Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

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Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

A new report suggests that search giant Google is in talks to by social networking platform Twitter.

According to sources speaking to CNBC, the “social media company is engaged in conversations with potential suitors that are said to include Google and Salesforce.com, among other technology companies.”

While we’re all familiar with Google through its search engine and Android operating system, Salesforce may not be as well known to consumers. But it is a giant back-end tech company, with huge cloud computing reach for businesses and customer services platforms.

From a consumer standpoint however, Google’s potential as a buyer is the most intriguing of the two rumored parties.

It’s struggled over the years to have a strong social media proposition, with Buzz canned and Google+ never hitting the heights of its competitors. Twitter on the other hand does have a large userbase, but has seemed relatively directionless in its platform updates of late, and has consistently struggled to monetise. There’s win-win potential for both parties here, should a partnership occur.

We’ve reached out for comment from Twitter regarding the rumor and will update this piece once we hear back from the company.

Source: TechRadar


Google Renounces Project Ara

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Google Renounces Project Ara

Google Renounces Project Ara

Those who were eagerly waiting for Google’s forthcoming modular Android smartphone to come to the market, might become disappointed on the latest report that Google has put an end to the most anticipated Project Ara.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Project (ATAP) division, which moved over from Motorola, previously revealed that Ara phones are going to be available soon in different sizes. But now Google has quit this project and the first-ever modular phone is not going to see the daylight.

However, Google was always unsure about its Project Ara but the news came as a surprise as we saw Google putting its efforts to push the project forward earlier this year at I/O conference. They also promised a developer version later this year and a consumer device to be released next year at the conference.

If Google would not have closed Project Ara, it would have been the first Google self-build device. The rumours also tell us that the Google’s Nexus branding might also morph into Pixel branding. Announced three years back by Motorola, Project Ara was handled by Google’s Advanced Technology and Project Group, but it seems that they have also laid down their weapons.

Source: TechVoize


Project Ara Video Shows Three Different Sizes of the Phone (Video)

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Project Ara Video Shows Three Different Sizes of the Phone

Project Ara Video Shows Three Different Sizes of the Phone

With less than two weeks to go to Google’s first Ara Developers Conference – which takes place on April 15 and April 16 in Mountain View, and which will also be streamed online – Phoneblocks released another video further detailing this awesome modular Android smartphone concept, this time showing the team that’s working on Google’s project. In the process of talking to various execs that work on different Ara aspects, Phoneblocks has also managed to get a visual of Project Ara’s three sizes.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Project (ATAP) division, which moved over from Motorola once the Search giant sold its hardware arm, previously revealed that Ara phones will be available in three sizes. The bigger the endoskeleton that houses the modules (or the endo,) the bigger its display module will be and the more blocks it will be able to support.

When talking to designer Daniel Makoski, Phoneblocks was shown the three sizes of the device – in previous demos only two models were shown – or the Mini, the Medium and the Large. Interestingly, Ara phones will not necessarily be touch-only devices, as at least one Medium concept features what looks like a physical keyboard. The phones will have a grid of 4×7, 3×6 and 2×5 parceled grid, depending on size, with the smallest rear modules measuring 1×1.

The new Project Ara video showing the size of the device follows below.


Apple, Google and Facebook make a change for a greener internet

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Apple, Google and Facebook make a change for a greener internet

Apple, Google and Facebook make a change for a greener internet

IF the internet were a country its electricity demands would rank sixth in the world. As the number of users grow Apple, Google and Facebook are leading the charge to make the internet a much greener place.

In a report by Greenpeace titled ‘Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green internet’ it highlights the immense power consumption the world’s biggest tech companies require to provide its customers with services. The total number of internet users is expected to hit three billion this year and with the likes of popular services such as Google, Twitter, Facebook there is an unyielding demand for data.

As of recently, Amazon provided most of these companies with a place on the web through its Web Services servers but over the past two years Apple, Google and Facebook have shifted away from Amazon’s hosting to a much greener, cleaner alternative run on 100 per cent renewable energy.

According to the report Amazon Web Services, which hosts the likes of Spotify, Pinterest, Netflix, Tumblr and Vine, currently sources only 15 per cent of its electricity demand with clean energy. Coal powers 28 per cent of the company’s cloud, nuclear 27 per cent, and gas 25 per cent.

Greenpeace reports “Amazon steadfastly refuses to reveal any details about it energy footprint” nor does Twitter who “has made no efforts to procure cleaner electricity”.

“By continuing to buy dirty energy, Amazon Web Services not only can’t seem to keep up with Apple, but is dragging much of the internet down with it,” said Gary Cook, Greenpeace Senior IT Analyst.

So, the tech giants decided to make a change and pioneer new energy sources in a bid to stop their contribution towards global warming.

Apple became the first company to achieve its 100 per cent renewable energy goal to power its iCloud and is currently operating the largest privately owned solar installation in the US.

Facebook decided to invest in wind energy and with a US$1.9 billion investment from MidAmerican Energy placed the world’s largest-ever order of onshore wind turbines in part to meet the social network’s demands.

Google also has been blown over by wind power and will be using the renewable source to provide electricity for Gmail and YouTube.