Google Voice used to be one of Google's best tools: The idea of having a single phone number for all of your devices was handy and uncomplicated in a time of extremely frequent communication. Unfortunately, over the years, Google let the nifty little voice service fall into relative disrepair — until today, that is.
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If you own a Samsung phone from the last couple of years, you might be in line for a software update that brings a bunch of new features to your handset. A few months after the initial release of Android 7.0 Nougat, a handful of Samsung's mid-range and high-end phones, and even a couple of tablets, are getting a big patch.
Gruntier video cards. More powerful CPUs. Higher resolution displays. All this stuff is really important when it comes to enjoying quality 3D experiences, be it video games or virtual reality. But none of it matters if it takes 400 years to download those experiences. Hence why companies such as Google spend a lot of time researching new ways to compress data. Now Google has a new compression library for 3D models — called "Draco" — and it looks very promising.
Google's Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented — but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn't easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try.
Unless you're an Olympic athlete (you aren't), the company table tennis table is just one of those fairly sterile, standard office perks. Like a SodaStream or chalkboard. There's no excitement. No danger. But Google's Asia HQ stepped it all the way up and delivered a table tennis table that triples as part game board, part artistic installation and part demented mulitasker's fevered wet dream.
Since Google morphed into a new company called Alphabet last year, there's been an apparent bloodbath for the tech giant's popular (and costly) "moonshot" projects. These longer-term, riskier ventures are suddenly being held to account for the amount of money they were losing. The result hasn't been pretty. Alphabet has since systematically killed many of the projects, and we can now add one more to the growing list.
If you're buying a phone in Australia, there's a pretty damn good chance that it's running Android or iOS. Apple is far and away the most popular brand, but it's not the most popular platform. 50.1 per cent of all phones sold in Australia in the middle three months of 2016 ran the Android operating system, just beating out Apple's iOS. But Blackberry or Windows Phone? Hardly worth writing home about.
If you just bought a brand new Android TV, or a box that runs the Google OS, you probably want to dive straight in and explore all of the new features. You'll notice right away that it's similar to Android for your phone, but built for the big screen. Still, it can occasionally be tricky to navigate. Here are 6 tips to get you up and running as quickly as possible.
Google Keep has been quietly storing our grocery lists and random musings since 2013, but since then it's evolved to handle much more than daily task reminders and phone numbers of friends. Here are 5 extra features you can make use of next time you launch the app.
Google's latest Chromecast dongle comes in at twice the cost of its predecessor. But for that price, it supports 4K video, and high dynamic range video. Using your phone as a remote control, it can wirelessly stream the best quality video possible from Netflix, YouTube, Stan and a host of other Google Cast apps. Is its $99 price worthwhile over the existing $59 Chromecast, though?
After it was widely reported that the first Google search result for "Did the Holocaust happen?" was from Stormfront, a white supremacist website, Google decided to alter its algorithm to remove Holocaust denial sites all together.
Going to the Moon is officially hip again, thanks in no small part to Google, which is offering $US20 million to the first private company that can land on our nearest neighbour, roll around a bit, and beam images back to Earth. The latest contender for that sweet sweet X-Prize money is Japan, which has just obtained a launch vehicle for the shiny metal cheese grater rover it plans to send to the Moon late next year.
In 2009, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman spoke to a reporter about the excessive expectations that some people draw from movies. He highlighted how some hope for a life that mirrors Hollywood, and are eventually let down by reality. In the car world, autonomy is pegged as the ideal future, but will it happen as soon as our tech overlords say it will?
The tech industry doesn't just have a diversity problem. It has a results problem. Major tech companies pour millions of dollars into recruiting, but there remain significant, quantifiable discrepancies — in workforce diversity, in gender equity among people of colour and in representation among top leadership. Even the industry's annual diversity reports, a crucial step towards transparency, can hide vital information and nuance.