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Google's cardboard virtual-reality goggles

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:06
Facebook paid $2 billion to get into the virtual reality business. Google managed it with a couple magnets and some cardboard. Google revealed a number of big updates to its Android software at its annual developer conference on Wednesday, but the project that generated the most smiles among those in attendance was a set of cardboard goggles that work with Android phones to create a basic virtual reality experience. Virtual reality has been a hot…

Facebook Diversity Report Shows It’s 69% Male, 57% White, Chart Compares It To Google And More

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:06
Facebook just released its employee diversity report, and here’s our chart comparing it to Google, Yahoo, and LinkedIn. While you could conclude that Facebook is a bit more diverse than Google and a bit less than the others, they all get an F for being heavily skewed male, white and asian. Facebook comes in at 69% male worldwide, while in the US it’s 57% white, 34% asian, 4% hispanic, 2% black, and 3% two-plus races.Diversity…

Biz Break: Google, Facebook lead surge in tech stocks

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:06
Today: Wall Street brushes off gloomy first-quarter economic report, looks to the future with Google's ambitious plans to have Android run everything, everywhere. Also, is Facebook building an in-office social network? The lead: Google shares surge on high hopes for wearables Tech stocks, led by Google and Facebook, surged Wednesday as the markets brushed off a disappointing first-quarter economic report. At its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco, Google showed off plans to have…

Why Google Wants You to Play With Cardboard

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:06
Pictured is a Google Cardboard viewer. Google Google, known for creating high-tech innovations such as self-driving cars and balloon-powered Internet, wants techies to play with something incredibly low-tech: a simple piece of cardboard. Facebook may have the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, but Google has figured out a way to turn your Android device into a basic 3-D headset, and it all starts with foraging for spare cardboard and other simple materials found in your…

Why the high court protects cellphone privacy

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:56
With each new advance in personal technology, so much of who we are as individuals becomes more pervasive, extending far beyond a material body. Our daily thoughts or habits can be put into a “cloud” on the Web. Google or Facebook may contain troves of personal history. Our electronic identities seem more transparent and less earthbound. Because of these challenges to old notions of personhood, the Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that comes down…

Google making low-cost smartphone for emerging markets

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:56
San Francisco (AFP) - Google on Wednesday announced it is working on a low-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets as part of an initiative called Android One. The Android-powered handset will be built with a basic set of features including FM radio, have a screen slightly smaller than five inches and be priced at less than $100, Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai said at the start of the technology giant's annual developers conference.

Are Social Media Giants Betraying Your Trust?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 11:42
Revelations about the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance of online activity has roused the ire of social media firms, but it also reveals the extent to which these companies are at least partially to blame. How much of this personal data would be available if these companies weren't collecting and mining it for profit in the first place? It should come as no surprise that the pools of data amassed by Facebook, Google, Twitter and…

Facebook Turning Out to be Google?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 01:11
BANGALORE: With the world’s most popular “Social Media” tag on it, Facebook has kick started its self as a robust platform and has grown far and wide. With the Smartphone revolution kicking in, it has shown a constant growth in the usage with the social media users growing nearly 2 folds of 500 million active users on Facebook as on 2012, which has rose close to a billion now, reports Times of India

Biz Break: Google I/O keynote expected to focus on wearables, Nest

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 22:01
Today: Google is expected to focus on smartwatches and the smart home in its annual I/O developers conference keynote address Wednesday morning. Also: Facebook stock jumps after survey indicates teens are using the service more. The Lead: Wearables, Nest expected to lead Google address Google will kick off its annual I/O developers conference Wednesday morning in San Francisco with a keynote address that is expected to focus on the next wave of technological innovation, specifically…

Google 'legally' intercepted in UK

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 04:11
17 June 2014Last updated at 23:53 Share this pageDeliciousDiggFacebookredditStumbleUponTwitterEmailPrint Revelations by Edward Snowden show that GCHQ snooping goes too far, say campaigners Continue reading the main story Related StoriesNSA 'scooping faces' from the netLegal complaint filed against GCHQVodafone reveals direct wiretaps UK intelligence service GCHQ can legally snoop on British use of Google, Facebook and web-based email without specific warrants because the firms are based abroad, the government has said.