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Google to Open Tech “Wonderlabs” for Holidays

November 18, 2013 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with Apple’s retails shops this holiday season, Google has plans to launch showrooms in six major U.S. cities.  The showrooms will only be open for the holidays and will be called “Winter Wonderlabs”.

IDC: Android Claims 81 Percent World Smartphone Market Share

November 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android grabbed an 81 percent share of the world smartphone market during the third quarter. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Google’s mobile OS hit a new high, jumping up from 74.9 percent share a year ago, and saw its shipments rise 51.3 percent annually, to 211.6 million from 139.9 million.

Report: Google's Calif. Barge to Hoist Sails

November 11, 2013 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google plans to include a dozen or so massive sails on its four-story barge under construction in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, creating a floating artistic structure the Internet giant promises will "stand out," a newspaper reported Friday.

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Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

Google Releases 1st Phone Powered by 'Kit Kat'

October 31, 2013 2:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is releasing a smartphone that it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware. The Nexus 5 phone is the first device to run on the latest version of Google's Android operating system, nicknamed after the Kit Kat candy bar.

Google Expands Sales of Internet-connected Glasses

October 29, 2013 9:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday.

Google Shares Up Over 8% Following 3Q Earnings

October 17, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Google rose over 6 percent Thursday in after hours trading, as the company reported $14.9 billion in third quarter revenue, up 24 percent annually.  Meanwhile, GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2013 was $3.44 billion, or 23 percent of revenues

Report: Google, Cisco, SAP Considering Bids for BlackBerry

October 7, 2013 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

BlackBerry is reportedly discussing selling itself whole or piecemeal with Google, Cisco and SAP. Reuters spoke with sources close to the matter who indicate BlackBerry has been asking around about potential buyers—including Intel, Samsung and LG—and is hoping to be able to gauge interest by early next week.

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Friday Flick: Google Glass in the Operating Room?

October 4, 2013 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

Google's Project Glass has perplexed, excited and angered on the consumer front. Now, major verticals are looking to make use of the headsets. Check out this proof of concept from Philips Healthcare that shows just exactly how surgeons might use Google Glass in the operating room. 

Report: Regulators Won't Challenge Google's Waze Buy

October 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regulators won't challenge Google's acquistion of crowd-sourced mapping company Waze. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn't think the buy will hurt competition, according to a report from Bloomberg which cited people familiar with the matter. 

Google Acquires File Sharing Service Bump

September 17, 2013 9:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google has acquired contact and file sharing service Bump. In a blog on his company's website, Bump CEO and cofounder David Lieb said his company was "thrilled" to be joining Google. Lieb said Bump and Flock, the company's social photo sharing app...

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.

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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.

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...

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...

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....

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.

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