A recently awarded patent for dynamically addressing bandwidth demand using internet access points attached to helium-filled balloons, may shed new light on how Google either intends to deploy (and monetise) innovations developed from Project Loon. As one might suspect, its use cases extend beyond humanitarian applications.
Google is in the process of coordinating mobile development for native Chrome apps according to multiple reports. Given the richness of HTML5 the move, if successful, could be much more disruptive than anticipated, potentially challenging established mobile virtualisation incumbents like Citrix and enterprise mobile app providers more broadly.
Google is taking experience gained from the Google Fiber project, which has seen high speed broadband deployed to residences in Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, and is turning its attention to a less obvious target market: Uganda.
It’s a bit of a Daily Mail headline but it captures the sentiment expressed by web giant Google this week after the emergence of a ‘top secret Post-it note’ suggesting the NSA hacked the data links between Google’s private cloud and the public internet in order to access Google-hosted information.
According to National Security Agency documents recently leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the US intelligence agency has hacked the main communications links between the public internet and Google and Yahoo’s datacentres globally. Google is ‘outraged’ by the reports, saying it underscores the need for urgent reform.
Web giant Google is developing an open hardware platform which would allow users to create, modular customised smartphones.
Monday morning a diverse group of private and public sector players, including Google and ‘father of the web’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, came together to launch a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries.
UK regulator Ofcom has announced that a group of technology firms, including Google, BT and Microsoft, are taking part in Europe’s first major pilot of white space technology. The regulator said that the UK will be among the first countries in the world to road-test the technology, which could help support the next wave of wireless innovation.
Smartphone operating system Windows Phone has seen its most successful quarter in five major European markets, according to research published this week. The platform won 9.2 per cent smartphone market share across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain for the three months ended August 2013, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
US operator AT&T is going head to head with Google as it announced that it will roll out a fibre network in Austin, Texas promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. The city is also the next urban metropolitan area in line for Google’s Fiber treatment, following the web firm’s high speed fibre deployment in Kansas.
French data protection watchdog the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has warned Google that it will be imposing sanctions on the firm, in accordance with French data protection law.
Web giant Google has acquired smartphone app developer Bump. The iOS and Android app maker has previously developed a tool (also called Bump) for exchanging business cards and sharing files and Flock; a photo-sharing app.
Web giant Google is looking to monetise its wearable computing project Google Glass by measuring how long users gaze at advertisements in their glasses for. The firm has been granted a patent for its Gaze Tracking System.
In a bid to boost revenues from its mobile services, web giant Google has introduced targeted ads into its Maps app for Android and iOS devices. The move could put a dent in mobile operators’ plans to create new revenue streams using location based services.
Handset maker Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, has launched a smartphone designed to be primarily controlled by voice. According to the firm, the Moto X handset has an “active display” which constantly feeds new information to the user without the use of notifications and pop ups.
In a move that appears to fly in the face of its support for net neutrality, Google this week filed a document with US regulator the FCC stating that customers of its fibre to the home network were limited in what kind of devices or applications they could attach to those connections. But is the situation as clear cut as it seems?
Google has launched a low-price wireless dongle designed to enable users to stream web content to their TV set.
The company said the Chromecast device is designed to “make it easy to bring your favourite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house,” and is Google’s latest attempt to break into the living room on the back of its Google TV play.
The worldwide smart watch market is set to exceed 5 million units next year, according to research published this week. Apple is rumoured to be readying a smart watch device this year, and estimates suggest that over 330,000 smart watches were shipped in 2012, led by Sony and Motorola, while recent start-up Pebble Technology joined Sony as a market leader in 2013.
Google is embarking on an ambitious project to provide wireless internet connectivity to hard to reach or extremely rural areas using hot air balloons. The firm said the project is aimed to get bring fast and affordable internet to those for whom it is out of reach.
Google has acquired mobile navigation application firm Waze. The deal is worth $1.3bn, according to news agency Reuters. The Tel-Aviv start up uses live maps with real-time traffic updates, a feature Google is keen to integrate into its own offerings.