The Week: Most Recent Google recent posts.en-usWed, 20 Feb 2013 09:35:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Google from THE WEEKWed, 20 Feb 2013 09:35:00 -0500WATCH: Finally, a realistic look at Google Glass?<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>On Wednesday morning, Google&nbsp;quietly published a new video for its hush-hush Glass project, the futuristic monocle that pulls triple duty as a camera, phone, and wearable computer. The video, "How it feels [through Glass]," showcases users tapping into the gadget's purported features, including voice search, Google Hangouts (with friends while skydiving... duh), and &mdash; in one fascinating snippet &mdash; the ability to ask for audio translations in different languages on the fly.&nbsp;</p><p>Unlike the last preview video we saw nearly a year ago, this clip seems a little more grounded in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:35:00 -0500How did Google Maps know about North Korea's nuclear test site?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>Of course</em> North Korea conducted its nuclear test on Nuclear Test Road.</p><p class="p1">Indeed, that's the name Google Maps gives to a road just a few miles south of where North Korea's latest nuclear test appears to have taken place, based on U.S. Geological Survey data for seismic activity detected after the blast. What's more, a nearby building on that road is labeled "Nuclear Test Facility."&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">So did Google somehow know the location of the country's clandestine nuclear program? As it turns out, they probably didn't.</p><p class="p1">Last month, Google Maps rolled out newly detailed images of the isolated nation using...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:18:00 -0500WATCH: Google's new Nexus 4 ad makes Siri look silly<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Google is really good at making commercials, many of which tend to moisten eyeballs if you aren't careful. And the company's new Nexus 4 smartphone ad, which premiered last night during the Grammy telecast, isn't any different.</p><p>The ad demonstrates a new feature, called Google Now, which should be familiar to most Android owners. The robotic helper gathers calendar events, location and weather data, and more, to intelligently present information you probably didn't even realize you needed. And, according to tech bloggers far and wide, it's making Apple's&nbsp;Siri look downright ancient.</p><p>"Though...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:45:00 -0500Google's secret plan for an experimental high-speed network<img src="" /></P><p>Imagine a future in which entire cities are blanketed with blazing-fast wireless internet. If Google gets its way, that could one day be a reality. The search giant this week asked the FCC to keep mum about a recent application to test an experimental radio network at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. No one knows what exactly Google is testing (it could be new devices and hardware), but the frequencies tapped, reportedly between 2524 and&nbsp;2625Mhz, would work well in densely populated areas, says <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. In fact, mobile operators in China, Brazil, and Japan are already...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:30:00 -0500Google's government-snooping data dump: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>"It may be easier than you think for government entities to demand the private data you've stored on Google's servers," says Andy Greenberg at <em>Forbes</em>. In its latest biannual Transparency Report,&nbsp;Google has announced yet another rise in the number of government and law enforcement requests for data on users &mdash; anything from web surfing habits to identifying who owns an email account to the content of emails &mdash; and for the first time broke down the U.S. requests by how the authorities asked for the information. In the vast majority of cases, officials didn't bother with a search warrant...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:00:00 -0500The firestorm over a racist 'Make Me Asian' app<img src="" /></P><p>On Thursday, Google pulled a pair of apps from its online Google Play store in response to an uproar alleging that the programs were racist. The apps, called "Make Me Asian" and "Make Me Indian," allowed users to superimpose "outdated racist iconography" such as Fu Manchu mustaches and straw hats, or feathers and war paint, onto photos of themselves.&nbsp;It was, according to the original sales pitch, "just a fun app that lets you indulge you and your friends!" Of course, plenty of people didn't think this was a fun indulgence at all, and they took to social media to fume. &nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Using&nbsp;the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Thomas C. TrevisanFri, 18 Jan 2013 11:45:00 -0500Google's big antitrust victory: What the FTC's decision means for you<img src="" /></P><p>After a lengthy two-year investigation, the Federal Trade Commission elected Thursday not to pursue charges against Google for showcasing its own products in its search results over those of competitive websites. The five-member FTC commission unanimously voted to close its investigation, saying that the search giant, which dominates the U.S. search market with 70 percent of all queries, had not violated antitrust or anticompetition statutes, reports <em>The New York Times</em>. Here's what you should know about the FTC's decision:</p><p class="p2"><strong>What was the FTC after Google for?<br /></strong>Google pretty much has a stranglehold...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:05:00 -0500The 12 best* Android apps of the year<img src="" /></P><p>Perhaps you were lucky enough to activate one of the the mind-blowingly large number of new Androids and iOs devices &mdash;&nbsp;17.4 million&nbsp;to be exact &mdash; on Christmas Day, easily eclipsing the 6.8 million tablets and smartphones activated at the same time last year. We've already covered a few iOS apps to help get you started with your new iPad. But what about new Android owners? If you unwrapped a glitzy new Nexus 7 on Christmas, here, in no particular order, are Google's favorite apps of the year:</p><p class="p1"><strong>1. Zappos<br /></strong>The mobile version of the popular shoe-shopping service is even better than...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:53:00 -0500The 10 most Googled search terms of 2012<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Nobody's videos tug at the heartstrings quite like Google's, and the search giant's latest 2012 retrospective lives up to that sky-high standard, managing to be jump-out-of-your-chair inspirational and quietly tear-jerking at the same time. (Watch the video above.) Along with this moving clip, on Wednesday, Google released its annual global zeitgeist report, highlighting 2012's most searched for terms, distilling what people people care about down to perhaps its most basic and universally understandable form. More than 1.2 trillion searches were conducted worldwide this year, with "Whitney Houston...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:40:00 -0500Google+ touts 235 million active users, but who's actually on it?<img src="" /></P><p>Google released some eye-popping numbers today alongside its unveiling of Google+ Communities, the company's response to Facebook Groups. (Watch a demo of how it works below.) In a blog post, senior vice president Vic Gundotra says "Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever" with more than 500 million people having signed up for the service. Surprisingly, <strong>235 million of them are active users</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">I know what you're thinking: Isn't Google+ a ghost town? Who are these "active" folks?</p><p class="p2">According to Google's own tally, that 235 million figure includes <strong>anyone who +1s an app in Google Play...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:16:00 -0500Can computer programmers account for morality?<img src="" /></P><p>Within the next two or three decades, Google's self-driving cars will likely be commonplace, and our roads will be safer for it. Self-driving cars don't drink. They don't get tired after a long day at the office. And they'll have better reflexes, along with the ability to instantly communicate with one another to minimize accidents, leaving you free to text or tweet to your heart's content. Three states &mdash; California, Florida, and Nevada &mdash; have already deemed the vehicles legal, and it's only a matter of time before many of the other 47 follow suit.</p><p class="p2">But what happens to a self-driving...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:58:00 -0500Everything you need to know about Google's new Nexus smartphone and tablet<img src="" /></P><p>Hurricane Sandy, which has shut down businesses across the East Coast, has also thrown a wrench in Google's best laid plans. The search king had scheduled a big New York press conference to unveil a series of products designed to challenge Apple in the smartphone and tablet wars. But that parade has been rained on, and with the big event scrapped, Google took to its official blog to announce several major upgrades in its Nexus product line, including a new smartphone and a new tablet. Here, everything you need to know about Google's new line of Nexus products:</p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>What did Google introduce, exactly...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 29 Oct 2012 16:40:00 -0400Why Wall Street is panicking over Google: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>What's wrong with Google? The search giant sent investors into a panic on Thursday when it reported disappointing third-quarter profits (down 20 percent) and sagging advertising rates. In response, share prices slid roughly 9 percent, falling to their lowest level in more than a month. What's going on? Here, four theories:&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><strong>1. Investors panicked because the info was incomplete</strong><br />The printer responsible for publishing Google's financials, R.R. Donnelley, mistakenly filed with the Securities &amp; Exchange Commission four hours earlier than expected. That meant the draft was incomplete, which...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 18 Oct 2012 16:10:00 -0400How Google became the world's second most valuable tech company: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p>Until Apple took the crown in 2010, Microsoft spent many, many years as the world's most valuable technology company. And now, for the first time ever, Google has leapfrogged its Redmond-based rival, too, taking the second place slot behind Tim Cook and Co.'s best-selling iProducts, and relegating Microsoft to the bronze medal podium. The search giant has enjoyed a strong run in recent months &mdash; share prices are up 30 percent for the quarter &mdash; and has now overtaken Microsoft's $247.27 billion market capitalization, clocking in at one point with a $248.89 billion market cap of its own...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Oct 2012 10:40:00 -0400Should Google withhold its maps from the new iPhone?<img src="" /></P><p>A noisy chorus of iPhone users cried foul when they downloaded iOS 6 last week only to find it was missing&nbsp;Google Maps, which was replaced by the sparse and buggy Apple Maps app. But those clamoring for Google's superior navigation product shouldn't hold their breath: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said Tuesday that the company has no immediate plans to bring Google Maps to Apple's App Store. "It's their choice," the former Google chief told reporters in Tokyo, referring to Apple's divorce from Google Maps. "We think it would have been better if they kept ours, but what do I know?" The two tech...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 26 Sep 2012 14:10:00 -0400Why Google's stock is at an all-time high: 4 theories<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Google's share price closed&nbsp;on Monday at an all-time high of $749.38, breaking the previous record that the king of search set in 2007. Google's recent surge in the stock market (which continued early Tuesday) capped a years-long comeback from the dark days of 2009, when its share price fell below $300. Google has regained its former glory without an iPhone 5-like publicity extravaganza, and despite its well-publicized stumbles in social media. (Google+ anyone?) And the company could reach still loftier heights. "We're now back at the peak," said Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney. "And we believe...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 25 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0400