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Wearable cameras are convenient and useful, but their video quality is often limited by their size. A team of researchers at the University Washington recently developed a new HD video streaming method that does not require a battery. Their "backscatter" technology leverages existing ambient RF waves as a power source and then selectively reflects these same RF waves to encode its own signal. This technique will allow wearable cameras to remain lightweight but be able to stream HD videos. Image from Dennis Wise, University of Washington Marketing and Communications Visual Media Producer Most streaming... Read more...
Google is experimenting with a refreshed look to its Chrome Canary browser that is representative of its Material Design 2 UI, and if you are rocking a Windows PC, you can catch a glimpse of it right now. All you have to do is download and install the latest Chrome Canary build, and enable a flag that lets you choose between different UI layouts for the top section, which mainly alters the way tabs look. We tried it ourselves and took a screenshot, as shown above. Notice how the tabs have rounded corners, versus more blocky looking isosceles trapezoids. This is reflective of Google more broadly... Read more...
Multiple Gmail users awoke Sunday morning to find that a bunch of spam that appeared to be sent from their accounts. The spam messages from their accounts were found in the sent items folder, but these weren’t emails that the users had sent themselves leaving many to think their accounts had been hacked. One user who found sent spam in his account wrote on the Google help forums, "My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recongnize[sic]. I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again... Read more...
Time sure does fly when you're having fun. The Project Fi MVNO wireless service just turned three years old today, and to celebrate, Google is offering a nice discount on its flagship Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Sure, we've seen some excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-based flagships from the likes of Samsung and Sony so far this year, but few smartphones give you the clean, unblemished Android UI that comes with the Pixel 2 family. Today only you can purchase a 64GB Pixel 2 XL on Project Fi for $699 or the 128GB model for $799. These prices represent a $150 savings... Read more...
The world is up in arms its seems of late, over the amount of data that social media websites like Facebook track and accumulate on their users. This came to the forefront with the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that Facebook has been in hot water over for months. With so much focus on Facebook, many have begun to wonder what other websites and services millions of internet users visit every day are collecting hordes of data on us. Google, however, with its far-reaching web data harvesting powers may be even more responsible for hoarding information on its users. British web tabloid The Sun has an... Read more...
Google's Project Zero team has discovered a 'medium' security vulnerability that primarily affects Windows 10 S, a stripped down version of Windows 10 that is "streamlined for security and superior performance." While it does not appear to present a major threat to users—remote code execution is not possible in this instance, for example—part of what's interesting here is the ongoing tug-of-war between Project Zero and companies whose products have flaws. Project Zero, you might recall, is the same division of Google that made public Meltdown and Spectre. Under normal conditions, Project... Read more...
Google has done a lot of good things with Android, which would explain why it is the most widely used mobile operating system on the planet. However, most would agree that the built-in messaging service in Android is not exactly great, as it is less featured and less secure than Apple's iMessage. In an effort to to close the gap, or at least narrow it, Google is working on a new messaging service that is simply called Chat. Chat is different that SMS and other third-party services like WhatsApp, which are over-the-top (OTT) services. In addition, with Chat users will not have to download a messaging... Read more...
Over the coming days and weeks, Google will push out a new build of its Chrome browser that will introduce several fixes and improvements. Perhaps the most welcome change included in Chrome version 66 is a new feature that mutes sound when a website automatically plays a video. This is one of the biggest annoyances on the web, especially if you leave the volume on your PC or mobile device turned up, and it's nice to see Google taking action. This is a feature that Google has been working on for a long time, and initially planned to roll out earlier. Instead, it previously implemented the ability... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has been around for decades, though more recently tech companies have been ramping up their efforts to bolster AI and expand the category into new fields. There is no doubt that many of tomorrow's products and services will leverage AI to some extent. In an effort to promote this way of thinking, Google this week announced updated kits for its AIY Projects initiative that now include Raspberry Pi WH hardware. Google launched AIY Projects last year to help makers jump on the AI bandwagon, with two do-it-yourself kits that continue to see demand, especially from the STEM audience... Read more...
One of the reasons the Essential Phone did not perform better in terms of sales is because it launched at $699, putting it in competition with premium handsets from established players. It was just too pricey, despite an overall decent collection of hardware and features. Now the price is a lot more enticing—Amazon is selling the handset for $399.99, making it a pretty good deal for what you get in return. This is an unlocked handset with a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge Quad HD display, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip. Granted, the Snapdragon 845 has replaced the previously generation... Read more...
Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute claim to have discovered thousands of free Android apps on Google Play that track the location of children, serve up targeted ads to kids, and perform other functions that are potentially in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The researchers published their findings in a study (PDF) titled, "'Won't Somebody Think of the Children'? Examining COPPA Compliance at Scale." "Based on our automated analysis of 5,855 of the most popular free children's apps, we found that a majority are potentially in violation... Read more...
There's still a lot we don't know about Google's upcoming Android P release, but thanks to an inadvertent leak on Google's own blog, speculation about certain minor details has now exploded. It looks like the Home button icon has turned into a pill, the back button into an outline, and the dialog boxes now have curved edges. In a blog post talking about network security improvements in Android P, a screenshot left in tact revealed all of the things mentioned above, as well as a couple of other aesthetic changes. Since publishing, Google cropped out some of the screenshot, which could either mean... Read more...
Google is working hard to improve natural language understanding and one of the key areas that is being used to improve that understanding is the development of word vectors. A word vector allows machine learning algorithms to understand the relationship between words based on actual language usage. This has led to Semantic Experiences such as Talk to Books that Google unveiled this week. The tech is similar to what Google uses in Smart Reply for Gmail. Talk to Books is a new way to explore books that starts at a sentence level. This allows you to enter a sentence or ask a question and... Read more...
In-car infotainment systems powered by Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are increasingly being found in new vehicles, and customers often weigh that support heavily when choosing a vehicle to purchase. Up until this point, all versions of Android Auto have required a physical connection with your car via a USB cable to function. However, Android Auto over Wi-Fi is finally ready for primetime. Both JVC and Kenwood currently have Android Auto-compatible head units that support Wi-Fi connectivity, but software support wasn't enabled on Google's side. That changes with Android... Read more...
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