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Stories by Zach Miners

At Google I/O, no huge surprises but a honing of critical products

Gone are the days of skydivers landing on the tops of buildings wearing Google Glass, or new Chromebooks, tablets and smartwatches. This year, the focus of much of Google's big I/O conference was to propel the Android operating system into new areas others have pioneered, like peer-to-peer payments and smart home appliances.

Written by Zach Miners30 May 15 10:52

Google I/O 2015 in photos

Once again, Google I/O was held at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco, May 28 and 29. As Google's annual confab for third-party developers, engineers from across the world attended the show to hear about Google's latest products and services. This year, Google revealed, among other services, Android Pay, a new way to purchase items in brick-and-mortar stores using Android smartphones; a developer preview of "M," the next version of the Android operating system; Brillo, a new OS based on Android to control devices in the home and let them talk to each other; and a new photo sharing app called Google Photos.

Written by Zach Miners30 May 15 06:12

This smart fabric from Google can change the music and turn off the lights

Wander around the halls of Google's I/O conference and eventually you'll bump into a large table covered with a blue cloth. But being I/O, this is no ordinary cloth. It's a smart fabric developed by Google's advanced technology group that could one day control your smartphone or the lights in your home.

Written by Zach Miners29 May 15 10:50

Google to widen Maps' offline features

Google will let users access more key functions of its Maps service, including search and navigation, without an Internet connection this year.

Written by Zach Miners29 May 15 06:49

Google teams with GoPro in broad virtual reality push

Google has developed a camera system capable of capturing immersive video for virtual reality, expanding the company's efforts in this hot new field, and it's partnering with GoPro to commercialize it.

Written by Zach Miners29 May 15 05:56

Google takes another swing at payments with Android Pay

Google is overhauling its approach to mobile payments with Android Pay, which will let people use their smartphone to make payments in brick and mortar stores as well as in apps like Lyft and GrubHub.

Written by Zach Miners29 May 15 03:56

At Google I/O, Android may push deeper into the home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, could soon find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other "smart" appliances around the home.

Written by Zach Miners27 May 15 10:20

Oculus acquires image recognition startup Surreal Vision

Virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR has acquired Surreal Vision, a company developing image recognition technology that can recreate scenes from real life inside simulated 3D environments.

Written by Zach Miners27 May 15 08:57

PayPal hypes its mobile strengths ahead of IPO

As PayPal prepares for its upcoming IPO as an independent eBay spinoff, it wants to make at least one thing clear: It's got mobile covered.

Written by Zach Miners22 May 15 06:10