The Pirates of Silicon Valley: Google’s ATAP team is ‘trying to do epic shit’

At the Google I/O ATAP session this morning, ATAP Lead Regina Dugan told the assembled audience that is was going to “Glimpse at a small band of pirates trying to do epic shit.” Silicon Valley is full of hyperbole. It’s the world of “disruptive” apps and “game changing” services. Most are neither and when someone takes the stage and informs the […]

Facebook now lets marketers include up to three products in a single ad

Facebook today announced new multi-product ads that let businesses include three of their products when placing desktop or mobile ads on the platform. Each product will get its own image, description and target. Here’s what the new ad unit looks like on the iPhone: The multi-product option is arriving first in Facebook’s ads API, but […]

Foursquare will start charging the heaviest users of its places database

In order to monetize its giant database of restaurants and other businesses, Foursquare will begin charging its largest clients for access to that information. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the check-in giant is looking for additional revenue streams. Of the 63,000 companies that use the database, less than one percent will be charged the […]

Hands on with Project Tango, Google’s wild shot at making devices see the world

Today at Google I/O we spent some time at the Project Tango booth; if you’re not familiar with Tango, it’s a new technology Google is working on that will allow phones/tablets to give “human-scale” sense of space and motion. Project Tango was born out of ATAP over a year ago with the very first consumer-focused […]

Google Is Working With LG To Bring Project Tango To Consumers Next Year

During a session about its ATAP unit, Google today announced that it is working with LG to bring Project Tango, its effort to bring 3D-sensing to phones and tablets — to consumers early next year. This first consumer device will be a tablet, though Google wasn’t all that clear about what exactly this first partnership would […]

Going Native

One of the most important debates in mobile app development has been the trajectory of the mobile web compared to native apps. The question has been whether mobile web apps can gain enough support on iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems to provide a good user experience and ultimately compete with proprietary apps. We […]

Meet The Real Hackers Of Silicon Valley (And NYC, LA, And London)

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “the tech industry?” For many people, it’s a bunch of company or brand names, like Facebook and Microsoft. Maybe a couple of key identifying people come to mind, like Mark Zuckerberg wearing a hoodie or Sergey Brin walking about in Google Glass. But […]

Android L Preview Now Available On The Nexus 5 And Nexus 7

Developers with access to a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 can now install a preview of the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android L.  Android L brings a number of improvements over Android 4.4 KitKat. It brings the new “Material Design” design language, which vastly improves the look and feel of controls, notifications, and […]

The Story Behind Google’s Cardboard Project

The surprise hit of Google I/O was without a doubt Cardboard. Google’s paper product — or phone-based VR viewer — made its debut during yesterday’s keynote, and today, David Coz, the project’s founder, revealed its origins. Depending on who you ask at I/O, Google went ahead with this project either because it wanted to show that Facebook overpaid […]

Long lost plans aid computer rebuild

25 June 2014 Last updated at 16:34 By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News The rebuild project had few plans to work with when it began Detailed circuit diagrams for one of Britain’s pioneering computers have come to light during a project to reconstruct the machine. The 19 large-scale diagrams were drawn up when the […]

Protesters interrupt Google event

25 June 2014 Last updated at 23:09 By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News One of the protests was regarding a dispute about tenants in a San Francisco residential block Google has announced a raft of new services and products at its annual developer conference – but its event was twice interrupted by protesters. One […]

Heroin frame plot suspect arrested

26 June 2014 Last updated at 12:04 Packets of what was thought to be heroin were sent to Mr Krebs’ home A Ukrainian man believed to have tried to frame a net security expert for dealing heroin has been arrested in Italy. Sergei Vovnenko, known as Fly, was arrested in Naples for suspected trafficking in […]

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