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Google and Microsoft agree to lawsuit truce

Google and Microsoft agree to lawsuit truce

Microsoft and Google have agreed to end a five-year battle over patents. Eighteen lawsuits had been active between the companies, relating to uses of technologies in mobile phones, wifi and other areas. Details of the deal were not shared, but in a joint statement the firms said they would "collaborate on certain patent matters". It is the latest move by…

Google apologises for Photos app’s racist blunder

Google apologises for Photos app’s racist blunder

Google says it is "appalled" that its new Photos app mistakenly labelled a black couple as being "gorillas". Its product automatically tags uploaded pictures using its own artificial intelligence software. The error was brought to its attention by a New York-based software developer who was one of the people pictured in the photos involved. Google was later criticised on social…

Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future

Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future

For more than a decade, boxes have helped Google dominate search - both the rectangle on its home page and the web browser address bars that send users to its results. But smartphones now account for more internet use than PCs, and that changes things. "When you have a 5in-diagonally-across screen - it's not designed to type," acknowledges Google's search…

Google unveils Chromecast Audio and new Nexus phones

Google unveils Chromecast Audio and new Nexus phones

Google has announced a device that lets old hi-fis and speaker systems stream music and podcasts over wi-fi. Owners can use it to listen to Spotify, iPlayer Radio and other selected apps on Android and iOS devices, and audio streamed via the Chrome browser on PCs. The Chromecast Audio dongle costs £30, making it cheaper than many other similar streaming…

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