Tag: ProBeat

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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ProBeat: Amazon is throwing Alexa at the wall to see what sticks

Amazon’s Alexa event yesterday had a stupid amount of announcements, no matter how you count them. The number of new products was in the double digits, as was the quantity of new Alexa features, and the company kicked it all off by saying it had 70 things to announce. It was overkill, to say the […]

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ProBeat: Google’s duplicated services will break your heart

Google this week revealed it is killing Inbox by Gmail in March 2019 and killing Fabric in mid-2019. Both announcements were made on Apple’s iPhone day, largely burying the news. Coincidence? I think not! (In all seriousness, I’m sure Google wants to get the message out that these services are going away. Still, it’s an […]

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ProBeat: I’m sorry for intrusive ads

As always, I considered writing about a lot of topics for my column this week. I wanted to talk about Chrome’s 10-year anniversary, how many smartphone cameras is too many smartphone cameras, or that Jack seems eerily quiet about Twitter finally banning Alex Jones. Instead, I feel I have to say something about this: VentureBeat […]

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ProBeat: Don’t get FOMO over AI

Companies of all shapes and sizes descended on Mill Valley, California this week to discuss and learn from each other about using artificial intelligence at VentureBeat’s inaugural Transform 2018 conference. Everyone had a story to tell, pitches to make, and insights to share. While the general consensus was positive — everyone wants to say they […]

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ProBeat: Of course Google is tracking you

Google tracks your every move. But you already knew that — even if you’ve never explicitly thought about it. The notion is completely understandable and explainable, for it is in Google’s interest to do so, and Google users frankly don’t care. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Google records your movements, courtesy of Android […]

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