You have a few options to protect the privacy of your Internet searches. You could log out of your Google account before using Google to perform a search. You could use an alternate browser to keep your searches separate from your primary browser. Or you could use a service such as Duck Duck Go. If you are set in your ways (and use Firefox as your primary browser), however, and want to search using Google like the rest of the world and want to do so without logging in and out of your account or switching browsers, there is a … Read more
Just in time for explosive growth of mobile phones and The Internet of Things, the next-generation Net standard called IPv6 is catching on, now accounting for more than 3 percent of Google's traffic.
Google's measurement is based on the number of users per day using IPv6. Although 3 percent is a small fraction, it's a very large number in absolute terms.
The pace of adoption is accelerating: It took 11 months to get from 1 percent to 2 percent, but only five months to get from 2 percent to 3 percent, said Dan York of the Internet … Read more
Don't worry folks, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen is still getting paid. Big time.
Over the past few days, there's been a global outcry in the wake of Nguyen's seemingly inexplicable decision to stop making the game available for download. On the one hand, some people were terrified that they wouldn't be able to play the highly addictive game anymore. And on the other, people were dumbfounded that the developer, a single man living with his parents in Vietnam, would just up and walk away from the riches pouring in.
After all, Nguyen told The Verge … Read more
Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures will soon be in charge of maintaining and improving a federal airfield.NASA and the US General Services Administration have chosen Planetary Ventures as the "preferred lessee" to manage Moffett Federal Airfield, which sits between Mountain View and Sunnyvale in Northern California. Assuming the entities can agree on lease terms, Google will be charged with managing the airfield and rehabbing the historic hangars on the site.
NASA has been trying to offload the responsibility of managing the airfield for quite some time. In a statement Monday, the agency said the lease will help it … Read more
Google and Foxconn may have quietly become bedfellows.
Google's former Android chief and head of robotics, Andy Rubin, is working closely with Foxconn and its Chairman Terry Gou to help carry out the Web giant's "vision for robotics," sources familiar with matter told The Wall Street Journal. But the partnership isn't just for Google's benefit. The Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to speed up robot deployment at its factories, according to the report on Tuesday, and Gou was apparently won over by automation technologies demonstrated by Rubin at a recent meeting in Taipei.
Foxconn is … Read more
Google's built a multi-billion-dollar empire largely on the strength of search ad sales. But that's starting to change as the years Google has spent nurturing side businesses that have nothing to do with search are beginning to show small, but growing returns.
When Google announced its earnings for the last quarter of 2013, investors and analysts were generally pleased. The company blew past most expectations, with revenue 17 percent higher than during the same period in 2012.
Although the company's earnings-per-share missed analyst expectations, Google had a boffo quarter. Revenue was up, owing to higher Google-owned site … Read more
The theme in question, called Seven, gives Android phones an iOS 7 styling, and that led to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint, said MyColorScreen Chief Executive Ashvin Dhingra, leader of the company that makes Themer. And though Themer removed the theme in question, the app was missing for more than a week.
The app has been downloaded more than a million times and has more than 200 themes. It went … Read more
I'm a disorganized person who uses an iPhone and various cloud services to store a variety of files. For someone like me, free app Octonius restores some order to my life. With it, I can search Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive from a single spot and share files or groups of files.
To get started, you must provide Octonius an e-mail address to create an account. Then, you can connect the app to your Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive accounts. Note: you can connect only one account per service.
Once you have linked your cloud accounts to Octonius, you'… Read more
There's plenty of justified irritation that people pore over a photo's every pixel when from an aesthetic point of view, you'd be better off judging the whole work.
But if you're editing photos, it's definitely useful to zoom to 100 percent when checking things like focus or noise levels, which is why it's notable Google added that ability to its Google+ photo-editing app.
Google's Andre Meyer announced the feature Friday on Google+ -- along with one that's probably more controversial, a new HDR filter called HDR Scape.
HDR stands for high dynamic … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.
- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.
- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.
- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.