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Google's self driving car waits for a cyclist who is making a hand signal

There are an extraordinary number of companies converging on the idea of self-driving cars from all sorts of different angles, but the undisputed leader of the pack is Google, whose self-driving vehicles have logged a total of nearly 700,000 development miles. In a video released today, Google shows some fantastic visualizations to demonstrate what the car is seeing in complex traffic situations. You can watch how the car handles roadworks, level crossings, complex intersections and a range of interactions with cyclists – including recognizing their hand signals.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the new OnePlus One and Google/LG Nexus 5

For the last six months, the Nexus 5 has stood as the best combination yet of high-end smartphone hardware and affordable off-contract pricing. But there's a new kid in town that might give the Nexus a run for its money. Join Gizmag, as we compare the features and specs of the new OnePlus One with the LG/Google Nexus 5.  Read More

A new Chrome extension called Project Naptha allows users to copy and delete text from ima...

It's generally just accepted that text embedded in images on the Web is inaccessible. Because images are rendered as a single layer, that's just the way it is ... or was, because a new extension for Google Chrome called Project Naptha now allows users to highlight and copy text from within images.  Read More

Google's new Street View feature

So, if it isn't enough for you that it's now possible to see the view from almost any road in the world while sitting at your computer, today Google announced a new Street View feature. If there's a clock in the upper left-hand corner of an image, it means you can see what that scene looked like up to seven years ago.  Read More

Google reCAPTCHA helps to verify humans on the Web and digitize old texts

Do you get frustrated filling out those online forms with jumbled letters to prove that you're human, only to get them wrong? They're called CAPTCHA puzzles and are designed to be difficult for computers to crack. Google's Street View technology, however, can decipher them with 99 percent accuracy.  Read More

Google Camera's new Lens Blur effect simulates bokeh

With the new Google Camera app, you can choose where your photo is focused after you shoot, and then dial in whatever amount of lens blur you like to separate the subject from the background. It's a very clever piece of software that simulates the bokeh effect you get from using an expensive, large-sensor SLR camera and an expensive, wide aperture telephoto lens.  Read More

Google is planning to release its Project Ara modular smartphone in January 2015 (Image: G...

At the first Project Ara developer conference this week, project leader Paul Eremenko revealed that Google's modular smartphone is set for a January 2015 release. To come in drab gray so as to encourage personal customization, the device will start at a price of around US$50.  Read More

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the 2014 HTC One (M8) and LG/Google Nexus 5

If you talk to the biggest Android fans, there aren't many brand names that create more excitement than Nexus and HTC One. How does the latest hardware for each of these brands stack up? Let's compare the specs of the HTC One (M8) and LG/Google Nexus 5.  Read More

The HTC One M8 is available now in the US and Canada

HTC announced its successor to last year's heralded HTC One in New York on Tuesday, which we'll be calling the HTC One M8. Although the main details of the phone had largely been leaked in advance of the event, there were still a few surprises and a lot to like in a phone that keeps and improves upon the best features of the original One, while also adding new features from other top phones of the past year and taking an above-and-beyond approach to customer service.  Read More

Google has followed up its Titanium collection of Glass frames (pictured) by partnering wi...

Google has announced a strategic partnership with premium eyewear manufacturer Luxottica Group for a range of Glass frames. The Luxottica Group owns a number of well-known brands including Ray-Ban, Oakley and Vogue Eyewear. The deal is aimed encouraging uptake of Google Glass.  Read More

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