After the European Commission alleged charges of antitrust against Google Inc in April, the company has gone ahead and rejected all charges that claim how the latter has been abusing market power. The charges leveled against Google exposed it to the risk of coughing up a heavy fine unless it changed the way it does business.
What Are The Allegations?
To begin with the Commission alleged that Google played up with its search results so as to benefit its own shopping service while causing losses for competitors and customers. However, Kent Walker, the general counsel of Google has blogged that economic data for the last ten years and related documentation prove the competitiveness of Google search. He went on to write, “We believe that the statement of objection’s preliminary conclusions is wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics.” These comments came at a time when Google submitted a 150-pager report as a counter statement to the charges leveled by the Commission.
Ricardo Cardoso, spokesperson for the Commission has said that they have received the counter response and has stated that the former will consider the same carefully. If found guilty Google might have to forego up to 10 per cent of its annual global turnover as penalty to the Commission. … Read the rest
Two latest leaks of the new Moto 360 smartwatch suggest a sleek new design. One is a Moto 360 leak on Reddit, while the other has been posted on Google Plus. Although these images are not up close, they do look like the next generation Moto watch. We have, in fact, spotted how the casing will look like in the images.
Up Close With The Moto 360
In the Reddit Moto 360 leak, the smartwatch seems to flaunt a circular design interface with a leather wristband complete with a gold dial. The Reddit user who posted this pic wrote, “This photo was taken right behind the Merchandise Mart in Chicago today. She was walking down the street when I noticed the lugs and grabbed a pic.”
The other leaked image has been uploaded via Google+ and also reveals that the Moto 360 will come in a circular design. The upcoming Moto 360 comes with a power button that has been placed at the 2 o’clock position. Earlier, we had seen this button at the 3 o’clock position. Notably, both leaks come from users in Chicago city.
The Reddit image also reveals that the next-gen Moto 360 could come with a microphone towards the left. This points to the probability of users being able to answer voice-calls without a connected device. The watch will feature bezels thicker than what we saw on the first generation Moto 360.… Read the rest
Google has finally added some new features tagged to their popular Maps. According to what we saw on the Android client for Google’s navigation and mapping offerings, you can gear up for Map previews besides offering a business shortcut. Last weekend, Google has started the test phase for allowing food related photograph uploads on Maps. What’s more — these new add-ons will be available for the Indian version too.
Google Maps saw an update to Android 9.13.0 version and will come enhanced with Street View option on the left bottom corner of the display screen. Once you tap it, the entire Street View of the region pops up. However, Street View has not yet arrived in India.
Adding new businesses too is a much acclaimed feature. In case you can see a business that is yet to see a listing, you simply need to click on “add a missing business” button at the navigation drawer bottom.
The Best Bits
A limited number of users are stating that Google Maps has finally finalised the Tablescape that has been in test zone since February. This means the capacity to add “foodographs” as we referred to above. The best bit for the end– Google is mulling over getting all public transport routes of Delhi integrated with a complete schedule into Maps.… Read the rest
The latest generation for Android OS is finally set to hit marts and has interestingly been named Marshmallow. Currently, the platform is in its beta phase but a preview build release had been made available to developers last week. Around Fall this year, the final versions could be made available but it could be a little longer before these are updated to compatible handsets. We had known that Android 6.0 was set to arrive, back in May during the Google I/O Conference; this had been known as Android M then. However, going with the name of Marshmallow Google has kept its trend of using sweet treats as name for its Android update names.
Top Three Marshmallow Features
Users of Android will barely see much interface-based differences between Android Lollipop 5.0 and the upcoming Marshmallow. The interfacial changes were already reduced by Lollipop sometime back. The major revamps are intrinsic and aim to enhance stability as well as performance. New and interesting specifications of the Android 6.0 platform are features focused on six main areas. Three of these areas stand focused on security and user experience. A brand new system for permissions will allow users to have total control over what parts of a device apps can access on Marshmallow. The system will be similar to how iOS works given that applications will now need permission based on case-by-case. Earlier, users had grated all permissions at once. Therefore, there had been share-ability issues for information along varied app platforms.
A welcome upgrade with Marshmallow is the new app linking feature that allows one application to directly connect with another using a single link or button. Earlier versions saw a pop up dialog box that asked the user if he/she wanted to open another application. Marshmallow will erase this.
Marshmallow also seeks to enhance battery usage with a brand new feature called Doze. It works by using in built motion sensors of phones for detecting if a device has actually been used. After a set time span, Android will cut down all background activities that will help reduce battery life. While some might question the effectiveness of the new feature, David Burke, VP of Engineering said that Doze could almost double the standby span for Nexus 9 tabs. This was published in the Verge.
Besides these main areas, Google will now focus on smaller enhancement such as improve copy-paste feature, volume controls and USB-C induced faster charging. In spite of these brand new functionalities, the upgrade bit to Marshmallow could still be challenging. First comes issues such as device compatibility and slow update releases from carriers. Perhaps these reasons justify why only 18 per cent android handsets had been running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Earlier in the week, Google unveiled its latest Wi-Fi OnHub Router designed to solve connectivity issues that we face on an everyday basis. Despite the technological advancements over all these years, problems associated with routers continue.
OnHub features a unique antenna design, a smart software and an associated app that helps to adjust the router’s settings. All of this is meant to enable better networking facilities.
This is a sleek device with a cylindrical design. You can easily keep it on your table or shelf. The device is already available on Google Store. When you have Google’s OnHub router, W-Fi connectivity is enhanced.
Google OnHub has 13 Wi-Fi antennas placed in a circular manner. It uses a 1.4 GHz dual core processor to attain an expected speed of 1900 megabits per second.
The router has been developed with China-based computer networking company TP-LINK.
Google has been trying to stand out of the regular crowd with its Project Ara. However, things have taken a turn such that too unconventional a thing could lead you into hot water. According to inside scoop, the latest upcoming phone from Google might just allow you to swap all its main components. Despite its best design algorithms, this is one thing the maker is finding hard to achieve. A latest tweet from the Project Ara team at Google says, “No more electro-permanent magnets.”
This concept is a challenge now and the maker is working on redoing the entire framework of Project Ara such that it can join all the modules together. More so, Google needs to create a phone that does not fall apart when it hits the floor. Therefore, the durability factor is something at stake here.
The creators of Project Ara say that they are in process of testing the signature experience for attaching its modules. While there is no clarity on what this means we know that Ara will debut much later. There is no official launch date yet. Keep watching this space for more updates.
Bing had always been known as a criticized and underrated search engine and was not a preferred one as it was living under the shadow of Google search. This is a service that was owned by Microsoft and was created back in the year 1998 by the name MSN Search. However, it was re launched in the year 2009 with the name Bing. Since then, it has been making a lot of progress. There have been a lot of improvements in it and new features are being added on a frequent basis. The latest news is that, the Bing application for Android will have a new feature. The Android users can now implement it on Google Now. The latest feature is known to be Snapshots on Tap.
Through this feature, the users will be able to get the right information on what is being displayed currently on the screen of the device without leaving the application that is being used at all. This clearly means that no matter what application you are using, you can make use of this feature and this helps you to be informed on any topic at any given point of time. So with this feature, the users are sure to have a brilliant experience of using Bing.
This invention was always been in anticipation and this has now been truly a great advantage and experience for the Android users. Bing is all set to create a benchmark with a lot of Andriod users wanting to use this feature.… Read the rest
Aran Khanna is a 21-year-old CS50 Course Assistant at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who was about to start interning for Facebook. He has come into the news after developing the Marauders Map app. This is a Google Chrome extension, which allows users to see the exact location of the people they are talking to on Facebook messenger. The same was downloaded by 85,000 people as soon as it was launched.
Khanna is of the opinion that he has developed the app to show the consequences of sharing data unintentionally by social networking and other sites. He thought he was doing a public service.
However, this did not go well with Facebook. The social media giant cancelled his internship just hours before he was about to start it. According to Facebook, “Despite being asked repeatedly to remove the code, the creator of this tool left it up. This is wrong and it’s inconsistent with how we think about serving our community.”
To which Khanna responded by means of an email to IANS, “I complied with Facebook’s requests as they pertained to both, my interactions with the media and the handling of the code, every step of the way. My intentions were never malicious; I simply sought to draw attention to a privacy issue that I knew many people were unaware of.”
However, Facebook continued to maintain that Aran Khanna’s app violated company norms. Facebook has also said that they started working on improvements to the location-sharing months ago. It added that Khanna’s mapping tool scrapped Facebook data in a manner that it compromised on the privacy and safety of their users.
Facebook also added, “We don’t dismiss employees for exposing privacy flaws, but we do take it seriously when someone misuses user data and puts people at risk.”
Khanna told Boston.com that his summer internship was withdrawn by Facebook three days after Marauder’s Map was launched. He was called by his future manager and was told to not to talk to the press about anything.… Read the rest
As the release of the Google Nexus 5 comes closer, rumors and speculations related to the upcoming smartphone abound. Most recently, Google Nexus 5 leaked images on Marques Brownlee’s G+ profile has increased the hype further.
Leaked image shows interesting features
Much like their previous releases, Google is tight-lipped about the features of the forthcoming handset as well. However, the leaked image indicates that this phone will feature a circular fingerprint sensor at the back. It is also likely to feature a camera with LED flash.
There is an LG sticker at the back, which also confirms earlier speculations that they would be manufacturing the phone.
Yet another thing that is clear from the leaked image is that the phone will feature front-facing speakers because there are none at the back. While the photo shows the handset sporting a white back, we expect it to come in a variety of colors.
The phone is also reported to feature Quad HD display that has 564 pixels density per inch. With rumors of a 3GB RAM and USB Type-C connector, the upcoming handset is expected to please users.
It is also expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. This could result in better battery life and multi-tasking capabilities.… Read the rest
Now that we are almost certain that a new Google Nexus 6 is on the way, rumors are rife about its expected price and features. While there is no official report of the expected features or price of the phone, some leaks reveal that it will come with a 5.7-inch WQHDS AMOLED display. This will be a Huawei Google Nexus 6 and therefore, we expect to see a lot of turnaround on the features.
Leaks available on the web indicate that the latest Google Nexus 6 will feature an enticing 21 MP rear camera. Like many other modern smartphones, the Google Nexus 6 2015 is also reportedly going to feature a wireless charging option, which is a sought-after feature for most users.
PhoneArena has even reported that the phone will feature fingerprint sensors at the back. Not only that, it is also expected to feature dual speakers in front along with USB Type-C connectivity. These features would make it really user friendly.
Unofficial renderings available so far also indicate that the phone will feature an all-metal body. However, the price of the phone is still under cover and is expected to be on the higher side, yet not exorbitant.
Google is tight-lipped about the launch of the new phone. While there is also no confirmation on the release date, we expect it to come around October or November. This year, the company is expected to release Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 at the same time.