As promised during the Google I/O keynote, the first two devices running Android Wear have gone on sale in the United States. If you head on over to Google Play’s devices section, you can choose between a LG G Watch for $229, or a Samsung Gear Live for $199. Both devices will ship in early July.
Wired staffer and tech-journalism veteran Steven Levy announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the magazine to join Medium, the platform/magazine founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, and will be creating a technology hub or vertical for the site Read more »
Last year Google was showing developers how to make Chrome apps run on Android. This year, it’s the other way around: Android apps will run on Chrome. But it will take a little porting effort and that means it will take some time. Read more »
The smart home could get a compelling new DIY product that converts your existing landline-dependent alarm system into something more modern and open thanks to Scout. Read more »
The big Google I/O 2014 keynote is over and we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to all of the news we heard from Sundar Pichai and company. If you were expecting a lot of Chrome news, you didn’t quite get it. Read more »
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday approved a final settlement with fourteen companies that allegedly breached the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor treaty, which requires U.S. companies to adhere to the EU’s privacy laws in their storage of EU customer data. As a result of the settlements, the companies — including BitTorrent, DataMotion, Level 3 Communications, Apperian and others — must not misrepresent themselves if they say they are complying with government-sponsored privacy or data security programs or “any other self-regulatory or standard-setting organization.” The FTC filed its original complaint in January.
Pay-by-bitcoin will be a new payment option for invoices, thanks to a free service from Intuit announced today. Small businesses who use QuickBooks Online can register for a wallet with Coinbase and link it to their account. Intuit’s new PayByCoin service then allows customers to pay with bitcoin (in addition to all the normal ways) and the business records the transaction as usual. How many people will use the service? It will depend on how many existing customers already have quantities of bitcoin laying around to spend, but it’s still a move that makes it just a little bit easier for businesses to accept the cryptocurrency.
Google rolled out a slew of new cloud services at I/O, including one called Dataflow that’s meant to put standard MapReduce to shame. It’s advertised a much simpler way to build data pipelines that can handle both batch processing and streaming data. Read more »
At I/O, Google gave a developer’s tour of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform. It won’t replace your smartphone, but it is Google Now for the wrist, with a heavy emphasis on controlling an Android devices and serving convenient notifications. Read more »
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard. Read more »
Google announced the latest version of Android at I/O. The developer preview tips a new colorful design approach to the operating system, as well as several handy new features. Read more »
Google’s latest attempt at finding its way into your living is here, and it’s focused around search and Android devices. Read more »
Type an SMS message in English and receive a text back with its Spanish or Chinese translation. Muuzii came out of AT&T’s developer program, but it plans to expand to more countries and carriers this year. Read more »
Google has announced Android One, a program to seed reference designs to help hardware makers create high-quality low-end phones running stock Android. Read more »
New tools for home energy — from a solar roof to better insulation — are leading to big growth for a six-year-old startup in New England. Read more »
Germany’s Moviepilot has taken an unusual trajectory, beginning as a film recommendation site called Moviepilot.de and expanding into the U.S. and elsewhere with a fan site called Moviepilot.com. Now it’s going to focus on the newer company with a fresh $20 million cash infusion that comes from French media firm Webedia, the proud new owners of Moviepilot.de. The German site has 5 million monthly users and 2 million Facebook fans, along with popular German-language YouTube channels. Moviepilot CEO Tobias Bauckhage said the sale would let his team “press ahead with even more energy and focus on our expansion into the U.S. market.”
The Supreme Court has ruled that the information on a person’s cellphone is considered private in the same way the contents of a person’s home are, and police must have a warrant before they can search a mobile device Read more »
On July 1st, you might notice some changes on your Samsung Galaxy device. The Korean company is renaming its app store from the — somewhat unoriginal – Samsung Apps name it currently uses to Samsung Galaxy Apps. It’s a minor change, but another sign that Samsung’s simplifying its branding, and using Galaxy as its term for its Android hardware and software. The move gives Samsung a way to distinguish between the app store it hopes springs up for its homegrown Tizen operating system and the app store it installs on Android devices. Samsung has already removed the Galaxy moniker from its Tizen-based smartwatch, the Gear 2.
Photo community EyeEm has released a major update to its Android experience, which could work well with the company’s eventual plan to let users sell photos. Read more »
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a decision in the closely watched copyright case that pitted upstart Aereo against the TV industry. Read more »
The two rumored iPhone models coming out this fall will have “differentiating features,” including different camera hardware, according to a report. Read more »
State-by-state mandates have helped drive the deployment of renewable energy — namely solar and wind power. All of this deployment requires energy storage, and so the grid battery storage market is primed for growth. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Barnes & Noble plans to spin off its beleaguered Nook division as a separate public company by the beginning of 2015, the company said in its earnings Wednesday. Read more »
GE’s efforts to build a business around the industrial internet doesn’t stop at corporate alliances and software investments; it’s also supporting a new incubator with Frost Data Capital. Read more »
Individual white papers from Red Hat and IBM both show how to scale an ownCloud private cloud just as quickly and easily as a public cloud, making enterprise file sync and share more private and more secure using industry-standard hardware. Read more »
As SunPower moves into SolarCity’s market, SolarCity moves into SunPower’s. How a young business model upstart and a three-decade old solar maker morphed into unusual competitors. Read more »
Kleiner Perkins has led a $37 million series C round in a five-year old chip firm called mCube that aims to change the economics of motion sensing. Read more »
EU justice chief Viviane Reding has welcomed a proposal by the Obama administration to give Europeans a right to judicial redress if their data, sent to the U.S. by authorities in their home country, has been abused. Read more »
Education-focused children’s mobile app network Fingerprint has raised more than $20 million in funding to date. Read more »
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens! Read more »
Amazon responded to the German Publishers and Booksellers Association’s antitrust complaint against it, saying it’s not delaying shipments on Bonnier titles but is instead holding fewer in stock. It also confirmed that it wants a larger commission on ebook sales. Read more »
The printer is going for less than $2000 on Kickstarter and incorporates an unusual tilting resin vat. Read more »
The Facebook-owned virtual reality company has been working with Carbon Design, which has designed everything from the first Kinect to computer mice, for almost a year on upcoming products. Read more »
People who bought the more expensive LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel were promised at least two free years of 4G data. Now Verizon is canning that program a year early and Google is offering refunds. Read more »
The day before Google’s annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Jason Kilar was looking to reinvent the magazine publishing model online. Now, he’s doing online video instead. Read more »
Whisper may get lumped in with Secret and other trendy anonymous-sharing apps, but the editorial team behind the service — led by former Gawker writer Neetzan Zimmerman — is doing some interesting things with it from a journalistic perspective, and that bears watching Read more »
Analytics startup DataHero hopes it can build “a BI layer over SaaS” and is opening up its cloud service in order to prove it. Users of the free version can now combine data from popular SaaS apps without a trial-period limitation. Read more »
Twilio and Google hope that their portable call centers will provide an alternative to the traditional call center. The fully loaded Chromebooks come with a headset and 7,500 Twilio minutes per month. Read more »
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O. Read more »