Google’s Diversity Efforts Show Scant Progress

Alphabet’s Google on Thursday released data on its two-year-old initiative to create a more diverse US workforce, saying it had more black, Latino and female employees but still lagged its goal of mirroring the population. The company released its diversity figures for the first time in 2014 and sparked a conversation among Silicon Valley tech companies that led many of its closest competitors to follow suit. Google’s overall percentage of non-white, non-Asian employees in the United States did not move at all in 2015 from the year before, remaining at…

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Google Launches Custom Live Cases for Nexus Smartphones

Google on Thursday introduced custom Live Cases for Nexus smartphones. From now on, LG Google Nexus 5X, Motorola Google Nexus 6, and Huawei Google Nexus 6P users can customise their own cases via the Google Store. The custom Live case has been priced at $35 (approximately Rs. 2,300). Kari Clark, Senior Manager, Live Cases, in a blog post said that the Google Store will offer users various personalisation options to users for phone cases to either choose a favourite photo or a special place marked on Google Maps. The company…

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How to Tell Google Apart From Alphabet

Did you know that Google doesn’t actually work on driverless cars? That’s right. In fact, that’s technically an Alphabet project. Alpha-who? you might ask. Well, when Google underwent a big corporate restructuring last year, it spun off a number of its experimental projects into separate companies. Then it put all those companies, including Google, under an umbrella firm called Alphabet. Take Google X, for instance – the development lab that’s responsible for researching everything from driverless cars to balloon-based Internet to drone deliveries. Google X isn’t owned by Google anymore.…

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Wing Failure Blamed for Crash of Google’s Solar-Powered Drone

A massive drone Google was testing as part of a project to provide Internet service with unmanned aircraft instead of satellites crashed after it encountered an updraft and one of its wings failed, US accident investigators have concluded. The Solara 50 had just lifted off from a remote, desert landing strip in New Mexico on May 1 when it began experiencing control problems, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. As a remote pilot attempted to stabilize the plane it hit a thermal updraft that propelled it…

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Tata Housing May Tie Up With Amazon for Online Property Sale

New Delhi: Realty major Tata Housing is in talks with online marketplace Amazon India for marketing of its properties, according to sources. Tata Housing, the real estate arm of the Tata group, sold over 2,000 apartments through online platform in the last two years. Tata Housing is in talks with Amazon India to sell its portfolio of premium and luxury properties across eight cities, they said. The company spokesperson declined to comment. The Mumbai-based developer started selling flats online from December 2013 through Google’s ‘Great Online Shopping Festival’. It had…

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Google, Lenovo Unveil First Project Tango Smartphone at CES 2016

Google and Lenovo in collaboration announced their first consumer-targeted product with Project Tango technology at the ongoing CES 2016 trade show – smartphone. The Chinese tech firm plans to launch the smartphone “this summer” with a “less than $500” price tag. Lenovo demonstrated some applications of Project Tango at its joint event, showcasing the indoor area mapping that’s possible with the 3D machine vision technology. Three vertically stacked lenses in the smartphone camera will deliver colour and depth information, while a fisheye lens is supposed to give a wide-angle peripheral…

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Facebook and Google are fighting it out in Indian villages for the ultimate internet supremacy

Two of the world’s largest internet companies, Google and Facebook, are fighting for internet supremacy in Indian villages.  On Dec. 16, Google CEO Sundar Pichai—on his first overseas visit as the new head of the search giant—addressed a packed ballroom in Delhi. Dressed in a casual grey shirt and jeans, the Indian Institute of Technology graduate spoke about how India is going to be central to Google’s expansion plans in the coming years.  “Over the next three years, we plan to help more than 300,000 villages across India go online,”…

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8 things CEO Sundar Pichai said at Google for India event

100 stations to go live with Wi-Fi by 2016-end Technology giant Google will bring internet connectivity to 100 railway stations across the country by next year. The telecom wing of the Indian Railway, RailTel, had signed an agreement with the subsidiary of Google India to provide Wi-Fi facilities at 400 stations across the country. Mumbai Central station will be the first station to get Wi-Fi by January. Google is hiring Google is looking at hiring people for Bangalore and Hyderabad. New campus coming in Hyderabad We will also build huge…

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