Google teams up with Novartis to develop its smart glucose-tracking contact lens for diabetics
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Google will now indicate when a page listed in its search results won’t load properly on your device. For instance, if a site requires Adobe Flash you’ll see the following message on your iPhone, iPad or Android device running version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher:
It’s a small change, but one that should encourage web designers and developers to adopt widely supported browser technologies. Just to emphasise, this doesn’t mean Google will remove these sites from its search listings – although a drop in engagement is bound to occur moving forward.
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Google is teaming up with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis – specifically its Alcon eye care division – to bring its smart contact lens to market. Originally unveiled in January, the futuristic lens analyzes the user’s tears to consistently monitor blood glucose levels.
Google[x], the team known for its work on ‘moonshot’ projects within Google, will now collaborate with Alcon to develop the lens further. The final product will require “non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics” to work accurately and seamlessly at all times.
Although diabetic patients are the target market, Google and Alcon said the “smart lens” technology could also offer vision correction for people living with presbyopia – a condition that makes it difficult to focus on near objects.
“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,” Google’s Sergey Brin said. “We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true.”
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The Android version opened to all last December, and now it has quietly made its way into the App Store without an official announcement from Google — save this Google+ post from Fevenis Silverwind of Niantic Labs, the Google-run company that operates the unique game.
For those who are unaware of it, Ingress is a mobile-based alternate reality game in which players are part of either the resistance or enlightened teams battling to collect and control the powerful ‘Exotic Matter,’ which is virtually located in real-life locations worldwide. Mobile apps are used to play, but there is also a web-based service that helps keep up with the status of games and locations.
Ingress has been kept to tech geeks and early adopters to date but now that an iOS version is out, it will be interesting to see if Google broadens the focus and makes things more public. We’ve contacted the company to pose those very questions — we’ll let you know what Google has to say in response.
Germany has not been the biggest fan of tech giants that it believes overreach their influence. Now, a report claims that it is considering a new way to deal with them: regulating them like utilities.
The Sunday Times writes that the country’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has prepared a 30-page proposal with suggestions of how to cope with the growing power of Google, along with other tech giants. Treating Google as a utility, one of the proposed suggestions, would mean the state having a stronger hand in how services like advertising on the search engine are priced, without diving into questions of how Google needs to alter its search algorithm.
We have contacted both the Federal Cartel Office and Google for comment.
If accurate, it’s worth wondering what other suggestions the Cartel Office has made in addition to the idea of regulating Google and other tech giants. It seems that this is not the first time that the document has been mentioned: it comes up in this Der Spiegel story on Google regulation from July 1, describing that utility-style regulation could be used in an “emergency”, presumably when other routes to ensuring better competition have been exhausted.
The Cartel Office has in the past butted heads with other large tech companies like Amazon, and prevailed. In November 2013 the Cartel Office dropped an investigation into Amazon’s pricing after the e-commerce giant agreed to abandon a policy of barring third-party resellers from offering goods for lower prices on platforms competitive to Amazon.
In any case, it seems like the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (where the Cartel/Antitrust Office sits) is not the only German government body thinking about utility-style regulation. In an interview at the end of June, the Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, suggested that the company be “unbundled” to break open its monopoly on search services, if it could be demonstrated that Google has abused its market position.
Asked in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper if he agreed with his political party’s chairman Sigmar Gabriel about “the destruction of Google”, Maas responded like this (via Google Translate and slightly edited):
“Imagine an energy company covering 95 percent of the total market. The antitrust authorities would be quickly on it. Such conditions in a market economy do not make sense, are not healthy. So yes, if Google has abused its dominant market position to exclude competitors systematically, then consideration should be given as a last resort, something like an unbundling.”
(No mention of other areas where Google is active such as in cloud-based applications like Gmail, internet browsing via Chrome or in mobile services with Android, which is the most popular smartphone OS in Germany.)
The news of how a specific country might take action against Google comes at a key time for the company in Europe and its search ads business.
While the most recent Google news concerns how it is implementing the “right to be forgotten” in search results, made in the name of more privacy for individuals, there has been another issue specifically related to search advertising — the same thing that is at issue in these German proposals.
The EU has reached an agreement with Google over how it can modify its search ads and results to make way for more competitors from vertical sectors (eg travel) in its popular search portal. But the settlement has been criticised by competitors, who are now hoping that the incoming European Union president, Jean-Claude Juncker, will block the settlement and re-open the investigation. To complicate things, now Yelp has also moved from being an observer to active participant in the debate with its own formal complaint against Google.
If the reports about the German proposals are accurate, they are a sign that even without a change in that European ruling, Google could potentially face problems in individual countries.
Meanwhile, there are other ways that Google may raise its profile and influence in this part of the world: Last week the company’s investment arm, Google Ventures, confirmed that it would be opening its first office in Europe, in London, with a $100 million fund for startup investments in the region.
That’s not the only investment that Google could be making in Europe. In December, Google revealed that it was earmarking some $20-30 billion of its foreign cash to “fund potential acquisitions of foreign targets and foreign technology rights from U.S. targets in 2013 and beyond.”
In fact, in 2013, Google said it had already looked “pursued but discontinued a potential buyout of a foreign company, with a valuation estimated in the range of $4 to $5 billion,” although it’s not clear whether that was in Europe or another region outside the U.S.
London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas… and Edinburgh. Not your typical cosmopolitan city-combination, but these are the places YPlan now call home.
To recap, YPlan serves up a slew of events going on in a specific locale today, letting you book tickets for concerts, theater shows, comedy performances and more. It’s all about spontaneous bookings, and isn’t geared towards planning weeks or even days in advance. YPlan started out in the UK capital back in 2012 ahead of a chunky $12 million funding round, before spreading its wings to New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. The once iPhone-only app arrived for iPad and Android last year too.
Today, the company is launching in its second UK city – and fifth globally – in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. The news comes just weeks before the famous Edinburgh International Festival kicks off, so the timing could not be better. Though perhaps don’t expect to have your pick of all the big-name events – this will likely come in more handy for the myriad of shows that are still vying to shift tickets right up until the performers hit the stage. But there are usually some gems in there.
YPlan has partnered with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival for the launch, an event that kicks off on July 18 and features 140 concerts over 10 days. The updated apps for Android and iOS will be rolled out shortly.
To mark today’s news, YPlan has also announced that it has notched up 1 million app downloads globally since launch, and is planning more city launches by the end of the year.
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YouTube today is launching an hour-long weekly show on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel featuring songs that are trending on the video-sharing site. The SiriusXM Hits 1 team will select songs based on the view counts established artists get over recent weeks, as well as percentage growth in views emerging artists see.
Called the YouTube 15, the show will air Fridays at 6:00 and 9:00 PM EST, Saturdays at 2:00 PM EST and Sundays at 8:00 EST, as well as on-demand via SiriusXM.com. Jenna Marbles, a YouTube personality with over 13 million subscribers, has been tapped to run through each week’s song selections.
Given the rumors that Google is building a YouTube music subscription service, the debut of today’s show shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The goal is to increasingly make YouTube a music destination, and get users hooked before they even have the option to pay and subscribe.
See also – YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air and YouTube is building a mobile app for creators, a feature to let fans donate funds, and crowdsourced subtitles
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Google has released a feature for Chromecast announced at Google I/O this year – Android device screen mirroring. The update today brings the much-desired feature to all Chromecast-capable devices and makes Google Cast much more similar to Apple‘s competing AirPlay offering for iOS devices.
The “Cast Screen” option will now show up in the navigation drawer of the dedicated Chromecast app, which is available from the Google Play store. If you happen to own a Nexus device, you’ll also see the option right in the quick settings menu, so you don’t have to go to the Chromecast app itself.
Onstage at I/O, Google showed off the feature by browsing Google Earth on a projector connected to a Chromecast running on the presenter’s Android device. It should work with any apps that run on your Android phone or tablet, however, meaning that developers don’t have to have Chromecast compatibility built in to their software for it to have basic compatibility with Google’s streaming stick.
The update is in beta and will come to select devices from Samsung, HTC, LG and others over the coming days, according to Google, with the 1.7 update to Chromecast. As usual, it may take a while to roll out everywhere, so be patient — even if it’s hard — as this should add a lot to the existing Chromecast experience.
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Upon picking up the Samsung Gear Live from Google’s I/O developer event recently, I immediately thought that I’d be making a permanent switch from the Basis, my current watch. It’s thinner, has a step counter, and a sensor for getting your resting heart rate — not quite as advanced as what the Basis is packing, but I’m not a fitness nut.
It also lets you do some pretty neat things. If you watched the Android Wear section of the keynote, you saw Google show off features like ordering a ride via Lyft in seconds or getting a pizza delivered with a quick voice command. Granted, you can already do both of those things on your phone right now and they work really well, but it’s clear that in a few years you might be able to do a whole lot of things with a quick voice command to your wrist that will save time compared to the control mechanisms we’re used to today.
Not many apps have Android Wear functionality built-in today, so in reality, the biggest selling point for Google’s smartwatch platform is instant access to Google Now, the search giant’s contextual service for telling you what you need to know when you need to know it.
As it stands today, Google Now isn’t quite as impressive on your wrist as it is in your pocket.
Yes, it can show a card saying that your flight is on time if an email was sent to you Gmail account, but in most circumstances it isn’t showing something actually relevant to what you’re doing. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, it kept trying to show nearby bus stations – even though I kept using driving directions from Google Maps to get around and always choose BART over busses to get around San Francisco.
If you’re active on social networks, the current notification system on Android Wear will keep your wrist buzzing. Twitter mentions, favorites, and retweets show up as they come in, as do certain Facebook notifications (I received birthday reminders and messages, and saw other people receive friend request approval notifications). You don’t yet have the ability to delineate which notifications are worth seeing and which don’t need to show up at all.
That’s not to say you have no control over notifications. You have the ability to mute them, but only on an app-by-app basis.
Then there’s the Gear Live’s overzealousness when it comes to demanding your attention. By default, the screen is always on. That makes sense, considering the primary function of a watch is to look at the time at a glance. But there are two levels of “on” for the Gear Live — a mostly black screen with white numbers showing the time, and the colorful Google Now-like interface shown in most demos.
Even though the mostly-black screen is fine at a glance, the Gear Live really wants to jump to that latter level. It makes me want to check to see if there’s a new card waiting for me whenever it lights up — I mean, why would it if there wasn’t something worth seeing?
Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case. The screen would light up, I’d swipe to see what Google thought was so important for me to see, and there’d either be no cards waiting for me or card telling me the weather in my current city. Useful in the morning or before I head out for dinner, but not enough to be worth drawing my attention multiple times per day.
My Basis, on the other hand, always has the same two things showing when I check it: the time and a small graphic representing how close I am to reaching my daily step goal. The interface is essentially as complex as an old-school pedometer, with steps, calories, and heart rate always a tap away. I never have the problem of hoping to see something only to be disappointed.
If we’re going to all have smartwatches tied to our phones, they should be designed with that paradigm in mind. They should expect us to already have a constant stream of interactive data coming in at all times — which means that when we look at our wrists, it should only show what’s really important in a particular moment.
For what it’s worth, Google has shown that it realizes apps have to be different on this new form factor. In a session at Google I/O, it explicitly told developers to be mindful of their impact on user battery life and time, suggesting ways that they could keep the amount of time interacting with an app to a minimum. On its Design Principals page for Android Wear developers, the company also suggests how developers can “focus on not stopping the user” and avoid being “a constant shoulder tapper.”
So it’s probably pretty likely that these first apps aren’t representative of what users once developers figure out what they need to do differently. Eventually, I imagine I won’t get a notification on my wrist every time I’m mentioned on Twitter while I’m at work because Twitter will see that I just favorited something on Tweetdeck in my browser. Same thing with not having anything to look at when I unlock my screen — eventually, there will be so many apps with information waiting for me that I’ll have the opposite complaint.
As for the aggressive attention-seeking of the device itself, Google simply needs to be a little more thoughtful with its presets. Yes, I could change a setting so that my Gear Live’s screen isn’t always on by default, but that eliminates the benefit of Android Wear being “glance-able.” I’d rather it only dropped me into the card interface if there are actually cards with information I haven’t seen yet.
I’m not particularly worried about Google Now on Android Wear either. It’s probably the best example of Google’s “walk right up to the line of what’s considered creepy and stop” philosophy in action. Just guessing here, but it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that they’re already collecting data on how often people use various cards to determine what’s worth pushing to your wrist in the future.
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Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google antitrust complaints.
The source tells me these screenshots and study are what’s being passed around internally at Yelp to demonstrate that Google’s tactics are unfair. Yelp recently joined a formal complaint about the leniency of an EU antitrust settlement with Google, the New York Times reported today, and my source says these documents helped inspired this action.