Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, Chromecast, Google, Matt Rogers, Mobile Device, Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nest Labs, Nexus mobile devices, smartphone, Tony Fadell | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest
The behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.
This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of Google Glass some time this year.
Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: android, Apple App Store, chrome, Glass, Google, Google 2013, Google Glass Explorers, Google Mobile, Google Play, Google Stock, Google Zeitgeist | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013
2013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.
For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.
In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television, social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.
Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.
The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: android, iOS, Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Computing, Surface, tablet, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT | Comments Off on Windows to Kill-off RT Tablet OS
Microsoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.
RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency. RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.
Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows. Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: Android, Google, Hack!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: android, Google, Google Android, Google Apps, Hack, Hacked, Online Security | Comments Off on Android Apps Leaking Bank Details
Tens of millions of people around the world are using vulnerable Android apps that are leaking personal data, including bank account information and webcam access, according to new research. The study tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store and found that 1074 – almost 10 per cent – used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. They were able to exploit almost half the apps, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide, according to the Google Play Store :: Read the full article at Digital Life »»»»
Posted: August 10th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Apple, Google, Standout | Tags: android, apple, Apple Safari, Federal Trade Commission, Fine, Google, Google Security Breach, iPad, iphone, Jon Leibowitz | Comments Off on Google Fined $US22.5 Million For Apple Privacy Breach
That behemoth that is Google has been fined $US22.5 million for violating the privacy of millions of Apple Safari browser users. Last October Google signed an agreement that included a pledge not to mislead consumers about privacy practices, oops.
In fining the behemoth the FTC – US Federal Trade Commission – said that Google had broken an agreement made with the commission in October 2011, Google had agreed not to place tracking cookies on or deliver targeted ads to Apple Safari users, but then went ahead and did so. The fine is the biggest imposed by the FTC against a company for violating a previous agreement with the Commission.
In a statemnet the FTC said that Google has agreed to pay the record $22.5 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.
“The record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to all companies under an FTC privacy order,” said Jon Leibowitz, Chairman of the FTC. “No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place.” :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: REBLOG | Tags: Amazon, android, apple, iphone, REBLOG, smartphone | Comments Off on REBLOG! Amazon Smartphone to Rival Apples iPhone
Bloomberg is reporting that the behemoth that is Amazon is developing a smartphone to go head-to-head with that other behemoth that is Apple.
According to the report, Foxcon – yes, that other tech behemoth – is working with Amazon on the device.
Amazon is apparently seeking to beef-up the smartphone stretegy by acquiring patents that cover wireless technologies.
A smartphone would put Amazon in a much stronger position to do what it does best, sell digital content, ebook, books, tunes and movies. Expect a low priced smartphone from Amazon in the not so distant future! :: Read full the Bloomberg article »»»»
Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cloud, Google | Tags: android, Chrome Web Store, Dropbox, Google, Google Docs, Google Drive, OCR, Picassa | Comments Off on GOOGLE DRIVE :: CLOUD INTEGRATION GOOGLE STYLE
Google yesterday announced its DropBox killer, Google Drive, pledging every user 5GB of free storage. That’s a pretty good deal, combined with other Google products – Google Docs, soon to be Picassa and Gmail – as well as some comprehensive search capabilities, Google Drive appears to be a pretty close to taking over the galaxy that is cloud, for the personal user at least.
But there’s another story here. Products such as Google Drive and DropBox are becoming more frequently released, more importantly, cheap. It costs less than $10 to back up 100GB.
Punters truly have no excuse, the concept of accidentally deleting a file should be a thing of the past. Expect to see a DropBox Teams competitor any day now. Google truly seems to have our online world stitched
UPDATE :: OK, not happy Jan!! I feel slightly duped, it seems that Google has Given at the same Time as They’ve Taken Away!! On loading Google Drive I’ve lost my Google Docs account, well perhaps an exaggeration, my Google Docs space – some 1.7GB – has been integrated into my new Google Drive – 5 GB – a gain of 3.3Gb :: Read the full article »»»»