Using Google search to set a timer isn't a new feature, per se. The ability to set a timer in Google Search was around last August when Dan Graziano put together a post detailing useful tips for Google search.
But then the feature disappeared from Google search, with no mention as to why, or if it would ever return. Then, just this week, Lifehacker found the timer feature active once again on Google.com.
Setting a timer is simple; as long as you have the word "timer" and an amount of time in the search query, Google … Read more
The gooey center of Google's pitch to developers to make apps and services for Android is a series of terms easily misunderstood, but central to Android's flexibility and success.
Every once in a while, Android terminology discussions flare up like a stomach ulcer for Google. They center on Android's nature as a development platform, which in turn affects the variety and breadth of Android apps -- from Minecraft to Pandora to the latest Flappy Bird copycats -- that you can download, and how up-to-date they are. Is Android truly open-source? Can you "fork" Android? What … Read more
For Valentine's Day, Google is adding animated hearts to photos of hugging and kissing on Google+.
"Just upload a photo of kissing or hugging, and Google Photos will add hearts automatically," said Google+ photo team member Vincent Mo in a Google+ post Thursday night.
Google already throws a lot of server horsepower at photos shared on its social network, automatically editing them for better tonality and smoother skin, but its "auto-awesome" technology also identifies subject matter deemed suitable for seasonal special effects. During the holidays, the company added snowflakes to snow scenes and sparkling to … Read more
You've booked the restaurant. It'll be overpriced. You've sent the flowers. They'll be overpriced too.
What happened to the best things in life being free? Or at least less than bank-breaking?
But wait. Here is Google whispering in your ear: "Listen. True love exists."
And so you go to Google's home page (in the US) where you'll find a Valentine's Day doodle that makes you believe in love. Yes, for free.
Six candy hearts are arranged where the logo used to be. There's "Crush," "Mr. Right," … Read more
Google allows you to use the Google Play Music service on up to 10 different devices with your account. If you've reached your device limit and want to add a new device, you'll need to deauthorize an old one before being allowed to add another device.
There are two ways to deauthorize devices from your account: using a Web browser or through the Google Play Music Android app. The device management feature was just added to the Android app this week, so we'll start there.Deauthorize from Android From your Google Play Music Android app, go to … Read more
Google's need for Internet speed just kicked into a whole new gear.
The Web giant is working on technology to deliver data transfer speeds over the Internet at 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than the connections offered by Google Fiber in Kansas City, a Google executive revealed Wednesday, according to a USA Today report. That's roughly 1,000 times faster than the average US connection speed of 7.2 megabits per second.
The project is part of Google's vision of the next-generation Internet, allowing for more stable connections for data-intensive applications and greater adoption of … Read more
While the East Coast feels the brunt of yet another winter storm, Southern California's abundant sunshine is getting put to good use. On Thursday, the world's largest solar thermal plant began delivering electricity to customers.
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System -- jointly owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrightSource Energy -- can produce 392 megawatts of solar power at full capacity. According to NRG Energy, that's enough "electricity to provide 140,000 California homes with clean energy and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off … Read more
Nothing sets the mood like a toasty virtual fireplace, at least in theory.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Google has launched a kitschy little feature for Chromecast -- it's a virtual fireplace visual that can be displayed while streaming music to a television, computer, phone, or tablet.
"When you listen to Google Play Music on your Chromecast, you can display a cozy fireplace on your TV while your music plays in the background. And yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds," Google wrote on Google+. "So stay in, sit back, and crank … Read more
Android is free to device makers, but it seems there are a few catches.
A couple of documents examined by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday show that Android phone and tablet makers must adhere to a strict set of conditions if they want access to key apps when adopting Google's free and open mobile operating system. Device manufacturers are required to preinstall certain Google apps, set Google as the default search provider, and ensure that the Search and Play Store icons are placed "at least on the panel immediately adjacent to the Default Home Screen," according … Read more