OK, so maybe he didn’t buy the company Google. But thanks to a glitch in the system for a brief moment, Sanmay Ved owned the domain name Google.com. All for the princely sum of $12. Ironically the purchase was made through Google Domains, who quickly canceled his order when they realized their mistake. Oh how the mighty fall.
But as Mashable reports, the domain Google-Idiots.com is still up for grabs. Pranksters, your mission is clear… Discuss
Inbox by Google, the company’s new and improved email app, is finally out of its invitation-only Beta phase, and is now available to everyone. The service comes with a bunch of cool, enhanced features to make email more organized and intuitive, but perhaps none of the options is more anticipated than the “Undo Send” feature. The new button let’s users recall sent emails moments after they are delivered. Because who hasn’t accidentally hit reply-all with a snarky response to an email chain meant for an individual, or like in Google’s video below, accidentally sent a poorly worded email about an innocent, romantic walk on the beach to someone unintended? ... Discuss
The self-driving car revolution is upon us ... kind of. Google has announced that its fleet of high-tech, self-driving cars will be unleashed on public roads in Mountain View, California, later this summer—with some caveats. Up to now, the vehicles have mainly been tested on closed test roads to see how their driverless technology (with no steering wheel or pedals) will actually work. The new vehicles however, which will be driven on actual streets, will have many of the normal controls of traditional cars as well as a “safety driver” and a max speed of 25 MPH. It’s not exactly an overnight revolution, but it may be one step closer to making driverless cars a reality ... Discuss
Chances are, Google already fulfills a lot of your technology needs, but soon, they could be providing you mobile phone service too. The tech company has announced a plan for a phone network in the U.S. Instead of building a brand new network, “Project Fi” will use data and signals from T-Mobile and Sprint, switching users to whichever 4G signal is stronger. It will also automatically connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots and allow users to make regular voice calls over Wi-Fi. For now, Project Fi will only be available to Nexus 6 smartphone users. It will cost $20 per month plus $10 for every additional gigabyte of data used, but customers will only be billed for data used, instead of paying for a set monthly data amount. It remains to be seen if the network will be successful, but experts say that if Google can work out the kinks, their service could pressure wireless providers to lower prices and adapt better to different devices ... Discuss