Gone are the days of starting companies in your garage. And Google thinks it can help with the change in venue.
The tech giant announced Wednesday that it will be partnering with co-working spaces and "startup hubs" -- where young companies can get access to office space, mentors, and other resources to help them grow -- to create a hub network that'll help startups commune.
The initiative is being overseen by Google for Entrepreneurs, the arm of the company that focuses on nurturing startups. Google already has startup hubs in London and Tel Aviv, but this new … Read more
You probably didn't notice, but this week, your searching activity on Google got a little safer from prying eyes. When you go to Google, it likely will transfer you automatically to its "encrypted" service, one designed to prevent potential "eavesdropping" on your searches. What's not to like with that? Chiefly, a loophole Google has left in for its advertisers and a lost opportunity to get all sites to go secure.
The Korean electronics giant on Wednesday unveiled its latest push in the mobile enterprise market -- the "Samsung Solutions Exchange," a sort of app store for business programs. The company isn't simply rounding up apps ideal for enterprise users. Rather, Samsung is talking with customers to find out what they need and then working with software developers to provide programs that use features specific to Samsung devices.
To do … Read more
Apple customers may have access to some "geniuses" at the mall, but Amazon Kindle Fire HDX users can now get live -- and visual -- tech support no matter where they are.
The company, which unveiled its new tablets Tuesday, has added a "Mayday" button to its Quick Settings menu, letting users connect with a customer service representative via a video feed. The Amazon representative can then talk you through your problem, draw on your screen remotely to provide directions, or even take control of your device and fix the issue right in front of you. … Read more
I can't help thinking that we are in the middle of a lot of overinflated, much-hyped tech fads right now. Smart watches, Google Glass, 4k TVs, and all manner of electronic novelties are poised to fill the silence as the party winds down with the maturing technologies of tablets and smartphones.
But as I can't say for certain which of these current trends will flop and which ones will stick around, I figured I'd take a look back at some of the biggest tech fads in recent history. These were the huge trends that seemed to point … Read more
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The electronics in your car's dashboard were probably not made by the car's manufacturer. Most automakers rely on suppliers for stereos and navigation systems, and one of the largest in the world is Delphi. To keep up with the latest in technology, Delphi followed its automaker clients by establishing a new development facility in Mountain View, Calif., putting it in close proximity to giants Google and Apple, and a multitude of smaller companies developing technology useful in the car.
During the launch week for the new facility, Delphi invited me down to see some examples of its latest … Read more
We believe it won't be long until human civilization goes full "Fifth Element"-style and takes most everything to the skies (we know, those were just really tall buildings). While unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been making headlines frequently over the last few years for a slew of negative reasons, they're also delivering pizzas in a very high-tech fashion. For this week's future tech, we visit the crew at 3D Robotics in Berkeley, Calif., to hear their take on the future of UAVs. Oh yeah, they give us a pretty stellar, Oculus Rift equipped … Read more
Google Glass now makes it a little easier for wearers to transmit data.
Discovered over the weekend by Google Glass user Nick Starr and subsequently confirmed by several test users, the search company's eyeglasses can allow for data sharing without the need for a tethering connection to a smartphone. According to reports, the option was added in the latest update and requires the XE9 companion app to work.
Google Glass required a tethering plan in order for users to transmit data to and from the eyewear. With the update and XE9, however, Starr says that he was able to … Read more