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Digital Tattoo Will Unlock Your Moto X

July 23, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Motorola used Vivalink’s eSkin technology embedded in a small circular adhesive that sticks on the skin for five days through showering, exercise and other activities. The clear sticker shows off a shiny swirl of flexible electronics that leverage the phone’s NFC to unlock without a password when the user taps their Moto X against the tattoo.

Google, Others Mull NYC WI-Fi Project

July 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York is accepting proposals from interested parties willing to install, operate and maintain up to 10,000 “Public Communications Structures providing advertising, Wi-Fi, and phone service in all five boroughs.” The companies would be able to charge for phone service but the city has mandated that Internet service would need to be provided at the structures free of charge. 

Google's 2Q Revenue Gains Eclipse Earnings Miss

July 17, 2014 5:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's earnings rose modestly in the second quarter as the Internet company's expensive ambitions devoured most of a surprisingly strong gain in revenue. The report released Thursday also showed that Google's advertising prices are still dropping to extend a nearly three-year slump.

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SmartWatch Ep. 15: IoT Wars Erupt as Sprint, T-Mo Pool Cash for Spectrum

July 17, 2014 11:36 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

We’re back for the official start of SmartWatch: Season Two and we cannot stop talking about the possibility of a Sprint-T-Mobile merger. The latest reports have the U.S.’s third and fourth largest carriers raising $10 billion for a joint venture to bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions. That's more than AT&T has set aside for the auctions.

Former Ford CEO Mulally Appointed to Google Board

July 15, 2014 5:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google says it has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board. Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.

Google’s Nest Labs, Samsung Among Latest IoT Standards Group

July 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google’s Nest Labs and Samsung Electronics are among the companies forming the Thread Group, a new alliance pushing an IoT standard. The Thread Group is backing the Thread protocol, which it says can already run on millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices with only some software tweaks and no new hardware.

Google Goes Altruistic with New Glass Initiative

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Brett Zognker, Associated Press | News | Comments

After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Classroom Champions of Jacksonville, Florida, will use the glasses to create first-person educational videos by Paralympic athletes for high-need schools.

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

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Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Google Glass Could Offer Sports Fans First-Person Perspective

June 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Articles | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them.

Report: Google Partners with MediaTek for Android One Initiative

June 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is partnering up with chipset company MediaTek for its recently announced Android One initiative geared toward helping OEMs build low-cost Android devices for emerging markets. MediaTek will have access to the latest Android software and firmware, according to a Digitimes report. Should Android One prove successful, Google and MediaTek could reportedly extend the partnership to tablets and connected TVs.

AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The carrier did not mention pricing and said it would be available in the coming weeks. The G Watch showed up during Google’s Android Wear demo at Wednesday’s developer conference. The smartwatch—priced at $230 and shipping July 3—is now available for pre-order in the Google Play store.

Google Previews Android “L” Update, Announces Android TV

June 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today gave a preview of the upcoming L release of Android, due to be released in the fall.  At Google I/O, VP Sundar Pichai said the next iteration of the mobile operating system, featuring more than 5,000 new APIs, is designed for form factors beyond mobile. 

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Google I/O to Show Off Smart Home Gadgets, Wearables

June 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

YouTube to Launch Music Service Amid Indie Dispute

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos. The Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is "adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube" and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists" have signed on.

Sales of Nest Smoke Detector Resume at Lower Price

June 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning. The new price for the detector, called "Nest Protect," will be $99 when sales resume late Monday following a two-month moratorium. That's a 23 percent discount from the alarm's original price of $129 when Nest released it last fall.

Study: Android Users Spending More Time on Their Devices

June 13, 2014 10:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Bonny Joy, Chief, Consumer Telemetry Platforms, said in statement that three big categories are social, communication, and browsing, which account for nearly a third of the time spent. "Our analysis on the top 25 apps across each of the categories shows games and lifestyle segments are among the most vulnerable...

Report: Google Dropping More Than $1B on Satellites to Extend Internet

June 2, 2014 11:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google is deploying 180 satellites to provide Internet access to under-served and unconnected regions in the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. The price range for the project could range from $1 billion to more than $3 billion. The report said the number of satellites could double based on final designs.

Report: Apple Unveiling Smart Home Platform at WWDC

May 27, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple next week will reportedly unveil a connected-home software platform at its annual developer conference, according to Financial Times. Apple’s “big play” in the smart home space would involve turning the iPhone and iPad into a controller for connected devices in the house. The Apple TV would be integrated with the platform as well, according to the report.

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Nest Recalling 440K Smoke Alarms for Safety Risk

May 22, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the company will recall 440,000 of its Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms, which have a feature that allows users to temporarily silence some alerts by waving their arm near the unit.

Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide

May 19, 2014 1:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. says Divide's technology will be used at companies whose employees use smartphones and tablets running on its Android software. More than 1 billion devices worldwide are powered by Android, making it the world's leading mobile operating system.

Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. announced Friday that they are dropping nearly two dozen lawsuits in U.S. and European courts against each other. The disputes revolved around the operating systems Apple uses for its iPhone and Google's Android software as well patent infringement accusations from Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired two years ago.

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass, which comes in five different colors, looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

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