You Can Play Pac-Man On Google Maps Right Now

April Fool’s Day is imminent, which means that we’re about to see A) lots of unfunny people making awful attempts to prank everyone; and B) some people—often including big tech companies like Google and Blizzard—creating some brilliant things. Here’s one example of the latter. » 3/31/15 10:47am Yesterday 10:47am

Thanks For the Net Neutrality, Oligarchs

"Net neutrality" will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you… » 2/28/15 1:08pm 2/28/15 1:08pm

Google's Street View Car Stopped by the Japanese Police

Google AI Taught Itself How To To Be A Pro At Classic Video Games

Google's Helping Turn the View-Master Into a Virtual Reality Headset

When Google introduced its cardboard VR headset, there was an easy point of reference. It's like a View-Master, but with full-on virtual reality. And now, the marriage is official because Mattel and Google are partnering to make just that: A Google Cardboard-powered View-Master. » 2/13/15 11:02am 2/13/15 11:02am

What People Google About Sex, According To The Numbers

People type their deepest, darkest secrets and fears into Google, all in search for answers. Sex, while a taboo subject, is no different. » 1/26/15 4:00pm 1/26/15 4:00pm

Five Best Android Phones: 2014 Edition

There's no shortage of great Android phones on the market if you're looking to switch, buy your first, or upgrade. Even so, there are certainly some phones that stand above others, either because they have great specs, include good software, get fast updates, or are just a joy to use. Here are five of them, based on… » 11/23/14 1:17pm 11/23/14 1:17pm

How Magic Leap Is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality

Don't you hate it when someone claims to have a magical new technology, but won't tell you how it works? When I saw that a super stealthy startup called Magic Leap had raised $542 million to make animals appear out of thin air, I resolved to find out exactly what was going on. Here's what I found. » 11/19/14 3:06pm 11/19/14 3:06pm

Google Has Much More To Tell Us About Video Games Now. Maybe Too Much.

You know that neat little box that pops up on the right when you search Google for movies or books and such? Now it does that for video games as well, thanks to an update to Google's Knowledge Graph. » 10/25/14 2:30pm 10/25/14 2:30pm

Tool Could Make You A Hearthstone Master, But You Can't Use It

A Google researcher has figured out how to predict each card his opponent will play in mega-popular online card game Hearthstone. Don't (or do) worry, though: the tool he developed is staying locked away forever. » 9/03/14 3:48pm 9/03/14 3:48pm

Amazon Buys Twitch For $970 Million [UPDATE]

UPDATE (4:02pm): It's official: Amazon has purchased Twitch, following months of rumors that Google was looking to buy the video streaming company. » 8/25/14 2:14pm 8/25/14 2:14pm

Acer Chromebook 13 Hands On: Gaming Guts in a Chromebook Body

Chromebooks are getting serious. After just having shipped the first full-fledged Core i3-powered Chromebook, Acer's escalating again, with a new Chromebook 13 that comes with Nvidia's K1, which is to say a hell of a lot of graphical horsepower. » 8/11/14 9:36am 8/11/14 9:36am

Project Tango Hands-On: Computer Vision Is So Much Cooler Than You Think

Google's Project Tango tablet can see in 3D, but I didn't really understand why I, human person, would actually care about the technology beyond an abstract appreciation of the ideas behind it. Until I strapped one to my face, with an Oculus Rift-like head mask. » 6/26/14 6:54pm 6/26/14 6:54pm

Google Cardboard Turns Your Android Into a DIY Virtual Reality Headset

Want a virtual reality headset, but can't afford the hefty pricetag on most existing models (or to hold out for the future)? Google dropped an inexpensive solution today following its I/O keynote: Google Cardboard, an app that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets with the help of a DIY cardboard… » 6/25/14 6:54pm 6/25/14 6:54pm

Google's Getting Its Own Android-Powered Game Consoles

Forget the Ouya, there's another Android game console in town, and it's coming from two of the biggest players in computing. » 6/25/14 1:44pm 6/25/14 1:44pm

Google Is Awarding People The Title Of Pokémon Master

Remember Google's Pokémon April Fools gag? There was more than just map-searching behind it, because those who took part and captured every single one of the critters are now being rewarded for their efforts. » 6/15/14 10:00pm 6/15/14 10:00pm

Nintendo Has A Plan To Share Money With YouTubers

Almost exactly a year after Nintendo sparked a controversy over the way it was forcing ads on YouTube videos featuring footage from its video games, the company looks like it's officially changing tack. It took to Twitter earlier today to describe a new "affiliate program" that will split revenue between Nintendo,… » 5/27/14 3:00pm 5/27/14 3:00pm

Go To Google.Com Now To Play With a Rubik's Cube

The Rubik's cube was first invented by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik in 1974. Google is commemorating this achievement with one of its trademark Doodles that lets you play with the legendary toy in the comfort of your own web browser. » 5/19/14 11:00am 5/19/14 11:00am

The Internet Reacts To Google Trying To Buy Twitch

Both Variety and The Wall Street Journal have reported tonight that Google is in talks to buy Twitch. Some people are happy about this. Other people are not. » 5/18/14 10:00pm 5/18/14 10:00pm

Report: YouTube Is Buying Twitch For $1 Billion

According to "sources familiar with the pact", Variety is reporting that Google (specifically, YouTube) has already reached a deal to buy game streaming service Twitch. For, oh, $1 billion. » 5/18/14 6:37pm 5/18/14 6:37pm