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Google I/O Reveals Android Is Everywhere, Aereo Loses Big Fight, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-06-2014

Also, Microsoft could be planning to give Windows 9 away for free, Europe is halving mobile roaming charges, Rock Simulator 2014 has arrived to blow your mind, and CollegeHumor demonstrates how the Internet has killed attention spans.


All The News From Google I/O 2014

Google I/O is an annual developer-focused conference held by Google every year since 2008. Google I/O 2014 saw Google reveal lots of new stuff, some of it interesting, most of it dull. Rather than overwhelm you with masses of information, we’re focusing on just three of the countless things Google covered during its Google I/O 2014 keynote.

Android Everywhere

Haters of Android are going to be disappointed at the main thread running throughout Google I/O 2014, which is that Android is everywhere. Google teased Android 5.0, codenamed ‘L’ (probably for Lollipop) and its real-world Material Design. Also announced was Android Auto which brings Google services into your car, and Android TV, which does the same for your television set. Last but not least was the promise of Android apps coming to Chromebooks. Which excites me more than it really should.

Google Smartwatches

Google talked passionately about Android Wear, the previously-announced wearable tech operating system. The LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and the forthcoming Moto 360 were all present at the event, with attendees given an LG G to take away with them. The Moto 360 looks particularly stunning, regardless of whether or not smartwatches have a bright future.


Mockulus Thrift

Google also unveiled its own VR headset, except unlike the high-tech Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, Google’s is made of cardboard. And codenamed Cardboard. What at first appears to be a joke is actually an ingenious take on the new virtual reality form factor. Two plastic lenses distort your view of the Android phone placed within Cardboard, with seven experiences to enjoy. So, Facebook buys Oculus for $2 billion Facebook Bought Oculus: Is VR Dead Before It Began? What happens when the little guy that everyone loves to rally behind gets sucked up into an evil corporation and becomes rich? A veritable storm of writhing anger, apparently. Read More , and Google offers a similar experience using cardboard and plastic. Fantastic.

For those of you heavily invested in the Google ecosystem who want to know more about what was revealed at Google I/O 2014, Wired has a fantastic write-up on everything you need to know. You could, if you’re a masochist, also watch the whole 3-hour-long keynote on YouTube, but we recommend the condensed version of events embedded above instead.

Aereo Loses Supreme Court Fight For Life

Aereo has lost its fight for survival, with the U.S. Supreme Court declaring its service as illegal because it violates the Copyright Act of 1976. Aereo uses thousands of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television broadcasts before delivering these feeds to customers over the Internet.


This verdict was the one expected by most people Aereo Supreme Court, Netflix Price Rise, Samsung Innovation, Han Solo Rug [Tech News Digest] Aereo lands in court, Netflix promises price rises, Reddit tampers with technology, the Samsung Innovation Museum, Amazon loves Goodreads, and Han Solo in Carbonite gets his own rug. Read More , but it’s a crucial one nonetheless. It essentially kills any innovation along these lines, allowing broadcasters to maintain the current status quo. Aereo now has to decide whether to modify its methods to cross back over the line of legality, or give up the fight altogether.

Windows 9 May Be Given Away For Free

Microsoft may be planning to give Windows 9 away for free to those who have installed the forthcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2. The new Windows 8 update will reportedly be released later this year, and be available for free to those with Windows 8.1 Update 1 Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative update that comes with useful features. It can also be removed in case it causes issues. Read More already installed.

According to the report by Russian hacker group WZOR, Windows 9 will then be a free upgrade for those who have already made the leap to Windows 8. This is obviously just a rumor, but with Apple giving away OS X 10.9 Mavericks OS X Mavericks is Free: Here's How To Get It & Why You Want It Apple really outdid itself this time. The words "software sells hardware" never rung more true, and now that OS X Mavericks is free to all, isn't it about time you got on-board? Read More to owners of OS X 10.8, Microsoft may be forced to follow suit or risk losing more customers.

Europe Halves Mobile Roaming Charges

Mobile roaming charges across the European Union (EU) are being cut in half. New roaming caps will come into force on July 1, with one megabyte of data capped at 20 euro cents (from 45 cents), one minute of voice calls capped at 19 euro cents (from 24 cents) and each SMS text message capped at 6 euro cents (from 8 cents).


The European Commission comes in for a lot of criticism across the continent, some of it completely justified. This shows it does do some good though, as anyone who has previously suffered bill shock Zombie Android Phone Devouring All Your Data? Shoot It In the Head With 11 Free Tips & Tricks For anyone with a limited data cellular plan, data consumption can become incredibly expensive, very quickly. Overage fees generally cost hundreds of dollars a month - and your phone secretly uses data without your knowledge,... Read More after a nice, relaxing holiday will attest.

Rock Simulator 2014 Is A Real Game

There have been a wave of bizarre simulator titles of late, Goat Simulator Goat Simulator Is Here and It's Everything You Dreamed It Would Be What happens when a joke video posted on the Internet generates so much hype that it actually becomes a real video game? Goat Simulator happens. Read More perhaps the best known of this genre. But the stakes have been raised considerably with the release of Rock Simulator 2014, a game simulating the act of staring at a rock for hours on end. While listening to dubstep 5 Resources to Find Some Awesome New Dubstep Music Recently, I have become a huge fan of dubstep (a.k.a. drum & bass). I used to listen exclusively to metal and hard rock. Before I discovered dubstep, I would not go near electronic music with... Read More , naturally. Don’t download this from Steam, because it’s dumb.

How The Internet Killed Attention Spans

And finally, the Internet has shortened our attention spans to such a degree that even three minutes of focusing on one thing feels too long. Don’t believe me? Then believe CollegeHumor, one of the best original comedy channels on YouTube The 10 Best Original YouTube Comedy Channels Life can be depressing at times. I don't care who you are or how good your life is, there is always the chance that something or someone can knock you off your happy pedestal and... Read More , which dares you to watch the video above in its entirety without once getting distracted. It’s a lot harder than you may think.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Did Google deliver the goods at Google I/O 2014? What was the highlight for you personally? Did the Supreme Court make the correct decision regarding Aereo? Or has it missed an opportunity to disrupt the status quo?


Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Alternatively, let us know of any technology news stories we missed that you think we should have covered.

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  1. Gaurav E
    September 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Android one is aimed at India where budget mobiles are king

  2. Md Mukhtar M
    June 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Why nothing about Android one smartphones in that 8 minutes 36 seconds video ?

    • Dave P
      June 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      That may be just because Android One is aimed purely at developing countries. 'Merica.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    "Microsoft may be forced to follow suit or risk losing more customers."
    Instead of resorting to marketing gimicks and cosmetic "enhancements" to retain customers, M$ ought to fix Windows properly once and for all.

    Considering many users do not want to upgrade to Win 8.x, why would they want to buy Win 8 just to upgrade to Win 9?

    • Dave P
      June 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      What, go right back to the start and build Windows from scratch? That would be a monumental undertaking.

      You're assuming Windows 9 is going to suck. Remember, Microsoft has a habit of releasing a good version of Windows every other time.

    • dragonmouth
      June 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      "That would be a monumental undertaking."
      Tough noogies! They should have done it right the first time. The developers of other O/Ss did. Either Billy Gates and his merry band of software developers were incompetent or they botched/crippled Windows for some nefarious purpose.

      "You’re assuming Windows 9 is going to suck."
      Depends on your definition of "suck." Compared to other versions of Windows, it may be good. Compared to other O/Ss, it will suck.