Report: Elon Musk Almost Sold Tesla to Google for $6 Billion

The big headline today covers something that happened a couple of years ago, that being a possible acquisition of Tesla Motors by Google for just $6 billion. In a time when Tesla was near financial ruin due to its inability to turn pre-orders of its vehicles into finalized sales, Elon Musk turned to Google, looking for serious support.

The deal was that Google would buy Tesla, but continue to keep the company running to produce vehicles. Of the $6 billion that was reportedly discussed, $5 billion of it would go straight to the Tesla factories, which involved continued development on its batteries and vehicles.  (more…)

Android 5.1.1 Will Probably Arrive Any Day Now

Google is probably going to release Android 5.1.1 to the Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9 at any moment. Well, it could be today or next week or next month for all we know, but it’s in the works and probably next. We assume that is the plan because they are publicly referring to it on an “Audio Latency Measurement” page that is a part of the official Android source portal.  (more…)

Google Search Results Will Now Show Related Apps With Relevant Content That Aren’t Installed on Your Phone

Soon, when you search Google for something, the search results will include related apps to your search whether you have them installed or not. Up until today, you may have seen apps show up in search results as having related content, but only if they were already installed on your phone. Thanks to Google’s expanding app indexing of content, search results are now smart enough to find apps that have the info you want even if they aren’t on your phone.  (more…)

Tip: You Can Now Find Your Lost Phone by Typing “Find My Phone” in Google Search

You can now go to Google.com in a web browser and type “Find my phone” to see the exact location of your potentially-lost device. How cool is that?

Google will now locate your phone through Google Search, just like it does in the Android Device Manager app. All you need is the latest version of the Google (Search) app installed and this should work. It may ask that you sign-in to your Google account before it completes the task, but seriously, that’s it, at least according to a G+ post today from the search giant.  (more…)

Google’s New Handwriting App Lets You Handwrite Text in 82 Languages

Earlier today, Google decided that you needed to ditch the keyboard and get back to handwriting messages to friends and family. No, this is not a 2-week late April Fools’ joke from the company that dominates April 1. This is a real deal app that clearly took some work to get right.

The app is called Google Handwriting Input, and it’s actually pretty neat. You can handwrite in 82 different languages and watch as Google places them as words in a message field for sending or searching or whatever. They even included emoji drawing-support, so you can draw a unicorn or a sun or a simple smiley face. It’s also pretty good at reading the scratchiest of chicken scratch.

Give a shot.  (more…)