Nest’s Tony Fadell Now in Charge of Google Glass, Separates Into Independent Division (Updated)

According to FortuneGoogle is making a few changes at HQ today, as Nest’s Tony Fadell has been placed in charge of overseeing Google Glass. The co-founder of Nest joined Google’s ranks after Mountain View acquired the smart thermostat business, but it’s clear that Google thinks Fadell’s experience in consumer electronics could benefit Glass.  (more…)

Google Partners With Auto Manufacturers to Expedite Self-driving Car Project

Google’s autonomous car project is moving at a fast clip (no pun intended), but a host of logistical and regulatory barriers stand in the way of commercialization. Still, that is not stopping the search giant from pursuing an aggressive 2020 launch window. To expedite things, Chris Urmson, director of the project, told Reuters that Google had begun discussions with major automakers – General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler, Volkswagen, and others – regarding the technology’s nearest-term implementation. (more…)

Deal: Groupon is Still Selling Brand New Nexus 7 (2013) 16GBs for $149

I can’t believe this deal is continuing to be available over at Groupon. Google’s last 7-inch tablet, the Nexus 7 (2013), after being featured by the deal site for almost two months, can still be picked with 16GB of storage for just $149. We are talking a brand new device, as well, not the refurbished kind that most deal sites are hawking these days. This is a unit that retailed for $229 when it was first released.

Still in search of a tablet? As odd as this may sound, the 2013 Nexus 7, even at $149, is still a heck of a deal.

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Market Pilot for Project Ara to First Launch in Puerto Rico in 2015

At this morning’s keynote during the Project Ara Developers Conference, it was announced that the first market pilot for the platform would launch in Puerto Rico. A few may ask, “Why?” The Google ATAP team states that given Puerto Rico’s rich wireless carrier industry, with many US and Latin carriers holding shares in the market, the territory would prove a worthy host for Project Ara testers.  (more…)

Project Ara Developers Conference Starts Today, Watch It Live!

It has been over a year since Motorola originally introduced Project Ara, its modular phone concept. Since that introduction, we have seen the project and team behind it move over to Google, with demos shown here and there, but with very few sightings of working, stable models. That may change today, at least we hope it will. Project Ara is hosting its 2nd developer conference just days after introducing a new MDK. All of the festivities will be live streamed (embedded below).  (more…)

Google Translate Update Brings Instant Image Translation With Word Lens, Easier Real-Time Conversations

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Google Translate would soon receive a massive update to include an easier real-time conversation mode, but also real-time, instant translation of signs or menus or other printed or plastered text, thanks to Word Lens. Well, that update has now been announced by Google.  (more…)