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Google, Nestle Team Up on Android KitKat

September 4, 2013 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google and Nestlé have announced a cross-marketing deal that will see Google's next iteration of Android branded KitKat, after Nestle's popular chocolate bar. Names for interations of Google's Android mobile operating system began with 'Cupcake' and have evolved alphabetically. In that spirit, KitKat follows on the Jelly Bean.

Google Pulls in Half of U.S. Mobile Ad Revenue, Facebook Gaining

August 29, 2013 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

New numbers from eMarketer find Google raking in 48.2 percent of U.S. mobile ad revenue market share for 2013, surprisingly down from 52.5 percent in 2012. Google is still dominating the market but the decrease indicates that Facebook could be eating some of the web giant’s lunch.

Android VP Leaving Google for Chinese OEM Xiaomi

August 29, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a post to his Google + profile, Barra disclosed he’ll be joining his new company as a vice president of Xiaomi Global. As TechCrunch points out, he’ll be reuniting with former Google colleagues like Lin Bin, who co-founded Xiaomi after working as vice president of Google China’s Engineering Research Institute.

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Exploring Google Glass Through Eyes of Early Users

August 28, 2013 8:59 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Geeks aren't the only people wearing Google Glass. Among the people testing Google Inc.'s wearable computer are teachers, dentists, doctors, radio disc jockeys, hair stylists, architects, athletes and even a zookeeper. Some 10,000 people are trying out an early version of Glass, most of them selected as part of a contest...

Yahoo Passed Google in US Web Visitors in July

August 23, 2013 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in more than two years, more Americans visited Yahoo's websites than Google's, according to comScore Inc.'s Internet traffic data for July. The research firm said Wednesday that Yahoo Inc.'s websites saw 196.6 million unique U.S. visitors last month, while Google's sites had 192.3 million...

Review: Google Glass Could Be Peek at Tech Future

August 9, 2013 9:23 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass...

Review: Chromecast Streams Media at a Nice Price

August 1, 2013 1:38 pm | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network...

Half-Caf Latte with a Shot of Google?

August 1, 2013 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Google's recent move to provide Wi-Fi at all of Starbuck's 7,000 company-owned stores is intriguing. It seems to portend a continued encroachment on the connectivity market from the Internet giant. After all, Google has already launched its uber-fiber project in Kansas City, and Provo, Utah, with more markets on the way...

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Sony Returns to Quarterly Profit on Cheap Yen

August 1, 2013 11:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As a slew of big-name Japanese companies report improved quarterly earnings, one theme is taking the sheen off their rosy numbers: mainstay businesses are still struggling despite the perk from a weaker yen. The latest example came Thursday from Sony Corp... 

Google Bringing WiFi to 7000 Starbucks Stores

July 31, 2013 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is launching Wi-Fi at all of Starbucks 7000 company-owned stores. According to a post on Google's official blog, Google will roll out the service to Starbucks stores over the next 18 months. Google claims the free connections will be faster than existing services... 

Android Grabs 67% Share of Global Tablet Market

July 29, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues growing its tablet share as Google's operating system snagged 67 percent of the globl market in the second quarter of 2013. Apple's iPad slid to 28 percent, while Windows managed to scrape together a 4.5 percent share of the market...

Google Unveils New Nexus 7, Internet TV Device

July 24, 2013 3:46 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground - the mobile computing market.

Verizon Launches New Crop of Droid Phones

July 23, 2013 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is launching three new Droid smartphones made by Google's Motorola unit. The nation's No. 1 wireless carrier said Tuesday that the three phones will be the Droid Mini for $100, the Droid Ultra for $200 and the Droid Maxx for $300....

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Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake...

Google Stumbles in 2Q as Slump in Ad Rates Deepens

July 18, 2013 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's financial performance faltered in the second quarter as a downturn in the Internet search leader's ad prices deepened. The results announced Thursday show Google is still having trouble navigating a technological transition driving more online activity on to smartphones and tablets...

Report: Samsung Accounts for Nearly Half of All Android Web Traffic in U.S.

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A new study from mobile marketing company Chitika looked at Android-based web traffic in the U.S. and Canada and found the Korean phone giant thoroughly trouncing all other Android OEMs. HTC was the next closest with 9.7 percent, followed by Motorola with 9.5 percent, Amazon with 8.8 percent and LG with 8.3 percent.

Majority of Android Users Now on Jelly Bean

July 9, 2013 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google updated its Android version usage data and the new numbers show Jelly Bean (versions 4.1 and 4.2) populating nearly 37.9 percent of Android devices, ahead of Gingerbread (34.1 percent) and Ice Cream Sandwich (23.3 percent). Google’s numbers from the month before had Gingerbread out in front with 36.5 percent of Android users and Jelly Bean in second with 33 percent.

Motorola Ad Calls Moto X “First Smartphone You Can Design Yourself”

July 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The patriotic full-page spread, revealed by Ad Age, confirms what Motorola head Dennis Woodside told the audience at All Things D’s D11 conference, that the Moto X will be designed, engineered and built in the U.S. Specifically, the phone will be put together near Ft. Worth, Texas, and a new Motorola website is saying that its production will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the area by the end of summer.

Review: Price for Simplicity in New Google Phones

July 2, 2013 2:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

Google Asks US Secret Court to Lift Gag Order

June 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the U.S. government's gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a constitutional free speech right to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security...

Confirmed: Google Buys Waze

June 11, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While neither Google nor Waze revealed financial details of the deal, the Wall Street Journal has published a report that GOogle paid just over $1 billion for Waze, which is in line with previous reports released prior to today's confirmation...

Report: Google Offers $1.1 Billion to Acquire Mapping Service Waze

June 10, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Google is offering $1.1 billion to acquire the crowd-sourced maps company Waze, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes after earlier reports that Apple had been interested in Waze. Waze's mobile app for iOS and Android gathers map information from its 40 million users...

Report: NSA Collects Data From AT&T, Sprint, Google, Apple and More

June 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After yesterday’s public reveal of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) demands for Verizon customers’ data, more information is coming out suggesting the NSA’s casting a much bigger net. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the NSA’s operations, reports that the same initiative targeting Verizon data is also collecting similar information from AT&T and Sprint.

Casinos Ban Gamblers from Using Google Glass

June 6, 2013 10:26 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casinos in several states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games.

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