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Larry Page Thinks You’ll Only Work Part-Time for Our Robot Overlords

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rarely sit down together for a joint interview, but venture capitalist Vinod Khosla managed to get them both onstage for nearly an hour last week. It was not an occasion for small ideas, with the pair discussing everything from healthcare and search to machine learning and the need for companies to tackle massive problems. (A complete transcript is available, as is video.) In contrast with most other tech companies, which choose to focus… continue…

Amazon Sues Ex-AWS Manager for Jump to Google

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In a case technology employers are sure to follow closely, Amazon has sued former Amazon Web Services Strategic Partnership Manager Zoltan Szabadi for breaking the non-compete agreement he signed when he first joined the company. Szabadi now works at the rival Google Cloud Platform. Click here to see cloud services jobs. The lawsuit is seen as a test of the employment agreements tech companies usually require to protect themselves when an employee departs. Amazon filed the suit in Seattle, since… continue…

CarPlay, Android Auto and Other In-Car Systems You Need to Know

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Earlier this week, the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project—hosted by The Linux Foundation—announced a crucial step in its quest to bring a Linux-based software stack to automobile dashboards: Developers can now download the group’s first open-source software release. Key platform features include support for Google Maps, a News Reader (AppCarousel), Bluetooth-enabled phone, “smart device” integration, audio controls and media playback, all of which can be activated via a customizable dashboard. As befitting an open-source platform, developers have access to these… continue…

Google Exerting More Control Over Android Ecosystem

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One of the reasons that Google’s Android operating system became so popular over the past few years is that third-party manufacturers can modify it to their heart’s content. Samsung, Amazon and others have all used the software as a foundation for creating their own mobile ecosystems, each with a unique look and feel. However much that openness benefited Google, there are signs that the party might be at an end, at least with regard to the next-generation devices running Android:… continue…

Yes, You Can Build VR Goggles Out of Cardboard

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Maybe you’ve heard of virtual reality. Maybe the concept intrigues you to such a degree, you checked out how much it would cost to buy one of those nifty Oculus Rift headsets. Maybe you saw the note on the Oculus Rift website that the device isn’t yet available for consumer use, and the news crushed your soul to a fine pulp. But never fear, Google has a solution for you: a step-by-step guide to building your own virtual-reality goggles out… continue…

Google I/O: Android ‘L’ Makes Its Debut

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Google kicked off its I/O conference this week with a preview of Android “L,” the next version of its popular operating system. Android “L” will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous Android versions and adopt a dessert-oriented nomenclature as it approaches release later this year—the tech press seems to assume it’ll be “Lollipop.” But “L” is also a radical departure from its predecessors, especially from a design standpoint: The new interface incorporates Google’s new design language, known as “Material… continue…

Google Glass Tweaks Could Irritate Some Early Adopters

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Just in time for its I/O conference kicking off this week, Google has announced some updates to Google Glass. The first software tweak, Viewfinder, superimposes a frame on the Google Glass lens whenever the wearer says, “OK, Glass, show the viewfinder.” In theory, that will make it easier to shoot a perfectly framed photo. Click here for Google Glass-related jobs. Google Glass will also ship with two new Google Now cards: one that reminds the wearer where they parked their… continue…

Google Wants You to Build a Watch App

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Google will kick off this week’s I/O conference in San Francisco with a lengthy keynote, and it’s likely that the executives onstage will devote a considerable amount of time to wearable electronics. In previous years, Google used I/O to show off Google Glass, the company’s augmented reality headset. While Glass will surely make an appearance at this year’s show, the new Android Wear might seize much of the proverbial spotlight. After all, so-called “smartwatches” are supposed to become the Next… continue…

Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python Top RedMonk List of Language Rankings

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RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, has issued its latest programming-language rankings, and the list should come with no surprises to seasoned programmers and developers: Java/JavaScript, PHP, Python, C#, C++/Ruby, and CSS all top the list of most-used languages. Any language “observable within both GitHub and Stack Overflow” can end up in RedMonk’s rankings, according to the firm’s blog posting. “No claims are made here that these rankings are representative of general usage more broadly. They are nothing more or less… continue…

Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…