Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

Nov 17, 2014

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

by Shusuke Murai

Since it was introduced, Google’s location-based game “Ingress” has engrossed many Japanese smartphone users, and officials in Iwate Prefecture have found it to be a great tool to boost tourism. “By using ‘Ingress,’ we expect to publicize Iwate’s notable sightseeing spots and reconstruction sites ...

Nov 13, 2014

YouTube debuts subscription music service

YouTube on Wednesday introduced a long-rumored ad-free subscription music video service in a challenge to Spotify, Pandora, Apple and others. YouTube Music Key launched in a test mode in Britain, Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, and the United States with free trial periods, and ...

Nov 12, 2014

Obama inflames divisive debate on Net neutrality

Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or ...

Oct 29, 2014

Google targets nanoparticle tech for health detection

Google Inc.’s research lab said it’s working on nanoparticle technology that could be used in the near future to better detect diseases such as cancer. The nanoparticles would be swallowed, then controlled to monitor health issues and observed through an external device, Andrew Conrad, ...

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Oct 25, 2014

High-altitude leap by Google exec sets records

Google executive Alan Eustace leaped from the edge of space Friday, breaking the sound barrier and setting several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert. Eustace’s jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which ...

Oct 24, 2014

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. ...

Oct 22, 2014

Google to comply with Japan court order to remove search results

Google Inc. has decided to comply with a Japanese court order to remove some online search results found to infringe on a man’s privacy rights, company officials said on Wednesday. The U.S. Internet giant has already deleted most of the online search results subject ...

Oct 14, 2014

Google says Amazon is its biggest search engine rival

Google boss Eric Schmidt said Monday his company’s biggest competition as a search engine came from e-commerce giant Amazon, not from its traditional rivals. In remarks prepared for delivery in Berlin, Schmidt hit back at accusations that Google as the world’s biggest search engine ...