Tag: Media

AI Weekly: Why Google still needs the cloud even with on-device ML

Google held its big annual hardware event Tuesday in New York to unveil the Pixel 4, Nest Mini, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wifi, and Pixel Buds. It was mostly predictable because details about virtually every piece of hardware the company revealed at the event were leaked months in advance, but if Google’s biggest hardware event of […]

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ProBeat: Google’s Pixel 4 ups the AI ante to offline language models

Google’s Pixel phones are the company’s preferred way of showcasing its AI chops to consumers. Pixel phones consistently set the phone camera bar thanks to Google’s AI prowess. But many of the AI features have nothing to do with the camera. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL unveiled this week at the Made by […]

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Hands-on: Roku’s Apple TV app helped me cut the cord — from Apple

Like virtually every Apple TV customer, I truly wanted Apple to succeed with its TV-tethered set top box — an enabling device for early cable TV “cord cutters.” I bought into the vision back in 2007 when it took the form of a stripped down $299 Mac computer, went along for the ride when it […]

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Electronic Theatre brings immersive group gaming to physical rooms

A London-based startup is creating immersive gaming experiences where friends can participate together in the real-world. Electronic Theatre has custom-built rooms (LightBoxes) that are 200 square-feet in size, and which use touchscreens, motion-tracking, surround sound, and projection mapping to beam interactive games from floor-to-ceiling across four walls. Teams of up to six people can choose […]

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Mark Zuckerberg on why the world needs Facebook and the ‘Fifth Estate’

In a speech today at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics in Washington D.C., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referred to social media platforms that allow average people to express themselves as a kind of “fifth estate” that’s integral to modern society. “The future depends on all of us, and whether you like Facebook […]

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Netflix shares jump as subscribers grow ahead of Disney and Apple war

(Reuters) — Netflix added slightly more paying subscribers than Wall Street expected in the third quarter, a relief to investors who had worried the company might fall short just as Disney and Apple prepare to ramp up the streaming video wars. The results for July through September represented a rebound from the previous quarter when […]

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Automattic nabs Vivint CFO to chase steep revenue growth

Fresh from its gargantuan $300 million series D funding round, Automattic has announced that it has hired a new chief financial officer (CFO) as part of a plan to transform into a company that generates “tens of billions” of dollars in revenue. The WordPress.com parent company has lured Mark Davies away from his CFO role at […]

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Google and Reddit defend law protecting tech companies from liability for user-generated content

(Reuters) — A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet’s Google unit and social media site Reddit said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and legal experts are due to face questions on Wednesday in […]

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Google’s Pixelbook Go team focused on fixing bugs instead of adding features

Google’s freshly unveiled Chrome OS clamshell, the Pixelbook Go, won’t ship with much new software. That’s because the team spent outsize time ensuring its existing features worked without issue, according to Google senior director of product management Matt Vokoun and senior product marketing manager Tom Kim. “We really focused this year on stability, quality, and […]

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Why Google balked at Wi-Fi 6 for its Nest Wifi devices

Although the new Nest Wifi Router and Wifi Point are welcome upgrades to Google’s home wireless network offerings, bringing Google Assistant to a reasonably affordable mesh network, they don’t use Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6, the mercifully spartan moniker for the 802.11ax standard, holds a great deal of promise for the future of networking, yet Google […]

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL specs: What Google changed

At its hardware event in New York City today, Google announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, succeeding the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively. The headphone jack is still missing, but at least the notch is gone. Preorders begin today, and the devices will begin shipping on October 24. Before you get […]

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Google’s Nest Aware pricing plans and Home Feed tie the smart home together

At the Made By Google event in New York today, Google announced a raft of new devices for the home, including a Nest Mini, Nest Wi-Fi Router and access point, Pixel Buds, and Pixelbook Go, as well as the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. But with more smart home devices and more features […]

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Next-gen Google Assistant works in near real time, offers speech transcription

A faster, near real-time Google Assistant made its debut at a hardware event held today in New York, where the flagship Pixel 4 smartphone was also debuted. The next-generation Google Assistant can be used to open apps and deliver automated speech transcription from voice recordings, as well as using multi-turn dialogue to respond to multiple […]

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Google unveils Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL with gesture recognition and dual rear cameras

At an event this morning in New York City, Google took the wraps off of latest additions to its four-year-old Pixel smartphone portfolio: the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. They’re the successors to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively, and there’s little to distinguish them from each other beyond variations in size, […]

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Google debuts Nest Mini with wall mount and dedicated ML chip

Google Nest today introduced the second-generation version of Nest Mini, its smallest and most popular smart speaker. The Nest Home Mini comes with a wall mount, better bass, and a dedicated machine learning chip so machine learning can run locally on device. The speaker will cost $49 and goes on sale October 22 in 23 […]

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Google unveils Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point with Google Assistant

If you’re in the market for a new router, good news: Google just announced a replacement for its long-in-the-tooth Google Wifi. The new Nest Wifi Router and Nest Wifi Point, which debuted at an event in New York City this morning, are a mesh-capable wireless router and beacon set meant to compete with Amazon’s Eero, […]

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Google unveils Pixelbook Go for $649

Google announced the Pixelbook Go this morning at the Made by Google event in New York City, a follow-up to the original Pixelbook that’s improved in nearly every respect. Among the highlights are an all-metal body with a premium finish and Intel processors under the hood, plus a screen up to 4K in resolution complemented […]

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Roku brings Apple TV app with Apple TV+ support to over 25 devices

Following the January announcements of deals between Apple and several TV makers to bring AirPlay 2 streaming support to multiple 2018 and 2019 smart TVs, Roku and Apple today announced the release of a dedicated Apple TV app for some Roku devices — only the second non-Apple platform to support streaming of Apple’s iTunes video […]

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