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Google has commissioned top-tier architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG) and Thomas Heatherwick ...

Google has released renders and preliminary information regarding its planned new headquarters in Mountain View, California. Finer details are unavailable at this stage, but the firm has commissioned top-tier architects Bjarke Ingels (of BIG) and Thomas Heatherwick to handle the design, and what information we do have points toward a sustainable, flexible, and future-proof headquarters for the company.  Read More

Google's new machine learning algorithm was put to the test in 49 classic Atari 2600 games...

In an old school gaming party to end all parties, Google's new deep Q-network (DQN) algorithm is likely to mop the floor with you at Breakout or Space Invaders, but maybe take a licking at Centipede. Provided with only the same inputs as a human player and no previous real-world knowledge, DQN uses reinforcement learning to learn new games, and in some cases, develop new strategies. Its designers argue that this kind of general learning algorithm can crossover into discovery making in other fields.  Read More

A handful, but not quite a phablet (Credit: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

The OnePlus One was the sleeper smartphone of 2014 that very few people were able to get their hands on, which is a shame, because several months later we've found that it's still among the best devices out there despite a few big flaws.  Read More

HAKUTO and Astrobotic will work together in their effort to reach the moon (Photo: XPRIZE,...

Two of the teams competing for the prestigious Google Lunar XPRIZE have announced a partnership, bringing them one step closer to landing on the moon. The HAKUTO team’s rover will hitch a ride on the Astrobotic Griffin lander when it sets off in the second half of 2016.  Read More

Google Glass' fortunes may have turned south, but don't count it out just yet (Original: J...

Now that the Google Glass Explorer program is officially dead, does that mean that Glass itself is dead? Though Google has explicitly said otherwise, some believe that the product is beyond repair and heading to the great rubbish bin in the sky. Sometimes, though, it's easy to overreact to short-term failures and lose sight of the big picture.  Read More

Google's Chrome browser has lots of useful functionality

According to StatCounter, the most widely used browser during 2014 was Google Chrome, which promises speed, simplicity and security for its users. You can do a lot more with Chrome than just visit your favorite websites though. This article takes a look at some of its clever functionality.  Read More

The Milestone Prizes are designed to give teams a helping hand on their journey to the Moo...

Back in December, we learned that the final deadline for the prestigious Lunar XPrize had been pushed back to 2016, giving the teams a little more time to perfect their creations. We also heard that up to US$6 million in funding would be awarded to the most promising teams. The results are now in and the front runners are beginning to emerge.  Read More

Google's Project Ara modular smartphone will go on sale in a limited trial later this year

We first caught a glimpse of Google's Project Ara modular smartphone early last year, but the company has just shown off a working prototype, and says an initial pilot program will begin in Puerto Rico in the second half of 2015. The update came at Project Ara's second annual developer conference held at Google's headquarters in in Mountain View, California.  Read More

Google has updated its Google Translate app for Android and iOS

Not so long ago, the idea of a universal language translation device making the jump from science fiction to reality seemed preposterous. Google Translate, however, is fast becoming that device. Its most recent update includes seamless conversation and foreign text translation.  Read More

Three apps running side-by-side in 'phone mode' (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag.com)

It was an unusual year for mobile tech at CES 2015, with two of the most intriguing mobile devices coming from companies we'd never heard of before. The smartphone we drooled over most was the Saygus V2 from a small American company, and as for tablets, it was the Chinese startup founded by a trio of ex-Googlers called Jide and its upcoming "Remix Ultra Tablet" that was the most intriguing large screen device.  Read More

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