to get the google istant built-in, but apparently it won't be the last. a new rumor says the huawei nexus 6p and lg nexus 5x will finally receive the istant alongside the next "major" android update that will hit these devices.no other, less vague details have been shared unfortunately. however, the use






parking spot shortage? google maps now lets you know


map apps have been reporting traffic jams for a while now, but what about parking shortages? shouldn’t an app tell us not to bother driving somewhere if there won’t be a place to park once we arrive? on friday, alphabet inc.’s google updated its popular maps app on android devices to provide estimates of parking difficulty.once you request directions to a destination, you may see a new icon. if google has a parking difficulty...






google launches fund that could donate $4m to aclu, others


mountain view – google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.google has confirmed a usa today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. the money will go toward the american civil liberties union, the immigrant legal resource center, the international rescue committee and the u.n. refugee agency.company executives are also donating separately to the effort.google says in a statement that it’s concerned about the impact president donald trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven muslim majority nations will have on the company’s employees and their families.






google launches fund that could donate $4m to aclu, others


mountain view, calif. — google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.google has confirmed a usa today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. the money will go toward the american civil liberties union, the immigrant legal resource center, the international rescue committee and the u.n. human rights commission.company executives are also donating separately to the effort.google says in a statement that it's concerned about the impact president donald trump's order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven muslim majority nations will have on the company's employees and their families.






google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ case in japan


tokyo—japan’s supreme court has ruled in favor of alphabet inc’s google in a case brought by a man found guilty years ago of child- og hy charges who wanted articles about his arrest removed from google searches.the ruling, dated tuesday and released wednesday, didn’t directly address the “right to be forgotten,” which was established in the european union by the eu’s top court in a 2014 ruling. but it did offer some of the...






google has open-sourced chrome for ios


google has finally figured out how to open-source chrome for ios. on tuesday, google announced that developers could now modify and compile the ios version of chrome. previously, developers could compile open-source versions of chrome for the web and android. with this new update, chrome for ios is now joining google’s open-source chromium project repository.  chromium started as an initiative for desktop web development, and in may 2015 google incorporated android mobile web browser the ios version of chrome was kept apart from chromium because apple required “additional complexity” to create a web browser for ios. google worked for years to make chrome for ios be built on top of both webkit, the ios rendering engine, as well as blink, google’s rendering engine. the impact on you: now






google criticizes impact on staff of trump immigration order


google chief executive sundar pichai criticized president donald trump’s immigration order in an email to staff late friday, saying the u.s. ban on foreign nationals from seven countries affects at least 187 google employees.“we’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the us,” mr. pichai said in...






google announces security key-enforced two-step verification for g suite


google will allow it administrators to enforce the use of u2f security keys for authentication to its g suite.






google ending hands free payment pilot test to focus on android pay


google launched a pilot program, last year, which allowed customers to make payments at the store without the need to take their phone or wallet out. customers had to have both wi-fi and bluetooth enabled to communicate with beacons that are placed by the checkout registers.the customer would then tell the cashier their initials and the cashier would then confirm the profile picture ociated with the customer’s profile. a payment would be deducted from the customer’s account and a receipt (presumably) sent via email.well, like many of google’s side projects, this one is going the way of google buzz, reader, wave, and so on. google outlined the future of the program in an email that was sent to current testers of hands free payments. it appears that google has collected enough information ab






google open sources chrome for ios code


google said it will move its chrome for ios code into the open source community and may have gotten a few digs into apple while it was at it.special feature securing your mobile enterprise mobile devices continue their march toward becoming powerful productivity machines. but they are also major security risks if they aren't managed properly. we look at the latest wisdom and best practices for securing the mobile workforce.in a blog post, google noted that chrome ios "was kept separate from the rest of the chromium project due to the additional complexity required for the platform."now google is moving it into the chromium project's open source repository. google noted that to move the code it needed to do "careful refactoring."specifically, google said chrome on ios had to support webkit'






google p os 2.8 revamps ui, changes ‘device folders’ location


google has made it much easier for folks to find p os that are saved on the device, which was always a nightmare for those who were switching to a smartphone that no longer e with a proper “gallery” app, but instead relied on google’s p os app.in google p os 2.8, the ‘device folders’ option makes itself more visible by moving from the burger menu to the ‘albums’ tab and gets a slightly different name: ‘p os on device’. in addition to being able to see p o albums from your google p os account, you’ll be able to scroll to the left to see p os saved internally. the actual ‘p os on device’ screen also looks a bit different, more like a traditional gallery, rather than displaying six p os of each folder.p os: albums view (2.7) • device folders (2.7) • albums view (2.8) • p os on device (2.8) in






google will soon open-source google earth enterprise


google earth enterprise, which originally launched over ten years ago, was google’s tool for businesses that wanted to build and host private versions of google earth and google maps for their internal geospatial applications. in 2015, the company announced that it would shut the service down in march 2017 but in what is becoming a pretty standard move for deprecated products, google this week announced that it would open source all of the core google earth enterprise (gee) tools.this means that gee fusion, server and portable server (that’s a total of 470,000 lines of code) will be available on github under the apache 2 license in march. the company explicitly notes that neither the gee client, nor the google maps javascript api v3 or the google earth api will be open sourced. the company






google chrome beta 64-bit


google chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite web apps straight from your desktop.google chrome beta is in the web browsers category of the browsers section.






google pushes ahead to make its cloud better for windows enterprise users


google is expanding support of windows server and sql server on the google cloud platform with the goal of making its cloud "the best enterprise cloud environment."on february 1, google made available beta versions of pre-configured images for microsoft sql server enterprise and windows server core on its google compute engine. google also announced support for sql server alwayson availability groups to shore up its enterprise high-availability and disaster-recovery story. and the company said all of its windows server images are now enabled with windows remote mana ent support, including its windows server core 2016 and 2012 r2 images.as of yesterday, google cloud customers can launch compute engine virtual machines with sql server enterprise edition pre-installed and pay by the minute fo






google chrome for ios is now open source too


while you can use browsers other than safari on ios, and have been able to for a few years now, none of those alternatives are allowed to bring their own rendering engines to apple's platform. so they all have to use the built-in webkit rendering engine that also powers safari. this is why up until today the code for google chrome's ios version has been kept separate from the chromium open source project, which is available for developers to use to compile browsers for the other operating systems that chrome runs on.yet google has "spent a lot of time over the past several years" making the necessary changes required to upstream the code for chrome for ios into chromium, and these efforts have come to fruition today. chromium now supports both webkit (for ios) and google's own blink (for o






google chrome beta


google chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite web apps straight from your desktop.google chrome beta is in the web browsers category of the browsers section.






google chrome beta portable


google chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite web apps straight from your desktop.google chrome beta is in the web browsers category of the browsers section.






google now lets you add app-like bookmarks on android


google released new chrome beta version and it comes with the feature called progressive web apps. when a mobile site is launched and you want to “add to home screen” through the chrome options, a shortcut appears.the difference is it doesn’t act as a normal bookmark, but as an app that can draw notifications, be uninstalled and such. this is really important for users who want to use mobile site instead of ing an app.other new features of the chrome beta v57.0 are the “css grid layout” that gives developers more options of positioning various segments on media player lockscreens. chrome beta can be ed right away at play store.source | via | chrome beta at google play






only iphones will be made at apple's first plant in india


february 03, 2017, 3:40 pm snap, which owns the popular snapchat social networking app, plans to raise $3 billion in an initial public offering of its stock — and to spend heavily on google cloud services as it expands. snap, based in the southern california beach town of venice, revealed its dependence on mountain view-based google and the google cloud service, in a filed thursday with the securities and...






navigating google p os on android just got simpler with new design


why it matters to you google p os users on android will no longer need to dig around in the menu for albums.finding an image on google p os just got a tad easier. in an android-only update thursday, feb. 2, google reworked the albums feature, adding enhanced organization to the ways albums are displayed.the albums tab is now divided into three parts. along with sorting your actual albums, the app now separates images based on what app you s them with. a third category auto-organizes p os by location and what’s inside them. while the auto albums isn’t a new feature, the new organization makes them easier to find.more: google p os is one year old — here’s what’s next for italong with the three new sections, the p os inside the albums are easier to search through. that’s because google switc






best google chrome productivity, privacy and security extensions (february 2017)


ghostery is an extension that reveals "invisible" web, which consists of trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by facebook, google, and over 500 other ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers - all companies interested in your activity.find out - and more importantly, control - who is tracking your browsing. .






google istant adds another 10 skills to its arsenal today


why it matters to you google istant is attempting to catch up with amazon alexa's thousands of skills, and it looks like it might be on its way.it’s still got a ways to go before catching up with amazon’s alexa, but google istant is already proving its mettle with the addition of 10 new skills. the latest batch to join the internet giant’s smart home istant are all conver ion actions from third-party developers, and include such crucial information as the best wine pairings to go with your dinner, and whether your dog’s dinner was actually safe for him or her.having a virtual sommelier at your disposal certainly sounds like a worthwhile perk, and that’s precisely what my wine guide offers by way of its new istant integration. simply ask your smart home hub what you should be drinking with






alphabet posts 4q profit, higher taxes hurt earnings


alphabet inc revealed its fourth-quarter financial results and they are somewhat of a mixed bag. during the holiday season revenue from advertising went up 17.4% to $22.4 billion. however earnings per share were $9.36, which is lower than the $9.67 expected by analysts.the cfo ruth porat underlined that the company broadens its business in hardware, app sales and cloud services which climbed 62% to $3.4 billion.results could be even better but google was hit with a higher tax rate of 22%, contributing to the dent in profitability.google-branded hardware showed promise - google home, the pixel gained traction over the holidays, google ceo sundar pichai said to the media.research companies estimate google will hit $60.92 billion in search ad revenue for 2016, or almost 60% of the search ad m






google's latest live case designs come from a performance by the new york ballet


why it matters to you are you a big fan of the new york city ballet? google has a live case for your phone that you'll flip for.google’s live cases allow you to add personal p os to a phone case, as well as opt for maps of your favorite locations. but the search giant also periodically partners with artists and companies to offer themed cases. the latest collaboration ties into designs worn by the new york city ballet for “the times are racing.”opening ceremony, a new york fashion firm, is behind the costumes of the performance, and the firm has also partnered with google to release the same designs on live cases. these cases are only compatible with google’s pixel, pixel xl, nexus 5x, and nexus 6p.more: discover new recipes and fine-tune your search results via the google app“the designs






google, facebook partner with french media over "fake news"


paris — french journalists are teaming up with american internet giants google and facebook to fight propaganda and misinformation online, mirroring similar efforts already underway in the united states and germany.french daily le monde says it is one of eight media organizations working with social networking site facebook to fact-check questionable content ahead of france's upcoming presidential election.at the same time, nonprofit first draft news announced the launch of crosscheck , a verification project aimed at helping french voters "make sense of what and who to trust online." google's news lab is also involved.google and facebook have both been under increasing scrutiny over the spread of hoaxes, conspiracy theories and propaganda — sometimes referred to by the catchall term "fake






snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for google cloud infrastructure


most of today’s snap coverage will be about its revenue and daily average usage numbers, but there was one small tidbit that emerged that will mean big business for the company’s cloud infrastructure partner, google.in snap’s s-1 filing, the company announced a license platform agreement it struck with google for its cloud infrastructure services. under the terms of the deal, which was completed just a few days ago (on january 30), snap committed to purchasing at least $400 million in cloud services for each of the next five years.snap has been using google infrastructure since at least 2013, but the size of the deal will likely make it one of google’s largest and most important cloud customers.for each of the first four years, snap will be able to roll 15 percent of that amount over to th






snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for google cloud infrastructure


most of today’s snap coverage will be  about its revenue and daily average usage numbers, but there was one small tidbit that emerged which will mean big business for the company’s cloud infrastructure partner, google.in snap’s s-1 filing, the company announced a license platform agreement it struck with google for its cloud infrastructure services. under the terms of the deal, which was completed just a few days ago on january 30, snap committed to purchasing at least $400 million in cloud services for each of the next five years.snap has been using google infrastructure since at least 2013, but the size of the deal will likely make it one of google’s largest and most important cloud customers.for each of the first four years, snap will be able to roll 15 percent of that amount over to th






snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for google cloud infrastructure


most of today’s snap coverage will be about its revenue and daily average usage numbers, but there was one small tidbit that emerged that will mean big business for the company’s cloud infrastructure partner, google.in snap’s s-1 filing, the company announced a license platform agreement it struck with google for its cloud infrastructure services. under the terms of the deal, which was completed just a few days ago (on january 30), snap committed to purchasing at least $400 million in cloud services for each of the next five years.snap has been using google infrastructure since at least 2013, but the size of the deal will likely make it one of google’s largest and most important cloud customers.for each of the first four years, snap will be able to roll 15 percent of that amount over to th






snapchat spending $2 billion over 5 years for google cloud


snapchat is running its business on google cloud and has agreed to spend $2 billion over the next five years to the search giant.the terms of snapchat's cloud spending with google was detailed in the company's initial public offering filing. in that securities and exchange commission filing, snapchat cited google cloud as a risk factor. snapchat said "we currently run the vast majority of our computing on google cloud."meanwhile, snapchat said a move away from google cloud would result in "significant time and expense." snapchat said:we have committed to spend $2 billion with google cloud over the next five years and have built our software and computer systems to use computing, storage capabilities, bandwidth, and other services provided by google, some of which do not have an alternative






android 7.1.2 lets you decide where to place live wallpaper


android 7.1.2 beta has been available for a short while, and the incremental update brought a few new features to pixel and late-generation nexus devices. one feature that droid-life points out is the ability to decide where you want to set a live wallpaper.a new option allows you to choose whether to set the live wallpaper on the home screen (only) or both the lock screen and home screen. before that, you were stuck with a live wallpaper in both the lock screen and home screen.this works with google’s integrated wallpapers in the google pixel devices. which google then released as a standalone app for anyone who wants to use google’s beautiful wallpapers.via






she's fired / boing boing


google pixel phone, google home, virtual reality headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). that’s why i highly suggest entering the google hardware giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.the pixel is google’s answer to apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. bringing high-end refinement to an android without […]






find out when your phone getting android 7.0 nougat?


android 7.1.1 nougat has been out for some time, but manufacturers and carriers are still lagging behind in pushing updates to devices. now we’re on 7.1.2, but it’s still in beta and only offers bug fixes and optimizations.the nexus 6, nexus 5x, nexus 6p, nexus 9, pixel, pixel xl, nexus player, and pixel c devices, as well as the general mobile 4g, an android one smartphone, should have the 7.1.1 update. the beta for 7.1.2 is gradually rolling out to the following enrolled devices: pixel, pixel xl, nexus 5x, nexus 6p, nexus player, and pixel c. android 7.1.1 will be the last version update for the nexus 6 and the nexus 9, but the devices will continue receiving security updates.more: hands on with nougat: android 7.0 is google’s sweetest update yetmost manufacturers and carriers are still






an in-depth interview / boing boing


google pixel phone, google home, virtual reality headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). that’s why i highly suggest entering the google hardware giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.the pixel is google’s answer to apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. bringing high-end refinement to an android without […]






interactive map of every ellite in orbit / boing boing


google pixel phone, google home, virtual reality headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). that’s why i highly suggest entering the google hardware giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.the pixel is google’s answer to apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. bringing high-end refinement to an android without […]






what target's g hic designers know about america that you don't / boing boing


google pixel phone, google home, virtual reality headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). that’s why i highly suggest entering the google hardware giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.the pixel is google’s answer to apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. bringing high-end refinement to an android without […]






"sculpture" of horse's head yours for $59.99 / boing boing


google pixel phone, google home, virtual reality headset…all items on my personal wish list (and probably yours too). that’s why i highly suggest entering the google hardware giveaway and getting the chance to win them all for free.the pixel is google’s answer to apple’s tightly integrated mobile ecosystem. bringing high-end refinement to an android without […]






google ends hands free experiment for now, but hints at a wider release


why it matters to you although hands free is over for the moment, the future of payment using your voice is just around the corner.hands free, google’s, well, hands-free method of mobile payment, is riding off into the sunset. the service, which launched in march exclusively in south bay, california, will be shut down on february 8 — though the company is re uring users that this likely won’t be the last they hear of it.according to the website, google is now working “to bring the best of the hands free technology to even more people and stores,” which hints that aspects could make their way to android pay down the line. hands free worked nothing like google’s flagship payment platform, as it utilized a combination of bluetooth low energy, wi-fi, location detection, and voice commands to