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Google Glass Turns Up in FCC Filing

Google Glass took another step toward reality yesterday when its maker filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission laying out key technical specifications and certifying its compatibility with various standards. The documents are a routine part of bringing a new wireless device to the market. They describe a device augmented by a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi radio and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy.

February 1, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Updates Image Search to be Faster

Google announced that it is revamping its image search to make it speedier and more reliable. Soon, people will be able to simultaneously see images and image information while searching for photos, illustrations, and graphics. Google Images Associate Product Manager Hongyi Li wrote in a blog post that based on feedback from both users and webmasters, they redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience.

January 24, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Looks to Ditch Passwords

Google engineers are testing new tools that could replace passwords as the primary way of authenticating identity on the web. Google is currently running a pilot that uses a YubiKey cryptographic card developed by Yubico — a startup operated out of Sweden and the US, which has produced a two-factor authentication fob that can emit encrypted one-time passwords to NFC-enabled smartphones.

January 22, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Glass Development Charges Ahead

It's been six months since Google unveiled its Google Glass project, and it appears the tech giant is still hard at work ironing out the kinks to get the product ready for consumption. In an interview with IEEE Spectrum published yesterday, the head of the Google Glass project, Babak Parviz, said his team is continuing to try out new ideas and that both the software and hardware development is coming along.

January 2, 2013 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Scan and Match Arrives in U.S.

Google Music has always been a very nice music locker, but while European users were able to use its iTunes Match-like scan-and-match feature since last month, U.S.-based users only got access to this tool on Tuesday. Until now, U.S. users had to upload all of their music to the service, which could obviously take a while. since Tuesday, Google can just scan your music collection and rebuilt it on Google Music without the need to transfer gigabytes of data.

December 20, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google to Phase Out Sync, Other Services

Google will begin to phase out its Sync service for consumers and discontinue several other services in early January. The shuttering of the services, described as winter cleaning by the company, was announced in a post on its official blog. Google Sync allows access to mail, calendar and contacts via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Google said it will continue to offer the same functionality through the IMAP and CardDAV protocols.

December 17, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Maps for iPhone is Here

Google has released a native maps app for the iPhone and it's fast, full-featured, and quite frankly the best-looking mobile maps experience on the market today. After months of problems and a formal apology in the wake of Apple's own Maps app on iOS 6, many have been waiting for Google to offer a solution that could serve as a viable replacement. If the brief demo Dieter Bohn saw earlier this week is any indication, Google has delivered.

December 14, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Now Takes on Passbook, Adds QR Code

Google Now, the predictive search available to users of the latest versions of Android, received a significant upgrade today, with new features focused on making travel easier. On your way to the airport for a holiday visit to a relative? Google Now will tell you the weather at your destination. Once you arrive at the airport, Google Now will pull up your boarding pass - as long as you're flying on United Airlines, anyway.

December 6, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Launches Gmail 2.0 On iOS

Google announced a refreshed version of its native app on iOS devices, with the launch of Gmail 2.0. The app most noticeably introduces a cleaner-looking user interface, but it also brings a number of flourishes to improve the overall experience, including the addition of profile pictures in messages, new animations, infinite scrolling, and more, as well as a hugely in-demand feature: support (at last!) for multiple accounts.

December 6, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov

Google Launches Update To Maps API

Geolocation is very important for consumers these days. It’s a technology that can be used in almost any application you can think of. Whether you want to shop, do volunteer work, or meet new people, having a great Maps integration is key for Android developers. Yesterday, Google launched an update to its Maps API so that developers can better integrate them into the applications that they’re working on or might come up with in the future.

December 4, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov