Cool Tech

From RFID implants to genital yogurt, Epicenter is the future’s awesomely odd office

Epicenter is part of a movement to build the office space of the future. For many Epicenter members, the goal isn’t just to kick back with yesteryear’s pleasures — it’s to push forward as early adopters of untested technology.

Data disaster averted! How to back up your Android smartphone

You never know when your Android device might meet its unexpected demise, which is why you should always back up your device in advance. Here's how to do so using a variety of methods, including first and third-party software.

Google’s allegations of self-driving tech theft are ‘baseless,’ Uber says

Google filed a lawsuit Thursday against Uber alleging that Otto — a startup purchased by Uber last year — stole confidential information related to autonomous-car technology. Google claims Uber is in possession of 14,000 stolen files.
Social Media

Google is shutting down Spaces, its experimental group discussion platform

Google Spaces was launched in May 2016, but the service is already headed to the graveyard. Spaces will be read-only starting on March 3, and will officially shut down on April 17.

Google devices mutiny en masse — has the robot uprising begun?

The devices in question, the OnHub router, Google Wifi, and Chromecast, all logged themselves out of their user accounts, and in some cases went so far as to reset themselves to factory settings.

Google is working with designer Christopher Cowan to make 'Really Blue' Jeans

Unless you start matching it, you can't really claim to be that big of a fan of your phone. Luckily, Google is giving you an opportunity to prove yourself. It's all thanks to a new partnership with fashion designer Christopher Cowan

Tired of choosing between Windows or Mac? The best Chromebooks offer a third way

We've compiled a list of our favorite Chromebooks, systems that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run the lightweight Chrome OS.

Texting 2.0: Google rebrands Messenger to support next-gen SMS

To enforce a seamless experience on RCS-supported networks like Sprint, Rogers, Orange, and Telenor, Google is rebranding Messenger, the default texting application on some Android devices, to Android Messages.

Google wants to make us all less clumsy with motion-sensor LED power cords

Big tech firms file weird patents all the time, and Google is no exception. Recently, the Mountain View, California, company filed a patent for a particular kind of power cord -- one with an accelerometer and motion-sensing lights.

Perspective is a new tool from Google that helps weed out ugly comments online

Perspective is a new technology from Google and Jigsaw that employs machine learning to identify toxic comments. Once these comments are identified, publishers or users can start to weed them out.
Home Theater

FCC filings reveal that Google is working on a 4K wireless Fiber TV box

In November, reports surfaced of a 4K wireless TV set-top box on the way for Google Fiber TV customers, now recent FCC filings point to the box possibly arriving before this summer.

Google’s Gboard keyboard on iOS adds new languages, voice typing, and more

Google's third-party keyboard, Gboard, is getting a massive upgrade that's available for free from the iTunes App Store. Its latest update adds support for voice typing, over a dozen new languages, and new emojis.