In hopes of delving deeper into our own brains, Google went to London and shopped around for an AI intelligence company to join forces with. Doesn't that sound like fun? Actually no, it's petrifying.
DeepMind and Google Moving up in the World
What does an AI company do?
Link with Google
Robots but not robots?
It turns out the hot ticket for app developers around the world is Asia. According to latest figures, the continent has seen the largest growth in app purchase and development in recent times.
Asia's enduring love of smartphones
The Google and the Asia
REVAMP ALERT. Apparently it's definitely time to bring out the new collection. Yahoo and Google have both been launching brand new logos lately.
What's new with Google?
Changes to the Navigation Bar
Coming soon to a computer near you
Nothing to write home about
This really is a bad time for Google in China. After it was discovered that their search engine was ranked fifth in the country, it now also transpires that the big China boss (routed through Hong kong…) is leaving after 6 years at the helm.
Google future in China
New kid on the block
Although the world's most famous tech firm is calling all the shots when it comes to mobile operating system Android, its search engine status is not faring as well in China.
Google in decline?
Who's winning the race?
Google's obvious struggles
What of Baidu's failings?
The feds are after them.
Google's plan with Waze?
We all know the age old saying: If it's not on the first page of Google then it doesn't exist. Although this may be a little dramatic, the idea that most of what we search for on Google rarely goes beyond the first few pages is quite an obvious one.
What's the verdict?
An unchanged trend
Differing points of study?
Who to believe?
The billionaires at Google went on a bit of a shopping spree recently and have bought the very successful makers of the app Waze for an estimated $1.3 billion.
More expansion for the largest tech company
Like any good hegemon, Google has decided to not stop buying despite being one of the most influential companies in the world today.
The techies are now expanding their mapping and localization segment of the market with their newest purchase. Here's hoping the bid is successful as the cool $1.3 billion shaped hole in the Google Wallet could be worrying.
What is Waze?
Unlike other billion dollar purchases from recent history (Tumblr anyone?) this one was not hugely reported on apart from in specialist circles. Perhaps something to do with Tumblr being a major game-changer in social media and online trends and Waze basically tells you where there traffic jams are.
That may be a little harsh; Waze is an invaluable tool for all those who commute by road. Joining this to the geniuses at Google Maps, it could really be a new era in technology helping with our daily problems.
Waze claims to have almost 50 million users and uses a crowdsourcing method to amalgamate traffic information. Based in Israel, they offer information for most of the world's road thanks in part to satellite information.
Facebook and Apple losing out
It turns out all three companies were contenders when it came to buying the Waze app makers. Facebook was hoping to further develop their Home offering through the purchase of Waze but it all fell through when Waze headquarters refused to move to the US which was enough to break the deal. Facebook may kick themselves in the shins later for that decision.
Apple is still trying to scrape back after the disastrous launch of its own mapping service for iOS6. The damage done by that is definitely still lingering in the air as the company went from a flawless, untouchable tech company to one that makes blunders large enough for it to reverberate all over the world. Sadly though, this time again Google won over Apple.
In its latest version of the now ubiquitous mapping app, Baidu now offers the chance to know exactly where our friends are all the time. Put your hand up if you think this is a bit stalky.
Baidu maps in China
Google has been going from strength to strength over the last decade while Baidu may have already reached its peak. These two companies are at the same place in their respective countries but not heading in the same directions.