1. cageymaru

    Google Brain Empowers Neural Networks to Deliver a more Accurate Translation Service

    The Google Brain team, a deep learning research arm of the company, has levied the power of neural networks to breakdown the barriers to a more accurate translation service. Other services such as Skype have to transcribe the incoming spoken language to written text and then read the...
  2. Zarathustra[H]

    Google Shuttering Talk, Removing SMS Support from Hangouts

    First Hangouts was going away, then it wasn't, and now it looks like Google is about to make changes that are certain to piss off a certain number of people again. On June 26th Google Talk and its Gchat will be shut down for good. For those who haven't already adopted Hangouts voluntarily, Talk...
  3. cageymaru

    Google Doesn't Trust Symantec Security Checks

    Google Chrome will start rejecting some certificates issued from Symantec on the basis that Symantec isn't validating them correctly. According to a Google blog post, it started as 127 certificates and then grew to some 30,000 standard and extended certificates being suspect. Symantec is very...
  4. Zarathustra[H]

    EU Authorities Demand Changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

    The European Commission is at it again, threatening to fine social media companies over consumer protection regulations. (Caution, link contains a video which plays automatically) This time it is over their slow response time in removing abusive, illegal, threatening or slanderous content...
  5. Zarathustra[H]

    Google Pulls Beauty and the Beast 'ad' from Home

    Users of Google Home have been up in arms about an ad for Disney's Beauty and the Beast making its way into their "My Day" updates. Google has now pulled it. According to Google this was not intended to be an ad, but rather a relevant calendar update. A company like Google certainly has to...
  6. cageymaru

    Google Increases JPEG Compression by 35% Without Loss in Image Quality

    Google has developed a new compression algorithm for JPEG images that shrinks them 35% smaller than today's methods without image loss. According to the Google blog announcement post, "Guetzli is a JPEG encoder for digital images and web graphics that can enable faster online experiences by...
  7. FrgMstr

    New Chrome Limits Background Tabs Usage

    While this may not be a huge deal for Chrome desktop users, it will certainly get the attention of many of us that use Chrome on our mobile devices for web browsing. With the release of Chrome 57 you will now find that the browser limits JavaScript timers in background tabs. For those of you...
  8. Zarathustra[H]

    Google: 99.95% of Recent ‘Trusted’ DMCA Notices Were Bogus

    If you've been following the conversation regarding copyright infringement lately, you know that rights-holders, citing piracy being on the increase, have been arguing that DMCA style takedown notices have been woefully inadequate in stopping the flow of piracy, and are looking to get even...
  9. Armenius

    Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable EME DRM Plugin,33527.html The worst part is in doing so the chrome://plugins page is now disabled. WTF, Google... The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making...
  10. Zarathustra[H]

    Google Wants Your Help with the Development of the Next Pixel

    As we have previously reported on, the successors to Google's Pixel phones are well underway. As part of this effort, the very observant phone fans over at GreenBot have noticed that Google's Krishna Kumar has been soliciting input from the user community on their product forums in a thread...
  11. cageymaru

    Google Paid Top Talent So Much That They Quit

    When Google starts a new business venture, they tend to give huge bonuses for employees to stay and invent. These bonuses are based on the perceived value of the new venture. Needless to say, autonomous cars is a hot commodity today, and the Google employees working in the new Waymo division...
  12. Zarathustra[H]

    Millions of Apps Could Soon be Purged from the Google Play Store

    And it's about time! Google has been sending developers notices of their intent to limit visibility or remove apps that violate the company's user data policy. You know, the types of apps that are poor knockoffs of the real thing, with limited functionality, that exist only to trick you into...
  13. Zarathustra[H]

    Search Engines & Copyright Holders Ready Voluntary Anti-Piracy Code

    Torrentfreak is reporting today that Google and other search engine providers are close to a voluntary agreement with rightsholders on how to best conceal search results pointing to pirated content. While Google has taken many steps to limit showing links to pirated content in the past, and...
  14. Zarathustra[H]

    Google, Unlike Microsoft, Must Turn Over Foreign Emails

    Fortune ran a story over the weekend about how Google has been ordered by a U.S judge to comply with search warrants requiring them to provide customer emails stored on servers abroad. This after we reported in July of last year that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft...
  15. Zarathustra[H]

    Google Sales Poised to Overtake Microsoft in Changing of the Guard

    The Financial Times is reporting that Google's revenues are on track to exceed $100bn this year, and that this will likely be sufficient for the company to surpass Microsoft's revenues for the year. They cite an upswing in ad revenue as a large part of the cause, also pointing out that the...
  16. FrgMstr

    Google Servers all Contain Custom Security Silicon

    I came across a very interesting article over The Register that attempts to digest and summarize this document recently released by Google. Revealed last Friday, the document outlines six layers of security and reveals some interesting factoids about the Alphabet subsidiary's operations, none...
  17. cageymaru

    The Khronos Group Announces VR Standard Initiative

    The Khronos Group Announces VR Standard Initiative. Khronos Group article. The Khronos Group has just announced their VR...
  18. FrgMstr

    AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance - Google Earth VR @ [H]

    AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance - Google Earth VR - If you have ever experienced Google Earth, which you likely have, and were impressed with the experience, just imagine having a globe about 6 feet across that you can zoom into so close that you can then stand on the street and look up and...
  19. FrgMstr

    AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Google's Tilt Brush @ [H]

    AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: Google's Tilt Brush - We are changing gears a bit with our VR Performance coverage and looking at an application that is not as GPU-intensive as those we have looked at in the recent past. Google's Tilt Brush is a virtual reality application that makes use of...
  20. FrgMstr

    Charles Schwab Goes with Chromebooks

    I found this very interesting as it shows what a profound change cloud computing and tremendously powerful processors can do for mobile. I have an aging laptop that I use when traveling and I am not sure why I would need anything more than a Chromebook now for my particular needs while abroad...
  21. G

    Google is reportedly announcing a standalone Android VR headset next week

    Google is reportedly announcing a standalone Android VR headset next week Looks like a Samsung VR competitor, probably a simple housing that you pop your phone into.
  22. Blorgon

    WTB: Black Nexus 5 32GB

    Title says it all. I live in Denver. Heat
  23. MrGuvernment

    Google NIK collection now free

    If you bought it in the last year you can also get a refund, never heard of these tools myself until now, but can't complain if it is free now.. Google's $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software is Now 100% Free Google Nik Collection
  24. D

    Script to download higher quality versions of pictures.

    I made this script (powershell, included in Windows 7+), and thought someone here might find it useful, what it does is do a google image search for every picture in a directory, and save the biggest result in a target directory, using the same name if it's bigger than the original source. So...
  25. cageymaru

    ProjectFi is live to everyone. Special introductory deal also.

    ProjectFi is live to everyone. For the special introductory deal they are doing a Google Nexus 5X phone for $199 or $249 depending on the internal memory configuration. When you get to the phone click "All Devices" to see the Nexus 5X for the introductory price. Signup page. Project Fi...