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Samsung and Google Are Fighting About Tizen OS Again

Samsung and Google Are Fighting About Tizen OS Again

Google and Samsung are reportedly at odds once again. According to The Information, Google CEO Larry Page is unhappy that Samsung is pushing Tizen as its chosen smartwatch platform. Apparently joining LG in the retail launch of Android Wear wasn't enough to satisfy Page. The report describes a "tense private meeting" ...

Google Plus No Longer Makes You Use Your Real Name

Google Plus No Longer Makes You Use Your Real Name

After years of complaints, Google has finally dropped the real-name restrictions on its Google+ network. The company apologized for the “unnecessarily difficult experiences” the rules had created. When Google+ first launched, Google required that users sign up with their real identities. Over time, those restrictions ...

Google Wallet Adds Gift Card Support and Friendly Nudges

Google Wallet Adds Gift Card Support and Friendly Nudges

Google Wallet's latest update includes several new features, including a way to easily harass your friends to pay you back. You can bug your friends (by sending what Google calls a "friendly nudge" but what most people will call a "UGH I KNOW") to pay you back for that beer money they owe you via Google Wallet now. If you ...

Report: Samsung May Buy SmartThings for $200 Million

Report: Samsung May Buy SmartThings for $200 Million

Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has…SmartThings, we’re hearing. The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source. (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.) SmartThings is in the home automation space, and allows you to connect devices ...

Google’s ‘Project Zero’ Aims to Find Exploits and Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Google’s ‘Project Zero’ Aims to Find Exploits and Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Google announced on Tuesday that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug put the whole software industry on heightened alert, and ...

‘Thread’ is a New Wireless Networking Standard from Samsung, Google’s Nest and More

‘Thread’ is a New Wireless Networking Standard from Samsung, Google’s Nest and More

Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6. The standard is built on the existing radio hardware used by ZigBee devices (802.15.4), which means that a company could update ...

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

Google and Novartis are Designing Contact Lenses to Aid Vision, Track Diabetes

With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it's another of its eye-focused projects that has on Tuesday received its first major boost. The search giant's secret Google[x] team has confirmed that it's licensed its smart eyewear ...

Google Will Now Let You Know if a Site Won’t Work on Your Device

Google Will Now Let You Know if a Site Won’t Work on Your Device

Google is on track for mobile search queries to overtake those on desktop this year, and on Tuesday it took one more step forward in how it is will control that experience on behalf of its users — for better or for worse. The company has announced that it will now flag to its users when websites listed in their search ...

Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ Significantly Ups the Bar in the AI War

Microsoft’s ‘Project Adam’ Significantly Ups the Bar in the AI War

We’re entering a new age of artificial intelligence. Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in tech—including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple—are embracing a more powerful form of AI known as “deep learning,” using it to improve everything from speech recognition ...

Microsoft’s Holiday Goal: Conquer Google’s Chromebooks

Microsoft’s Holiday Goal: Conquer Google’s Chromebooks

Microsoft is aiming straight for Google’s Chromebooks this holiday season. At the company’s partner conference today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that HP is planning to release a $199 laptop running Windows for the holidays. Turner didn’t provide specifications for HP’s "Stream" device, but he did detail ...