Asus unveils charging docks for Nexus 7

Owners of the 2013 Nexus 7 can now buy a wired or wireless charging dock made by Asus, but neither one comes cheap.

Available through Amazon, the Nexus 7 FH Official Dock uses your tablet's Micro-USB connection to juice it up. You can dock and charge the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, use your Nexus while it's charging, and pipe video to your TV or monitor via the dock's HDMI connection.

The pyramid-shaped Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand uses Qi inductive charging to juice up your tablet. You can also charge your Nexus with the cover … Read more

Google Maps charts the frozen home of the polar bear

Polar bears may not have much use for pavement, but that didn't stop Google Maps' Street View from getting very up close and personal with the elusive Ursus maritimus.

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, Google released on Thursday its first Street View maps of a remote area of Canada's tundra. In capturing images of polar bears in and around the town of Churchill, Manitoba, Google has created a "baseline record for imagery associated with geospatial data," Krista Wright, executive director of the conservation group Polar Bears International, wrote in a guest blog for Google. … Read more

Chief of Google's Project Ara talks modular smartphones

It's been a few months since Motorola announced its modular smartphone idea called Project Ara. Since then, Google has sold the phone maker to Lenovo and it's been unclear what would happen with the project. But now, new details are emerging.

It turns out Google held onto Motorola's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group where Project Ara was housed. Run by Regina Dugan, the former director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), ATAP is now under Google's Android umbrella.

The project, which aims to help smartphone users build customizable handsets, is expected to have a … Read more

Google, Microsoft agree: Cloud is now safe enough to use

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nevermind Microsoft's awkward "Scroogled" anti-Google campaign. When it comes to cloud security, the two giants are practically best buds.

At the annual RSA Conference held at the Moscone Center here on Wednesday, Microsoft Chief Information Security Officer Bret Arsenault and Google Director of Security for Google Apps Eran Feigenbaum explained their stances on cloud security at a panel also featuring noted independent security expert Bruce Schneier and Verizon's data breach risk team expert, Wade Baker.

Schneier said that the way to make the cloud more secure depends entirely on the ability of companies … Read more

It's official: Google Barge moving to Stockton

The guessing game about Google Barge's future destination after leaving its current construction site on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is over.

CNET has confirmed that Google Barge will be heading to Stockton, Calif. (a move we first reported was imminent).

Mirian Saez, head of Island operations for the Treasure Island Development Authority -- which manages leases on Treasure Island -- confirmed that the Google Barge may take to the water for its new home as early as next week, weather permitting. The large project, expected to be a floating showroom for Google X products and concepts like … Read more

If Google Barge is coming to Stockton, that's news to Stockton

If the Google Barge is coming to Stockton, the port director there would love to know about it.

Yesterday, CNET reported that Google's famous barge project may well be moving from its current home in San Francisco Bay to Stockton, a city at the far end of the San Francisco Bay Delta.

Google has been told by state regulators that it has to either move the barge project -- which has been sitting idle and unfinished alongside Treasure Island in the middle of the bay for months -- or acquire a permit to finish construction work. Last week, CNET reportedRead more

Google denies bidding on WhatsApp

Google's Sundar Pichai has denied at Mobile World Congress that his company bid on WhatsApp, the popular mobile instant messaging and SMS app.

Pichai, senior vice president in charge of Chrome, Android, and apps, said in Barcelona this week that it was "simply untrue" that Google had offered to buy WhatsApp, reported the Telegraph.

An earlier report indicated that Google was outbid by Facebook for WhatsApp, which Mark Zuckerberg permanently friended for $19 billion. Google had reportedly offered $10 billion, according to Fortune.

Though there may not have been a formal bid from Google for WhatsApp to … Read more

Google Barge on the move: Next stop, Stockton?

Could the Google Barge be moving to ground zero of the recent national housing crisis?

Last week, CNET found out that Google planned to move its famous barge, which now sits unfinished alongside Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, to a still-unidentified location.

But Richmond, Calif., city council member Tom Butt told CNET on Tuesday that he's heard the technology giant has decided to move the Google Barge to Stockton, Calif., a city of about 300,000, that's located on the San Francisco Bay Delta. Stockton also was one of the hardest-hit cities in the country during … Read more

Google Glass blamed for melee in SF bar

It's likely this story is one of the first of many similar incidents to come: a person walks into a bar wearing Google Glass and gets booted by annoyed patrons.

Such is the case of tech writer Sarah Slocum, who also alleges she was robbed and assaulted.

Slocum was hanging out at the gritty rock bar Molotov's in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood last Friday night showing her friends the $1,500 Google Glass she had been loaned, according to CBS San Francisco. When she demonstrated the video function, two women apparently accosted her and a man … Read more

Google fighting to stop anti-Glass driving laws, says report

It's not been the finest period for Google Glass.

A product that came with an intelligent launch and inspired much fascination has, unfortunately for Google, allowed some people to also consider its consequences.

Who would want to be secretly filmed in bars or bordellos? Who would want to look like a borg not called Bjorn?

And who would want to allow people to drive while their Google Glass is constantly informing them of the latest about their BFF's night with an alleged Chippendale?

Very early on in the life of Glass, legislators in West Virginia mulled banning driving while Glassing. … Read more