Posts Tagged ‘google’

Google contact lenses are the future

July 16th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Google Smart Contact Lens Project Google contact lenses are the futureFancy having robot eyes like that woman who gets sucked into the giant computer on Superman 3?

Well, Google’s smart contact lenses is turning into a reality after they announced that they’ve teamed up with Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis to develop special Google Contact Lenses.

The lenses were unveiled as a thing earlier in the year and utilise sensors sandwiched between two soft layers to measure the glucose levels in the wearer’s tears, which then transmits information wirelessly to your smartphones.

You see, these lenses are designed for people with diabetes, rather than being the next-gen Google Glass, where you can watch dirty films, unbeknownst to everyone sat next to you in church. It is hoped that this tech will help diabetics by removing the need to keep taking blood tests all the time.

Novartis reckon that it won’t just be diabetics who will benefit – these contacts could be used to help those suffering from loss of vision as they get old. They could also be developed into “intraocular lenses”, which are contacts that are put in your eyeball forever and ever, so that you have working eyes.

We await the Daily Mail worrying about Google flashing adverts into intraocular lens wearers.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin said: “Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people. We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true.”

And there just happens to be LOADS of money in medicine.

Google’s week of wonder continues

June 26th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Samsung Expands Gear Portfolio with Android Wear2 300x300 Googles week of wonder continuesMy, Google have been busy lately announcing this that and the other.

Now they’ve announced their first smartwatches, powered by its Android Wear operating doodah, and they now available for pre-order.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live (look over there, it’s a picture of one) – both featuring rectangular screens – mark an attempt to standardise the way Android wearable devices function. Google also mentioned that Motorola’s circular Moto 360 would not be released until late Summer.

A gentleman by the name of Steffen Sorrell from Juniper Research told the BBC that: ”The problem with smartwatches so far has been that the sector hasn’t quite decided what it wants to be – is it a phone on your wrist or an accessory device.”

“Once you introduce Android Wear, it will hopefully provide a more focused case for what the devices are capable of. And that’s a direction that could invigorate the market.”

The G Watch should cost £145 and will be made available to 12 countries, such as Germany, France, Japan, US and here. Samsung said the Gear Live would cost (£118).

They’re out on July 7 and you’ll need to have a phone running Android 4.3 or above.


Google have also announced Android Auto for the car, which will feature voice-controlled access to Google Maps, text messaging and apps.

The voice recognition feature means that users should never have to remove their hands from the wheel of their vehicle to use the system.

They’re basically out to enslave us all then.

Google gives you Domains

June 25th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

google plus logo Google gives you Domains Google have quietly launched Google Domains.

The search engine with ideas above its station have soft launched Google Domains as an invite-only affair.

So if you finally want to claim .amazing or .hotcockaction, you can!

It’s being billed as an easy way to set up an address on the Web with simple management tools, yet Google had always carped on about that it didn’t do it, and suggested the likes of GoDaddy

Google Domains, though, has features that might make people think twice before going with other registration services. For instance, Google will cover the cost for private registration—that is, keeping your name, address and contact information from the public eye.

The service also includes branded email, such as, and forwarding to other domains or websites.

Google is billing its vast Internet infrastructure as another perk, promising quick and reliable links between the domain and its websites.



June 19th, 2014 1 Comment By Lucy Sweet

Amazon Fire THE AMAZON FIRE HAS ARRIVED If you’ve always fancied talking to Yoda on your holophone, then grab yourself the brand new Amazon Fire smartphone.

It’s got head-tracking photography. You can buy things with your EYES. Images on the screen appear three dimensional – and the Maps app lets you tilt the phone to ‘see around’ buildings.

The Amazon Fire was unveiled yesterday in Seattle by CEO Jeff Bezos, who waved the phone about and yelled ‘It’s time to whip the crown from Apple!’

So can they do it? Well on the face of it, the 4.7 inch Amazon Fire looks pretty snazzy. It has six individual in-built cameras to create the much-vaunted 3D effect – called ‘dynamic perspective.’ It’s also got 2GBs of RAM, a 720p HD resolution screen and a super whizzy quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor. (Try saying that when you’ve had a few ales.) You get unlimited storage with Amazon Cloud, too.

Of course, you’ll have to put up with a lot of dreary Amazon apps as standard, like that bloody Mayday button with the silly Irish woman on the adverts. And you can bet the phone will make buying something from Amazon as easy as possible.

The most potentially infuriating feature is the Firefly app, which recognises what you’re looking at or listening to, and gives you the option to buy it from Amazon. ANNOYING, OR WHAT?

But it’s the 3D ‘hologram’ effect that might set the world on Fire. The only question is, will it cause a repeat of the great iOS 7 seasickness of 2013?

Virgin and Google sitting in a spaceship

June 13th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Virgin logo 300x257 Virgin and Google sitting in a spaceshipGoogle have thrown some money at Virgin.

The search engine mothra has entered a partnership with Virgin Galactic, and become shareholders to the tune of £17.8 million.

The agreement with Branson’s possible folly, will apparently secure a 1.5% stake in the company for Google, with the venture worth £1.2 billion in total.

It’s thought that Google were up for the idea after a heavy drinking session, believing that it could help boost internet connectivity around the world, with Virgin Galactic spacecrafts carting the search engine firm’s internet-broadcasting satellites into suborbital space.

Virgin Galactic reckons it will be able to offer suborbital spaceflights to space tourists by the end of the year, and has long-term plans in place to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.

Let’s have a look at a test flight:

Naturally, as cameras will no doubt be on hand, Branson has confirmed that he will be on board the first commercial Virgin Galactic flight with his two adult children.

gmail logo stylized 300x300 Flag as important: MASSIVE Gmail security flaw An Israeli security researcher discovered a huge gaping hole in Gmail’s security which could have revealed the email addresses of every single person using the service. And Google had no idea until he told them.

Oren Hafif says the flaw – which could have left users open to phishing scams and all kinds of internet nasties – uses a sharing feature of Gmail which allows a user to delegate access to their account.

If you tweak the web address, you can reveal the address of a random user. And if you automate that tweak, you can potentially go on forever. Hafif managed to collect 37,000 Gmail addresses in two hours using a piece of legal software called DirBuster.

Hafif, who works for security firm Trustwave said:

‘I could have done this potentially endlessly. I have every reason to believe that every Gmail addess could have been mined.’

But when he reported the flaw, Google took a month to respond, and didn’t even bother to pay him for the tip through their service which rewards hackers for helping to fix bugs.

Eventually Hafif got $500 for his troubles, and Google promptly fixed the flaw. But nobody will ever know whether it was used before that to grab our addresses and send us ‘Please Help Me, I’m On Holiday In Ukraine and I Need You To Send Money’ emails…

Highway code altered for driverless cars

June 9th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

car Highway code altered for driverless carsMinisters are rewriting the Highway Code, like King James rewriting the Bible.

And the result is just as terrifying, as they’re going to allow driverless cars on the roads of the world!

The way things stand, the law isn’t exactly useful when it comes to robot cars driving themselves around, and seeing as Google are making these devil-mobiles, things need a shake-up.

Google’s self piloting car has no steering wheel, brake or accelerator, just buttons to start, pull-over, stop and a computer screen to show the route, guided by GPS and Google Maps. Think of all that lovely data Google will be able to mine from that!

Google think that it will relieve humans from the burden of driving – people who actually enjoy the process of driving will no doubt disagree furiously.

In California, it is looking like the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing the first licences for self-driving cars and their human pilots THIS September.

The British Department for Transport are looking into it as well, with tests currently going on in Oxford. The Government’s infrastructure plan promises to look at the law, to “ensure there is a clear and appropriate regime for the testing of driverless cars that supports the world’s car companies to come hand test them here.”

The future really is here.

Google is very pleased with their new UK journey planner which they’ve just added to their Maps service. Now you can look at buses, trains and all that.

You can also travel by dragon or by the Loch Ness Monster.

As ever, Google have built some Easter Eggs into a new product and if you look up certain travel routes, the map will offer you normal recommendations, as well as imaginary animals.

dragon 500x241 Plan trips on dragons and the Loch Ness Monster on Google Maps

So, you can catch a bus to Gravesend, punt through Oxford, take the Royal Carriage from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, or fly on a dragon from Brecon Beacons to Snowdon.

There’s bound to be a lot more Easter Eggs to be found on Maps, but we can’t be bothered looking. We’ll just wait for someone to set up a Tumblr dedicated to it all.

That’s journalism in 2014 for you.

dyson halo 300x225 Move over Google – Dyson invented Glass before you did Dyson, mostly known for their unattractive hoovers and those hand dryers that blow so hard that you can actually see the blood going through your veins, apparently invented virtual reality 3D headsets 10 years before Google.

The Dyson Halo was originally developed in 2001, and instead of all the computer gubbins being integrated into the headset, a chunky Walkman-like device was connected to it by a wire and worn on your belt (well, it WAS 2001).

Essentially, though, all the basic components were there. Dyson also invented an early prototype of Siri, a digital helper who would read out emails to the headset wearer.

However, it was not to be – Dyson shelved the project so they could concentrate on building up the brand in the US, but to celebrate their 21st birthday, the company, headed by engineer extraordinaire James Dyson, has released fascinating drawings of the early Halo prototypes.

Perhaps they should look to the future and redevelop it, complete with an integrated face-mounted vacuum cleaner?

google plus logo Want to be forgotten by Google? Heres how...Google lost their case in a European court, so now, we all have the right to be forgotten. Basically, if there’s stuff online that you think is irrelevant and you want it removed from Google’s search engine, you can now ask for that to happen.

Very nice.

How do you lose the pointless load? Well, Google have issued a form where you can make your ‘right to be forgotten’ requests online.

The form asks for yours details, the links to the ‘outdated information’, and asks for an explanation of why they should be removed. You’ll also have to provide a scan of your photo ID, so Google know it is you asking, rather than some fraud horsing around or impersonating you.

Google acknowledge that this system might not be perfect as this is their ‘first try’ and they will be “working with data protection authorities” to develop it in the future.

The company haven’t said how long it will take them to action your request:  ”We will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.”

If you want to see the form, click here.

Google: Protecting your home with CCTV

May 27th, 2014 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

google plus logo Google: Protecting your home with CCTVPretty soon, Google could be protecting your house with surveillance. No, they’re not taking Google Earth to the next logical step and filming our every move, but rather, there’s a possibility that they’re going to introduce Google CCTV.

Apparently, Google are looking at buying home security camera firm Dropcam. They offer CCTV that is connected to your internet and you can control things through a special phone/tablet app.

With it, you can look at live feeds, zoom in on passers-by and record footage as well as switching on night-vision and having two-way talk back.

Wait. That is the next step for Google Earth isn’t it? We’re all doomed.

Google’s Nest department are weighing up the deal, so through the internet giant, you can heat your house and spy on anyone near it. You can be the most modern Colonel Kurtz on your street, whispering “the horror… the horror…” at trick or treaters.

Google have obviously noticed that Apple are making moves to turn the iPad into a universal remote control for your entire house. Apple want you to control everything from your TV to your washing machine. If both companies get on this, they’ll no doubt have a way of harvesting personal information from your actions, and make a lot of money selling that on to advertisers.

We may as well get the barcodes tattooed on us now. It’s too late for us all.

Google: Top of the brands

May 23rd, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

Picture 27 300x130 Google: Top of the brandsGoogle is now the most valuable brand in the world.

In the 2014 Brandz report, from Milward Brown Optimor, Google has overtaken Apple to claim the summit.

Aside from having a name that sounds like it’s from the back pages of a 1983 copy of Smash Hits, BrandZ rankings are based on both financial data and the views of potential and current buyers of brands.

Google is now worth £94 billion, which somewhat bitches Apple’s paltry £88 billion.

Nick Cooper, managing director of MBO said: “Google has been hugely innovative in the last year with Google Glass, investments in artificial intelligence and a multitude of partnerships that see its Android operating system becoming embedded in other goods such as cars.”

“All this activity sends a very strong signal to consumers about what Google is about and it has coincided with a slowdown at Apple.”

In the rest of the Top Ten, IBM is a non-mover at No.3, Microsoft has gone up three places to No.4, knocking McDonalds down one slot to No.5.

And apparently the top 100 brands are now worth £1.7 trillion, almost double what the list was worth the first time it was published.

The Top Ten looks a lil’ bit like this:

1. Google (£94 billion)
2. Apple (£88 billion)
3. IBM (£64 billion)
4. Microsoft (£53 billion)
5. McDonalds (£51 billion)
6. Coca-Cola (£48 billion)
7. Visa (£47 billion)
8. AT&T (£46 billion)
9. Marlboro (£40 billion)
10. Amazon (£38 billion)

You can read the whole report here

Google buying Twitch (what is it?)

May 19th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

twitch 300x300 Google buying Twitch (what is it?)Google are throwing their money around again, this time offering a billion big ones to take over Twitch. The service, it seems, will be coupled with YouTube.

So what is Twitch?

Well, Twitch lets users upload gameplay videos from their XBox and PS4 consoles so that others can watch. It is popular too, with a reported 45 million monthly users and a million active uploaders.

Twitch also run gaming events and redistributes content from Joystiq, Gamespot, and Destructoid, Manvsgame and more.

Is it worth $1bn? That’s not far off the amount Google paid for YouTube. Well, Twitch is growing in popularity and reports show that American primetime hours, Twitch was the fourth largest source of network traffic, with only Netflix, Google and Apple raking in more.

Only last year, the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship event gathered in a gigantic 32 million viewers in a single day.

It might be under the radar now, but with Google getting involved and more and more media outlets taking video games seriously (even as a spectator sport), 2014 could well be the tipping point for gaming, and could see a return to the kind of feverish gaming last seen in the 80s when people went crazy over Pacman in the arcades.

Google must remove your dodgy pasts

May 19th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

google logo 300x200 Google must remove your dodgy pastsGoogle has been inundated with more than a thousand take-down demands over the last few days, after a European Court ruling last week.

Such stuff as attempted murder convictions, affairs, child abuse image collecting, and, well, anything you can imagine is the sort of thing people want to cover up.

Half the requests half come from the UK, from people who want love-child exposes written out of history, and – curiously – MPs who are seeking re-election. Businesses are also quite keen to remove links to forums where they’ve been kicked around by consumers.

Tax dodging is also a popular exploit that people seem keen to cover up too, although you get the impression that if this information was already in the “public” domain, then it will find some way of leaking out.

Following last weeks decision by the European Court of Justice, Google and their like may now face legal action if they refuse to remove information deemed inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.

There are mixed feelings about this, with EU Commissioner Viviane Reding reckoning it was a victory for the protection of personal date, but old Wikipedia dude Jimmy Wales claims it is one of the most wide-sweeping censorship rulings he’d ever seen.

Still, at least we can wipe away our pasts as, for instance, bigamists, murderers and that week we went on a crack bender with some of the cast of that soap.

Taking screengrabs is going to become increasingly popular, eh?

Google reveal driverless car

May 16th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz12341 300x200 Google reveal driverless carFuture despair news now, as Google have invented the self driving car!

Google being Google, they’ve looked into the apparent misery of car driving, and solved the only way they know how. With MURDER* (*software).

They’ve been at it since 2009, and the prototypes have logged up to 700,000 hours worth of work on them.

They hope to have them ready for public consumption after 2017. So no hurry at the moment. It will probably be nearer 2020.

The idea behind this is to make the roads safer, as car crashes are still very much a thing.

Although how a few people in Google cars up against the billions driving still vrooming about in bangers is going to be in any way safe, remains to be seen.

Christ, if only they could pour their efforts into making jetpacks, then THAT would be news.