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If you’re an owner of an Android Wear-based smartwatch and have been eager to get your hands on the final release of Android Wear 2.0, the wait is going to be a little bit longer. Google announced today that its next generation smartwatch operating system has been delayed from fall 2016 to early 2017. So instead of customers being graced with a final release, Google has pushed out Developer Preview 3. Developer Preview 3 contains all the niceties from the previous two releases, but also brings the Play Store to your smartwatch. You can easily browse recommended apps, or perform a more precise search... Read more...
It's been a decade since Google introduced Google Translate powered by its Phrase-Based Machine Translation (PBMT) algorithm. There's been a lot that's happened since then, particularly with regards to speech and image recognition, but machine translation has presented unique challenges and hasn't advanced quite as fast. Google hopes to change that with the introduction of a new neural machine translation (NMT) system that uses bleeding edge techniques to bring about the biggest improvements ever in the quality of machine translation. There's a big difference between PBMT and NMT. The former breaks... Read more...
YouTube, between the #youtubeisoverparty and YouTube Heroes, has received a lot of hate on the internet lately. The company, however, has just announced its latest app, YouTube Go. The company claims the app will “maximize your fun without burning up your data.” The company was inspired to create the app by a young man in Nagpur, India who loved watching YouTube, but was unable to load many videos with his 2G connection. YouTube Go boasts a few of its own unique features. The homepage will show trending and popular videos in a user’s geographic area. The app will let users save and watch videos... Read more...
Exactly one week from today Google will unveil a handful of electronic devices. Among them will be a pair of new flagship smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, otherwise known by their internal codenames Sailfish and Marlin. Rumors have been circulating about both new phones for months, and now we have our first look at what appears to be an official press render of the smaller handset (Pixel). The folks at VentureBeat obtained the photo along with a confirmation that Google will in fact unveil the Pixel and Pixel XL at its hardware event on October 4, though there's no mention of the source of... Read more...
Google has plenty of hardware to reveal at its October 4th event, but one product in particular — which just so happens to be further down the pipeline — has the blogosphere exploding with anticipation. Over the weekend, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Senior VP for Android, Chrome and Google Play, dropped a tantalizing hint with the following tweet: We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from now we'll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) September 24, 2016 From the looks of that tweet, whatever Google has stewing its caldron has... Read more...
It's been a long wait, but Chrome OS now finally and officially supports Android apps, though you'll need an Acer Chromebook R11 or Asus Chromebook Flip to enjoy the new luxury. If so, you can grab a Chrome OS update from the Stable channel (version 53.0.27815.129), which among other things includes a beta for the Google Play Store, Google announced in a blog post. Being able to use Android apps in Chrome OS isn't entirely new. Google rolled out an update to the Dev channel back in June for Asus Chromebook Flip owners to have access to Android apps, though it meant relying on experimental code... Read more...
Google's been lucky in that it's avoided any major collisions involving its fleet of self-driving cars up to this point, though that changed heading into the weekend when an autonomous Lexus RX sustained significant damage from a commercial delivery van plowing into the passenger side of the vehicle. Initial reports suggest Google's self-driving technology was not at fault. The accident occurred in Mountain View as the Lexus RX was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. While going through an intersection, a commercial van traveling westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and smashed into the... Read more...
Google is rumored to be launching a number of new hardware products at its October hardware event including new Pixel Nougat smartphones and its Google Home speaker. Rumor also has it that Google plans on announcing a $129 Wi-Fi router at this event. Although the Google Wi-Fi router is shrouded in mystery, a few tidbits of gossip have been recently swirling around the internet. For starters, the Google router is supposedly dual-band, offers AC 1200 speeds, and includes Bluetooth connectivity. It is also expected to have much better range than your typical router, along with the ability... Read more...
If you're looking for yet another way to communicate with your friends and family from your mobile device, you now have Allo, a new and "smarter" messaging app from Google. It's available right off the bat for both Android and iOS devices (sorry, Windows Phone users!) and integrates a preview edition of of the Google Assistant, which you can use to have a conversation with Google. "Ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot,"... Read more...
Image Source: Flickr (Roman Boed)The wait for a new round of flagship smartphones from Google is almost over, folks. As was expected, Google will unveil its new Android 7.0 (Nougat) phones on October 4, as indicated by a Twitter post, landing page where you can sign up to be notified for more information on the new devices, and invitations to a press event that it's begun sending out the members of the press. One thing to keep an eye on its the branding Google decides to use for its next flagship devices. The aforementioned teasers all show Google's "G" logo, but previous reports suggested the... Read more...
If you're a mobile user who has yearned for the day when you'd be able to listen to YouTube videos in the background on your phone, that day have finally arrived. To take advantage of this new functionality, you might want to hop on over to Google's Play Store and grab the newest beta of Chrome. In the latest Chrome 54 beta for Android, Google has opened up the ability to play Web videos in the background, which is perfect for those who just need to listen, not watch, streaming content. While music is likely to be the most common use of this feature, it could also prove valuable to those... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark... Read more...
We've no doubt all listened to a PC "speak" to us at some point in our lives. Today, technologies are advanced enough to make it so that understanding this speech is not an issue, though we're sure many would prefer that solutions sounded less robotic, or so stitched-together.  Google's DeepMind works on developing incredibly smart computers, and one of its projects involves recreating human speech as naturally as possible. You might appreciate the fact that DeepMind has developed its WaveNet model, which improves upon existing solutions by roughly 50%. It still underperforms human speech... Read more...
The last thing you want to do is broadcast your bank or other sensitive login credentials for any Nosy Nellie to see. That's why a properly secured website asking for your confidential information uses encryption. Starting soon, Google's Chrome browser will tattle on websites that fail to secure your passwords and credit card details. There will be a warning when a website using insecure HTTP connections asks for your sensitive data. As it stands, the current version of Chrome (Chrome 53) doesn't explicitly label HTTP connections as non-secure. But beginning in January of next year, Chrome 56 will... Read more...
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