Tech industry ice-bucket challenge round-up

Today might mark peak ice bucket. The campaign to raise awareness of ALS has certainly worked, and is said to have raised several million dollars for a good cause. Perhaps more importantly though, it has led to a bunch of well known faces dunking water over themselves. Here's a selection of tech world celebrities taking…

YouTube improves big screen TV app

YouTube has announced improvements to its app for TVs - which it claims will make accessing its content on the big screen easier than ever. Essentially the changes appear to be to make the app mirror the apps on mobile platforms and the web - introducing a left-hand sidebar "Guide", which gives the user access…

Google is testing new Hangouts codenamed Ultra Violet

As Twitter and Facebook grow from strength to strength, Google is still struggling with its attempts to "do" social media. Google+ has not exactly set the world on fire, and neither has Google Hangouts - the Facebook Messenger-style chat app the company rolled out last year. Now it looks as though Google is experimenting with…

Acer announces first Tegra K1-powered Chromebook

Acer has today unveiled the Chromebook 13, which is the first device in its class to be powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip. The Chromebook 13, which is also said to have 13 hour battery life on top of its 13" screen is thought to be one of the most powerful Chromebooks available yet. Something…

Gmail makes it easier to unsubscribe

Google has unveiled a new Gmail feature that is sure to have many marketers tearing their hair out. Gmail will now move the Unsubscribe link in certain emails to the top, beside the sender’s email address. The new feature is a real boon for those Gmail users who are are looking to reduce the number…

Is Google going to downgrade websites that don’t use encryption?

Google is looking at giving more prominent search rankings to websites that use encryption to promote better online security practices, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal says that Google is giving bonus points in its ranking algorithm to web pages that are encrypted. It says that Google hopes the move will prod developers to…

Google Gmail scan helps to catch child sex offender

It's a well known fact that if you have a Gmail account, then Google scans all of your email messages. So why would anyone be foolish enough to use a Gmail account to send images and videos that he really didn't want anyone else but the intended recipient seeing? The Guardian reports that a tip-off…

Google releases stock Android launcher to all Android handsets

If you've got a Samsung Galaxy, HTC or an LG Android phone then you're getting an Android experience, but perhaps not the exact one that Google intended. If, however, you'd like to get a taste of what Nexus users have, then now you can simply download the Google Now launcher from the Google Play Store.…

Google+ Photos to be spun off from Google+ as a separate service?

It seems that Google's failed attempt at out-Facebooking Facebook, Google+, is being left for dead and salvaged for parts. According to Bloomberg, the photo sharing functionality that is built into G+ is being slice off and turned into a separate Google service, accessible to non-plussed users. Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising - we've been hearing…