Google Corporate May 4, 2015

HTC is now following up its flagship One M9 launch with a year’s worth of variants to satisfy local tastes. In China, that is manifesting it what is fairly being called the “M9ew” and will include larger M9+ proportions and a cheaper plastic shell according to local reports.

The figure above this unpublished products topped the models’ M9ew “, the body should look plastic material, bottom of the screen is also equipped with the same M9 + fingerprint reader. Specifications, it uses a 5.2-inch “1,440 x 1,560 (2,560 and wrong should be it …)” IPS screen, while the eight-core 2.2GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage capacity (up to 128GB Support microSD card expansion). Camera parts, only a 20MP main camera on the back, the front of the front lens still spend UltraPixel HTC’s own technology.

The specs and SD card expansion seem solid aside from the Mediatec processor but frankly, I’d take a One M8 Google Play Edition in a heartbeat over this. How about you? expand full story

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The NY Times reports that Google is embedding engineers into Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in a bid to increase diversity in its technical staff. Currently only around 1% of Google’s engineers are African American, and the company said last year that its workforce diversity was “miles” from where it wanted to be.

HBCUs are higher education institutions established before 1964 primarily to serve the black community, while accepting students of all ethnic backgrounds. There are more than 106 HSBUs in the USA, and Google is so far sending engineers to five of the biggest …  expand full story

Google Corporate April 30, 2015

The Knowledge Graph is a controversial—but now fundamental—part of using Google, and for most casual browsers of the web, it’s nothing but an added convenience. It already does a great job of figuring out which pieces of information are most important and accurate, and gives them to you directly within the Google search page—there’s no need to go digging through countless results to find what you want. I myself even find it useful very often, usually when I’m searching for specific facts. Something like “When was George Washington born?” is a great example.

But I’m also wary of how intelligent it has gotten in recent years, and how much more integral to the Google experience it is becoming. Not only is Google pulling content from crowd-sourced Wikipedia articles, it is now getting smart enough to pull some of the content I’ve written on this website. Knowledge Graph has been known to bring death to many pages hosting all kinds of content, with lyrics websites being the perfect example. But what happens when Knowledge Graph and its Quick Answer box are so smart that you don’t need to browse the web at all?

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Google Corporate April 29, 2015

Today Google released a new Chrome Dev app, a way for developers to access the latest Chrome builds and experimental features before they’re ready for beta and public releases.

Google has always had a developer release channel for Chrome, allowing devs to get access to the latest builds and features even before regular users are encouraged to start testing through its beta and public release channels. Previously the dev channel was only for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, but today the company is bringing it to Android.

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Google Corporate April 28, 2015

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Thanks to a user on Weibo, new images have surfaced this morning showing what is purportedly the LG flagship scheduled to be announced later today. Showing its many rear cover designs—including the much-advertised leather variant—the photos give us a glimpse inside the retail packaging many will surely be unboxing in the coming weeks.  expand full story

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