Saturday, September 22, 2018

Google has shipped 10M Cardboard VR viewers, 160M Cardboard app downloads

Google is putting a lot of its virtual reality focus right now on its Daydream VR framework, but today Amit Singh, the company’s VP of VR, also gave an update on its earlier (and still active) effort in the area, Google Cardboard. He said that to date the company has shipped 10 million Cardboard VR sets, and it has seen 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps, with 30 individual… Read More

Google’s built-in Chrome ad-blocker said to be more of a quality filter

Google still has plans to introduce built-in advertising filters for its Chrome web browser, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, but it’s going to be more of a quality assurance feature, akin to existing tools in Chrome that prevent pop-ups from spawning in excess, and that warn users when they might be exposed to content that could harm their devices. The report… Read More

Google brings ‘Hamilton’ experiences to students in the theater and virtual reality

Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, gave 5,000 high school students across the country a chance to see the smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical. All of this was possible thanks to an $800,000 grant from the company, which worked with The Gilder Lehrman Institute to cap off the students’ six-week unit on the founding of America with a matinee of the oft-praised hip hop… Read More

Android co-founder’s new smartphone confirmed to run Android

The new smartphone from Andy Rubin, which will be the debut product of his new company Essential, will indeed run Android for its operating system. It looked that way from the tiny peek at the corner we got from Rubin’s tweet earlier this week, but now Google’s Eric Schmidt has confirmed it’ll be one of a few “phenomenal new choices for Android users coming very… Read More

Cooking with Google Home just got easier

The Google Home and Amazon Echo are pretty useful devices to have in the kitchen, where clean hands are often at a premium. Until now, though, when you asked Google Home for a recipe, it would happily tell you all about it — but unless you are the president of the U.S. and have the world’s greatest memory, you probably forgot more than half of the ingredients by the time it… Read More

Alphabet expands in Africa

Google is expanding its Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent trip to Nigeria. While visiting Lagos he announced the global internet services company’s plans to train 10 million Africans in digital skills over the next 5 years. Alphabet will also increase its funding to African startups, provide $20 million in grants to digital non-profits, and offer… Read More

Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. According to reports, the search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion in 2016 before Snap’s last funding round, and just before its IPO this year. That offer was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table after the IPO, too. Read More

Ex-Googler (and Cisco’s newest board member) Amy Chang on her leap into startups

Wednesday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, venture capitalist Aileen Lee took the stage to interview Amy Chang, a former eBay product manager turned head of Google Analytics turned startup founder. It’s a transition that has introduced Chang to night sweats, she readily admitted. Chang’s three-year-old startup, Accompany, received one of its first checks from… Read More

Now you can buy TV ads through Google’s DoubleClick

Google is announcing that advertisers can now buy traditional TV advertising through the DoubleClick Bid Manager. Bid Manager is the main DoubleClick ad-buying product, so Google is pitching this as a way to manage TV and online ad campaigns from the same place. “Historically, TV and digital advertising have been bought and measured through different systems and currencies,”… Read More

Google is fixing up Chromecast’s ‘Cast a tab’ feature and you can try the...

I’ve been saying it for a few years now, but I really, really like the Chromecast — Google’s simple little dongle for streaming Netflix/Hulu/YouTube etc. from your devices to your TV with just a tap or two. It does what it’s supposed to do, does it well and doesn’t try to do anything more than that. Well… that’s not entirely true. Read More

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