YouTube’s VR 180 and Daydream cameras bring immersive video to traditional creators

Even if you’ve never strapped on a virtual reality headset, if you’re a heavy YouTube user, you’ve probably stumbled upon a 360 video on the site and thought: This looks interesting, but very weird and hard to watch in my browser.  YouTube has been obviously been paying attention to these kinds of comments and has […]

Music composer Google Doodle lets you create digital tunes and art

Feel like making some music today? Google’s here to help you out with that. Today’s interactive Google Doodle honors filmmaker and artist Oskar Fischinger on his 117th birthday. The influential German was best known for mixing the worlds of abstract motion graphics and animation with music, working in Hollywood on movies and on his own […]

OnePlus 5 camera v. iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S8

There are many features to consider when buying a smartphone. None, perhaps, is more important than the camera. The camera(s) — on both the front and back — of phones have really transformed from potatoes to point-and-shoot replacements in the last few years. Virtually every flagship phone released last year takes great photos. Hell, even […]

Google Glass just got its first update in almost 3 years

Image: Christina Ascani/Mashable By Pete Pachal2017-06-21 19:33:27 UTC If you still have Google Glass lying around somewhere, it’s time to dust it off and plug it in: Google just pushed out its first update to the device in two and a half years. The update is honestly barely worthy of the noun—one of the two […]

Google launches job search portal directly through search

Your job search just got a whole lot easier. Searching for a job normally involves hours of research, visiting dozens of job search engines and making countless accounts for each one. Google wants to change that. Google for Jobs is now live in the U.S., the company announced on Tuesday. Searching for queries like “jobs […]

Google posts Financial Times op-ed outlining YouTube plans to combat terrorism

Image: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images By Adario Strange2017-06-18 22:05:14 UTC Following a wave of terrorist attacks in the UK in recent months, Google’s senior vice-president and general counsel, Kent Walker, used one of the leading publications in the country to outline a plan to combat the use by terrorists of Google’s tools.  On Sunday, Walker […]

Meet Lola, the talking AI mutt that prepares you to be a real pupper parent

The future of talking bots is here, and it goes by the name Lola. Okay, Lola won’t answer all of your general questions and set reminders like Alexa. But it could hint at talking bots to come that will focus on narrower, more specific tasks.  The AI mutt is meant to prepare people for dog […]

Google Drive’s new Backup and Sync tool offers better file management

Google’s new tool will make Drive even more useful.Image: Jannink/Epa/REX/Shutterstock By Brett Williams2017-06-14 19:16:38 UTC Google Drive is ready to be the answer to all your computer storage needs — and not just the files you create and upload using its cloud-based services like Google Docs and Photos.  The search giant just announced a new […]

Finding the direction of Mecca is easy now with Google’s augmented reality app

Finding the Qibla — the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays, wherever they are in the world — is now easier thanks to a new Google web app for Android.  Launched during Ramadan, Qibla Finder (g.co/QiblaFinder) uses augmented reality to show Muslims the fixed direction toward the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque […]

New York Times is using Google’s AI to expand online comments

Google is helping the New York Times expand its online article comments with an advanced tool designed to fight internet trolls.  Using Google’s Perspective — an API created by Jigsaw (a subsidiary of Alphabet) — the Times lets readers post comments on all top stories and opinion pieces during business hours. Previously, readers were limited […]