June 6, 2013 |
Believability has no place in " The Internship . " This is a movie in which two middle-aged men, both suddenly unemployed and, in one case, facing foreclosure, decide their wisest move is to apply for unpaid internships at Google even though they possess zero technical skills, barely know what Instagram is and often refer to the Internet as "the online. " Anything resembling post-economic-recession logic clearly got chucked out the window here, along with the acknowledgment that Bing and Yahoo exist.
April 9, 2013 |
When someone in the Washington area begins to type the president's last name into the search box of Google's home page, the top three terms it suggests as the most popular selections are Obama, Obamacare and . . . Obama phone. Obama phone? A hotline, maybe, to the Oval Office? Hardly. "Obama phone" is the widely used — and misleading — nickname of a 28-year-old federal program known as Lifeline . It provides discounts, averaging $9.25 a month, on phone service for...
June 7, 2013 |
Apple, Google and Facebook may be the headline names among companies involved in a U.S. government surveillance program , but one firm — PalTalk — stands out precisely because it's so obscure. Here's a quick look at what PalTalk is, and why it may have piqued the interest of the U.S. government. What is PalTalk? PalTalk is a voice, video and text chat service. Founded in 1998, PalTalk is actually older than Google or Facebook, and says it was the "first to combine voice and video into...
April 5, 2012
Google on Wednesday unveiled its "Project Glass," augmented reality glasses that will be able to display chats, maps and more. The Verge says that it seems like the glasses are "past the concept phase. " Speaking to [Nick] Bilton, someone who has used the glasses said, "They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don't have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that's it. " In late February, Nick Bilton ...
June 5, 2013 |
June 6 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. and the Grameen Foundation set out to improve awareness of sexually transmitted diseases and reduce risky behavior in rural Uganda through text messaging. Instead, the program spurred infidelity. Participants in the project texted questions on sexual health topics to a service set up by Google, Grameen and the local mobile-phone provider. Using its search technology, Google worked with Grameen to develop a way to pick up key words in the texts and reply with templated answers.
June 5, 2013 |
Google beats out rivals Apple and Facebook when it comes to the all-important game of reputation, continuing its place on top of a Washington Post-ABC News poll measuring how respondents feel about some of the country's top tech firms. The poll, released Wednesday, shows that 83 percent of American adults contacted on cellphones and land lines have a "favorable" view of the Mountain View, Calif., company, compared with 72 percent for Apple and 60 percent for Facebook. The overall results are similar to ...