How often do you use Google to help you find a restaurant’s website so that you can hopefully checkout the spot’s menu? I do it at least a couple of times per week it seems like, especially when trying to decide where to meet friends at. The process, at least until today, has been extremely tedious.
You had to search for a restaurant, visit their website, scroll around looking for the “Menu” link, and then either seeing the menu directly on the site or downloading it as a PDF file, which would then take another tap. Google has fixed this painful process (at least in the U.S.), by adding all sorts of restaurant’s menus to search results that can be viewed on mobile and the web via card that pops up at the top of all listings. (more…)
Introduced in Android 4.2, then rolled back to later versions of Android down to Android 2.3, the built-in Verify Apps feature works to detect shady applications that users sideload onto devices. As of right now, the program checks newly installed applications, then basically goes to sleep until a new app is sideloaded.
According to a Googler who spoke with Computer World, a universal update is on its way, bringing continuous monitoring for an even more secure Android experience. (more…)
Google announced the first of three conferences for developers interested in Project Ara this afternoon, with two other conferences to follow down the road in 2014. Project Ara, a modular phone project currently a part of Google’s Android department, is essentially a smartphone built from various building blocks which the public can give input on. (more…)
If you still watch American Idol, you will be happy to hear that the show is moving into the 21st century, thanks to Google. During the show, you can use Google on your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone to cast your vote once the temporary voting window for your favorite singers opens up. (more…)
Google recently released the Google Now Launcher to Google Play, but it is limited to just Nexus and Google Play Experience devices running stock Android. Thankfully, this is Android, and sideloading applications is extremely easy. (more…)
What’s that sound? Is that the sound of Mac owner’s dreams finally coming true? I think it is. Released independently from Google, and open source on GitHub, a standalone application for Google Play Music All Access is now available for Mac computers.
The app can connect to your entire library of cloud-saved music, access radio playlists, show desktop notifications for tracks, and most importantly, can be controlled by your built-in media controls on the Mac. #winning. (more…)
Rumors and reports of a Google smartwatch, previously codenamed Gem, have been in the news for months. This weekend, more details have appeared through CNET, with sources of theirs claiming the smartwatch will in fact launch at Google IO in June. Google plans to announce the smartwatch platform this March through a blog post (typical Google), and then have the final unveiling at IO in San Francisco. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, Google unveiled Project Tango, the newest mobile device experiment to come out of Mountain View. Tango is a mobile device (running Android), equipped with enough sensors and cameras to make over a quarter of a million 3D measurements every second, which allows users to create full 3D environments wherever the device is in use almost instantaneously. (more…)