#Google Android Wear smartwatch news – wearable technology continues apace – an annotated infographic

Ahead of Google’s annual techfest shindig, Google I/O, later this month, we hear tell of something called Android Wear, the operating system of the company’s smartwatch. Google is expected to demonstrate the Android Wear smartwatch OS at the technology conference in San Francisco. Working closely with technology partner Motorola – which already has its own smartwatch, the Moto 360 – the Android Wear smartwatch is expected to do all the hip tricks, like voice control, touch screen, messaging, internet browsing, changeable fascias. Funny how there’s no mention of its timekeeping abilities! Naturally, there can be no discussion of a Google … Continue reading #Google Android Wear smartwatch news – wearable technology continues apace – an annotated infographic

#Google debuts self-driving cars – electric two-seater prototype to hit the roads within a year – an annotated infographic

The world got a little bit stranger recently, as the hitherto science-fiction dream of driverless cars cruised closer to reality with the announcement by Google that it is building a self-driving car with no steering wheel, no brake and no accelerator pedals – just buttons for go and stop. You can’t simplify the driving experience much bey0nd this. That’s the bare essentials right there. The electric-powered two-seater will have a top speed of 25mph. The car will not be sold publicly, but Google hopes to build 100 prototypes and use them in a “pilot programme”. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, … Continue reading #Google debuts self-driving cars – electric two-seater prototype to hit the roads within a year – an annotated infographic

Google joins the wearable technology set – #wearabletech – an annotated infographic

“Wearable technology”: another of those futuristically empty phrases currently doing the rounds in a vain attempt to whip up some enthusiasm for objects that do things none of us ever actually desired them to do in the first place. When did you ever care that your trousers couldn’t communicate with your laptop over the internet to remind it to order more washing powder, after you’ve just knocked your lunch in to your lap? Aside from any discussion as to the pointlessness or otherwise of these smart clothes, the phrase itself hardly defines a new idea. Isn’t the 99p wristwatch you … Continue reading Google joins the wearable technology set – #wearabletech – an annotated infographic

Google Glass – officially safe to wear whilst driving! As long as it’s not activated!

A woman stopped by police for driving while wearing Google Glass has been cleared of wrongdoing by a court in California. Cecilia Abadie, was stopped on a San Diego freeway in October and when the California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass they gave her a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle. But the San Diego traffic court threw out the citation, with commissioner John Blair ruling she was not guilty because the offence for which was ticketed requires proof that the device … Continue reading Google Glass – officially safe to wear whilst driving! As long as it’s not activated!

#Google making money and hiding money – an annotated graphic

As we here in the UK are faced with a 100 per cent price hike in the cost of buying lottery tickets, such that we’re now looking down the barrel of having to spend twice as much money in the vain hope of winning enough money to escape what Homer Simpson memorably described as the drudgery of work and family, it’s always refreshing to hear about hyperglobalmegacorps trousering inordinate piles of money and then squirrelling it away overseas to avoid paying tax at home. Google is one such company, whose Chrome browser has also been revealed to now account for … Continue reading #Google making money and hiding money – an annotated graphic

#Google and #Motorola tie up with Moto X smartphone – an annotated graphic

More smartphone “action” today, as we eavesedrop on the call from Google to Motorola, which resulted in the Moto X. Voice commands, a 10 megapixel camera, Android OS (durr…), shake-to-wake camera function – the usual tech spec from a mid-to-high-end smartphone in 2013. Wow factor? Thus far, the interwebs says not. It likes it, but it doesn’t love it. Still, it could have been a lot worse – and Motorola is probably happy just to be back in the game, after drifting for years since the heady days of the Razr and its similarly skinny back-pocketable phones. Click on the … Continue reading #Google and #Motorola tie up with Moto X smartphone – an annotated graphic

#RaspberryPi mini computer goes from strength to strength – an annotated graphic

With a million Raspberry Pi computers sold in the first year, will this seed a new generation of top young British computer coders and programmers? The credit card-sized computer continues to surprise and delight as enthusiasts come up with increasingly innovative uses for the device. Most recently, the Zoological Society of London won the Google Global Impact Challenge with its plan to combat rhino poachers in Kenya, using hidden cameras powered by Raspberry Pi computers to capture images and track the movements of rhinos and poachers. E&T magazine had a special issue dedicated to the diminutive computer in March 2013. Check … Continue reading #RaspberryPi mini computer goes from strength to strength – an annotated graphic

Google Glass – the augmented reality future is now, providing you adhere strictly to the end-user agreement…

Despite the Draconian restrictions imposed by Google on anyone foolish enough to fork out over £1,000 on a pair of Glass (Google can turn them off at any time, if it feels that you’ve overstepped the end-user agreement stipulations), apparently people are still extremely anxious so to do. To us, Glass seems uncomfortably like the optical equivalent of those people in the late 1990s who’d stride towards you on the pavement, booming away to apparently no one in particular, until you realised they had a Bluetooth earpiece and were on the phone to their mum. Oh well, to each his … Continue reading Google Glass – the augmented reality future is now, providing you adhere strictly to the end-user agreement…

#Apple #iWatch and #Samsung on the up – two annotated graphics

You can’t rest on your laurels for a second in the dog-eat-dog – or at least dog-surpass-dog – world of high-tech electronic gizmos and doodads. It’s not enough merely to come out with an iPhone 5 or iPad Mini or Galaxy SIII or Chromebook or what have you. Whoever you are, one’s competitors are always there, right behind you, snapping at your iHeels. With this in mind, we have two infographics along these lines to share today. The first concerns Apple’s rumoured iWatch, the inevitable next must-have gadget; the second details Apple’s market share bare-knuckle fist-fight with Samsung and Google, … Continue reading #Apple #iWatch and #Samsung on the up – two annotated graphics

#Mozilla unveils #Firefox OS for mobile phones – an annotated graphic

As web 2.0 enthusiasts the world over doubtless already know, earlier this week the not-for-profit Mozilla organisation unveiled a new OS for  mobile phones based on HTML 5 technology. The Firefox OS is designed to work on cheaper, more basic handsets – such as those unveiled by Nokia at MWC this week – in order to reach a wider community of users, particularly in emerging markets. Going up against Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS would be a tough gig for anyone, so all we can say at this stage is: good luck, guys! Click on the graphic for an … Continue reading #Mozilla unveils #Firefox OS for mobile phones – an annotated graphic