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Google Maps is now better than it was a month, week, or even a day ago. In a blog post, Google outlined some changes it made made to its maps program, including updates to Google Maps' driving, navigation, transit, and explore maps to better highlight the information it believes is most relevant to each experience, such as gas stations for navigation, train stations for transit, and so forth. "The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule... Read more...
Essential Phone owners are about to enter an elite club. The Essential team announced on Twitter that a beta version of Android 8.0, otherwise known as Oreo, is available to download and install, though only through side-loading. An over-the-air (OTA) update is not yet available, however the final Oreo release for Essential Phone will be delivered that way, presumably sometime soon. According to the release notes, biting into the beta Oreo release could result in increased battery drain when Bluetooth is enabled. Essential also warned that the beta build may break Android Auto functionality on... Read more...
We often hear about the eventual robot uprising, especially when it comes to the advances being made in artificial intelligence. Bright minds like Tesla co-founder Elon Musk and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban warn of the potential downsides, hinting at a possible Skynet scenario playing out in real life. But if you ask Ray Kurzweil, and AI expert and futurist who works at Google, what his thoughts are on the subject, he will tell you that we have never had it so good than we do know. That, and we will be cyborgs within the next couple of decades. More on that in a moment. During a question-and-answer... Read more...
As part of a recent case study, Google teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley, to better understand how hijackers attempt to take over email and social networking accounts. As any thirty-something who grew up watching G.I. Joe cartoons can attest, knowing is half the battle. So, after learning the most common methods for hijacking, Google has some tips on how Gmail users can protect their accounts from outside threats. Hijacking is a common problem, with more 15 percent of Internet users having reported experiencing the takeover of an email or social networking account. From March... Read more...
T-Mobile is trying a new tactic to win over customers, and it does not revolve around snarky Twitter posts this time (you gotta love T-Mobile boss John Legere, right?). The wireless carrier is hoping to attract customers by getting into the connected home security game. It has partnered with Google to offer a Nest security pack, launching tomorrow at T-Mobile stores across the nation, with a monthly fee. For $240 down and $10 per month for 24 months on T-Mobiles Equipment Installment Plan (total comes to $480), customers who opt for the Nest security bundle receive the necessary hardware, including... Read more...
The Black Friday ads keep rolling in, giving you plenty of time to formulate a shopping strategy. One of the newest ads to land is from Walmart. The massive retail chain will have discounts on a wide assortment of items, including some nice deals on 4K resolution televisions, and game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4. Sadly, Nintendo's Switch will not be marked down, but it will be in stock, at least initially.If you're after a 4K TV, one of the better deals is a Sharp 55-inch 4K Smart TV (LC-55P6000U) with high dynamic range (HDR) support for just $298. Walmart... Read more...
A fake WhatsApp application was downloaded more than 1 million times from Google's Play Store before it was finally removed, and that should serve as a wake-up call that Google needs to do a better job vetting its submissions. In this case, the malicious app slipped through the cracks by spoofing the legitimate version, both in appearance (it initially used the same icon) and the developer field. The malicious version was spotted by Nikolaos Chrysaidos, a security researcher at Avast, one of the better known antivirus companies (particularly in the realm of free AV). According to Chrysaidos, the... Read more...
Google has been addressing several issues that have surfaced with its Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones since their introduction. One of the issues with the larger XL device was that some complained that the colors on screen weren't as vibrant as they were on other devices with similar screens. Google came back and stated that it had created the phone to offer more natural colors, but admitted that some prefer the more vivid hues. A new update has been issued that adds three color profiles, a big upgrade to the single "vivid colors" profile that the smartphone originally shipped with. The new... Read more...
Are you in the market for a new smartphone? Perhaps you're looking to replace a long-serving Google Nexus 5 or a Samsung Galaxy S6. Google is looking to make your search for a new smartphone easier and make you a better-informed consumer thanks to a new tool that was uncovered late last week. The new feature, which is incorporated into Google search, allows you to compare two smartphones side-by-side using a simple phrase. Let's say that you want to compare all the pertinent details of the Apple iPhone X against the Google Pixel 2 XL; you would simply type in "iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL" -- without... Read more...
Waymo's legal battle with Uber over autonomous driving technology just got a little bit trickier to navigate for the Alphabet-owned company. Adding to a growing list of unfavorable rulings for Waymo, a federal judge in San Francisco threw out key testimony from the company's damages expert, Michael Wagner, making it more difficult to prove allegations that Uber stole trade secrets related to self-driving vehicle technology. The judge also denied a trade-secret theft claim, along with one of the defendants in the case, ultimately making it more difficult for Waymo to prove that Uber engaged in misconduct... Read more...
One of the fastest growing fields in technology right now is artificial intelligence. We see AI being employed in various different categories, everything from digital assistants and video games, to autonomous vehicles and robotics. Be that as it may, Eric Schmidt, Chair of Google's parent company Alphabet, believes the United States needs a national strategy for developing AI to avoid falling behind."If you believe [AI] is important, as I believe, then we need to get our act together as a country," Schimdt said during a question and answer session at an event organized by the Center for New American... Read more...
Two of the best Android smartphones on the market will be betting an update to Android 8.0 Oreo in the not-too-distant future. We are talking about Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, both of which are still saddled with Nougat, though not for long. For those who want to get an early look at Oreo, Samsung today announced it is part of the Samsung Experience 9.0 beta that is rolling out. The new beta is being made available to select customers participating in Samsung's Galaxy beta program. Initially, Samsung is rolling out the newest beta version what used to be called TouchWiz, and is now... Read more...
If you're a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ owner and have been looking longingly from the sidelines as Google Pixel and Nexus users are chomping down on crunchy Android 8.0 Oreo goodness, your time will soon come. Samsung just recently updated its license agreement and FAQ for the Galaxy Beta Program, both of which reference Android 8.0 Oreo. For U.S. users, in order to participate in the Galaxy Beta Program, you will need to download the Samsung Plus app. You will need to register for or sign-in to your Samsung account in order to complete this process. According to Samsung, both the Galaxy S8... Read more...
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are both equipped a custom-designed co-processor that enables advanced image processing and machine learning capabilities. Called "Pixel Visual Core," this is one of the selling points of Google's newest phones, only it is not yet enabled. Google originally planned to flip the switch in its Android 8.1 Oreo Developer Preview 1 (DP1), and while that did not happen, developers will be able to try it out with the next preview release. "If your app uses the camera APIs and you have a Pixel 2 device, you'll be able try an early version of Pixel Visual Core starting in Developer... Read more...
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