Tag: Google

A Judge Has Dismissed Genius’ Lawsuit Against Google For Allegedly Plagiarizing Their Song Lyrics

Last summer, Genius Media accused Google of allegedly plagiarizing the website’s song lyrics for their own benefit. Genius chief strategy officer Ben Gross told The Wall Street Journal that prior to the accusation, the company had “shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius.” How did they find […]

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Google details 50 new Classroom and Meet features for the pandemic school year

At its Anywhere School 2020 event today, Google announced a slew of updates for educators across Google Classroom and Google Meet to help schools start this next semester. The company said its tools “lighten the load for teachers, school leaders, families, and especially the students who have navigated learning from home with grace and resilience.” […]

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Google’s Lookout can now detect paper currency and read document text aloud

At its I/O 2018 developer conference, Google launched Lookout, an Android app that taps AI to help blind and visually impaired users navigate with auditory cues as they encounter objects, text, and people within range. By keeping their smartphone pointed forward with the rear camera unobscured, users can leverage Lookout to detect items in a scene […]

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Google and Qualcomm join $230 million investment in Nokia phone maker HMD Global

HMD Global, the “home of Nokia phones,” has raised $230 million in a “series A2” round of funding from some of its existing strategic partners, including Google, Qualcomm, and Nokia consumer division Nokia Technologies. The Finnish company stressed that this was the “first closing” of the round, suggesting more funding could be added at a […]

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Google rolls out earthquake detection and new in-car features for Android

Soon, Android devices will be able to detect earthquakes as they’re happening, thanks to a partnership between Google, the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) ShakeAlert, and academics at the University of California, Berkeley and Caltech. It’s one of several features heading to Google’s mobile OS today and in the coming weeks, along with updates to Android […]

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Google Maps Update Brings Support for Dashboard Mode on CarPlay, New Apple Watch App Launched

Apple introduced the Dashboard Mode on CarPlay in iOS 13 last year. The new version of CarPlay offered a split-screen view of a map alongside a music menu. Until now, the feature was limited to Apple Maps. Apple extended Dashboard Mode support for third-party apps with iOS 13.4. Now Google has finally implemented a split-screen […]

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Google gives Android TV developers instant apps, speech-to-text, and predictive typing

Even before the pandemic, the battle to own your living room was reaching a boiling point. Now the big screen is bigger than ever as 2020 accelerates the streaming wars and raises the smart TV platform stakes. Naturally, Google is making every effort to avoid being left behind. Today the company gave Android TV developers […]

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Psychology Around the Net: August 8, 2020

Stay well, friends! To Bond With Nature, Kids Need Solitary Activities Outdoors: A new study finds that solitary activities (thinking hunting, fishing, and just hiking around and exploring) are perfect for children to build strong bonds with nature. Not only do these kinds of activities help children enjoy being outside, but also they help children […]

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How To Use A Custom Android Launcher

One of the upsides of using Android is the ability to use custom launchers. Unlike iOS where users are more or less stuck with what Apple has given them, Android allows for a greater degree of customization. If you’re not planning on rooting your Android device, launchers are a great way to customize your device […]

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Google adds Digital Ink Recognition API for touch and stylus input to ML Kit

A month after announcing changes to ML Kit, its toolset for developers to infuse apps with AI, Google today launched the Digital Ink Recognition API on Android and iOS to allow developers to create apps where stylus and touch act as inputs. As the name implies, the API — which is powered by the same […]

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Google launches Android 11 Beta 3, lets COVID-19 apps work with location off

Google today launched Android 11 Beta 3, the seventh and final preview of its next mobile OS version. Beta 3 puts Android 11 into release candidate status, which means Google is done putting the finishing touches on the new platform. This is the last chance developers have to make sure their apps and games are […]

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The self-driving whizzkid who stole trade secrets from Google just got 18 months in prison — now wants to sue Uber for $4B

It seems we hadn’t heard the last from the case in which Google‘s former head of self-driving stole trade secrets, joined Uber, and declared bankruptcy after getting sued left, right, and center. The autonomous vehicle whizkid, Anthony Levandowski, has now been handed an 18-month prison sentence for theft of those trade secrets, TechCrunch reports. The […]

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Censys raises $15.5 million to bring attack surface management to more companies

Censys, a cybersecurity startup that provides an attack surface management platform to high-profile companies including Google, has raised $15.5 million in a series A round of funding co-led by Google’s GV and Decible, with participation from Greylock Partners. Ann Arbor-based Censys began life as a research project at the University of Michigan in 2015, and […]

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Former Google engineer Levandowski gets 18-month sentence for stealing trade secrets

(Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber’s rival unit. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Levandowski, who was convicted on Tuesday following a […]

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EU launches antitrust probe into Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit bid

(Reuters) — Alphabet unit Googles bid to take on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market by buying Fitbit hit a hurdle today as EU antitrust regulators launched an investigation into the $2.1 billion deal. The move by the European Commission came despite Google pledging last month not to use the fitness tracker’s data […]

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