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Build with Chrome brings Lego to Google's maps and asks what would you build, and where

Last year we reported that Google and Lego had released a browser-based Lego building experience that sprawled over real-life geography – well kinda, if you didn’t mind only placing your models in Australia, where the location-based tool was first released. Build with Chrome has now been released everywhere, in honor of Lego’s anniversary yesterday of obtaining its first patent. With the newer version we have an extensive building academy with promotional tie-ins to the upcoming Lego movie, and you might see Lego models popping up all over your virtual Google map.  Read More

Google has acquired artificial intelligence company DeepMind for US$400 million, according...

According to a report from Re/code, Google has acquired UK-based artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind Technologies for US$400 million. The acquisition is the latest in a series of purchases by the search giant in the robotics and artificial intelligence arenas.  Read More

Google's prototype blood sugar-monitoring contact lens uses a wireless chip and miniaturiz...

While we have seen the technology behind glucose-monitoring contact lenses develop over the least few years, getting them out of the lab and onto the eyes of diabetes sufferers has been a different story. With Google announcing its testing of a smart contact lens designed to measure glucose levels in tears, the search giant is looking to provide more effective management of the disease.  Read More

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns user habits, offering convenience and reduced energy b...

In a clear statement that it believes the future of the home is a connected one, Google today announced its acquisition of smart device company Nest for US$3.2 billion. Following the success of its Learning Thermostat in 2011, Nest introduced its Protect smoke alarm last year, resulting in a line of products that has caught the eye of Google CEO Larry Page.  Read More

The Open Automotive Alliance has been formed to help get Android into cars (Car seat image...

In an effort to make it easier for Android to enter vehicles, major players in the auto and technology industries, including Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyndai and NVIDIA, have come together to form the Open Automotive Alliance. Their goal is to make Android the standard that will form the basis of the connected car and develop new Android features that will help transform the car into an "Android device."  Read More

Gizmag reviews the Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0

When Google first told us about Glass back in 2012, it was very much an unattainable product of the future. Hell, it even had a futuristic-sounding name: Project Glass. Yet here we are, less than two years later, and countless folks have plunked down a cool US$1,500 for the Explorer version of Google's smart glasses. That future may still be in beta, but it's here nonetheless. Join Gizmag, as we review the Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0.  Read More

Gizmag shares a few more random musings about Google Glass: more connected, less connected...

Face computers like Google Glass have their advantages. But when you start talking about the disadvantages of Glass, one of the big topics that keeps coming up is a general disconnection from your surroundings. Keep an eye out for our full Google Glass review, but in the meantime, we have some more thoughts on the subject from our time beta-testing it.  Read More

Gizmag breaks down some of our favorite Android apps of 2013

2013 was a good year for Android. But what would that new HTC One, Moto X, or Galaxy S4 be without some great new apps? Join Gizmag, as we break down some of the top Android apps of 2013.  Read More

Gizmag shares some more thoughts about being part of the Google Glass Explorer program

Here at Gizmag, we're very interested in the present and future of wearable tech. So we thought it was fitting to sign up for the Google Glass Explorer program, to give you a better idea of what Sergey Brin and company have brewing up in Mountain View. Though we aren't quite ready to dish up a proper Google Glass review, we want to share some more thoughts about our first ten days with Glass.  Read More

The Nexus 5 and Galaxy S4

While there is no formal ceremony or rite of passage, it seems clear to me that 2013 was the year that Android finally came of age as a fully mature mobile OS to power the world. Rather than a fancy coronation ceremony, let's take a look back at the highlights of the past 12 months in Android.  Read More

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