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Google Glass is Getting a Second Look from Businesses

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A few months after Google publicly teased its plans to develop Google Glass, Ian Shakil convinced some friends who worked at the company to let him try on an early prototype of the smart glasses. It proved to be an eye-opening experience.

“It was sort of a lightning strike eureka moment trying it on,” Shakil told Mashable in a recent interview. “This was not vaporware. This was real.”

At the time, during the summer of 2012, Shakil had just graduated from Stanford’s business school and was working at MC10, a startup building stretchable electronics that could adapt to body movements and be used to track health information. After seeing Glass firsthand, he realized it could serve as a powerful tool to improve the medical industry. “I left my job and dropped everything to found the company,” he says. Read more…

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Project Wing vs. Prime Air: Google’s Drones Soar Above Amazon’s

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Move over, AmazonGoogle has just entered the commercial drone arms race with Project Wing, an until-now secret program to develop “self-flying vehicles” to deliver small packages, similar to Amazon’s Prime Air.

Both programs are still years away from coming to fruition, with prototype drones — or, more accurately, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — completing only the most basic of test flights. However, the drones have been in development for a while, with notably different approaches to drone design. Google has been working on drones for two years; Amazon announced its program in December of last year. Read more…

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Why Does Google Want to Deliver Dog Food in Rural Australia?

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Google made waves on Thursday by revealing its secret project to deliver dog food to areas of rural Australia via drones

But why would Google, a company that has worked on projects like driverless cars, personal jet packs and a space elevator, want to deliver dog food — even if it is by flying robots?

Google is a massive company with a variety of exciting projects, but it makes money almost entirely from advertising. Space elevators are great, but they don’t pay the bills

To stay competitive against companies like Facebook and Amazon, which are making major inroads on Google’s turf, the company must develop offerings to attract companies and users — including drone delivery. Read more…

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Why Does Google Want to Deliver Dog Food in Rural Australia?

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Google made waves on Thursday by revealing its secret project to deliver dog food to areas of rural Australia via drones

But why would Google, a company that has worked on projects like driverless cars, personal jet packs and a space elevator, want to deliver dog food — even if it is by flying robots?

Google is a massive company with a variety of exciting projects, but it makes money almost entirely from advertising. Space elevators are great, but they don’t pay the bills

To stay competitive against companies like Facebook and Amazon, which are making major inroads on Google’s turf, the company must develop offerings to attract companies and users — including drone delivery. Read more…

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Google Testing Drone Delivery System: ‘Project Wing’

rtoz writes: Google’s research division, Google X, is developing a fleet of drones to deliver goods. This drone delivery system is called “Project Wing,” and Google X has been developing it in secret for the past two years. During a recent test in Australia, drones successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers. The self-flying vehicle uses four electrically-driven propellers to get around, and it has a wingspan of about five feet. It weighs just under 19 pounds and can take off and land without a runway. Google’s long-term goal is to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas.

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Google Challenges Amazon For Drone Supremacy

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 10.18.27 AM Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing… Read More

Google Admits Secretly Testing a Drone Delivery System in Australian Outback

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Google revealed that it has been developing a drone delivery system in the Australian outback, codenamed Project Wing.

Nicholas Roy, founder of Project Wing, said the tech giant has been secretly working on the project for two years at Google X, a division of Google dedicated to major technological advancements. It “resulted in a reliable system that can do autonomous delivery.”


In a video released on YouTube Thursday, Google said it is “developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles.” The company said it has had successful tests delivering a first-aid kit, candy bars, dog treats and water to some farmers. Read more…

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Google Launches Guest Mode For Chrome Beta

png_base64672b18a0aa3bcb4b Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Read More

Google Stops Showing Authorship In Search Results

Google Data Center Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results. The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but over time, it got pretty easy and you basically just had to link your Google+ profile to your… Read More

Google Wins $1.3 Million From Patent Troll

An anonymous reader writes Earlier this year, Google sued Beneficial Innovations for breach of contract, ostensibly in defense of its Doubleclick ad technology clients against whom Beneficial Innovations had filed suits despite Google having already paid licensing fees for the technology. Following Google’s jury trial win, the company was originally awarded only ‘nominal damages of $1 and a judicial order stopping Beneficial from going after more Doubleclick customers.’ Now, however, the presiding judge has ruled that Google is entitled to some attorneys’ fees in the amount of $1.3 million (PDF).

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