Google Challenges Amazon’s Product Search Dominance With New Shopping Graph

An illustration of Google's shopping guide feature the company announced at its 2021 developer conference. (Credit: Google)

Amid all the flurry of news Google announced at its 2021 I/O developer conference, one thing stood out to me: the launch of the Shopping Graph. The announcement may not be as glamorous as, say, Android 12, but its importance isn’t to be ignored. While Google is putting forth the full power of its search… Continue reading Google Challenges Amazon’s Product Search Dominance With New Shopping Graph

Google Summons the Power of YouTube and the Cloud in Bid to Shake up Gaming

Google Vice President Phil Harrison on stage at the 2019 Game Developers Conference to announce his company's game-streaming service Stadia launching later in the year. (Photo credit: Livestream screenshot)

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, Google introduced its game-streaming service called Stadia touted as an industry wake-up call and taking aim at not only incumbents Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, but going after Amazon and its subsidiary Twitch. Perplexing name-aside, Stadia’s appeal may be its lack of hardware — Google is drawing from not only… Continue reading Google Summons the Power of YouTube and the Cloud in Bid to Shake up Gaming

How A Dog-Eared Filter Got Tech To Think Camera-First

Snap billboard in Times Square, New York City on May 15, 2015.

As the adage goes, the best camera is the one that’s with you. The quality of photos captured and shared continue to improve with each device’s successive generation and tech companies are looking to capitalize on the media proliferation that’s being generated. But it’s one thing to request access to the camera and gallery on… Continue reading How A Dog-Eared Filter Got Tech To Think Camera-First

Google’s Daydream VR and AR Efforts Could Get Boost With Lytro Acquisition

Using Lytro's Immerge camera

As a photographer and someone who appreciates creative tools and hardware, my conversations with Lytro while as a reporter were often a mix of investigative and curiosity. Having raised more than $215 million in funding, this 12-year old company appeared to have an ambitious way of making media appear life-like. But that vision alone hasn’t… Continue reading Google’s Daydream VR and AR Efforts Could Get Boost With Lytro Acquisition