Australia’s largest national park: Kakadu National Park, covers almost 20,000 square kilometers. Travelling there may be on your bucket list, but you haven’t been able to tick that one off yet. Thankfully Google have captured the terrain encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments, it’s home to the world’s oldest living culture...
  • Gmail is now 15 years old, the most famous beta

    Gmail started way back in April of 2004 which means it’s now 15 years old. Happy Birthday Gmail. What is possible the longest running and most famous beta, Gmail released first to a limited set of users on an invite-only basis. This later opened to the world and Gmail...
  • This isn’t SimCity, it’s Sydney on Google Earth, in 3D

    Google have added a new set of 3D imagery, this time focused on central Sydney, Australia’s largest city. The new 3D elements to the city completes the full 3D scan of the city. Like many cities around the world, as you visit Sydney on Google Earth, you’ll now see...
  • Waymo claims to have 5 billion hours of autonomous driving simulations

    During Google’s Stadia announcement at the 2019 Game Developer’s conference, CEO Sundar Pichai was discussing their progress in AI. Pichai explained how games are helping to tackle real-world challenges. Pichai went on to explain that Alphabet-owned Waymo uses AI to run simulations in gaming-like environments. These simulations are being...
  • Google’s Santa Tracker lets you follow live as he delivers presents across the globe

    If you or your little ones want to follow along with Santa’s journey across the world, then you can watch on with Google’s Santa Tracker at https://santatracker.google.com/ Thanks to the wonders of international time zones, Santa will make his way down from the North Pole, to Australia in a...
  • Hey Google, welcome to Melbourne

    Google already had offices in Sydney, but now it’s Victoria’s turn, with the official opening of Google’s Melbourne office. This continues a growing list of tech companies that are adding Melbourne to their list of homes, including Alibaba, Amazon, JD.com, LiveTiles, Mimecast, Slack, Zendesk and Square. The move will boost...
  • Google Duplex AI demo was impressive, but was also a lie

    Google’s annual developer conference kicked off today and one of the most impressive demos was a new product known as Google Duplex. Part of the Google Assistant features, Duplex leverages years of investment from Google in natural language processing, deep learning and text to speech. The on stage demo...
  • Free software update turns Nest Cam IQ into a Google Home

    Aussie customers can now use Google Assistant with their Nest Cam IQ, as part of a new integration. With no additional hardware required, the Nest Cam IQ will double-up as your very own Google Home – the first product of its kind to have the Google Assistant built-in. The free software update is...
  • Google follows Facebook in banning ads for cryptocurrencies

    Back at the end of January, Facebook banned ads promoting cryptocurrencies, now the other big advertising juggernaut, Google has followed suit. Google’s director of sustainable ads, Scot Spencer told CNBC that an update to its financial services ad policy will place a ban on any Adsense advertising about crypto....
  • Google’s Quickdraw AI Experiment is powered by 1 billion doodles

    Google are a crazy company that do crazy things, but their Quickdraw AI game is a incredibly friendly way to show off the power of AI and machine learning to everday people, while getting developers excited about the possibilities. The project comes was developed by Google staff, including Jonas...
  • Google is going all in on Google Assistant at CES this year

    Make no mistake about it, voice assistants will be one of the biggest categories at this year’s CES. Google Assistant is being plastered all over Las Vegas. Many CES attendees have arrived early and are sharing posts of the massive Google presence, complete with ‘Hey Google’ the activation phrase...
  • YouTube picks up Material Design with an updated logo and dark theme

    YouTube is 12 years ago, kind of hard to imagine a world without it at this point. When it began, there was little attention paid to the design, with a focus on just getting the fundamental functionality established. Over the years it has gone through a number of iterations...
  • Google are aggregating job adverts, just search ‘Jobs near me’

    If you’re looking for a job, there’s actually a stupid amount of job boards to look through. Google is using their core competency of data aggregation and overlaying a job search feature that pulls results from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster and many others. As a user...
  • YouTube is killing annoying annotations on May 2nd

    YouTube have announced they’re killing annotations on videos. Instead, creators will have to use cards which are structured clickable links that appears at the end of your video, rather than the wild west that was annotations, many of which were miss-used by authors. YouTube says you can think of cards like...
  • Google Earth Engine lets you timelapse Australia and the world since 1984

    Google Earth has always been amazing, but now Google’s Earth Engine takes it to the next level. The satellite images are combined in a timeline that allows you to see the evolution of planet earth. In Australia, you can see images as far back as 1984, which happens to...
  • Google Pixel costs up to A$1,419

    Overnight Google had their big ‘Made by Google‘ event where they officially announced what had already leaked, the new Pixel phones. There’s the 5″ version and a 5.5″ XL model. Available with either 32GB or 128GB of storage, the phone starts at A$1,079, but runs all the way up to...
  • Google and DFAT offers $6.5 Million to change the world

    Google are once again running their Global Impact Challenge in Australia again and are offering serious investment in ideas that’ll change the world. Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact will compete for up to $250,000 each of a total pool of $4.5...
  • Android Wear 2.0 lets you ditch the phone, listen to Spotify

    Starting today, developers can download a preview of Android Wear 2.0. Set for release in the fall, Wear 2.0 will be the biggest update since the platform launched. Google are finally supporting local apps, which means you can leave your phone at home when you go for a run. Your...
  • Android N has a VR mode, Google Play, YouTube will support VR

    Google just announced Daydream, their new Virtual Reality platform. There’s 2 real components to this strategy. Daydream for Mobile is essentially built into the N release, but you will need a new phone that supports their specs to ensure latency is 20ms. The second part of the Google VR...
  • Google Allo is Google in messaging, bots made useful

    Google’s third announcement for the day, is Google Allo. This is a chat-bot that allows you to get context-aware responses to questions. Google says, for the first time, you can use Google in your chats with friends. This adds Google Assistant, context-aware suggestions to help you get your chats done faster....
  • Google Home is a smarter Amazon Echo competitor

    Google’s home appliance has just been announced, meet Google Home. It’s their competitor to Amazon Echo which received a shout out during the I/O keynote. Google Home will be available later this year. This hardware product will listen for your commands and return queries from the web. Better than that,...

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