Facebook Messenger’s SMS push might break Android app rules

Did you think Facebook was a little too eager to have you using Messenger for SMS on your Android phone? You’re not alone. Concerns are mounting that Facebook’s SMS prompt might violate Google Play’s policies prohibiting deceptive device settings c…

Did you think Facebook was a little too eager to have you using Messenger for SMS on your Android phone? You're not alone. Concerns are mounting that Facebook's SMS prompt might violate Google Play's policies prohibiting deceptive device settings c…

Elmo takes the spotlight in new YouTube series

Sesame Street’s producers realize that kids these days are spending their days glued to devices other than their TVs. Its presence on YouTube has more than two million subscribers, and it recently launched Sesame Studios to test new ideas on web-savv…

Sesame Street's producers realize that kids these days are spending their days glued to devices other than their TVs. Its presence on YouTube has more than two million subscribers, and it recently launched Sesame Studios to test new ideas on web-savv…

Former Android chief is betting on quantum computing and AI

Andy Rubin — one of the people who invented the Android platform — left Google in 2014, but he’s still helping shape the future of technology. At Bloomberg Technology Conference, he revealed that one of the startups his hardware incubator is backin…

Andy Rubin — one of the people who invented the Android platform — left Google in 2014, but he's still helping shape the future of technology. At Bloomberg Technology Conference, he revealed that one of the startups his hardware incubator is backin…

Google lends support to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a wide-ranging and controversial trade agreement between 12 countries that President Obama has strongly supported throughout its creation. Today, he received a major ally in the form of Google — the comp…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a wide-ranging and controversial trade agreement between 12 countries that President Obama has strongly supported throughout its creation. Today, he received a major ally in the form of Google — the company end…

Google’s VR prototypes give you charming and strangely expressive googly eyes

daydreamheader How best to represent a person in virtual space? A square with their avatar picture on it? Too Slack. A custom face crafted with a million sliders? Too Second Life. A 3D scan of their face? Too “Lawnmower Man.” Then perhaps… a cartoon representation of the headset the user is wearing, with giant googly eyes on the front? You, my friend, are crazy like a fox. Read More

daydreamheader How best to represent a person in virtual space? A square with their avatar picture on it? Too Slack. A custom face crafted with a million sliders? Too Second Life. A 3D scan of their face? Too “Lawnmower Man.” Then perhaps… a cartoon representation of the headset the user is wearing, with giant googly eyes on the front? You, my friend, are crazy like a fox. Read More

Microsoft Band 2 gets Cortana support for Android users

Microsoft Band 2 pairs up just fine with Android phones. But if you want to be able to issue voice commands through the wearable, check out the latest update for Microsoft Health. The app’s newest version comes with Cortana integration for Android us…

Microsoft Band 2 pairs up just fine with Android phones. But if you want to be able to issue voice commands through the wearable, check out the latest update for Microsoft Health. The app's newest version comes with Cortana integration for Android us…

Let it beep: Google’s self-driving cars may now honk, hum, and ‘pip’

road rage The Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest is a yearly competition in which writers attempt to create the worst possible opening sentence to a novel. Google, for several reasons, should enter this year — in its latest self-driving car project report, the company writes: “As our honking algorithms improved, we’ve begun broadcasting our car horn to the world.” Read More

road rage The Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest is a yearly competition in which writers attempt to create the worst possible opening sentence to a novel. Google, for several reasons, should enter this year — in its latest self-driving car project report, the company writes: “As our honking algorithms improved, we’ve begun broadcasting our car horn to the world.” Read More

Google AI produces a melody that rivals the Casio keyboard concerts of our youth

Burning Man Piano It’s 1989. You’re upstairs in your room, fresh batteries in your Casio SA-1, prepping for your concert. The built-in beats are hot. You’ve been listening to the “Wake me up before you go-go” demo song and you think you’ve been inspired. You select instrument number 02, “HONKY-TONK PIANO.” It’s time to tickle the plastic ivories and burn… Read More

Burning Man Piano It’s 1989. You’re upstairs in your room, fresh batteries in your Casio SA-1, prepping for your concert. The built-in beats are hot. You’ve been listening to the “Wake me up before you go-go” demo song and you think you’ve been inspired. You select instrument number 02, “HONKY-TONK PIANO.” It’s time to tickle the plastic ivories and burn… Read More