Tech giant Google Inc. has confirmed that it has acquired Boston Dynamics - the maker of some of the world's most sophisticated robots, including "BigDog" and "Atlas".
Founded in 1992 by Marc Raibert, Boston Dynamics best-known four-legged robot BigDog can carry heavy loads of several hundred pounds, even over rough terrain. It is perfect for use in combats and relief works. In 2008, Boston dynamics had posted a video of BigDog on Google popular video-sharing site YouTube. The video had gained more than 15 million hits.
Widely popular video-sharing service YouTube has confirmed that it is opening up live streaming to all verified accounts.
Confirming the move, YouTube said that anyone with a verified YouTube account would now be able to stream live videos to the Web. Users will also be able to launch a Google+ Hangout on Air straight from the YouTube Live events manager. Therefore, they will be able to have an easier access to their followers on the Internet search giant's social network.
While Amazon is testing drones for delivering packages to buyers' doorsteps, tech giant Google is reportedly experimenting with robots for the same purpose.
John Markoff of the New York Times revealed in a recently published report that Google is working on next-generation robots, which would be used to deliver packages to customers' doorsteps. The report also said that the project is being headed by Andy Rubin - the former head of Google's widely popular mobile operating system Android.
Simply wearing Google Glass behind the wheel is not against the law, a woman who was issued a ticket in California for wearing the device while driving argued.
Cecilia Abadie, a Google Glass pioneer, admitted that she was wearing the device while driving but argued that the high-tech specs were powered off, which could not have caused distracted driving.
On Tuesday, she was produced in a court, where she refused to plead guilty to the charge.
A Seattle restaurant called Lost Lake has confirmed that it ejected one of its customers/patrons because the customer was insisting on wearing Google Glass into the restaurant.
In a post on its Facebook account, the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge declared that its "No Glass here" policy doesn't allow customers to use gadgets like Google Glass inside the restaurant and that its officials had to ask a rude customer to leave because the customer's insistence on wearing the same.
Apple's widely popular iPad tablets are used for a lot more than merely checking e-mails and playing games, a new promo page released by the Cupertino, California-based technology giant revealed.
The iPhone/iPad-maker's new promo page dubbed "Life in iPad" draws attention to iPad users belonging to diverse occupations from around the globe.
It shows iPads in use by a farm worker, a vineyard owner, a technician at a wind turbine, a professional speedskater, an off-road race car driver, an underwater sea diver, a choreographer, a firefighter, a surgeon, and a mountain climber.
Tired of NSA's controversial snooping programs, Silicon Valley tech giant like Google, Yahoo and Facebook are now using "harder-to-crack" codes.
According to a recently published Bloomberg report, Google and other online firms have strengthened their encryption tools to shield online customer data like e-mail and social media posts from government snooping.
The report also claimed that strengthened encryption tools of the aforementioned firms are so strong that no government agency would be able to crack them until 2030.
A pseudonymous hacker, who is yet to celebrate his 21st birthday, grabbed the biggest bug bounty of $50,000 at the recently wrapped Mobile Pwn2Own 2013 contest in Tokyo.
The hacker, known as “Pinkie Pie,” made use of in vulnerabilities in Google's Chrome browser to hijack Android-based Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones.
Pinkie Pie took advantage of two holes, viz. an integer overflow which affects Chrome and another vulnerability that caused a full sandbox escape.
Google Inc, the world's most popular Internet search giant, has warned that the U. S. Government's controversial spying operations could hurt freedom of expression as well as America's economy.
Richard Salgado, law enforcement & information security director at Google Inc, said that the government's spying operations risk breaking the open Internet into a "splinter net," which would have a negative impact on the promise of an Internet as an open platform as well as the country's economic growth.
Targeting at the lower end of fast growing smartphone market, Google Inc on Wednesday introduced much rumored pocket-friendly smartphone Moto G at an event in Brazil.
The Android 4.3 Jellybean OS-based Moto G has been priced at $179, keeping price-conscious consumers in mind.
The Moto G features a 4.5-inch high definition (HD) display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
The suite of entertainment apps and other capabilities of Microsoft's Xbox One are greater than those of counterpart gaming systems from rival firms Google and Apple, according to Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian.
In a recent note to investors, Sebastian said Xbox One's entertainment apps, its capability to provide users with Web content, and traditional entertainment options like music, movies and TV make it a more compelling product than rival products from Google and Apple.
Internet search giant Google Inc has just shed more light on what it plans to do with two barges floating off the U. S. coasts.
Responding to widespread speculation about what the pair of barges would be used for; Google said the two multi-storey vessels, officially called Google Barges, would be used to serve as nautical showrooms for the firm's latest & greatest products.
Google Maps will in near future produce more customized, individual views, according to Google Maps product management director Bernhard Seefeld.
Speaking at the GigaOm Roadmap 2013 conference, Seefeld said that Google Maps in future will produce views based on users' history on various Google services. In other words, it would take into account the places that users had previously reviewed or searched for, such as baseball grounds or restaurants.
According to reports, the Android 4.3 `Jelly Bean' rollout, which commenced in early October, is now coming to the UK; with the first smartphone to get the upgrade being the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The update boosts the Galaxy S4 handset from its current Android `Jelly Bean' version 4.2 to version 4.3. In addition, the update - which may take a few days to reach to all Galaxy S4 handsets in the UK - also brings along support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.