Tag: ProBeat

ProBeat: AI and quantum computing continue to collide

Depending on who you ask, quantum computing is here, not here, and both. A couple things this week reminded me that it doesn’t really matter whether you believe quantum-mechanical phenomena is going to change everything. The mere research into the field is already impacting technology across the board. Binary digits (bits) are the basic units […]

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ProBeat: Samsung reasserts smartphone king status

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event was jam-packed. Even if you don’t look at all the announcements and only concern yourself with phones, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 5G, and Galaxy Fold. Samsung has proven once again that it is the smartphone king. I don’t mean that in terms of […]

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ProBeat: Tech company expansions need to be less arrogant and more transparent

Amazon’s HQ2 beauty contest, which yesterday culminated with the company canceling its New York plans, will be analyzed and disseminated for years. It’s the perfect case study of how not to expand your corporate offices. But Amazon isn’t alone. The New York cancellation completely dwarfed another tidbit of news yesterday from Google’s parent company Alphabet, […]

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ProBeat: If your company uses iOS, it’s time for an internal audit

You’ve certainly heard that Apple this week pulled and reinstated Facebook’s and Google’s enterprise certificates that enable internal use of iOS apps. The backstory is quite the roller-coaster, but the ramifications go well beyond how Facebook and Google run questionable research programs. Does your company rely on iOS apps for critical functions? If so, buckle […]

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ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s column for that). I can, […]

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ProBeat: Use tech to get fit this year

It’s a few days into January, meaning you’re procrastinating from implementing your New Year’s resolution. Maybe you want to get “totally ripped, bro” or simply want to make a habit of leaving your bed/couch/chair trifecta. Regardless of how active you want to get, let technology help. The trick is to find the right combination of […]

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ProBeat: Foldable phones will be niche devices, until they’re not

Foldables, as the new mobile category of devices is likely to be called, have yet to arrive. Sure, we’ve had last year’s dual-screen ZTE Axon M and an early first foldable smartphone last month, but so far we’ve simply been setting the groundwork for 2019 and beyond. Most notably this year, Google added native support for […]

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ProBeat: DxOMark’s Pixel 3 camera score shows AI isn’t enough

When Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL debuted two months ago, our Pixel 3 review concluded that AI is a defining feature of these phones. That said, my colleague Kyle Wiggers followed up with an op-ed noting that Google’s camera decisions on the Pixel 3 suggested AI can’t do everything. The camera rankings DxOMark […]

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ProBeat: I would seriously consider using Chromium Edge

I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium for Edge on desktops. There’s the joke “why do we need a Chromium-powered Edge? To better download Chrome?” but there’s also the reverse point “why even download Chrome if Edge is powered by Chromium?” Yesterday’s news made me think again why I don’t spend more […]

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ProBeat: Twitter’s biggest mistake was giving Donald Trump a pass

Twitter’s stock took a hit yesterday after news resurfaced that Fox News had not tweeted for three weeks. The publication stopped tweeting after activists posted news host Tucker Carlson’s home address on Twitter, which reportedly did not remove it in a timely fashion. Also yesterday, an alt-right activist handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters. This […]

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ProBeat: We can’t get over how human Google Duplex sounds

Watch the above video. Then watch it again, but close your eyes. Listen carefully to the voice making a restaurant reservation. Duplex — Google’s artificially intelligent chat agent that can arrange appointments over the phone — has started rolling out to a “small group” of Google Pixel phone owners in select cities (Atlanta, New York […]

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ProBeat: Amazon’s HQ2 was a perfect bait and switch

In September 2017, Amazon kicked off a frenzy from local governments with its announcement that North America would be blessed with a “second headquarters” (HQ2). City officials across the country have been bending over backward to please Amazon in the hopes of bringing the promised 50,000 jobs to their district. And this week, 14 months […]

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ProBeat: The year OnePlus started ignoring fans

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6T this week. I have mixed feelings about this device. The T-Mobile partnership is a huge win for OnePlus, and yet the Chinese company has stopped listening to its customers. To get the whole picture, we have to look at all of 2018. OnePlus releases two phones per year, and it […]

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ProBeat: Google Maps’ follow feature fixes Android Nearby Notifications

Google this week killed a feature. Nothing new, right? Stay with me. Google this week also announced a new feature. On Wednesday, Google showed off that Google Maps will now let Android users follow businesses and get updates from them. On Thursday, Google killed Android Nearby Notifications so users can no longer get updates when […]

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ProBeat: Facebook’s Portal is dead on arrival

Facebook last week unveiled its Portal and Portal+ smart speakers that can follow you around at home while you’re on a video call. While that alone was a shit product idea from a company like Facebook, that shit has been hitting the fan ever since. The devices are expected to ship in early November, but […]

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ProBeat: Hey Google, was Daydream just a dream?

Google’s annual October hardware event was odd for several reasons this year, presumably because so much news leaked out early and the company clearly reshuffled the whole presentation. The devices that were announced came out all at once, and other news was left for after the keynote. But there was also plenty that wasn’t announced, […]

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ProBeat: Your Phone wins the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

At its “A moment of your time” event in New York City this week, Microsoft started rolling out its sixth free update to Windows 10. You can download it manually now or wait until Windows Update deems your PC ready. Either way, the update’s best part is the Your Phone app. Your Phone is part […]

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ProBeat: Oculus Connect 5 taught me Facebook Live still sucks

As part of our Oculus Connect 5 coverage this week, we sent Dean Takahashi to the event in San Jose, California while the broader VentureBeat team supported him remotely by watching the livestream. Unfortunately, just like last year, Oculus chose Facebook Live. And just like last year, it was a poor experience. The day one […]

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