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Google is an American multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

Google Takes Over Synergyse To Teach Customers To Use App

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Google acquires Synergyse to teach its customers to use its Google Apps for Work products

 

Google has a new virtual trainer to teach its consumers how to use its Google Apps for Work products. On May 2, 2016, the American search engine developer stated it purchased a small organization known as Synergyse, which pioneered training software for the Apps users 3 years ago that updates them regarding new features and provide directions regarding how products should be used.

Conditions of the agreement weren’t revealed. Present customers of Synergyse will yet be able to avail the service while the search company incorporates its technology into its owned technology. Presently, consumers will have to download the Mountain View based company’s Chrome Extension if they are interested in using the Canadian organization’s training technology.

Customers of the training facilities of Synergyse can listen, view or watch audio, written and video tutorials regarding how to use Apps products such as Google Slides and Google Docs. The Toronto based startup has claimed that its facility has been availed by more than 3000 organizations and 4 million people, revealed a blog posted by Synergyse regarding the deal. That probably turns it into the most famous training facility for Apps.

The post also indicates that the newly acquired startup is a cloud customer of the search organization Earlier Synergyse charged consumers for its own software, but now it will be providing it free of charge under its new owner, the training software developer stated. The takeover is another instance of Alphabet’s company largely pushing into a business tech provider.

In November, Google recruited tech veteran and founder of VMware Diane Greene to lead its cloud division, under with its App business is ran. It has noted that the training program users see “on average 35 percent higher adoption across Apps products. Cloud storage and applications are the two foundations of the enterprise effort of the search engine operator, which has 2 million consumers paying for applications, a unit competing with Microsoft and the rest of enterprise organizations.

Synergyse’s facility was established on the top of the Cloud Platform of Google, which must make its incorporation with the mapping company’s facilities comparatively easier. The US organization has not revealed the financial conditions of the transaction. It is looking for organizations to ramp up its applications business. A thing it looks for in its takeover targets is newly emerging businesses availing its cloud service, instead of those from rivals Amazon and Microsoft.

According to Recode, former employees of Google founded Synergyse and it’s not quite large. It could be said that the acquisition would help expand the company’s cloud business.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Google Finds New Site To Test Self-Driving Cars

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Phoenix will soon become the fourth testing site where the search engine organization will test its self-driving vehicles

The robot revolution might soon enter Arizona. Over one year after Uber technologies started to formally collaborate with the Tuscon-based University of Arizona, Google declared it would start testing its self-driving Lexus SUVs in the city of Phoenix, Arizona.

The city will become the fourth testing site for the Google X venture, which is owned by Alphabet, leaving two more locations that the search organization applied to the Federal Communications Commission.

Those two locations have not yet been announced. Other testing sites include the head office of the company in Austin, Texas, Kirkland, and Mountain View, California. Many states have ratified laws to regulate testing of cars and therefore, capable of turning into the next destination to Google’s self-driving project. These include Washington D.C, Tennessee, North Dakota, Florida, Michigan, and Nevada.

The company has yet to test its automobiles in snowy environments, such as Michigan, where automobile manufacturers, such as Nissan, BMW and Ford are conducting tests of their automobiles at the University of Michigan, turning the state into a worthy candidate.

Obviously, Arizona is a choice for Uber – which has established the headquarters of its mapping business at the University of Arizona – and Google because it is the only US state in which the governor has released an executive order.

The executive order requires state authorities to not only permit for but also to facilitate autonomous vehicle testing. Nevertheless, similar to regulations ratified in California, the executive order of Governor of Arizona Doug Dacey requires drivers to have a driving license and the capability to “direct the vehicle’s movement if assistance is required.”

The full self-driving prototype automobile of Google is not equipped with a steering wheel – although the organization does have controls for manual driving, which can be connected to the automobile as required – and will not pass through the testing phase in Arizona. But the organization’s fleet of retrofitted Lexus cars has all trimmings of manual cars and will let drivers take over whenever needed.

Former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery hopes to turn Arizona into a tech hub. For this purpose, he has formed a council on the sharing-economy to progress the regulations of the state on sharing-economy organizations and in 2015, ratified ride-sharing rules that upended current insurance mandates.

Days after Dough passed those rules, Uber established a Center of Excellence in Phoenix and promised to provide 300 job opportunities – a measure taken by Uber in many markets where it is being challenged by regulatory issues.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Google Takes Step To Make Asia Better Place To Live

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The search engine operator invests in non-profit organization ‘Center for Resource Solutions’ to help it develop environment-friendly standards

Google has promised that all of its gargantuan datacenters will consume power from renewable power sources. It has invested money into it to make the biggest green power purchaser (for any non-utility company) ever in Dec 2015.

The American search company is interested in being in the Asian region. Trouble is that it is difficult to purchase green power there. The technology to attain proper credentials for renewable power sources is virtually not existent in the Asian region. So, the company is intending to go along.

Today Google said it was investing seed money for the non-profit organization, Center for Resource Solutions, to formulate standards across the continent for green power. It is noteworthy not only due to its nice corporate citizen gesture, which all the technology companies are committing now (after some arm wringing).

For the search engine operator, it is another indication that it is exploring ways to enter the power sector. It would not state how much money it is investing, but there are some speculations.

These types of programs are essential for helping organizations such as Google to really know that the energy they are purchasing comes from a renewable energy source. They work by “tagging” every MWh of power generated from an energy source such as solar or wind as renewable, which establish a renewable energy certificate (“REC”).

This is particularly significant for Google in Taiwan, where it is actively looking to buy renewable power for its data center. There are a handful of nebulous power projects percolating inside its parent organization, Alphabet, including a wind power moonshot, wind investments and solar partnership in the African region – but this move is being properly taken by Google. A huge investment for the company is yet in its datacenters.

The new program is beginning in Taiwan, where the organization has a datacenter, but it expects to grow soon to fulfill its procurement commitment while it grows across the Asian region. Where in Asian region? What about China, where the company is quite interested in establishing itself soon.

In December last year, Google announced that it was extending its clean-energy portfolio with agreements for 781 MWs of wind and solar energy by signing 5 contracts to purchase output from energy producing plants in Sweden, Chile and US. The deals provide it contract for two gigawatts of renewable power across the world, it stated at that time.

The power-purchase contracts run from a decade to two decades. In July, the company pledged to increase its renewable power by three times by 2025. At that time, it had agreements to purchase 1.1 gigwatts of such energy.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Google Unblocked In China For Almost Two Hours

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The services offered by Google were surprisingly unblocked for users in China for a short period of time

Since 2010, Google has been suspended in China, but on March 27, 2016, it unexpectedly returned- for a short period, as it turned out. South China Morning Post reported that around 11:30pm China Standard Time on Sunday, social network users informed that they were able to easily access Google search (paywall). Around 1:15 am local time, commenters reported it had been suspended again.

Beijing-based technology blog ‘Pingwest’ estimated that users were able to access Google from around 8pm or 9pm, and also states that Google Drive, Google Inbox, Google Play and Google Photos were also accessible. Other services, such as YouTube and Gmail, remained inaccessible during those hours.

The American search company refused to share views when Quartz contacted it to ask which factor was responsible for causing the incident. In early 2010, the company announced it was no longer interested in censoring searches, as demanded by the Government of China. Since then, it has been suspended in China. 2 years ago, services including Gmail were also suspended.

Now, whenever users in the country try to use the service provided by the technology organization, they are directed to fake IP addresses. China’s “Great Firewall”, a catch-all terminology that describes the online censorship infrastructure of the country, enforces the ban.

The Great Firewall is not immune to malfunctions or mishaps. In August last year, the services offered by the company were accessible briefly only in time for the World Championships in Athletics, an annual sporting event that was organized in Beijing in 2015.

In May last year, users in China found a loophole that allowed them to use the banned Japanese chat application, Line, only to find it shut down on the same day. In other news, Digital Trends claimed that the availability of the search services in that one hour and 45 minutes of seemed to be the first victory of the organization in the battle, which it is currently fighting with the state.

In 2011, the organization accused the state of tampering with Gmail to halt a social revolt started by Jasmine Revolution, which is anti-government group.

In December, two years ago, the email service of the organization has been entirely suspended after internet users were yet able to get access to Gmail messages, with the help of third-party applications, like the YouTube and Microsoft Outlook has been continuously suspended since 2009.

The blanket censorship of Google’s services is part of the a dozen and half year Golden Shield venture of the country, targeted to let  the Ministry of Public Security control what citizens of China can view online.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Google Launches Android Pay In The UK Payment Market

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Google will unveil Android Pay in Britain to win a battle with its competitor, Apple Pay.

Now logging up 1.5 million users every week in the United States, Google’s mobile wallet and payment platform, Android Pay for Android apps and devices, is about to enter the United Kingdom, with a large number of  partners including apps, physical retailers, payment platforms and banks.

The American search company is not disclosing an exact date for the release but one can assume it will be “in the next few months”. This is Google’s first in the European region and it appears to be the second one outside the United States, after it announced to unveil Android Pay in Australia in December (where it is yet to go live).

In the meantime, in the U.S., Google is adding more retailers and starting a new loyalty program to serve Android Pay users, in collaboration with the card-based rewards program, Plenti, from American Express.

Now, Android Pay users who log up to Plenti can redeem rewards and pick loyalty points up when they buy at participant retailers. Considering the issue with mobile payments that in most cases, people cannot find a reason enough to shift from using the current payment methods such as physical cards, integration with loyalty programs can possibly make services more “sticky” and useful.

In July 2015, Android Pay’s competitor ‘Apple Pay’ was launched in Britain. Samsung said its own-brand wallet service would be launched in the country in 2016. People had been noting hints of Android Pay’s imminent UK plans, but this is the initial official confirmation of the service by the company.

In a sense, considering that Apple launched Apple Pay earlier and banking organizations such as Barclays have done legwork to develop their own contactless payment applications and mobile wallets, Google is late, or at least has taken its time to bring Android Pay to the British market.

A reason might be that the search engine company was trying to seek cooperation of enough partners to enter the market. Today, this appears to be a main theme of its announcement. Eight huge banks are included – but some financial institutions left out, such as TSB and Barclays. When Apple Pay was launched, people indicated that it had missed some names, which then were included in the following months.

Pali Bhat of Google noted that more banking organizations are yet being included. The launch lists of retailers include 11 brands, including Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Waitrose Boots and London Transport Network to allow people to use the payment service on the city trains, buses and tube network.

In late 2015, Android Pay also started integrating with apps. Some of the organizations collaborating with Google on this are now extending support to the UK, along with some new additions, including JD Sports, fast fashion company ‘Zara’, and food delivery service ‘Deliveroo’. Similarly, some payment service providers are also collaborating, including Stripe, Klarna and Holland-based Adyen.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Google To Establish Engineering Team For Its Southeast Asian Region

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Pie has been purchased by Google for building its engineering team for Southeast Asia as it looks to develop products for the region

On 18th February 2016 Google announced  that it’s establishing its own first engineering team for the Southeast Asian region, and the it has purchased Singaporean communication service provider -pie to start establishing it.

In 2015 Pie received $1.2 million in financing, Green Ventures was its largest financier in that year. The newly acquired organization is Google’s first acquisition in the region. The startup is offering a business chat application that provides teams with an opportunity to communicate without using the emailing service.

The acquisition wasn’t disclosed – both CEO and founder of Pie, Pieter Walraven and the search company refused to share its views regarding the price at which the organization has been acquired. The basic premise of Pie was too much similar to Slack and other well-funded competitors in the Asian region such as ChatWork and Eko- and it made efforts for differentiating itself with the help of its strategy to focus upon a very basic experience aimed at non- technological enterprises.

Tech Crunch had recently heard that Pie was trying to raise new funds– it seems that then fund raising had become difficult for it because of which it had to sell itself to the technology giant to attractively proceed in the competitive world.

The acquisition has been done for boosting a new team of Google to focus on the development of products for the Southeast Asian region by following the same method that the US Company has followed for India in 2015.

Tech Crunch has seen that the local efforts of Google has proved to be fruitful in India as the country’s railway stations have been provided with free- Wifi service. In addition to that, the company has developed dedicated applications, established a YouTube production studio, and equipped its YouTube with offline features and similar things could be expected by us in the Southeast Asian region, that is home to over 600m people.

Together with this agreement, the company has announced that it’s recruiting fresh graduates and engineers to become a part of its newly established unit. A new internship program was also opened by it for existing students, who have been provided an opportunity for spending 3 months at its office in Sydney, Australia.

Ultimately, the company has called existing employees in the United States who are interested in moving to Singapore or coming to the country. An event will be held by Google at Mountain View on 8th March with more details- that is strictly for current employees, however.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Google, Technology

 

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Alphabet Inc. Has Reintroduced Its Think Tank as a Tech Incubator; Jigsaw

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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Finance News, Google, Technology

 

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