Tagged with: Google

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Reports: There Have Been No Talks of Google Acquiring Spotify

Based partly on a previous filing by Google about an unnamed foreign company it tried and failed to buy for $4 billion to $5 billion and a line I had in a story that noted that a top exec at the search giant had expressed interest in buying Spotify — the Journal is reporting that Google tried to buy the music service, but ...

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Motorola and VivaLnk Release a Digital Tattoo to Unlock Your Smartphone

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick ...

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

How to Create Google Now Reminders in Your Browser

One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog explains. The feature works ...

This ‘Rickmote’ Can Remotely Hack Your Chromecast, Hijack Your Feed

This ‘Rickmote’ Can Remotely Hack Your Chromecast, Hijack Your Feed

You’re sitting in your living room. All you want to do is watch some Game Of Thrones on your day off… but your Chromecast refuses to respond. All it will do is play Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up… over… and over again. It might be this little box’s fault. Built by security analyst Dan Petro as a proof of ...

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 ...