Google embraces the log-in, leaving cookies behind in new advertising updates

crossdevice_halloween-ads-loop_128-1_091616_v2-1 Google has been focusing for years now on finding better ways to track and measure ads as we switch from one device to another to consume media like TV, music or written articles like this one. And now, to coincide with Ad Week in New York this week, Google is revealing its latest moves in that effort: over the next few months the company will expand Brand Lift from measuring online… Read More

A Google self-driving car crashed in Mt. View today

Google's self-driving Lexus RX 450h A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. TechCrunch has reached out to Google for more information. Two local TV stations, KRON and KPIX, reported that the Google autonomous vehicle had been “in control,” or in its self-driving mode… Read More

Weekly Roundup: Apple’s auto rumors, GoPro’s new devices and CZI’s $3B pledge

chan zuck This week, Yahoo came clean about a 2014 hack, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced a huge investment to cure disease, rumors swirled around possible car tech acquisitions for Apple and the AI startup space continued to heat up with a few chat bot acquisitions. These are the top stories of the week. Read More

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-2-28-00-pm Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. The company first revealed Daydream at… Read More

Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

allo-head Google first announced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat apps, at its I/O developer conference earlier this year. Duo launched about a month ago and today it’s Allo’s turn. With Allo, Google is combining everything it has learned from its previous messaging products with the company’s machine learning smarts. Indeed, Allo marks the first time you’ll be… Read More

Voice is chat’s next battleground

voice-messaging-battlefield Chat bots were meh. Sure, they’ll get better. But the upcoming innovation in chat is about being more human, not less. With the proliferation of adequate speech recognition, AI assistants, and wireless headphones, the tech is ready to unlock the potential of our most basic form of communication. Soon, we’ll talk and listen to our messaging apps when it’s more convenient… Read More

Google Maps picks up mapping analytics and visualization startup Urban Engines

city-pulse This isn’t so much an acquisition as a welcoming back into the fold. Urban Engines was formed in 2014 by a bunch of former Google employees, with backing from Google Ventures and Eric Schmidt. The startup was formed to help deal with urban congestion and improve user commutes. Last February, the company launched a self-titled app that brings some key features to mobile mapping –… Read More

Google launches final release version of Angular 2.0

one_framework__-_angular_2 After Google launched the first version of its Angular web application framework in 2010, it quickly became one of the hottest web technologies. Since then, the web has changed, though, and when Google announced Angular 2 in 2014, it created quite a stir in the web development community because this new version wasn’t just an update, but instead a complete rewrite that wasn’t… Read More

Google introduces new app and video ad capabilities

Trivago Google is announcing a couple of upgrades to its ad capabilities today as part of the DMEXCO digital media conference in Germany. First up are its Universal App Campaigns, where developers can promote their apps across search, display, Google Play and YouTube advertising. Google says these campaigns have resulted in more than 3 billion app downloads, but earlier this year, it also said… Read More

Google’s WaveNet uses neural nets to generate eerily convincing speech and music

artificial intelligence Generating speech from a piece of text is a common and important task undertaken by computers, but it’s pretty rare that the result could be mistaken for ordinary speech. A new technique from researchers at Alphabet’s DeepMind takes a completely different approach, producing speech and even music that sounds eerily like the real thing. Read More