As usual in the end of each month we post a list of the most noticeable technology company acquisitions.
The first day of March was rich in M&As. The first name of the company is those who acquired and the second one is who was acquired correspondingly. Let’s start with e-Zest Solutions.
I finally realized that Google Docs isn't the best note-taking app. It's too clunky for quickly jotting down notes about a project or interesting things I come across throughout the day.
So, I went to the Chrome Web Store and searched for a solution that was simple, easy to access, and had only the features I needed (syncing and sign-in were not important). Skeuomorphic designs were immediately disqualified.
Google has announced its digital assistant Google Cloud Search for G Suite users, previously made available as preview named Springboard, which makes use of "machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite." The search giant claims that Google Cloud Search provides comprehensive search and proactive recommendations throughout the day to help its users.
The dark art of search engine optimization could be next in line for software-powered automation — potentially putting hundreds of thousands of ‘SEO consultants’ out of a job.
At least that’s the scenario sketched by RankScience, a YC-backed startup just graduating from accelerator’s winter 2017 program, whose software-as-a-service automates the process of running thousands of A/B tests in order to identify which changes will improve the Google ranking of customer webpages in organic search results.
Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry recently confirmed a pre-MWC 2017 event on February 25 where it is expected to unveil the Mercury smartphone. Now, a tipster claims that the company may be gearing up to unveil another mid-range smartphone dubbed BBC100-1. Additionally, BlackBerry Mercury is rumoured to pack the same camera sensor first seen on the Pixel devices.
Google Translate could already translate Japanese text into English from a captured photo, but now the app skips a step, letting you point your camera at signs, menus and other things that might contain printed Japanese words, and get a translation to English on the fly (and vice versa). The feature is available via Word Lens in both the iOS and the Android versions of the Google Translate app.
After a bit of a delay, the launch of Android Wear 2.0 is finally drawing near. Today, Google launched the fifth and final developer preview of Wear 2.0 ahead of its consumer launch in early February.
There aren’t any major surprises here, but with this release, Android Wear 2.0 is finally getting full iOS support, too, which was missing from the previews — but not Wear 1.x — until now. One of the flagship features of Wear is that it supports standalone apps (together with new complications, improved notifications, a keyboard and hand-writing recognition).
Raspberry Pi will probably getting a taste of some advanced artificial intelligence tools from Google as Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that the search giant is planning to make its "range of smart tools" available for the maker community this year.
Huawei is supporting Google VR in its aim to expand its reach in the virtual and augmented reality markets by releasing a new Daydream-ready headset and a Tango-based smartphone.
Huawei’s new headset was recently announced in a Google blogpost which detailed upcoming Daydream-ready devices.
As well as its headset, Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 smartphones were also revealed to be joining the Daydream family. According to Google, Huawei’s headset has been “built to be easy to use” with “an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses.”
Ahead of CES 2017, Hyundai Motors has announced that its Blue Link technology has now arrived on Google Home. The Blue Link Agent will now be integrated inside Google Home that will allow you to give commands straight to the Hyundai vehicle. Demonstrating at Pepcom's Digital Experience prior to the Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai Motors said that you can start your car by just saying "Ok Google, start my car" along with other commands like setting the car temperature.