May 7, 2015

New app can send self-destructing email from ordinary accounts

A startup company wants to make your emails vanish forever — but in a good way. The firm, Confidential CC, has created an application that lets people send self-destructing messages from whatever email accounts they fancy. Unlike rival apps dedicated to sending messages or ...

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft to embrace Apple, Android in major strategy shift

Microsoft hopes to get more people using the next version of its Windows software on all kinds of devices by giving them access to many of the same apps they’re already using on Apple or Android phones. In a major strategy shift, a top ...

Apr 29, 2015

Google sets up patents marketplace

Google has announced that it is setting up an online marketplace for those who want to sell patents to the Internet giant. “We invite you to sell us your patents,” Google Patent Deputy Counsel Allen Lo said in a blog post. Lo said the ...

Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

Apr 26, 2015

Google executive among hundreds dead from Nepal quake

Dan Fredinburg, a Google executive who described himself as an adventurer, was among the hundreds who died in the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday. Google confirmed his death. Lawrence You, the company’s director of privacy, posted online that Fredinburg was in Nepal ...

Apr 23, 2015

Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google’s services. The service, called “Project Fi,” debuted Wednesday, about two months after ...

Apr 22, 2015

Google to help search for Scotland's Loch Ness monster

Those keen to search for Scotland’s mythical Loch Ness monster can do so from anywhere in the world after Google launched a cache of underwater and surface images of the lake. The Street View series includes the ancient Urquhart Castle seen from the water, ...

Apr 19, 2015

In hunt to monetize, social networks slip in stealth advertising

The quandary for those who run social networks is how to monetize activity on them without antagonizing and thus losing users through distracting ads. The answer, for Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, is to slip in some stealthy ads camouflaged to look like posts from ...

Apr 18, 2015

Google to rank Web access on mobile devices

Google search Tuesday will start factoring in how easy websites are to read on smartphones or tablet computers, underlining the changing way people surf the Internet. The Web titan said that the “mobile-friendliness” of websites will be a factor in ranking results to online ...