It's been barely 24 hours since Google unveiled plans for its Project Glass augmented reality glasses and there's already a hearty spoof on it. You already saw Google's idea of what the future would look like, now take a look at the humorous dark side of wearing AR glasses in real life.
There were rumors that Google was secretly working on a pair of augmented reality glasses and now Google's made it official that it is indeed prototyping a pair of them. It's called "Project Glass" and it could change the way we live, or just make us ever more reliant on technology for everyday tasks.
I think most of us can agree that Gmail's biggest limitation has always been our lack of ability to type in Morse code. Twenty-six letters and fourteen marks of punctuation can just be a little too daunting sometimes, when all you really want is some dots and dashes. Luckily, the gods of Google have come through (as they always do) and introduced Google Tap, which allows you to type messages in Morse Code. Just in time for April Fool's Day.
Ever use Google Maps to plan a route to your dinner date, then end up twenty minutes late while your thinking-she's-been-stood-up date sadly twirls a swizzle stick around a vodka rocks because you left during rush hour? Oddly specific example aside, that feeling could be over: Google Maps now takes current traffic into account.
There's been a lot of buzz about Google's "Nexus Tablet." Most rumors suggest Google has contracted Asus to build a sub-$200 Android tablet, and now the Wall Street Journal weighs in, firmly stating that Google will open a new online store that'll sell co-branded Android tablets by other makers.
As we cruise the Web everyday, most of us encounter a reCaptcha — those distorted letters and numbers designed to check that a human is behind an online activity like logging into an account or comment system. Lately, users have been seeing a change in the fuzzy text and have seen seeing what looks like real pictures.
In a bid to increase transparency and regain trust from Google users, Google introduced today "Account Activity." Account Activity is a monthly report that'll let users see useful statistics on how they spend their time on Google's services — all neatly complied in an easy to digest form.
There have been a lot of futuristic patent applications making the news lately. Google is up next with one the company calls "Advertising Based on Environmental Conditions." Essentially, it boils down to technology that would listen to your calls to analyze background conditions in order to push relevant advertising your way.
Forget about the new iPad for a second. Buried under the torrent of iPad news (yes, we know its screen is drop-dead awesome) is reported "confirmation" that Google is building a 7-inch "Nexus tablet" with Asus that will possibly be cheaper than the $200 Kindle Fire and come with the next version of Android.
The saying goes "If you need it done right, do it yourself." With the iPad making headlines all this week, Google's new line of defense to grab a stake in the tablet market might be to attack the low-end. Rumor has it that Google is partnering with Asus for a tablet that'll cost half as much as an iPad.