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Google Cast SDK Adds MPEG-DASH, Adaptive and HTTP Live Streaming Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 04, 2014

Google has released Cast SDK with which developers will be able to integrate Chromecast into both new and existing mobile apps and websites with support for adaptive streaming, MPEG-DASH, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and SmoothStreaming.

Google Acquires Nest: Big Data Comes to Energy

by Michael Hausenblas on  Feb 04, 2014

Google has acquired Nest, maker of smart thermostat and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash, making it another major data source that will help Google understand how people live.

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

by Abel Avram on  Jan 30, 2014 2

Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.

Is Android Moving to a Closed Source Model?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 24, 2014 1

In an interesting analysis appeared on Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo argues that Google is progressively shifting Android towards a closed source model. Google's strategy would aim at making Android suitable to be freely customised and used "for little hobbies", while hampering the choices of "anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing".

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

Will 2014 Be the Year of Android-Enabled Cars?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2014

Google has officially entered the in-car computer arena by announcing the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) together with Nvidia and several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai. The Alliance's mission, according to its official announcement, is bringing the Android platform to cars by the end of 2014.

Google Play Services 4.1 Adds Drive Support

by Abel Avram on  Jan 10, 2014

Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.

Google Announces Chrome Apps Improved Offline Capabilities & Mac Support

by Brian Rinaldi on  Dec 12, 2013 2

Google recently announced the launch of Mac support for its Chrome Apps initiative. Chrome Apps allows developers to use web technologies to build cross-platform applications that run using Chrome as a runtime. This announcement coincides with what appears to be renewed push for Chrome Apps by Google that started in earnest in September.

Go Steadily Advances as Go 1.2 is Released

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 04, 2013

The Go programming language has just released version 1.2, bringing with it some language changes and improved networking performance on Windows and the BSD platforms.

General availability of Google Compute Engine

by Chris Swan on  Dec 04, 2013

The Google Compute Engine (GCE) infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is now in general availability. The launch also brings price cuts, a new storage model, expanded operating system support and live migration capabilities for transparent maintenance.

Google Play 4.0 Includes More Services

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2013

Play Services are no longer supported in pre-Gingerbread devices, the Mobile Ads SDK has been included in Play 4.0, and Wallet Instant Buy offers merchants a new integrated purchasing system.

Google Espresso: Fast Automated Android UI Testing in the Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Oct 24, 2013

Google has open sourced Espresso, an Android automated testing framework that enables one to run tests on x86 machines in the cloud in a multi-threaded environment, solving the concurrency issues associated with UI testing.

MS, Google to Sue US Govt. for Permission to Release More Data about Privacy Damaging FISA Requests

by Chris Swan on  Sep 05, 2013

Microsoft and Google are working together in a fight for greater transparency on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders. Not satisfied with the limited out of court agreement that’s already been reached with the US government to disclose summary data relating to national security requests, the two companies are now taking legal action and lobbying for support from Congress.

How Googlers Use Their 20% Time

by Abel Avram on  Aug 19, 2013 1

This article contains comments from googlers providing insight in how Google’s engineers use their 20% time on pet projects.

Google Open Sources Gumbo, An HTML5 Parsing Library

by Abel Avram on  Aug 14, 2013

Google has open sourced Gumbo, an HTML parsing library written in C. Gumbo adheres to the HTML5 parsing algorithm, passing all html5lib-0.95 tests, and has been tested on 2.5 billion pages indexed by Google.

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