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Google releases Project Tango from ATAP

Posted by wicked January - 31 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off


Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are “transitioning” Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.

Project Tango launched a couple years and ATAP indicated that was long enough for a project to exist within ATAP. Project Tango is an attempt to bring technology that can build a virtual 3D map based on sensors detecting a device’s position in space. As an example, the team used their technology to build some self-propelled SPHERES for NASA to use in space.

Google indicates they are “committed to moving the technology forward” but no other details were available about how that is going to pan out.

source: +Google ATAP

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Google Earth Pro features are now free for everyone

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


The annual subscription fee of $399 for Google Earth Pro is gone. This morning, Google announced the the subscription to access Google Earth Pro features would be folded and activated for all users. The uses for Google Earth Pro vary from planning an office building to taking a trip into the mountains. So, yes, Google Earth Pro is pretty capable. It can also record high definition video around the globe and take precise radius and area measurements.

The following must be done to use Google Earth Pro for free:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Wait for Google to email the free license key to you.
  3. Download Google Earth Pro.
  4. Enter the license key.

Source: Google Lat Long

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Project Tango Exits ATAP, Enters New Home at Google

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Project Tango, Google’s 3D mapping hardware division has a new home at Google, no longer under the Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) umbrella. While the team announced the departure from that sector, they did not quite specify which department they would now be under, or if they would be their own branch at Google’s ever growing campus. 

It is the time of year when Google seems to organize and set itself up for the next year. As we saw in yesterday’s earnings call, Google execs stated that Google Glass, once a project under the Google X department, was a disappointment. Google’s CFO Patrick Pichette, on the call yesterday stated, “In other cases, when the teams aren’t able to clear hurdles, but we think there are still a lot of promise, we might ask them to take a pause and take the time to reset their strategies, as we recently did in the case of Glass.”

Back to ATAP and Tango, a Google spokesperson who spoke to Venture Beat stated that the company still intends to invest heavily in Tango, with many exciting implementations yet to be seen.

So, for those of you excited about the future of Tango, don’t be worried. It is not going anywhere, except for a new home at Google HQ.

Via: +Google ATAP | Venture Beat

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Google’s Project Tango is shifting away from ATAP to a new home in the company

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Some of the most technologically advanced and futuristic projects that have come from Google usually get their start with the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. Google ATAP is known for housing ventures like Project Ara, the company’s modular smartphone, and Project Tango, an Android-powered device that can map its movement through space using 3D technology. Earlier today, Google ATAP announced that Project Tango will be moving to a new home within the company.

The ATAP team explains:

So, after two fast-paced years in ATAP, and many technical successes, the Tango team is transitioning from ATAP to a new home within Google.  We’re excited about the continued commitment to developing the technology for our users  — we wish our fellow pirates fair winds and following seas.

The announcement was quite short, and there is currently no information telling us where exactly Tango is headed. However, we do know that Tango will be staying within the company, and that Google is still actively working on the project. This follows on the heels of the recent announcement that Google Glass has graduated from Google X, and is now under supervision of Nest’s Tony Fadell.

If you’re looking for more information on ATAP and Project Tango, head here to watch ATAP’s keynote at Google I/O 2014.

Smart Lock allows Android to unlock your Chromebook

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

We’ve featured something similar but the Smart Lock for Chrome is an official one from Google. This special unlocking feature works on a Chromebook with just an Android phone or tablet nearby. Simply sign in to unlock Chromebook without having to click anything on the keyboard or entering a passcode. All you need to do is access your Android phone.

This seems to be a nice and useful feature but not all Android phones can unlock your Chromebook. Smartphone must run at least Android 5.0 Lollipop and must have Bluetooth connectivity. Meanwhile, Chromebook must be installed with Chrome OS 40+ or above and of course, Bluetooth for the remote unlocking to work. Tablets are not yet supported but Google could be working on it.

Since this feature works over Bluetooth, the Android phone’s Bluetooth must always be turned on and phone must be within a 100-foot Bluetooth range and near the Chromebook. Smart Lock for Chrome must first be set up on both the Android phone and the Chromebook. You can allow multiple phones to unlock Chromebook but you should turn off the connections not in use.

If you have more than one compatible phone nearby, turn off the ones you won’t be using. To sign in to Chromebook, make sure phone and computer are both connected to the Internet, click account picture found in the bottom right corner. Click Settings > Show advanced settings. Click “set up” on the Smart Lock section. Follow instructions to pair phone and Chromebook. Make sure phone and Chromebook can detect each other’s Bluetooth connection.

SOURCE: Google Chrome

Google Earth Pro Now Free for All to Download

Posted by Tim-o-tato January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Starting today, anyone interested can go grab a Pro key for Google Earth, completely free of charge. After announcing that the Earth API for developers will completely shut down at the end of this year, Google appears to be moving more towards the mobile side of things, but still have yet to give official word on their plans for the future of Earth and desktops. 

With Earth Pro, builders and designers can place their own creations onto Earth, allowing for proper sizing and proportion designs. Basically, if you need it for your geographical-based work, it’s a good thing to have. However, if all you like to do is look at satellite images and zoom around from place to place, it may not be necessary to own.

To get started, grab a free key right here, then download the latest version of Earth Pro here.

Via: Google

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Google Now to start showing updates and notifications from 40 apps

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Google Now is quite limited as far as notifications are concerned. While it can manage sports scores, weather, stocks, flight timings etc, it had no third party app support. That changes today with Google officially bringing support for 40 new applications such as Pandora, Trip Advisor, Zillow, eBay, Shazam, Ford, Instacart, Airbnb and a whole lot more.


These apps will be supported with a new update to the Google app, which should be rolling out any minute now. Bear in mind that you will only be notified for apps that you choose, which will save you the trouble of clearing out unnecessary cards on Google Now.

It does take us a little by surprise that Google waited this long to introduce this feature, but it’s here nonetheless. You can find the complete list of apps now supported by Google Now in this page here.

Do you like the new changes made by Google? Make sure you let us know.

Source: Google Search

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Google Now Cards From Your Favorite Apps are Now a Thing, Like a Really Awesome Thing

Posted by Kellex January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Google Now and its lovely little cards, the part of Google Search and the Google app that make your life automated, is now so much more powerful thanks to an integration with 3rd party apps for the first time. That’s right, Google just announced that 40 different apps can now present you with Now cards to “help you out with your day-today life,” giving you the info you need right when you decide you need it. This is huge news. 

In the past, Google Now was only able to look from within Google services (like Gmail or Search or Maps), but with 3rd party app integration, you open up to a world of intense opportunity. Google gives examples of catching up on news from The Guardian app through a Now card, or Pandora giving you recommendations for music that could be played now, or a reminder from Duolingo to finish your French lesson, or a Lyft card to help you grab a car at the airport just after you land.

The list of currently integrated apps can be viewed here, but it includes names like Pandora, TripAdvisor, Lyft, eBay, Kayak, Waze, Runtastic, Hootsuite, and more.

And below, you can see what some of the cards look like.

airbnbcard ebaycard instacartcard  pandoracard shazamcard  walgreenscardlyftcard tripadvisorcard

Via:  Inside Search

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Google will accept Glassware despite Glass being paused

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Two weeks ago, the Google Glass Explorer program was shuttered. The entire future of Google Glass was questioned and existing owners of the smart glasses expressed concern over software support. Fortunately, developers will still be able to submit Glassware to make available on MyGlass.

Here is the statement a Glass representative provided to 9to5Google:

For now, you can still build Glassware, submit it for review, and after a successful review, release it on MyGlass. It’s never a wasted effort to experiment and innovate with a new form factor. There’s so much to learn with a new paradigm for computing such as Glass and the best way to learn is to build something and test. That said, it’s too early to say exactly what the developer experience will be like for future versions of Glass. We’re still building platform components and polishing the overall user experience, and it’s safe to say you’ll need to make some changes.

Google clarified yesterday in its fourth quarter earnings report that the team working on Glass will be rethinking their strategy. Rather than dropping Glass altogether, Google is merely pausing the project in its current state and composing a new approach before moving forward.

Via: 9to5Google

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Nexus Player to launch in Japan this February

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Yesterday, Google took to its official blog to broadcast that its Nexus Player will not be a North America exclusive for too much longer, as it will start selling the device in Japan next month, with other International rollouts following closely thereafter.

Upon release in Japan, customers will have access to a variety of content such as Video Market, Hot Pepper Beauty and Ryori Sapuri. They will also be able to play a selection of classic Android games, like Final Fantasy III and Soul Calibur.

To see the Nexus Player in action, check out the video below:

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