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Google Search to start favouring faster mobile sites in July

Google has announced a major change to the way it organises search results. Mobile rankings will now consider loading time as a signal. Faster pages will be prioritised over slower ones in a move intended to push developers to build quicker sites.

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google's attended CES with its biggest showing in years, arriving with an aggressive round of promotional material for Google Assistant. It comes after Amazon's Alexa was widely seen to have "won" last year's CES with more integrations than Google.

Most Googled health search terms of 2017

The U.K.'s most Googled health issues of 2017 have been revealed by the technology company. Coming in at number one is the phrase "What is cancer?"

Eric Schmidt stepping down as chair of Alphabet board

San Francisco - Google's parent company Alphabet on Thursday announced that Eric Schmidt will step down as chairman, remaining on the board but shifting into a role as a technical advisor.

Google VP vows 'vigilance' after US net neutrality rollback

Geneva - Google's vice president Vint Cerf voiced concern Thursday about a US move to roll back "net neutrality" rules for internet access, and vowed to be on the lookout for any "serious side effects".

Google Chrome's built-in ad blocker to be enabled in February

Google's announced when it's going to enable built-in ad blocking in Chrome. Chrome will strip ads from certain websites on February 15 as Google pushes the ad standards defined by the Coalition for Better Ads. Only non-compliant ads will be impacted.

Google to replace Project Tango augmented reality with ARCore

Google's announced the second preview of ARCore, its new Android SDK for mobile AR apps. The company's also revealed it's to shutter its earlier Project Tango initiative. Tango was one of the first mobile AR systems but only two devices are compatible.

Google shares best practices for developing mobile AR apps

Google's published a set of best practices to help developers create compelling mobile AR experiences. The company said it has made several observations during the creation of its own AR apps. It's sharing its insights to inspire industry development.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Google announces AI research centre in China

Google's announced it will extend its push into China by launching an AI research centre in the country. The company said it's opening the facility to access China's leading AI research talent. The move could also help it to access Chinese users.

Google launches lightweight Android OS for entry-level phones

Google's launched a new lightweight Android version which offers a pared-back operating system and smaller apps for entry-level phones. It's designed to make low-end devices more usable by ensuring smooth performance, helping bring more people online.

Google AI created a 'child' more powerful than any human-made AI

Google Brain researchers have announced an AI system created its own "child" AI more powerful than any neural network crafted by a human. The main AI is capable of developing its own specialised children to help it complete new tasks more rapidly.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Microsoft Office launches on Google Chromebooks

Microsoft's launched its suite of Office apps on Google Chromebooks. It will help make Chrome OS a viable platform for people attracted to its cloud-first concept but reliant on Microsoft productivity apps. They were previously limited to some devices.

Detachable 2-in-1 Samsung Chromebook could be on the way

Samsung could be building a detachable 2-in-1 Chromebook powered by an Intel Kaby Lake processor. The device is expected to help spearhead Google's plans to release Chromebooks with distinct tablet and laptop experiences, akin to Windows machines.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

Google makes it easier to move marketing data to the cloud

Google's announced availability of the cloud migration tool for its BigQuery analysis platform. The service was announced earlier this year and allows data from several apps to be moved into BigQuery's "data warehouse," providing immediate insights.

Google announces £1m investment in U.K. computing lessons

Google has announced it will provide £1m to train U.K. computer science teachers. The grant will support the U.K. government's £100m initiative to improve computer science education in the country, where only 11 percent of school pupils take the subject

Google's TensorFlow Lite brings AI to every mobile device

Google's launched the preview of a new machine learning toolkit designed specifically for mobile devices. AI models created using TensorFlow Lite will run inside iOS and Android apps. The platform helps developers run neural networks on low-power devices.

Google's Pixel 2 has a dedicated security chip to keep data safe

Google's detailed how the "tamper-resistant" security chip inside the Pixel 2 helps keep enterprise users secure. The chip is a first for Android and helps the device verify it's being used by its real owner. Google said it puts security "at the core."

Google updates its job finder with salary estimates and more

Google's added several new capabilities to its job searching tool as it aims to better rival services such as LinkedIn. The search engine's built-in job finder launched earlier this week and is now being improved with salary estimates and location ranges.

Google’s new accelerator focusses on AI health startups

Google’s growing focus on healthcare artificial intelligence has been crystalized through its new accelerator program. The scheme is aimed at fostering startup enterprises that are set to introduce technological solutions for healthcare.

Google says phishing attacks are the biggest risk to web users

A Google study has found phishing attacks crafted by scammers are a far bigger threat than keyloggers and reusing passwords. Thieves obtain over 250,000 valid sets of credentials for Gmail accounts each week, illustrating the scale of the problem.

Google launches new spatial audio toolkit to help VR sound design

Google's announced a new spatial sound development kit that helps developers integrate realistic surround sound into VR applications. Resonance Audio works across platforms and on any device, ranging from smartphones through to desktop VR headsets.

Salesforce and Google unite to help enterprises unlock their data

Salesforce and Google have announced a new joint partnership intended to help customers utilise the cloud in their business. The firms have integrated several of their products together, creating new "collaborative experiences" for companies in the cloud.

The ‘voice’ of AI: Why Americans are picky

New research, conducted in the U.S., provides insight into Americans’ attitudes regarding artificial intelligence and customer service. It seems like much of the population hold strong views on the ‘voice’ of AI.

'We need to do more' about misinformation, Google says

Dublin - A top Google executive has said the US internet giant has to do more to crack down on illegal content and misinformation, after American firms were grilled in Congress over Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

Google launches Poly, a marketplace for 3D objects

Google's announced a new service to help VR and AR developers find 3D objects for their apps. One of the biggest challenges facing VR is a lack of content. Poly will let 3D model creators share their work, giving app creators more assets to use.

Google launches dedicated hardware to improve workplace meetings

Google's announced a new hardware offering aimed to help businesses access higher-quality video meetings. Currently provided as a kit, the Chrome OS-powered package gives companies everything they need to create a dedicated touchscreen meeting device.

Bug in Google bug tracker let hackers exploit unpatched issues

A bug in Google's bug tracking platform allowed external users to view all the issues in the system. The flaw could have allowed attackers to silently monitor unpatched vulnerabilities to exploit them in the wild before fixes were released.
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