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Milestone prizes announced for Google’s Lunar XPRIZE competition

Google has announced the full list of milestone prize winners in the Lunar XPRIZE contest. Five teams have won prizes totaling $ 5.25 million across three categories: landing, mobility, and imaging.

The biggest winner was a team from Carnegie Mellon called Astrobotic, which brought in $ 1.75 million for its lunar polar rover. The team’s awards in imaging and mobility were actually announced back in December, but it was discovered today that the team was also chosen for one of the $ 1 million prizes in the landing category.

18 teams are competing for the $ 20 million grand prize

A second US-based team, Moon Express, was awarded prize money in the landing and imaging categories for its proposed mission focused on mining. German team…

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Samsung is building a Tizen iceberg for Google’s Titanic

We’re just two weeks into 2015, but Samsung’s already made more progress with its in-house Tizen OS than it had in all the previous years combined. Tizen now graces Samsung’s new line of premium SUHD TVs, there’s finally a real Tizen smartphone (albeit a distinctly low-end one), and the Korean company promises that the rest of the year will bring “a flood of devices” running its operating system.

A new article on the Samsung Tomorrow website boldly proclaims that the Tizen-powered smartwatchescameras, TVs, and the new Z1 smartphone that we’ve seen so far are “just the tip of the iceberg.” Tizen will be a crucial part of Samsung’s future Internet of Things strategy, helping to connect and smarten up devices and appliances around our…

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Google’s Black Friday Android Wear promotions: $99 LG G Watch and $50 Play Store credit

Beginning now and running through midnight on Monday, Google is throwing two deals into the three ring circus of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). Both are angled towards getting you to buy an Android Wear smartwatch. One of the original Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch, will be on sale for just $ 99. That’s $ 130 off the list price and cheaper than you’re likely to find it most other places. It’s a super good deal on a super nondescript watch, which at the venerable age of five months has already been surpassed by other Android Wear smartwatches.

Whether your get the G Watch or another Android Wear smartwatch from the Google Play Store, you’ll also get another bonus, a $ 50 credit for buying apps, books, movies, magazine, or music….

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Google’s Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Doodle: TK

Google's Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Doodle


To celebrate his would-be 150th birthday, Google featured radical French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in their latest Google Doodle. For those not already familiar with Toulouse-Lautrec, the tech giant’s bleak portrait of the progressive painter……

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Watch Google’s robot perform that scene from ‘The Karate Kid’

When everyone was wondering what Google had in mind for all its new robotics companies, “teaching robots martial arts” was probably one of the more paranoid guesses. But here we are with a new video from Boston Dynamics, somehow both whimsical and unsettling, in which their robot Atlas balances on one leg atop a stack of cinderblocks, re-enacting that scene from The Karate Kid.

Watch it for yourself, but note, not only is it the stuff of nightmares, it’s accompanied by a shrill alarm, so you should mute your computer first.

Boston Dynamics, which used to be funded by DARPA before getting bought by Google a year ago, also makes the animal-like robots BigDog and Cheetah. Atlas debuted in 2013 and Boston has released several videos of the…

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Google’s ‘Structured Snippets’ put useful facts under your search results

Google is continuing to harness everything its search engine is learning through Knowledge Graph with a new feature it’s calling “Structured Snippets.” For select search terms, you’ll now see facts and data points appear right underneath individual search results. That might sound confusing, so Google’s explaining it with a visual example. If you search for Nikon’s D7100 right now, you’ll see the camera’s core specs appear beneath DPreview’s search result, like this:

Whether you see snippets for a given search is pretty hit or miss right now. Google pulls all of this data from tables on the linked website, and the company says it’ll keep working to ensure the “facts” you see are relevant — and hopefully correct. “Fact quality will…

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Here’s how well Google’s search engine knows you

‘I think someone sent me a link to a Japanese disco song a while back?’

A couple years ago, news of Google’s ad settings — the page that reveals your advertisement profile — exploded onto the internet. People were both horrified and amazed that the company was capable of assigning ages, genders, and interests based on simple search histories. Now, just two years later, that news doesn’t seem so crazy. Information about who you are has become common currency on the web, and it’s used…

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Google’s Android Silver program reportedly ‘on hold’ and facing uncertain future

The oft-rumored Android Silver program was supposed to showcase the best smartphones running Android as Google intended it. It was to be backed with a major presence in carrier retail stores and publicized with big, expensive ad campaigns. That’s all hearsay, of course; Google has never confirmed anything regarding Android Silver. But now, it sounds like the company may be having doubts about such a plan. The Information claims that Android Silver is currently “on hold,” with some employees expressing “serious doubts” that — if Google were to move forward — it would ever be a success.

The departure of one key executive, Nikesh Arora, seemingly threw a huge wrench into the whole thing. Arora served as Google’s longtime sales boss before…

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Google’s secret search trick will delight kerning connoisseurs

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Rememeber this? It seems Google has more kerning tricks up its sleeve




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Google’s Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities

Google’s Street View cars have a checkered history; they carry some truly incredible technology, but have also landed the company in hot water. But a few of Google’s cars have taken on an additional task while logging miles across the US. Instead of sniffing for Wi-Fi networks, they’re sniffing for gas leaks. Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis.

They took 15 million readings in all across those locations, which were chosen because of aging pipelines and other infrastructure issues that make leaks more likely. And the hunches proved correct; Google’s cars measured one gas leak for every mile they traversed in the city of Boston,…

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