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It is time to take your stick figures to the next level, as you can now transform your scribbles into professional-level art. Google’s AutoDraw uses artificial intelligence to determine what the user is drawing and then offers to “improve” it. Users first scribble with their finger an image on their phone, tablet, or computer. AutoDraw then uses an algorithm to suggest a more polished, pre-designed image created by an artist. These artists include HAWRAF, Erin Butner, Julia Melograna, Pei Liew, Simone Noronha, Tori Hinn, and Selman Design, who have all submitted their own unique interpretations... Read more...
We’ve heard plenty of stories about Google Home and Amazon Echo being unintentionally set off by TV commercials that trigger their “wake words”. Most recently, Google Home devices were awakened by a 60-second Google Super Bowl commercial that featured the AI assistant. Given that “OK Google” was said 16 times throughout the commercial, it should come as no shock to you that Google Home devices started going into meltdown mode across the country. While those gaffes were unintended, but annoying, what happens when a company deliberately tries to take advantage of your AI assistant for advertising... Read more...
A year after defeating South Korea’s Go master Lee Se-dol, Google’s DeepMind AlphaGo is once again ready to challenge the world’s top players. Google, the China Go Association, and the Chinese government are planning to host the “Future of Go Summit” in Wuzhen this coming May. The “Future of Go Summit” is a five-day festival intended to bring together Google’s AI experts and China’s top Go players. There will be a number of major events during the festival. “Pair Go” will be a game between two pros, however, both pros will also have AlphaGo as their teammate. This event is supposed to “take the... Read more...
Google is allegedly making a big power play in the smartphone display market with a nearly $1 billion investment into a key supplier. According to a new report hailing from South Korea, Google will invest $875 million into LG Display in an effort to ensure that it has a steady stream of screens for its future Pixel Android flagships. The search giant will reportedly rely on LG Display to produce curved panels, which are all the rage with the latest flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ both use curved OLED display, and the upcoming iPhone 8 is also expected to use a curved OLED display... Read more...
One of the biggest problems on the web is the proliferation of fake news. Online services and Internet users alike face the same challenge—trying to discern between what is a legitimate news story and one that is outright false (or a satire). It is not always easy. According to Google, thousands of new articles are published online every minute. To help distinguish fact from fiction, Google is expanding the availability of its Fact Checking tool to search. Google first introduced its Fact Check tool last October ahead of election day. What it did was allow publishers to show a "Fact Check" tag... Read more...
Smart home products are gaining in popularity, and companies like Amazon and Google want to the ones powering the experience. Here's the thing—if you're buying into Google's ecosystem, you might yourself with multiple devices, even in the same room. For example, you might buy a Google Home smart speaker for voice commands and a Google Wifi mesh router for Internet connectivity. They'll work together, buy why not combine them into a single product?That's exactly what Google is considering. A paywalled report in The Information has it on some kind of authority that Google is thinking about "a version... Read more...
Practically everyone who owns a smartphone should be on the lookout for a patch. Both Google and Apple this week released software updates for Android and iOS, respectively, to address a vulnerability discovered in Wi-Fi chipsets developed by Broadcom. If left unpatched, an attacker within range of the same Wi-Fi network could execute malicious code on a person's mobile device. A researcher on Google's Project Zero team discovered the vulnerability and wrote about it in great detail (hit the source link for deep dive into the technical underpinnings of this exploit). Prior to Google releasing a... Read more...
Do you love television content but are ready to cut the cord from big cable providers tapping your wallet dry? YouTube might be your answer. Google has just launched YouTube TV, their own streaming service, in select markets. According to Google, YouTube TV is the answer to the following questions: “How long do we have to wait until we can watch live TV on the go, on all our devices? When will we have DVRs big enough to handle all the things we want to record? And when will we be able to get the channels we care about, at a price we can afford, without all the commitments, equipment fees,... Read more...
If you're not sure whether or not you'd be classified as "cool", a quick way to find out is to open up that wallet and fund your own study. That's just what Google did with a study titled: "It's Lit: A Guide To What Teens Think Is Cool". The result were not too surprising. With the help of a scatter chart highlighting results from Gen-Z kids (post-millennial), we can easily see which brands reign supreme, and which ones fall flat on their faces. Because "10" is too even a number, Google decided to cap "Most Cool" at 9, with YouTube coming closest to that high mark. Right behind it: Google, and... Read more...
  Roughly a month ago, we reported that Android was well on its way to leapfrog Microsoft Windows to become the world’s most used operating system. In the past five years, Android has risen to stardom from minor-league roots in worldwide operating system market share while Windows at the same time has seen its share shrink in our increasingly mobile-centric society. StatCounter is reporting that Android has now surpassed Windows in terms of “internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.” The difference between the two is razor slim, however, with Android and Windows holding... Read more...
Anthony Levandowski, the former boss of Google's self-driving car program, invoked his Fifth Amendment right in a lawsuit alleging he stole thousands of files and IP from the firm's spin-off business Waymo, which focuses on self-driving car technology. Levandowski is currently the VP of engineering at Uber where he heads the company's autonomous vehicle program. Waymo claims Levandowski took 14,000 of Google's files before he went on to found his own autonomous company called Otto. His company was later acquired by Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, for a cool $680 million. The acquisition... Read more...
We were introduced to the rather intriguing (and tall, for a smartphone) 18:9 aspect ratio with the announcement of the LG G6 earlier this year. This move allows for a narrower device that better fits in your hands (width wise). Samsung has followed suit with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio on its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Seeing what will likely be a growing trend for smartphones going forward, Google is reminding developers to code their apps to take advantage of these taller displays. Developers are used to creating apps that are framed within displays sporting a 16:9 aspect ratio, and according to Google,... Read more...
Companies are embracing the smart home movement in a number of fun and creative ways. Thanks to smart home speakers and technologies, you can bark out commands to the cloud to do things like dim the lights, play music, look up the weather, and even order a pizza. Amazon hopped out in front of the trend with its Echo speaker and Alexa digital assistant, but here comes Google with its Google Home speaker. In a bid to be more competitive, Google has added a dozen new partners to its smart home initiative. These new home automation integrations introduced with the latest update add a wealth of functionality... Read more...
Everybody likes free things, right? Of course we all do, at least when there are no strings attached. Well, we have good news for Android users—at long last, Google has added a "Free App of the Week" section to the Play Store. Just like it sounds, the new section features a paid app that is temporarily available to download for free. This is a great way to beef up your app catalog with paid titles that you otherwise might have skipped over.Image Source: Google Play (Cartoon Network) This week's free app is Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network. The app normally runs $2.99 but is currently... Read more...
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