• Google ready to step into the inflight broadband arena

    Google is set to become a major player in the world of inflight WiFi with rumours of talks to buy Nokia's airplane broadband arm. Nokia's technology could help Google offer a faster alternative to existing WiFi on airplanes, said people with knowledge of the discussions, who asked not to be iden...

    POSTED 11 Apr, 2018 0 Comments

  • Google Hangouts Chat wants to be slicker than Slack

    Google released an update to its internet chat tool Hangouts on Wednesday, aiming to make it suitable in workplaces so the search giantcan compete with business software makers including Microsoft and Slack. Hangouts Chat supports instant messaging across devices between workers, including group...

    POSTED 1 Mar, 2018 3 Comments

  • Google powers up Pixel smartphone with billion-dollar HTC buy-out

    Google agreed to buy part of HTC’s engineering and design teams for US$1.1 billion, taking on a cadre of veterans that worked on the Pixel phone and could bolster its nascent hardware business. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is taking on some 2,000 employees with experience working on its si...

    POSTED 22 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • First look: Google Home, Google Wifi launch in Australia

    Google is making an overdue push into Aussie homes this week with the local launch of its Google Home and Google Wifi gadgets. Google Home is a voice-activated 'smart speaker' running Google Assistant software, which is going toe-to-toe with Apple's Siri in the personal assistant space. Sayin...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 5 Comments

  • Google Drive is about to get a lot more useful for road warriors

    Google Drive is about to become a far more useful service for business travellers with the launch of a new Backup and Sync app. Due for release on June 28, Google Backup and Sync will let the cloud-based storage service monitor and backup files inside any folder on your PC or Mac, rather than ju...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • iPhone voice apps compared: Siri vs Google Assistant

    Google Assistant brings Google's AI smarts to the iPhone, but Siri is still better for Apple users. Some people think Google's virtual assistant beats Siri in reliability and capability. That may be true on Google's own devices, like the Pixel smartphone, but the Assistant is hobbled on the iPho...

    POSTED 19 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Google brings Assistant to iPhone; boosts Home, Android features

    During a two hour keynote presentation at its I/O developer conference, Google showed off its prowess in the technology world's hottest field: artificial intelligence. From its voice-based digital Assistant to photo sharing and automatic image recognition, AI is everywhere it can possibly be in ...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Five great travel tricks using Google search

    On the go and need information fast? Google has some great travel-friendly tricks tucked away under its search sleeve. Here are five of the best. 1. Flight status Enter the flight number for any flight in the world and Google will fling back a report on its current status. Want a little more...

    POSTED 25 Nov, 2016 9 Comments

  • How to download Google Maps to use offline, without WiFi or data

    Fact: travellers love Google Maps. The smartphone and tablet app comes to the rescue time and time again when you're in a city other than your home turf. You want proof? Just look at how few people you see standing on the street studying those ungainly bedsheet-sized folding maps (and for good m...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2016 8 Comments

  • Google's new Pixel, Pixel XL Android smartphones touch down

    Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will launch in Australia later this month through the Google Store and exclusive mobile partner Telstra. The Pixel family – details of which were revealed earlier this week, and are now posted at the MadeByGoogle website – are Google's new ...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 4 Comments

  • Google is finally rolling out a team-friendly version of Drive

    It's taken long enough, but Google has launched a version of its Drive cloud computing service built for teams rather than individual users. Sure, it's not been a problem to share documents stored in Google Drive – but documents which are really part of the company's library and work proce...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Google unveils new Pixel C tablet, Nexus 5X, 6P smartphones

    TECH | Google has more of its own-branded mobile goodness on the way with the launch of two new smartphones – the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P – along with a tablet: the Pixel C. Google Pixel C tablet Reminiscent of Microsoft's Surface, Google’s Pixel C pairs a lush 2560x1800 screen ...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2015 1 Comment

  • Google Nexus Player puts Android TV in a go-anywhere can

    TECH | Google's new Nexus Player does for Android what the Apple TV does for, well, Apple – it takes online video from Internet services like Netflix and pumps it through to your big-screen telly. Now on sale from Dick Smith and JB HiFi for $129, the thick CD-shaped Nexus Player also dup...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2015 0 Comments

  • Google Glass brings the future of flying into focus

    Smart watches, smart glasses and other wearable computing devices will be part of the airport of the future, according air transport industry IT provider SITA. Technology observers are touting wearable computing as the next big thing that could re-define how we use and interact with information....

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2014 2 Comments

  • Google Glass: what you'd see wearing 'smart specs' at the airport

    Google's 'smart glasses' technology, dubbed Google Glass, is causing quite a stir in the tech circles. But exactly what would benefits would they deliver in your everyday life? US airline JetBlue has put together some prototype images of the 'augmented reality' information you'd get when we...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2014 6 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines hooks up with Google Now

    Singapore Airlines is integrating bookings made on its website with Google Now cards to provide travellers with 'information at a glance' before their flight. SQ customers who include their Gmail address in bookings at www.singaporeair.com will be able to view travel information i...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2013 0 Comments

  • Google Maps takes you inside an Emirates Airbus A380!

    Never set foot inside an Emirates' Airbus 380? Now you can take a stickybeak around the superjumbo courtesy of Google Maps. Camera-toting employees of Google Maps Streeview project – or should they now be calling it Planeview? – took Google's mapping tech onto an Emirates A380 p...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2013 3 Comments

  • Google Drive: what business travellers need to know

    Google launched its Drive online storage service overnight Australian time, and we've delved into the service to bring you what the business traveller needs to know -- set out by the good news and the bad news. Where useful, we've compared it with Dropbox (the most popular online "cloud" storage...

    POSTED 25 Apr, 2012 3 Comments

  • Google Schemer: a new 'social travel service'?

    Google is beta-testing yet another weapon for its ever-growing web. Named 'Schemer', it's been described as a 'social travel service' which taps into the Google+ social network as well as the likes of Zagat restaurant reviews (which the search colossus bought in September this year or an estimat...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2011 0 Comments

  • Google Flights: customisable airfare search, but not perfect yet

    Google Flights now lets you compare and book airfares between US cities, although there's no news about when the search engine giant plans to roll the system out to the Australian or other international flights. It looks like Google's acquisition of flight information company ITA last year has b...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • How the new HP TouchPad compares to the iPad, Android Honeycomb

    HP has announced its TouchPad tablet will go on sale in Australia from Monday 15th August. It's relatively unique in the sea of similar tablets jostling for attention against the iPad, because it runs its own software -- webOS -- rather than Google Android or Apple iOS. webOS was originally cre...

    POSTED 26 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • New York hotel offers free Google ChromeBook loans

    If it sometimes feels like the only free things in a five star hotel are the lightglobes and running water, Ace Hotel New York's offer of a free laptop to use along with free 3G and Wi-Fi is a refreshing change. Anyone who books at the hotel during the US Summer will have free Google Chromebooks...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • How Google wants to become your 24/7 travel agent

    Google is working to introduce global flight prices into its core search engine, along with a host of other tools for travellers. The search giant acquired ITA Software, a US-based flight information company, for $700 million a little over a year ago. ITA already feeds search results to many of...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin America passengers "test-fly" free Google Chromebook laptops

    Travelling to the USA soon? Here's a world-first perk of flying Virgin America for domestic hops: passengers can take free "test-flights" of the new Chromebook ultralight laptop from Google -- plus, they'll get free wi-fi on board if they do. You'll pick up your loaner Chromebook, which Google i...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Travel tech: Microsoft Streetside beats Google Streetview

    It's not often that Microsoft does something with its Bing search engine that we can conclusively say is better than Google's effort. But Bing's new "Streetside" mode definitely is one case -- especially for travellers in unfamiliar cities, trying to locate buildings by sight. Check out this vi...

    POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 5 Comments

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