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Next Android mobile software version dubbed ‘KitKat’

Google on Tuesday said the next version of Android will be called “KitKat” in keeping with its penchant for giving tasty names to its software for powering mobile devices. “Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert,” the California-based technology titan said…

Evangelist adorns ‘Biblical Principles of Child Discipline’ book with ‘Modern Family’ image he found via Google

Maybe it’s because I’ve had to learn how to find Creative Commons images for use in posts, but I always thought that the outrage over Google image searches was silly. I mean, I get that there is such a thing as copyright, but when Germany can’t recognize…  …

Google buys virtual imaging patents from Foxconn

Google has bought virtual imaging patents from Taiwanese supplier Foxconn that could be used in its interactive “Google Glass” devices, according to a document acquired by AFP on Saturday. No details were released on the amount of the transaction. The patents relate to a technology that permits virtual images to…

‘Data is the new oil’: Tech giants may be huge, but nothing matches big data

When Nasdaq stopped trading this week, it again showed how global firms are at the mercy of a power that created them “Data is the new oil,” declared Clive Humby, a Sheffield mathematician who with his wife, Edwina Dunn, made £90m helping Tesco with its Clubcard system. Though he said…

How much do musicians really receive from streaming music services like Spotify and iTunes Match?

Stats from Zoë Keating show how musician’s 0.4 cents per Spotify stream compare to payments from iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud Drive and Xbox Music Musician Zoë Keating earned $808 from 201,412 Spotify streams of tracks from two of her older releases in the first half of 2013, according to figures…

Should cops wear Google Glass?

Over at The Kernel, staff writer Greg Stevens wonders whether police departments around the world should outfit their officers with Google Glass. There’s some logic behind the idea. A cop with wearable electronics constantly streaming audio and video…  …

Google to challenge telecoms with fleet of solar-powered balloons

From sending solar-powered balloons into the stratosphere to offering free Wi-Fi in parks, Google is quietly spending hundreds of millions of dollars on nascent Internet services that may one day challenge the telecom and cable companies. In recent months, Google Inc has announced plans to bring free wireless Internet access…

Google claims Gmail users have no ‘reasonable expectation’ their emails are private

Critics call revelation ‘a stunning admission’ as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their emails are confidential, Google has said in a court filing. Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation…

Bezos is the one who knocks: Your ‘Breaking Bad’ guide to tech companies

In March, we compared the warring families of “Game of Thrones” to the major tech companies, with the Starks standing in for Google, the Lannisters for Facebook, the Targaryens for Amazon, and the Baratheons for…  …

Android nears 80 percent market share as iOS plummets

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google’s Android mobile operating system now accounts for almost 80 percent of the global smartphone market while Apple’s slice has shrunk to 13 percent, the latest numbers from market research firm International Data Corp (IDC) have…  …

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