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Lest there be any doubt to Google's mindset as a company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said that artificial intelligence is more important than electricity or fire.Google also recently rebranded its Google Research division 'Google AI' to better reflect its commitment to one of the biggest fields in technology at the moment. AI development has seemingly endless implications, and one that Google is particularly interested in applies to healthcare. Specifically, the company's Medical Brain team developed an algorithm that can assess health risks, including how likely a patient is to die. This... Read more...
Android fans in the market for a new phone may want to check out the deal that Best Buy has going right now on the Pixel 2 XL. The electronics retail giant is offering the Pixel 2 XL 64GB smartphone in black or black/white for $18.74 per month via Verizon. That is a total savings of $400 and the deal breaks down in part with an instant credit on the purchase and bill credits on your monthly service plan. Best Buy is offering a $200 instant discount that combines with a discount of $8.33 per month on your carrier bill as a credit each month for 24 months, meaning users pay $18.74 monthly for the... Read more...
Android users who favor Android Messages as their default messaging application will be thrilled to hear that Google has begun the rollout of desktop browser support. That means that text messages can be sent and read on the PC. The rollout of the new feature will be staggered throughout the remainder of the week. The web version of Android Messages will support text, images, and stickers giving the full experience from the desktop. The process for using the web version requires users to hit up the Android Messages website where you will find a QR code that creates a link between the smartphone... Read more...
One of the most highly anticipated Android phones of 2018 is no doubt the Pixel 3 family, which will usher in Google's Android P operating system. The first-generation Pixel and Pixel 2 phones dazzled with their excellent system performance and stunning cameras, and we expect no less with the Pixel 3 lineup. The latest leak, which comes courtesy of Ice Universe, seemingly confirms that the Pixel 3 XL will continue to feature just a single camera on the rear of the device. Ice universe posted an image of a third-party case that shows rear cutouts for the single camera, LED flash and fingerprint... Read more...
Virtual reality (VR) content used to be hard to procure, but that's hardly the case nowadays. VR is both growing in popularity and becoming cheaper and easier than ever to capture. The biggest problem at the moment for the end-user isn't so much the hardware, but the software. For such a young ecosystem, there's still much work to be done to make editing VR as seamless as any other type of video. To help folks who are supporting Google's VR180 format along, the company has just released a tool for macOS and Linux (Windows will surely come soon) that allows users to plug their VR180 raw content... Read more...
Google has been able to train its various DeepMind AIs to do some very cool things. The AlphaZero AI was able to destroy the highly acclaimed Stockfish chess program over a 100-game match, winning 28 of the matches outright and tying the other 72 matches for a no loss record. DeepMind certainly isn’t the only AI that has performed some cool and impressive feats, however. With respect to a pure gaming venue, EA has developed an AI that is able to successfully battle human players in Battlefield 1. And yet another AI, inspired by the human visual cortex, was recently demonstrated as having... Read more...
When Google launched the new Pixelbook back in October 2017, there was no denying the svelte and sexy style of the device. The problem for many was that the little rig was $999 and only ran Chrome OS, which for many was a deal breaker. Google later made the device a testing ground for the Fuchsia OS. A new rumor is floating around that if true may finally put the sleek Pixelbook on the must-have list for your typical computer user. A new report claims that Google is working to get the Pixelbook certified for Windows 10. The rumor claims that mentions of the Microsoft Windows Hardware Certification... Read more...
It looks as though we've finally scored some real life, hands-on photos of Google's upcoming Android P flagship. The Google Pixel 3 XL has been highly anticipated and these new photos confirm many of the rumors that we've heard about the device over the past few months. Two images originally leaked, showing the device from the front and the back. The front shot showed that the smartphone has dual cameras up front along with a narrow and deep notch at the top center of the 6.2-inch display. This particular prototype is confirmed to have 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage -- we also expect... Read more...
The final release of Android P is just around the bend at this point. We know this because Google has released the second beta of Android P, noting that it includes the final APIs for the next major release of its mobile operating system, along with the latest system images and updated developer tools. On top of that, Google said very plainly that the consumer release of Android is "coming later in the summer." Android P beta 2 arrives four weeks after Google pushed out the first beta at its Google I/O event in Mountain View, California. It can be installed on both generations of Pixel devices... Read more...
Motorola knows a thing or two about long battery life in smartphones, especially when leveraging its mods, and specifically its Battery Moto Mod. Well, that is again the case with the introduction of the Moto Z3 Play. Motorola's newest Z device takes aim at the mid-range of the mobile market mixed with premium features and mod support, including a battery mod that extends battery life up to 40 hours. Customizing your smartphone to match your own wants and needs is more accessible thanks to Moto Z3 Play + Moto Mod bundles. Whether you’re looking for more power—up to 40 hours of combined... Read more...
Amazon and Google are massive tech giants, for vastly different reasons. Google is the leading search engine provider, a smartphone platform juggernaut, and huge advertising machine, while Amazon is the largest e-tailer in the world and a cloud services powerhouse, though Google is coming up strong. Though they are different animals, these two companies find themselves locked in heated battle with their respective Google Home and Amazon Echo devices; a battle for AI dominance that could determine who will ultimately control a good chunk of the Smart Home market. The Smart Home market has massive... Read more...
2018 has already seen the release of quite a few admirable flagship smartphones from a variety of OEMs. However, the second half of 2018 could prove to be just as fruitful with new flagships on the way from Google in the form of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Today we're getting just a little bit more info on the displays that will be used on the two smartphones. According to well-respected leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks), the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature 5.3-inch and 6.2-inch displays respectively. The former will have a traditional display, while the latter will feature a... Read more...
Virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have been growing in popularity in recent years as more and more devices gain support for the assistants. This growth is coming despite some significant privacy issues with Alexa recently, notably when the Amazon Alexa device recorded a private conversation and sent it to a random contact on the device. Amazon came back with a convoluted answer as to how that breach of privacy happened and vowed to make it so this couldn't happen again. The image below shows a screenshot claimed to be of a coming Xbox One build that offers users the ability... Read more...
It appears that the naysayers have won out this time at Google with regards to its involvement in Project Maven, a Department of Defense program involving aerial drones used in military operations. Google has reportedly decided against renewing its contract with the Pentagon after facing immense backlash both inside and outside of the company. At a meeting with employees on Friday dubbed the "Weather Report", Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene broke the news saying that Google will not renew its contract once it expires in 2019. The meeting, which were first reported by Gizmodo,... Read more...
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