Waymo, Google’s self-driving car program, has launched a taxi service. Available only in Arizona as of this writing, Waymo One works just like a ride sharing service like Uber, except the “driver” just there in case of emergency, and the car is fully autonomous.
Google’s big tablet features a 12.3″ 3000×2000 LCD display, stereo speakers, and runs Chrome OS, so you can enjoy a desktop environment right out of the box. It has two USB-C ports that support 4K output, and an optional keyboard cover. It comes in 4 CPU configs, up to a Core i7.
Google’s latest smartphones have a new 12MP sensor and new software features for its historically excellent camera system. It also has an AI-powered call screening feature that will answer calls for you. The Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL also now have wireless charging.
Google’s AI is getting really, really real. Check out this clip from Google I/O ’18 where CEO Sundar Pichai shows off Google Assistant’s future Duplex capability – which can actually call and make an appointment on your behalf, complete with human conversational skills.
Google pays tribute to one of the first artists of moving pictures, George Méliès, the man behind A Trip to the Moon, among other early films. This charming 360º video which uses animation to commemorate the life and creativity of a true innovator and artist.
Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.
The Pixel 2 and 2 XL have a 12MP f/1.8 rear camera with both optical and electronic image stabilization, an OLED screen – 5″ 1080p on the Pixel 2 and 6″ 1440p on the 2 XL – and will be the first Android phones to have Google Lens, an object recognition feature.
There are about 2 billion active Android devices across the entire price spectrum. And that means Google is making bank. Business Casual tracks the origin of the operating system that revolutionized the mobile phone market, with a bit of help from Apple.
Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence algorithms recently were used in an experiment where a stick figure learned to walk all by itself. But Andreas Almström couldn’t leave well enough alone, and added appropriately disturbing sound effects to the silent video.
One of Google’s lesser known products is this 55″ 4K digital whiteboard, designed to make brainstorming ideas across the globe easier, faster, and more fun. The Verge went hands on with this cool new collaboration tool. The initial software seems imperfect, but it’s still slick.
“Google Maps is for finding your way. Google Earth is about getting lost.” Nat & Friends spoke with the Google Earth team to find out how they get images, how they process those into 3D imagery, and what insights one can glean from continuously taking pictures of our planet.
A winner of Android Japan’s Experiments: Object contest. Kosho Tsuboi’s Magic Calendar is a large digital calendar. Tsuboi’s prototype uses a low reflection display, but he hopes that in the future there will be an E-ink display that looks and feels like paper.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
Voice assistants like Siri and Alexa have a handful of funny Easter eggs, but Google Home’s assistant has a seemingly endless repertoire of comedy in her bag of tricks. David Chen shares a bunch of her cringeworthy one-liners. It takes nearly 8 min before it repeats.
Vizio’s speakers let you create a multi-room audio system with ease. In addition to Bluetooth, they offer Google Cast streaming from apps via Wi-Fi. The 2.1 Crave Pro is ideal on a bookshelf, while the rechargeable Crave 360 is perfect for parties, with 360º sound.
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