google http://kut.org en With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future http://kut.org/post/googles-robot-buying-binge-hat-tip-future In less than a year, Google has bought more than a half-dozen robotics companies, setting the industry abuzz. But when I ask Google what it's up to with all these robots, the company won't say a thing.<p>"They are very careful — they haven't disclosed what they are doing," says Richard Mahoney, the director of the robotics program at SRI International, a nonprofit technology accelerator in Menlo Park, Calif. Mahoney also served on the board of Redwood Robotics, one of the companies Google bought.<p>"If I had information that wasn't proprietary, I would share it," he says. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:30:31 +0000 Steve Henn 9983 at http://kut.org With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future Here's What Austin Googled in 2013 http://kut.org/post/heres-what-austin-googled-2013 <p class="p1">What do twerking, Sharknado and the government shutdown have in common?&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">They're all some of the top trends in Google searches in Austin this year, according to the search giant's <a href="http://www.google.com/trends/topcharts?zg=full">2013 Zeitgeist </a>report. Austin's searches didn't do much to keep it weird.&nbsp;For the most part, the searches were fairly nationalized,&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/heres-what-austin-googled-2012">unlike previous years</a>, with one exception.</p><p class="p1">With that in mind, here's the list of Austin's 2013 top Google searches:</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:01:52 +0000 Andrew Weber 9387 at http://kut.org Here's What Austin Googled in 2013 Austin, This Weekend is Your Chance to Try Google Glass http://kut.org/post/austin-weekend-your-chance-try-google-glass <p class="p1">Google has been traveling the U.S., showing off&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">its w</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">earable&nbsp;computing device&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.google.com/glass/start/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Google Glass</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9357 at http://kut.org Austin, This Weekend is Your Chance to Try Google Glass Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? http://kut.org/post/can-texas-supreme-court-force-google-unmask-anonymous-bloggers <p>Let's say you're angry with your boss. &nbsp;You go online and vent in an anonymous post. It's therapeutic,&nbsp;sure. But now your boss wants to sue for defamation. &nbsp;</p><p>In Texas, courts haven't settled on guidelines for online defamation. But a little-discussed case before the Texas Supreme Court could help determine if the state can force companies like Google to identify anonymous bloggers.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:38:25 +0000 David Brown 9097 at http://kut.org Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? Great, Liberal & Expensive: What Google Autocomplete Says About Austin http://kut.org/post/great-liberal-expensive-what-google-autocomplete-says-about-austin <p>Sometimes, what&nbsp;people&nbsp;are searching for on Google is as revealing as the results themselves.&nbsp;</p><p>If you’ve used Google, you’re familiar with its <a href="http://support.google.com/customsearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&amp;answer=2631081">autocomplete</a> function – suggestions the search engine makes when you begin entering a search term. According to Google, the autocomplete suggestions reflect the search activity of its users – the terms and questions they are Googling – plus the content of web pages themselves. And what people are searching for often times says a lot about the subject.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:03:02 +0000 Syeda Hasan 8361 at http://kut.org Great, Liberal & Expensive: What Google Autocomplete Says About Austin Google's Privacy Shift Powers New Customized Maps http://kut.org/post/googles-privacy-shift-powers-new-customized-maps This week, Google, already a leader in mapping, created more space between itself and its competitors by more deeply mining the data users provide the company when using its various services.<p>At the Google developers' conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps, crowed about the company's mapping app for the iPhone — and couldn't quite stop himself from taking a dig at Apple.<p>"People called it sleek, simple, beautiful, and let's not forget, <em>accurate</em>," he said.<p>The company unveiled <a href="https://maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/pr Thu, 16 May 2013 20:24:08 +0000 7766 at http://kut.org Google's Privacy Shift Powers New Customized Maps After Kansas City, ISPs Watch Google's Austin Plans Closely http://kut.org/post/after-kansas-city-isps-watch-googles-austin-plans-closely <p></p><p></p><p>Austin has <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/austin-getting-google-fiber">been tapped by Google</a> to be the second city in the U.S. to get Google Fiber, the search giant’s super fast gigabit internet service. Kansas City was the first city to dive in with Google. And it’s learned some lessons.</p><p>Some of Central Texas’ largest Internet providers also serve Kansas City, Missouri. Think Time Warner and AT&amp;T, among others. Kansas City Assistant City Manager Rick Usher says as soon as word spread that Google was getting some deals – &nbsp;waived fees, right-of-way access and more – his phone wouldn’t stop ringing.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:22:28 +0000 Joy Diaz 7294 at http://kut.org After Kansas City, ISPs Watch Google's Austin Plans Closely Austin is Getting Google Fiber http://kut.org/post/austin-getting-google-fiber <p>In a hugely anticipated announcement this morning, Austin Mayor Lee&nbsp;Leffingwell&nbsp;made it official:&nbsp;<a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/">Google Fiber is coming to Austin</a>.</p><p>The ultra-fast Internet service -- offering speeds more than 100 times faster than connections available now -- will "change how we live and how we work in ways we don't even know about yet," said&nbsp;Leffingwell.</p><p>Google says its first Fiber customer in Austin will get service sometime in the middle of 2014.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F87128223&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In a hugely anticipated announcement this morning, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;made it official: <a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/">Google Fiber is coming to Austin</a>.</p><p>The ultra-fast Internet service -- offering speeds more than 100 times faster than connections available now -- will "change how we live and how we work in ways we don't even know about yet," said&nbsp;Leffingwell.</p><p>Google says its first Fiber customer in Austin will get service sometime in the middle of 2014.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:23:48 +0000 Andrew Weber & Nathan Bernier 7271 at http://kut.org Austin is Getting Google Fiber Google Paying $7 Million to Settle Street View Data Capturing Case http://kut.org/post/google-paying-7-million-settle-street-view-data-capturing-case Google has agreed to pay a $7 million fine to settle claims from 37 states and the District of Columbia that the search giant improperly collected data from unsecured wireless networks across the United States using its "Street View" vehicles.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/03/151943026/congressman-calls-for-hearing-on-google-street-view-data-collection">As we've reported</a>, Google raised eyebrows back in 2010 when it revealed it had slurped 600 gigabytes of personal data including emails and passwords, using the vehicles the company uses to photograph streets for its Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:24:04 +0000 6922 at http://kut.org Google Paying $7 Million to Settle Street View Data Capturing Case Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Regulate Self-Driving Cars http://kut.org/post/texas-lawmaker-files-bill-regulate-self-driving-cars <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Two weeks after Google showcased its self-driving car to local officials in Austin, a Texas lawmaker has filed a bill attempting to regulate the use of the futuristic technology.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">State Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/giovanni-capriglione/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/giovanni-capriglione/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Giovanni Capriglione</a>, R-Southlake, filed&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB2932" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">HB 2932</a>&nbsp;on Thursday to define “autonomous motor vehicle” and “autonomous technology” in the state’s transportation code. The bill would require that a licensed driver be held responsible for such a vehicle when it is in use, even if the car is operating without the driver inside it. It also directs the Texas Department of Transportation to set up rules for the use of such vehicles in the state, including minimum insurance requirements. Nevada approved similar laws last year, though that state requires a person in the driver's seat and passenger's seat of a self-driving car while it is in use.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:31:58 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6882 at http://kut.org Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Regulate Self-Driving Cars Google Street View Takes A Hike. So? http://kut.org/post/google-street-view-takes-hike-so A few months back, Google released a few of its engineers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/10/24/163499448/googles-street-view-goes-into-the-wild" target="_blank">into the wild</a> with a camera called the Google Trekker. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:18:19 +0000 Claire O'Neill 6417 at http://kut.org Google Street View Takes A Hike. So? What Austin Googled in 2012 http://kut.org/post/heres-what-austin-googled-2012 <p>Google has released its <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world/searches">Zeitgeist 2012</a>, cataloging what the world was searching for online this year.</p><p>And sure, while Austin has its share of <a href="https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;q=Whitney%20Houston">Whitney Houston</a> and <a href="https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;q=Gangnam%20Style">Gangnam Style</a> fans (Houston and the song from Korean rapper PSY being the world’s top two search terms), Austin residents made plenty of queries closer to home.</p><p>Without further ado, here’s the top 10 most searched terms in Austin in 2012:</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:35:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5889 at http://kut.org What Austin Googled in 2012 When Will the Driverless Car Travel to Texas? http://kut.org/post/when-will-driverless-car-travel-texas <p>Robots can&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davincisurgery.com/" target="_blank">perform surgery</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.robots.com/" target="_blank">build machinery</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-frequency_trading" target="_blank">trade stocks</a>, and even&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/can-an-algorithm-write-a-better-news-story-than-a-human-reporter/" target="_blank">write news stories</a>. And now they can drive cars.</p><p>California&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/24/how-googles-powerful-lobby-legalized-driverless-cars-in-california/" target="_blank">legalized so-called self-driving cars</a>&nbsp;yesterday.&nbsp;Nevada has actually&nbsp;<a href="http://singularityhub.com/2012/05/08/green-light-for-googles-driverless-car-as-it-receives-first-autonomous-license/" target="_blank">issued a drivers license</a>&nbsp;to a robot car. And while Texas isn't exactly&nbsp;stepping on the gas with regards to driverless cars, it isn't stuck in neutral either.</p><p>The only traffic-ready self-driving car is currently offered made&nbsp;Google – although it’s&nbsp;not for sale. The system uses sensors and computers to navigate through traffic. Current laws require a human to sit in the driver’s seat, in case something goes haywire with the computer.</p><p>Google says its fleet of six Toyota&nbsp;Priuses, an Audi&nbsp;TT, and a Lexus&nbsp;RX450&nbsp;hybrid have logged more than&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.hu/2012/08/the-self-driving-car-logs-more-miles-on.html">300,000 trouble-free miles</a>. There have been two collisions, but the company says that neither was the robot driver’s fault.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:52:23 +0000 Mark Dewey 5171 at http://kut.org When Will the Driverless Car Travel to Texas? Google Poses Challenge to the Austin Tech Community http://kut.org/post/google-poses-challenge-austin-tech-community <p>The <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/pio/default.cfm">City of Austin</a> has agreed to participate in the first ever Google Place API Developer Challenge.</p><p>If you&rsquo;re a developer, designer or generally tech-savvy, you&rsquo;re officially invited to the challenge. But there&rsquo;s something quite different about this event. It is specifically designed to help communities and governments run more efficiently through the use of technology. The idea is to make public information more accessible and useful, so developers will have access to Google&rsquo;s database to make it easier to build applications on services like <a href="https://maps.google.com">Google Maps</a>.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:08:02 +0000 Mary Mattia 4806 at http://kut.org Google Poses Challenge to the Austin Tech Community Congressman Calls for Hearing on Google Street View Data http://kut.org/post/congressman-calls-hearing-google-street-view-data Google may be facing new investigations into its Street View program, which collected 600 gigabytes of personal data including e-mails, passwords, pictures and web searches while its vehicles roamed the streets.<p>This is not a new story. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/11/03/131037100/google-broke-british-privacy-laws">It goes back to 2010</a>, when the Europeans ruled Google broke the law. But the story picked up steam again late last month, when Google released a full FCC report that revealed the snooping was not accidental. Thu, 03 May 2012 16:55:07 +0000 4152 at http://kut.org Congressman Calls for Hearing on Google Street View Data