Kevin James Krotz

Google and Autism Speaks aim to better understand autism

June 13th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

Creating what will be the “largest database of sequenced genomes from people with autism and members of their family,” Autism Speaks and Google plan for the database to include genomes from 10,000 people. The groups hope that the database will become an “open resource” and…

Google Fit: Google’s plan to collect health data

June 13th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

According to Forbes, Google is planning to launch a service centered around health called Google Fit. Reportedly launching at Google I/O developer conference on June 25, the service will aggregate data from fitness trackers and other health-related apps. Through the use of open APIs, apps…

Google’s book scanning can continue without authors’ permission

June 10th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court upheld Google’s right, along with universities, to scan library books without the authors’ permission. The case, which was brought up by the Authors Guild and other writers’ groups, was concerned with the universities breaching federal copyright law by scanning…

Yahoo ending Flickr login support for Google, Facebook

June 9th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

For a very long time, Flickr users have been able to log into the photo sharing site using a variety of other service’s login info, such as Google and Facebook. This will all change after June 30, when the Yahoo-owned site will cease allowing users…

Google Alerts to start bringing in tweets

June 9th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

Recently, Twitter has shown that it is a valuable asset when it comes to news coverage. With the speed it provides and its popularity, Twitter has become more and more prevalent in news reporting over the past few years. Google has taken notice and plans…

Google Nearby brings contextual awareness to Android

June 9th, 2014 | by Kevin James Krotz

AndroidPolice has an exclusive look at an alleged feature coming soon to Android devices. It’s called Google Nearby and it’s a contextual awareness suite that could give users’ devices a deeper understanding of location than ever before. According to AndroidPolice’s description of the service, Nearby…