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OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

This seemingly random assortment of colorful rectangles, reminiscent of a terrible paint swatch accident, actually represents the state of Android fragmentation in 2014. OpenSignal, a website dedicated to mapping all things mobile, pulled together this data and saw 18,769 distinct devices downloading its app on Android. And ...

Report: Verizon Will Launch an App Store to Challenge Google Play (Update: Verizon Says No)

Report: Verizon Will Launch an App Store to Challenge Google Play (Update: Verizon Says No)

Verizon is going to launch its own app store in an effort to compete with the Google Play Store on Android devices, claims a report from The Information. The new store will be available globally and is the result of a partnership with other carriers and hardware makers, says the report. In 2010, Verizon Wireless launched a ...

Google’s Self-Driving Car is Designed to Break the Speed Limit

Google’s Self-Driving Car is Designed to Break the Speed Limit

Self-driving cars are coming, some people are freaked out about them. Here's something that might not put those people at ease: According to a Google engineer, the cars are designed to exceed the speed limit. Don't worry though! There's actually a good reason for it. Dmitri Dolgov, the lead software engineer on the project, ...

Microsoft’s First Chromebook Competitor is a $199 HP Laptop

Microsoft’s First Chromebook Competitor is a $199 HP Laptop

Microsoft announced that it would be working with its partners to release ultra-low-cost Windows laptops just over a month ago, and now thanks to a leak from MobileGeeks, it looks like HP will release one of the first of these ultra-low-cost computers. The HP Stream 14 is a 14-inch, Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to ...

10 Years After Google’s IPO, Here Are its 10 Craziest Ideas

10 Years After Google’s IPO, Here Are its 10 Craziest Ideas

Ten years ago, Google Inc. went public in an offering that raised nearly $1.7 billion and valued the young Internet company at around $27 billion. The Mountain View, Calif., startup quickly put that money to work, transforming itself into much more than an online search company. By the end of 2004, it had acquired the ...

Myo’s Gesture Controlled Armband Now Supports Google Glass (and Other Smartglasses, Too)

Myo’s Gesture Controlled Armband Now Supports Google Glass (and Other Smartglasses, Too)

Thalmic Labs has added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson Moverio. While wearing a heads-up display and an armband might seem inconvenient, the integration is intended for workplace environments like construction, healthcare, bike ...

Details Leak About YouTube’s Subscription Service ‘YouTube Music Key’

Details Leak About YouTube’s Subscription Service ‘YouTube Music Key’

More details have leaked about Google's upcoming subscription service for YouTube, these in the form of screenshots posted by Android Police on Monday. The service, called YouTube Music Key, will give subscribers ad-free and offline playback of YouTube videos, as well as audio-only material. Per the screenshots, users will ...

Google is Building a Safer Web for Kids Younger Than 13

Google is Building a Safer Web for Kids Younger Than 13

Children under the age of 13 are a massive and relatively untapped market for internet companies due to federal privacy laws, but now Google is ready to risk those treacherous legal waters in order to sign them up. According to the Information (subscription required), Google is preparing features like a kid-safe version of ...

Google is Bulking Up its Undersea Cables After Shark Attacks

Google is Bulking Up its Undersea Cables After Shark Attacks

Google wraps its underwater fiber cables in Kevlar material, at least in part to protect against shark attacks, an official with the company said recently. Are sharks attacking underwater cables really something Google should worry about? Take a look for yourself in the video below. The issue of sharks attacking underwater ...

Google and HP May Bring Google Now to the Workplace

Google and HP May Bring Google Now to the Workplace

While Apple has teamed up with IBM to get more of its wares into the workplace, it seems Google is looking to do the same with partners of its own. The Information reports that Google is in talks with HP and others to leverage its card-based Now system for enterprise use. While the negotiations began a year ago, HP has ...