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The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home. A few minutes after Google CEO Sundar Pichai finished speaking to the crowd at a Google developer conference one sunny June morning in 2014, Jon Wiley made his way over to a newly unveiled booth inside San Francisco’s Moscone conference center, where the event was being held.

The Inside Story of Google’s Daydream, Where VR Feels Like Home

He’d been struck by something near the end of Pichai’s remarks. Pichai had mentioned, almost in passing, that everyone in the audience would be getting something called Cardboard. It had something to do with virtual reality. This was the first Wiley had heard of the project, or anything having to do with Google and VR. Alphabet cuts former Titan drone program from X division, employees dispersing to other units. In 2014, Google bought Titan Aerospace, maker of high altitude, solar-powered drone aircraft.

Alphabet cuts former Titan drone program from X division, employees dispersing to other units

At the time Google noted, “It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.” Titan previously said that its drones could collect real-time, high-resolution images of the earth, carry other atmospheric sensors and support voice and data services. A video of the Titan Aerospace Solara 50 can be seen below… The Titan division was absorbed into X in late 2015 from the Access and Energy division during the Alphabet re-shuffle. The (updated) history of Android. OK Google: Where Do You Store Recordings Of My Commands? : All Tech Considered. Itoggle caption Ariel Zambelich/NPR.

OK Google: Where Do You Store Recordings Of My Commands? : All Tech Considered

Google Hires Leading Researcher to Build a Quantum Computer. Google is about to begin designing and building hardware for a quantum computer, a type of machine that can exploit quantum physics to solve problems that would take a conventional computer millions of years.

Google Hires Leading Researcher to Build a Quantum Computer

Google gets into game of drones - Tony Romm. Google long ago embarked on the road to self-driving cars — and now the company is turning its ambitions to the skies with drones.

Google gets into game of drones - Tony Romm

The top secret Google[x] research lab announced Thursday it is investing in and testing unmanned aerial vehicles — an endeavor called Project Wing — that someday might deliver packages to consumers. The gambit puts Google in a growing camp of companies like Amazon and Facebook, which increasingly are sponsoring their own research — or trying to buy their way — into the emerging drone market. Continue Reading For the moment, Google only is experimenting with its prototype craft in Australia, not the United States. Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search. In a restricted intelligence document distributed to police, public safety, and security organizations in July, the Department of Homeland Security warned of a “malicious activity” that could expose secrets and security vulnerabilities in organizations’ information systems.

Feds warn first responders of dangerous hacking tool: Google Search

The name of that activity: “Google dorking.” “Malicious cyber actors are using advanced search techniques, referred to as ‘Google dorking,’ to locate information that organizations may not have intended to be discoverable by the public or to find website vulnerabilities for use in subsequent cyber attacks,” the for-official-use-only Roll Call Release warned. “By searching for specific file types and keywords, malicious cyber actors can locate information such as usernames and passwords, e-mail lists, sensitive documents, bank account details, and website vulnerabilities.” Bad queries. These are the secrets Google wanted to keep about its self-driving cars. Google’s experimental self-driving cars have traveled more than 700,000 miles on California’s roads with nothing more serious than a fender bender, and that one while a human was driving.

These are the secrets Google wanted to keep about its self-driving cars

But if the company had gotten its way, you might not know about the episode. Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users.

Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success

They demonstrated the hack in an Android phone. The researchers tested the method and found it was successful between 82 percent and 92 percent of the time on six of the seven popular apps they tested. Among the apps they easily hacked were Gmail, CHASE Bank and H&R Block. Amazon, with a 48 percent success rate, was the only app they tested that was difficult to penetrate. The paper, "Peeking into Your App without Actually Seeing It: UI State Inference and Novel Android Attacks," will be presented Friday, Aug. 22 at the 23rd USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego. Android’s L release beta in pictures. Android's L release beta isn't out until tomorrow, but there are a few devices here at Google I/O that just happen to be running the new OS.

Android’s L release beta in pictures

The demo units aren't finished, but what's here gives us a good look at what the future of Android looks like. F-Droid. You can spy on Google’s spy balloons using regular flight-tracking tools. By Christopher Goscinski On July 7, 2014 Google’s Project Loon — “balloon-powered Internet for everyone” — is something you’ve likely heard about.

You can spy on Google’s spy balloons using regular flight-tracking tools

You might even have read concerns about how they could, in theory at least, be used for spying. Inside Google Shopping Express’ Big Plan to Race Amazon to Your Door. Google is the undisputed king of search in all but one lucrative and vital category: Product searches. Over the past decade, Amazon has transformed itself from a seller of books online to the place Americans turn to when they want to search and buy just about anything — from diapers to flat-screen TVs. In some cities, Amazon has started delivering fresh groceries. With each product search that starts on Amazon instead of Google, the search giant’s main business of selling ads alongside search results weakens.

Though Google over the years had experimented with letting consumers buy goods with the help of services such as Google Wallet and Google Checkout, it accelerated this strategy in 2013 with Shopping Express. The service lets shoppers buy things from local retail stores through Google, which then delivers them to consumers from the physical retail store on the same or next day. The service gives Google a crack at the $600 billion grocery market.