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How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches

When Google redesigned the Android interface using its new “Material Design” guidelines, users were ecstatic. It’s not that Android’s old design was particularly bad, but the new and improved look of Android was sleek and modern. In fact, Material Design arguably … Continue reading How to switch to YouTube’s big Material Design makeover right now, before it launches

Apple, Amazon, and Now Google: An Exciting Time for Robotics

This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of IEEE Spectrum or the IEEE. The recent robot-related news from Apple, Amazon, and Google shows serious momentum for the robotics industry. In case you missed it, here’s a recap: Apple announced that it was investing $10.5 billion in supply chain robots and automation equipment and recently confirmed its acquisition of PrimeSense for $350 million (PrimeSense developed the 3D sensing technology originally used in the Microsoft Kinect). Amazon, in a CBS 60 Minutes piece aired early this month, showed off a new concept delivery system using … Continue reading Apple, Amazon, and Now Google: An Exciting Time for Robotics

Now, just wink to click photos on Google Glass

Francisco: Google Glass on Tuesday announced updates to the software in its Internet-linked eyewear to allow users to snap pictures by winking. The new feature, which promises to escalate privacy concerns already being voiced about the high-tech gadget, came as one of an array of improvements. “We’ve got a new setting that lets you quickly and easily capture the moments you care about with a simple wink of the eye,” Google Glass posted on its Google+ social network page. “We’re starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible,” the message continued. Notions put forth included Glass wearers … Continue reading Now, just wink to click photos on Google Glass

Google Glass’ new apps land, Winkfeed and weather alerts for your face

It looks like Google’s list of available Glassware has gotten a bit longer today, with a focus on news alerts and Hangouts. Delivering information via Google Glass – or really any wearable technology — is a challenge. You have to be able to clearly convey your message in a way that can be consumed by either glancing down at your wrist or up at your Glass display. Because of this challenge, Google has been working closely with several developers so their apps can be seen as golden examples of how to pass on information to users. Those apps have been released today, in … Continue reading Google Glass’ new apps land, Winkfeed and weather alerts for your face

LG G Flex: First impressions

  LG finally introduced its first curved display smartphone in India, the G Flex, at an event in New Delhi. Indian consumers will have to wait till next year to get their hands on the device, as the G Flex will be available in India only in February 2014.We got a chance to play with the LG G Flex at the event however, and sum up our first impressions below. When we first held the G Flex in our hands, we were definitely a bit taken aback by its ergonomic curved design, which definitely is the device’s USP. The G Flex is curved … Continue reading LG G Flex: First impressions

Boston Dynamics Now Belongs to Google

Image: Awaissoft News The New York Times is reporting that Boston Dynamics, the company famous for robots like BigDog, LS3, Petman, Atlas, and WildCat, has been entirely swallowed up by Google. Early this month, news broke that Google had acquired seven robotics startups and that Andy Rubin, the Google engineer who spearheaded the development of Android, is leading this new robots effort at the company. Google was said to be interested in using robots not for consumer applications but rather in logistics, manufacturing, and related activities. Details, however, were scarce, and Google’s robotics plan remains a mystery. The acquisition of Boston Dynamics only makes things more nebulous. The previous robot … Continue reading Boston Dynamics Now Belongs to Google

Pak government in talks with Google to localize YouTube

Islamabad: The Pakistan government is in talks with Google to localize YouTube, a move which could pave the way for the popular video sharing website to be unblocked in the Islamic country. Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rehman told the Senate Standing Committee on Tuesday that if certain conditions of the Google management are met, YouTube will be accessible as “http://YouTube.com.pk”, a local search engine. The world’s largest videos sharing website was blocked in the country in September 2012 on the orders of then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The ban was imposed after YouTube refused … Continue reading Pak government in talks with Google to localize YouTube