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Google has been promising to upgrade its cloud platform with NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, and now it has gone and done it. The upgraded hardware is available to customers in beta form, while NVIDIA's K80 GPUs are now generally available to customers. Google also announced the introduction of sustained use discounts (automatic discounts for running a VM instance for a significant portion of the month) on both the K80 and P100 GPUs. NVIDIA's P100 GPUs are based on the company's Pascal architecture, the same as found in GeForce GTX 10 series of consumer graphics cards. Google's pitch is that the switch... Read more...
News broke Wednesday morning that HTC had suspended trading ahead of a major business announcement, and now we're learning the details of this blockbuster move. While Google is definitely the other party in this new venture, it's not exactly the arrangement that was rumored earlier this month. Google announced that it will give HTC a $1.1 billion cash infusion in exchange for some key members of the company's smartphone team. According to Google, many of these HTC employees have already gotten a taste of the “Googler” life as they have been involved in the development of its flagship Pixel family... Read more...
The cat was first let out of the bag earlier this month that Motorola would bring the Moto X4 to the United States as the country's first Android One device. Today, Google confirmed that news and announced that the Moto X4 will be available via its Project Fi wireless service. What makes this Android One Moto X4 different is the fact that it runs the Android One operating system, which Google says offers a "pure Android experience". You won't find any extra Motorola software installed on the device, nor will you find any bloatware Although the Android One Moto X4 will come from the factory with... Read more...
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been making headlines recently for his rather dire predictions regarding the future of artificial intelligence. The tech mogul fears that AI may advance to the point where it could turn on its human "handlers" and could even spark World War III if left unchecked. However, Google search and AI chief John Giannandrea feels that Musk's apprehension and warnings about doomsday scenarios are way overblown. While speaking at the Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week, Giannandrea shot down Musk's proclamations while not actually invoking his name (although we... Read more...
There have been rumors that Google is considering a buyout of HTC, a longtime supporter of the company's Android operating system for mobile device. Those rumors are picking up steam on the heels of the Taiwanese Stock Exchange (TWSE) announcing plans to halt trading in share of HTC "pending the release of material information." Reading between the lines, it seems TWSE wants HTC and Google to either confirm or deny the rumors. "The company will apply for resumption of trading after the release of material information," TWSE stated, noting that the temporary halt of trading in HTC shares will begin... Read more...
If you want in on some virtual reality action, one of the cheapest ways to do it is by getting a headset that holds your existing smartphone. Google has just such a headset with the currently available Daydream View that began shipping back in December of last year. It appears that Google is soon set to drop an update to that original headset. The new headset is said to still be called the Daydream View and like that original, this one will hold your smartphone rather than being a standalone VR headset or needing a PC to operate. While the original Daydream View was covered in a material that felt... Read more...
We've seen plenty of leaks regarding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL over the past few months, but this might be the most fruitful of them all. We have what are claimed to be images of both new flagship Android Oreo devices. According to Droid-Life, the Pixel 2 XL (not Pixel XL 2 as it has previously been referenced), will be available in two different color options. The first is black, while the second is primarily white, with a black glass panel on the upper backplate. Overall, the design of the smartphone adheres very closely to what we saw with the Pixel and Pixel XL. This time around, however,... Read more...
Earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard launched the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education, which is quite a mouthful to say we might add. The rugged little device was designed to take punishment from unrelenting school children, and HP now feels that the convertible has the chops to make it in the mainstream consumer market. The device makes the transition with minimal changes, although we're proud to announce that it has a much simpler name this time around: Chromebook x360. Like its education-centric counterpart, the Chromebook x360 is powered by a dual-core Celeron N3350 processor that is paired up with... Read more...
One of the most annoying things about Gmail for many users has been its inability to hyperlink addresses ad phone numbers. When you received an email with an address or phone number, you had to copy and paste that data into your dialer or Google Maps. In a small victory for users, Google has announced that Gmail has received a new update that will eliminate that cutting and pasting, helping to streamline your workflow. Gmail is now converting phone numbers and addresses into interactive hyperlinks when detected. Email addresses are also being converted as well, making it easy to email people... Read more...
Google is taking another step towards making the web browsing experience a more pleasant one, as it pertains to videos that annoyingly fire up automatically on some sites. Earmarked for a future build of its Chrome browser is the disabling of autoplay for videos that are accompanied by sound, Google announced in Chromium blog post. The idea is to make "autoplay more consistent with user expectations" while giving users more control over audio. The feature update will roll out with Chrome 64. Websites will still be allowed to automatically play videos, but only if the media is not accompanied by... Read more...
Although we had previously penciled in October 5th as the debut date for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, Google has confirmed both phones will actually debut on October 4th. This new date was first confirmed in a billboard that was spotted in Boston, and Google just confirmed the date in a YouTube video (if you recall, Google launched the original Pixel and Pixel XL on October 4th, 2016). Although the teaser video gives absolutely no details on what its next generation smartphones will look like, it does present a number of rhetorical questions that users ask about their current smartphones,... Read more...
Google is taking an interesting strategy with its next generation Pixel devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. Around this time last month, a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that HTC is the manufacturer behind the Pixel 2. Now we have learned that LG is producing the Pixel XL 2 rather than HTC, which was also confirmed by an FCC filing. Both phones have not yet been formally announced.This time around the FCC filing is quite as fleshed out as the last one. However, it does provide some goodies. The filing lists the FCC ID as ZNFG011C, which is a combination of LG's... Read more...
Hurricane Harvey decimated the Houston, Texas area with many people losing everything they own. It is still a true disaster area and many people are still wading through flooded areas. Google wants to do its part to help those hurricane victims using its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to communicate regularly with loved ones and emergency assistance if needed. Google has announced that it will be offering free repairs of Pixel and Pixel XL devices that were damaged by flood waters for owners in the Houston area. Google is working with uBreakiFix to repair the devices; this is the same company that... Read more...
If you are one of the many folks who have the PC or Mac Google Drive app on your desktop for easily sharing and saving files, that software is being deprecated. As of September 26 a new offering called Drive File Stream will be available for all users and will completely replace the Google Drive desktop application. Drive File Stream was launched to early adopters in March and is a new desktop app that gives users fast access to their Google Drive files on demand right from their computer. Google says that will allow you to use virtually none of your local drive space and spend less time waiting... Read more...
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