Google teaches machines to become more fluent translators

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is promising that its widely used translation service is now even more fluent, thanks to an advance that’s enabling its computers to interpret complete sentences. That may sound simple, but it took years of engineering to pull off. Until now, Google’s technology analyzed phrases in pieces and then cobbled together a

Tech Tips: Guide to protecting Internet accounts

NEW YORK — Security experts said passwords of more than 2 million Facebook, Google and other accounts have been compromised and circulated online, just the latest example of breaches involving leading Internet companies. Some services including Twitter have responded by disabling the affected passwords. But there are several things you can do to minimize further […]

Google’s ‘Hummingbird’ hatches new search formula

MENLO PARK, California — Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its Internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by Web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called “Hummingbird” that Google Inc. has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications. […]

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

SAN JOSE, California — Google’s attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people’s Gmail accounts to help sell ads is legal, and are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to stop the practice. In court records filed in advance of a federal hearing scheduled for Thursday in ...

Google names latest android update ‘Kitkat’

(Updated) SORRY, it’s not Key Lime Pie, but “KitKat.” Google, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that’s expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat. “Yep, our upcoming release will be named Android KitKat! KitKat has been ...

Yahoo passed Google in US Web visitors in July

NEW YORK — For the first time in more than two years, more Americans visited Yahoo’s websites than Google’s in July, according to data from research firm comScore Inc. ComScore said Wednesday that Yahoo Inc.’s websites saw 196.6 million unique U.S. visitors last month, while Google’s sites had 192.3 million. The last time Yahoo was ...

Review: 1st peek through Google Glass impresses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google hopes to change the face of technology by persuading people to wear computers on their heads. That’s the inspiration behind Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains a hidden computer, a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye and other digital wizardry. This Internet-connected headgear is set up to let ...

US factory means buyers can customize Google phone

NEW YORK — With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It’s letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style. Workers at the factory in Fort Worth, Texas, assemble the custom phone and Google ship it to the buyer’s ...

Review: Motorola phone notable for customization

NEW YORK — In the four decades since Motorola first showed off a prototype of the world’s first cellphone, the company has watched Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass it in sales. With Google as its new owner, Motorola is introducing the Moto X, a phone notable for innovations in manufacturing, as part of an ...

Students to explore filmmaking with Google Glass

LOS ANGELES — Beauty is in the eye of the Google Glass wearer. At least that’s what the Internet search giant hopes a handful of young filmmakers will discover. Google is enlisting film students from five colleges to help it explore how its wearable computing device can be used to make movies. The $1,500 Google ...

Review: Nexus 7 good value, even with higher price

NEW YORK — When it comes to technology, we’ve been trained to expect more for less. Devices get more powerful each year, while prices stay the same or drop. With the new Nexus 7 tablet, Google hopes we’re willing to pay more for more. The new tablet comes with a $30 price increase over last ...

Google unveils new Nexus 7, Internet TV device

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology’s key battleground — the mobile computing market. The fancier devices unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco will go on sale in ...

Top 10 Apps for Week 30

Here are the Top 10 apps from Apple App Store and Google Play Store for the week ending July 21 Apple App Store iPhone: Paid: Where’s My Mickey? (Disney) Contra: Evolution (PunchBox Studios) Minecraft — Pocket Edition (Mojang) Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) AfterLight (Simon Filip) Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recording (Plus Sports) ...

SKorea clears Google after 2-year Android probe

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s fair trade commission said Thursday a two-year investigation found that Google making its search service the default in Android-powered smartphones did not limit competition in the online search market. Kwon Chul-hyun, a director at the commission, said the regulator found no evidence that Google Inc. unfairly used its power ...