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03.20.15 Liam Mathews

Magic Leap, the secretive virtual reality startup backed by Google, unveiled a video demo of what its Google-glass like augmented reality gaming hardware might be capable of according to TechCrunch. The video was developed in tandem with Weta Workshop, a special-effects design studio that’s worked on Lord of the Rings films. It shows a first-person […]

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12.29.14 Rhett Jones

Since Facebook paid $2 billion for virtual reality headset manufacturer Oculus Rift, it should come as no surprise that the ability to use VR in a web browser has become top tech priority. Now it looks like it’s going to be a reality. Google and Mozilla are both set to release versions of Chrome and Firefox that will support […]

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12.11.14 Prachi Gupta

As impressive as they are invasive, Google Maps are about to get a lot more detailed. The company has introduced 3D imaging to Google Maps and Google Earth in San Francisco and New York, with more cities getting rendered in 2015. TechCrunch reports that the change comes from “better cameras and improved algorithms,” which really […]

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12.03.14 Rhett Jones

Residents in Brooklyn are now able to check out Wi-Fi hotspots for up to one year, at no cost if they meet certain criteria. For now, card-carrying visitors to public libraries in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Bushwick will have the opportunity to take home free broadband access as part of a $2 million program funded by Google and […]

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11.12.14 Rhett Jones

Jon Rafman’s 9-Eyes Of Google Street View project showed us just how unsettling and surreal images captured around the world by Google’s surveillance van can be.  Rafman travels the streets of the world from the comfort of his home, snapping screenshots of the most striking vignettes. Sometimes he finds surprising violence in broad daylight, other times an […]

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10.17.14 Rhett Jones

A tiny violin is playing for Police Commissioner Bill Bratton today because he’s unhappy that Google and Apple’s new encryption techniques won’t allow law enforcement to search your phone. Responding to the companies’ latest effort to make phones with default encryption settings that even they can’t access, Bratton says: It’s disgraceful that these two companies are… consciously… thwarting […]

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10.15.14 Rhett Jones

According to Re/code’s sources, Google may be jumping into the virtual reality game in a way that no one could even imagine. Joining a pool of investors, the mega-corporation wants to invest $500 million in Magic Leap, a company that few people know much about. Magic Leap is, so far, fairly secretive about the exact way their device works. […]

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09.10.14 Sophie Weiner

Google Street View Egypt launched a new addition this week, giving internet users around the globe access to panoramic, 360 degree views of the Great Pyramids of Giza and other historical sites. Google can now add the Cairo Citadel, the necropolis of Saqqara and the Hanging Church to their list of documented monuments, which already featured the Colosseum, […]

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07.22.14 Sophie Weiner

Several companies are looking to turn NYC’s outmoded phone booths into wifi hotspots. Google was one among 50 companies in attendance at an informational meeting earlier this year, according to the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications — along with IBM, Samsung and Cisco. But Google has already demonstrated these ambitions, as shown by their widely publicized launch of the biggest […]

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05.24.14 Peter Yeh

In a press release, law firm Hagens Berman has announced its filed a national class action against Google, claiming the company is unlawfully denying payments to web site owners who used Google’s AdWords. This comes on the heels of allegations that Google had been unfairly banning accounts just before a payout; altering their widely used […]

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