Google Ballon Internet

Internet Transmission Via Ballons Courtesy Google

Google Ballon Internet

Google revealed top-secret plans Saturday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.

Scientists from the technology giant released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) above Christchurch in New Zealand, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.

While still in the early stages, “Project Loon” hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing more than four billion people with no access to get online.

“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” Google said in a statement.

“Balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, can beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster. Continue reading

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32 Infected Apps Found On Google Play Store

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Google has once again come under fire from security experts over its laissez-faire approach to its Play app store.

Security researchers at Lookout found 32 apps on Google Play that were infected by malware called BadNews.

The malware sends messages to premium rate text numbers. It is designed to lay dormant for weeks after being downloaded to avoid detection.

Premium rate malware is prolific in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Experts have warned that despite stronger regulation and monitoring, Western European and North American based criminals could still attempt to replicate the malware.

The malware specifically targeted Android owners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and a number of other Eastern European customers. Continue reading

Gmail To Appear In Google Search Results

(AP) — Google is creating an information bridge between its influential Internet search engine and its widely used Gmail service in its latest attempt to deliver more personal responses more quickly.

The experimental feature unveiled Wednesday will enable Google’s search engine to mine the correspondence stored within a user’s Gmail account for any data tied to a search request. For example, a query containing the word “Amazon” would pull emails with shipping information sent by the online retailer.

Such Gmail results will typically be shown to the right of the main results, though in some instances, the top of the search page will highlight an answer extracted directly from an email. For example, the request “my flight” will show specific airline information imported from Gmail. Something similar could eventually happen when searching for a restaurant reservation or tickets to a concert.

Although Google has a commanding lead in Internet search, it remains worried about the threat posed by social networking services such as Facebook Inc. As social networks have made it easier to share information online, the Web is starting to revolve more around people than the keywords and links that Google’s search engine.

Google has been trying to adapt by building more personal services and plugging them into its search engine.

Blending email information into general search results could raise privacy worries. Google is trying to mitigate that by showing Gmail results in a collapsed format that users must open to see the details. For now, users must sign up to participate.

Google Inc. ran into trouble over privacy in 2010 when it tapped the personal contact information within Gmail accounts to build a social networking service called Buzz. Google set up Buzz in a way that caused many users to inadvertently expose personal data from Gmail. An uproar culminated in a Federal Trade Commission settlement requiring the company to improve its privacy controls and undergo audits for 20 years.

Google is treading carefully as it hooks Gmail up to its Internet search engine. The new feature initially will be available to 1 million Gmail users who sign up at http://g.co/searchtrial . That’s a small fraction of the more than 425 million Gmail accounts that have been set up since Google launched its free email service eight years ago to compete against the offerings from Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

After getting feedback from the test participants, Google hopes to give all Gmail users the option of plugging their accounts into the main search engine, according to Amit Singhal, a senior vice president for the company.

Singhal said Google is also willing to display information from other email service in its main search results. The gesture could avoid spurring additional complaints about Google abusing its position as the Internet’s search leader to favor its other services. That issue is the focal point of an antitrust investigation by antitrust regulators in the U.S. and Europe.

Yahoo and Microsoft, the biggest rivals to Gmail, had no comment about Google’s offer.

When it started in 2004, Gmail provided 1 gigabyte of free storage, an amount that was unheard of at the time. Now, many long-time Gmail users have 10 gigabytes of storage. That has turned Gmail into a valuable storehouse of personal information going back several years.

Gmail users already can pluck information contained in old correspondence by conducting a search within Gmail. Google is betting Gmail users will appreciate being able to eliminate a step by including any relevant email information alongside the results of its main search page.

In the process, Google is hoping Web surfers will have even more reasons to use its dominant search engine, which already processes more than 100 billion requests every month.

Luring more queries is crucial to Google because they give the company more opportunities to show the ads that generate most of its revenue, which is expected to exceed $49 billion this year.

Personal information from Google Plus, a social networking service started last year to compete with Facebook, has been featured in Google’s main search results since January.

Ultimately, Google hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can answer their questions with the precision and insight of the artificial intelligence that so far has been the stuff of science fiction.

“The destiny of search is to become that perfect Star Trek computer,” Singhal said.

In another step toward that goal, Google said Wednesday that it will soon be releasing an improved version of its voice-powered search application for Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad.

Google released the tool last month on its Nexus 7 tablet computer and other devices running on the latest version of its Android mobile operation system. The version for Apple’s operating system, expected within a week, will be an alternative to Siri, the built-in virtual assistant on the iPhone 4S.

Source: YahooNews

 

 

 

Google Nexus 7 – Best Android Ever?

Google has finally announce the long-rumored Nexus tablet at Google I/O. It looks pretty neat, has reasonably good specs and an excellent starting price. We’ve got everything you need to know right after the jump!

The news comes straight from the Google I/O keynote in which they discuss what the tablet means for Google and ASUS, developers and consumers and, of course, the tablet’s specifications, pricing and availability.

Let’s talk about the specifications first;

In line with previous rumors, the tablet features a 7-inch display with a not-so-surprising HD resolution of 1280×800. It uses IPS display technology which is just geek-speak for “great colors” and “wide viewing angles” but, because of its resolution, not necessarily the greatest sharpness (that award goes to the new iPad with its 2048×1536 display). Continue reading

Google Finally Buys Motorola For $13 Billion

Google officially completed its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility on Tuesday. It’s an eureka moment for the company, marking both its biggest acquisition ever and Google’s transition from a search-and-software company to a consumer gadgets maker.

Google named Dennis Woodside, who previously served as president of Google’s Americas region and oversaw the integration planning, as CEO of Motorola Mobility (MMI, Fortune 500). Sanjay Jha, the Motorola Mobility CEO who architected the Google takeover, is stepping down.

“Our aim is simple,” Woodside said in a prepared statement. “To focus Motorola Mobility’s remarkable talent on fewer, bigger bets, and create wonderful devices that are used by people around the world.”

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Google Drive Unleashed

Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

With Google Drive, you have;

Access everywhere.

Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just…there. Ready to go, ready to share. Get started with 5 GB free. Continue reading

Free SMS Using Gmail

Did you know that you can now send free text messages (SMS) to your friends directly from your Gmail account?

You can use this service by following the few instructions below;

  • Log into your Gmail account. In the Send SMS box above Chat, enter the phone number you want to send a SMS to.
  • In the dialog box, enter Contact name of the SMS recipient and check that country and phone number are correct. Then, click Save.
  • Type your message in the chat window and hit Enter.
  • Your message will be sent to the phone number you entered.

If your contact replies, the text message response will appear as a reply in Chat. These conversations are stored in your Chat history just like regular chats.

Note: Sending and receiving a message from Gmail to any phone is free. When replying with an SMS from phone to Gmail, you will be charged a regular SMS rate by your mobile provider. Gmail SMS is currently available in Nigeria for MTN, Airtel, Starcomms, Glo, and Visafone subscribers.

*Please note; You would need to own a Gmail Account to use this service.
 Also, Gmail Account setup is totally free. Visit http://www.gmail.com to register for an account if you do not own one yet.

Google buys out Motorola

Google is to buy mobile phone manufacturer Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.7bn), allowing it to mount a serious challenge to Apple as a technology manufacturer and take a bite out of the iPhone maker’s share of the smartphone market.

Google will pay $40 a share in cash for Motorola – a 63pc premium to the closing share price last Friday – in what analysts described as a typically “aggressive” move by the web search giant.

Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, said the deal would “supercharge” its Android operating system and help to extend it into areas other than smartphones.

However, observers claim the deal is really about Google gaining ownership of Motorola’s 17,000 patents and 7,500 pending patents – a massive armoury it can use to defend the mobile phone producers using its Android operating system against a steady stream of legal battles over infringements of intellectual property.

Android is already used by Motorola, as well as a slew of other mobile phone manufacturers, including HTC, LG and Huawei.

The acquisition, which is still subject to competition approval, will put Google in direct competition with customers who use its operating system.

Buying Motorola will also give Google the firepower to fight Apple head on as a technology manufacturer. Apple is the biggest smartphone producer in the world, accounting for 18.5pc of all handsets shipped.

However, Android is the most widely used operating system used in smartphones. According to research firm Gartner, it was installed in 46.8m handsets shipped in the three months to June 30 – 43.4pc of the total market – compared to 19.6m iPhone handsets with Apple’s iOS operating system installed.

Google was swift to allay fears it might abuse its dominant position, saying Android will remain open source – meaning it is available for use by any manufacturer – and that Motorola will operate as a separate company.

However, some analysts were sceptical this would remain the situation long term and said rival mobile manufacturers were less happy with the acquisition than they indicated in statements shortly after the deal was announced.

Subject to regulatory approval the acquisition is expected to complete in late 2011 or early 2012. However, Mr Page said he does not anticipate any problems: “We believe strongly that this is a pre-competitive transaction. It has added competition, innovation and increased user choice… It is not a horizontal transaction. Google has not been in the handset business [before].”

By owning the technology in users’ pockets, Google will be able to gather more information about its customers’ habits and whereabouts, enabling it to leverage the strong relationships it has with advertisers even further.

Motorola is also a significant producer of television set top boxes, potentially offering a boost to Google’s on-demand service, Google TV.

Motorola Mobility was created in January this year when Motorola, the company which created the first ever mobile phone, split into infrastructure unit Motorola Solutions, and the company Google wants to acquire.

Source: The Telegraph