Tag Archive: Labs


Google’s Sidewalk Labs pulls the plug on Toronto smart city project

Sidewalk Labs will be using the ideas developed over the last two-and-a-half years to solve big urban problems.

What you need to know Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs is abandoning the Quayside waterfront project in Toronto. Sidewalk Labs had to make the difficult decision due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19. It had announced the high-tech smart city project in 2017 in partnership with Waterfront Toronto.

Alphabet’s urban innovation organization Sidewalk Labs had announced a joint effort with  [Read More…]

Thrifter is giving away two pairs of hand-crafted Grado Labs headphones, and one could be yours

Team Thrifter is back again, this time with a chance for you to win one of two pairs of hand-crafted headphones!

Headphones come in all shapes, sizes, and prices these days, and it’s much easier to spend $ 10 on a set than it is to drop a few hundred. Unfortunately, you won’t get the same build or audio quality out of the cheaper ones, but sometimes that’s all you want to spend at the time. Ever dream  [Read More…]

Google purchases VR company Owlchemy Labs

Owlchemy Labs is a 23-person team working on VR games for the last six years. The company got into VR early and has had a few big hits like Job Simulator (you might have seen all of YouTube playing it at one point) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.

This success has resulted in an acquisition by Google, which allows the company to further their VR endeavors. With projectors like Cardboard and Daydream, Google is invested in mobile VR.

We  [Read More…]

Owlchemy Labs is now part of Google’s VR family

It’s not a Job Simulation: The VR magicians at Owlchemy Labs are now part of Google.

Google and Owlchemy Labs have announced that they are joining forces and that means awesome things for fans of VR.

Owlchemy Labs are the folks who brought us Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, two great VR experiences that blend all things fun (and funny) into some seriously good times through your  [Read More…]

Valve’s Robot Repair Center for HTC Vive puts you inside Portal’s Aperture Labs

While you patiently await the arrival of your HTC Vive virtual reality headset, you can get a new look at what the gaming experience will be like. Polygon has posted a walkthrough of Aperture Labs Robot Repair Center, a VR game set in Valve’s Portal universe that puts you inside Aperture Labs so you can perform, you guessed it, repairs on robots.

Unsurprisingly, it seems Valve has a hidden joke or two in the game.  [Read More…]

‘Samsung Labs’ feature on the Galaxy S7 lets you turn off the app drawer

Is this the way of the future for Samsung’s launcher?

Diving into the settings on the Galaxy S7, you’ll find a new “Samsung Labs” area that lets you choose to do away with the traditional launcher app drawer and instead keep all of your apps on your home screens. Once you turn it on and tap once again to confirm your choice you’ll return to the exact same launcher as before, sans app  [Read More…]

Facebook shuts down Slingshot and Riff apps, closes Creative Labs division

Facebook is doing some internal housecleaning, as it has confirmed two of its stand alone Android apps have been removed from Google Play. In addition, the company has decided to shutter its Creative Labs division, which was supposed to allow its employees to help develop new and innovative apps.

Google buys Fly Labs to integrate video editing tech into Google Photos

Google has added another company to its list of acquisitions.

Fly Labs has officially been acquired by Google. The company revealed the news on its website today, saying that it’ll be joining the Google Photos team in Mountain View.

We’re excited to continue on our mission by joining Google and the Google Photos team in Mountain View, California. Google Photos is a home for your life’s memories, powered by Google’s machine learning and computer vision technology. It’s a perfect match  [Read More…]

Google adds iPhone video app developer Fly Labs to its Photos team

Google has acquired yet another small company, but this one has previously made apps exclusively for Apple’s iPhone. New York City-based Fly Labs has revealed it will be joining the Google Photos team after releasing apps like Fly, Tempo, Clips and Crop on the Fly in the iOS App Store.

Microsoft acquires Echo Lockscreen creators Double Labs

Microsoft has confirmed the company has bought Double Labs, a startup based in Palo Alto, California that created the popular Android app Echo Notification Lockscreen. Microsoft has already released a similar app for Android, Next Lock Screen.