Google I/O 2016: Google’s biggest announcements

Yoni Heisler by Yoni Heisler - May 22nd, 2016

Last week, search giant Google held its annual developer’s conference, Google I/O, during the event tech experts and enthusiasts got a sneak peek at everything the company has been working on over the past few months.

Google strengthens VR division with new leadership

Blair Hanley Frank by Blair Hanley Frank - May 16th, 2016

Google for Work President Amit Singh has announced that he will be leaving the company’s business-focused division to tackle new challenges on the virtual reality side of the organisation.

Google and Microsoft agree to end regulatory battles

Grant Gross by Grant Gross - April 24th, 2016

Google and Microsoft have agreed to end their long-running regulatory battles after the European Commission filed new antitrust charges against Google related to packaging its apps on Android phones.

Google could face EU antitrust charges over Android

Peter Sayer by Peter Sayer - April 18th, 2016

The Commission began its Android investigation on 15th April 2015, the same day that it announced formal antitrust charges against Google in another investigation, accusing the company of favouring its own comparison shopping service over that of rivals.

AstroLabs opens first Google-partnered MENA tech hub

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - October 27th, 2015

AstroLabs has recently inaugurated the Middle East and North Africa’s first Google-partnered tech hub, AstroLabs Dubai, enabling startups from around the world to set up in Dubai’s DMCC Free Zone while taking advantage of Google for Entrepreneurs’ global network and resources.

Google reports strong profit and explores machine learning potentials

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - October 26th, 2015

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, reported its quarterly financial results on 22nd October, with revenue and profit both up from a year earlier.

Google, Microsoft settle global patent disputes

Blair Hanley Frank by Blair Hanley Frank - October 1st, 2015

Microsoft has been pursuing a more collaborative approach under CEO Satya Nadella, working with longtime rivals like Salesforce, VMware and Apple.

Google redesigns iconic logo

Derek Walter by Derek Walter - September 2nd, 2015

Since it was founded 16 years ago, Google has tweaked its logo a few times, however, no major design changes were made until now.

Google enters the Wi-Fi router market

Michael Brown by Michael Brown - August 19th, 2015

In a recent post on the Google Blog, Product Manager Trond Wuellner announced the company’s entry into the Wi-Fi router market with the new product called OnHub.

Cruising the streets – Google and driverless cars

CNME Staff by CNME Staff - August 13th, 2015

Five key questions Google needs to answer about its driverless cars.

Google to restructure into holding company named Alphabet

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - August 11th, 2015

As part of a massive restructuring arrangement designed to enable the company’s businesses to operate more efficiently, Google will become a subsidiary of a new parent company called Alphabet.

Google names Sundar Pichai as new CEO

Blair Hanley Frank by Blair Hanley Frank - August 11th, 2015

As part of a corporate reshuffle, Sundar Pichai has been named the new CEO of Google as it becomes a subsidiary of a new company called Alphabet.

Google’s Project Tango coming to 12 more countries

Fred O'Connor by Fred O'Connor - August 5th, 2015

According to recent reports Google’s Project Tango tablet development kit will be available this August in 12 more countries including South Korea, Denmark, Canada and more.

Microsoft wins patent case against Google

Blair Hanley Frank by Blair Hanley Frank - August 4th, 2015

Microsoft has won the long-running lawsuit against Google, as the federal appeal courts ruled in favour of Microsoft regarding the patent licencing charge that was originally filed against Motorola in 2010.

Actifio to offer Google Cloud Storage Nearline

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - July 29th, 2015

Actifio has announced a strategic relationship with Google Cloud Platform that will provide Actifio customers with one-click access to the Google Cloud Storage Nearline.

Oracle, Google to head back to courts for Java dispute trial

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - July 27th, 2015

According to recent reports Oracle and Google have each proposed new dates for the jury trial in their dispute over Google’s use of Java in Android.

Google Cloud Platform to support Windows server

Adelle Geronimo by Adelle Geronimo - July 15th, 2015

Google has recently expanded its support for Windows workloads running on its cloud, a move that aims to better position Google Cloud Platform to court enterprise customers.

Google increases its driverless car fleet

Techworld staff by Techworld staff - June 22nd, 2015

According to the records from California’s motor department, Google has increased its autonomous fleet by almost half in just one month and now accounts for over half of all legal driverless cars in the US state.

Google reveals Android M

Blair Hanley Frank by Blair Hanley Frank - June 1st, 2015

During the recently held Google I/O conference, Dave Burke, Vice President of Engineering for Android, gave developers a glimpse at the next update for Google’s mobile operating system, code-named Android M.

Google mobile searches now bigger than PCs

Sharon Gaudin by Sharon Gaudin - May 7th, 2015

Google now gets more search queries from mobile devices than it does from PCs.

Project Fi will help Google amass more data about its users

Sharon Gaudin by Sharon Gaudin - April 26th, 2015

As Google dives into the Wi-Fi and cellular network services business, some are wondering just where the company is headed.

Google’s Project Loon nears widespread balloon launch

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - April 19th, 2015

Google says its Project Loon is close to being able to produce and launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet access from the sky.

Google Services Disrupted

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 16th, 2015

Google’s services were disrupted briefly on Thursday after a broadband provider in India made a network routing error.

Iran ‘ready to welcome Google’

By Loek Essers by By Loek Essers - March 3rd, 2015

Iran is ready to cooperate with Google and other global Internet companies to allow them to operate in the country, according to the country’s media reports.

Google confirms carrier plans

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - March 3rd, 2015

Google has confirmed for the first time that it plans to offer connectivity directly to mobile users in the U.S., but a senior executive downplayed the competition it would be to major U.S. cellular carriers.

‘Contagious enthusiasm’ inspired Google RAK Hub

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 5th, 2015

Google and the UAE Teacher’s association have launched a new educational Innovation Hub in Ras Al Khaimah.

Google Q4 sales fall short

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - February 1st, 2015

Google disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter results, missing expectations for both sales and earnings, and growing its advertising business more slowly.

Google moves to become mobile carrier

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 22nd, 2015

Google has laid the groundwork for its own cellular service by buying capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports.

Google Glass: down but not out

Fred O'Connor by Fred O'Connor - January 18th, 2015

When Google said on Thursday it would end its Explorer program for Glass and stop selling the current version to consumers, a few premature obituaries were written for the head-worn device.

Google to halt Glass sales

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 18th, 2015

Google will stop selling its Glass head-mounted computer to the public on 19th January, as part of other big changes the company is making to the product’s program.

FT: EU initiating Google split

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 23rd, 2014

Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the breakup of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.

Yahoo dethrones Google as Firefox search tool

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - November 20th, 2014

Mozilla has picked Yahoo to be the default search engine for its Firefox browser in the U.S., deposing Google in a new five-year partnership announced on Wednesday.

Google parts with former Android chief

Sharon Gaudin by Sharon Gaudin - November 2nd, 2014

The corporate shakeup at Google continues and now it’s Andy Rubin, the former head of the company’s Android business and the current head of its robotics arm, who’s out.

EU tells Google to make concessions or face charges

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - September 23rd, 2014

Google has to improve its settlement terms in the antitrust investigation over its search practices or face charges, following opposition from some quarters to the deal, the European Commission’s competition chief and Vice President Joaquin Almunia said today.

Google packs Classroom off to school

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 13th, 2014

Just in time for the new school year, Google has launched a tool called Classroom that aims to make teachers’ harried lives a little easier. Google started rolling out Classroom on Tuesday to […]

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 7th, 2014

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. The Emu team announced the acquisition in a blog post Wednesday. Emu and Google […]

The growth of Google

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

So the word’s out. By the end of May it emerged that Google will invest between $20-30 billion in acquisitions of non-US-based companies, following its 2013 disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission of the plans.

Google’s Nest acquires Dropcam for $555M

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - June 23rd, 2014

Nest, the Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector maker owned by Google, is acquiring home security system developer Dropcam as part of a push to connect a wider range of devices in people’s homes.

Google unseats Microsoft as U.S. browser powerhouse

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 8th, 2014

Google has unseated rival Microsoft as the leading browser maker in the U.S. for the first time, Adobe said this week, citing data from its analytics platform.

Google plans $30B of international acquisitions

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - May 22nd, 2014

Google plans to spend $20-30 billion of its of its accumulated international profits to fund potential acquisitions of non-U.S. companies and technology rights.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - May 18th, 2014

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 30th, 2014

IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centres just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - April 17th, 2014

Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Google envisions Glass in businesses

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work. The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the […]

Amazon counters Google with its own cloud price cuts

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - March 27th, 2014

The price war among major cloud providers continues, with Amazon Web Services announcing Wednesday that it is lowering the prices of a number of its cloud services, one day after Google slashed prices.

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