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Sony just announced a new Aibo robot dog – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

As rumored, AIBO is back. After more than a decade away, Sony has decided to resurrect its iconic robot pet brand with a brand new model simply called “Aibo” (model number ERS-1000). Sony claims the new Aibo “can form an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” It uses ultra-compact actuators that allow its body…

Google made hardware to replace your office’s horrible video call system – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Google is trying to make video conferencing less awful by designing its own speaker-mic and other hardware that works with Google Calendar. It’s bundled together a touchscreen controller, a speaker-mic, a camera, and an Asus Chromebox that work in sync to let offices coordinate meetings. The 10.1-inch touchscreen controller lets you join events scheduled on Google Calendar and look up meeting details. You can also pin or mute team members,…

Why Facebook, Twitter and Google are suddenly taking Russian meddling very seriously – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

At first, the Internet giants downplayed the role they played in Russia’s election meddling. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg famously said it was “crazy” to think fake news influenced the campaign. Twitter said it can’t be the arbiter of truth. And Google only recently revealed Russian agents bought ads to spread disinformation after saying there was no evidence of the sort. But by Tuesday, when faced with a sobering appearance before…

Fast Pair is Android’s answer to Apple’s effortless AirPods pairing – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Apple users are quickly growing accustomed to effortless wireless pairing between the iPhone (or Mac computers) and AirPods, but Google has been working on something that should remove at least some frustration from connecting Bluetooth gadgets to Android phones. Some speakers and headphones let you speed up the pairing process with NFC, which is pretty convenient, but now devices running Android 6.0 and above will get yet another, even better…

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) review: total immersion – The Verge – The Verge

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A decade after its release, the Kindle is a curiosity. Tablets — including some made by Amazon — have long since outstripped the e-reader in power and features. A low-end tablet does 10 times as much as a high-end e-reader, for one-fifth of the price. And yet, each year, Amazon introduces a new twist to the Kindle line, pushing the device a little closer to perfection. The Kindle Oasis, which…

What Qualcomm Chips Do and Why Apple Ditching Them Would Be Important – Fortune

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Apple and Qualcomm have spent the year battling over billions of dollars of patent royalty payments owed by the iPhone maker through its contract manufacturers. Now Apple, Qualcomm’s biggest customer, is reportedly moving to stop using any of Qualcomm’s wireless chips. So what’s at stake for two of the largest and most profitable mobile market players? And will carriers, other phone makers, and consumers be collateral damage in the fight?…

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers – TechCrunch

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a Congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. The hearing saw Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch dodge whether Facebook supports the new Honest Ads bill, instead…

Why Apple earnings could be a ‘sell the news’ event – CNBC

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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Google made hardware to replace your office’s horrible video call system – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google is trying to make video conferencing less awful by designing its own speaker-mic and other hardware that works with Google Calendar. It’s bundled together a touchscreen controller, a speaker-mic, a camera, and an Asus Chromebox that work in sync to let offices coordinate meetings. The 10.1-inch touchscreen controller lets you join events scheduled on Google Calendar and look up meeting details. You can also pin or mute team members,…

Google made hardware to replace your office’s horrible video call system – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Google is trying to make video conferencing less awful by designing its own speaker-mic and other hardware that works with Google Calendar. It’s bundled together a touchscreen controller, a speaker-mic, a camera, and an Asus Chromebox that work in sync to let offices coordinate meetings. The 10.1-inch touchscreen controller lets you join events scheduled on Google Calendar and look up meeting details. You can also pin or mute team members,…

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017) review: total immersion – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A decade after its release, the Kindle is a curiosity. Tablets — including some made by Amazon — have long since outstripped the e-reader in power and features. A low-end tablet does 10 times as much as a high-end e-reader, for one-fifth of the price. And yet, each year, Amazon introduces a new twist to the Kindle line, pushing the device a little closer to perfection. The Kindle Oasis, which…

Apple won’t let apps turn the iPad’s camera into a button – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Earlier this month, drawing app developer Astro HQ released a video of a really clever new idea for its apps: it turned the iPad’s front camera into a button, letting you tap on the lens to activate things on screen. It was a smart way to free up screen space, but as it turns out, Apple doesn’t agree. Astro said today that its app was rejected from the App Store…

Does Apple iPhone X Face ID Have a Sunlight Problem? – Fortune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The early reviews on the Apple iPhone X are in. And although many reviewers have been pleased with the device, some have wondered if there’s a quirk with the handset’s Face ID face scanner. Both Nilay Patel at The Verge and James Martin at CNET reported on Tuesday that when they used the iPhone in “bright sunlight,” the smartphone’s face scanner became “inconsistent.” Patel suggested in his review that he…

What to Watch for as Facebook, Twitter and Google Executives Testify on Capitol Hill – New York Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

On Monday, the companies admitted the problem was much bigger. In prepared remarks, Facebook said inflammatory posts by Russian agents intending to sow discord among Americans reached 126 million users. Google, whose information security director, Richard Salgado, will testify on Tuesday, said that the same agents, from the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency, uploaded over 1,000 videos on Google’s YouTube service. Twitter said they published more 131,000 messages on Twitter. And…

Google, Facebook will testify to lawmakers they’ve splashed with cash – Politico

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden remains a vocal advocate of the tech industry and a prime recipient of contributions from its leading companies. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo By STEVEN OVERLY and NANCY SCOLA 10/31/2017 06:00 AM EDT When Google and Facebook testify before Congress on Russian election interference this week, they’ll face committees filled with lawmakers who have collectively received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations from the companies….

Apple could drop Qualcomm components in next year’s iPhones, iPads, sources say – CNBC

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Google ditched autopilot driving feature after test user napped behind wheel – Reuters

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ATWATER, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) self-driving car unit stopped developing features that required drivers to take control in dangerous situations, its chief executive said Monday, as autopilot reliance left users prone to distractions and ill-prepared to maneuver. The decision followed experiments of the technology in Silicon Valley that showed test users napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their phones as the vehicles traveled up to 56 mph….

Apple has a fix to one of the biggest issues with the Apple TV 4K – The Verge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Nilay Patel, Verge Editor-in-chief and my boss, is a huge A/V spec nerd. I mean, did you read his review of the Apple TV 4K? What a dork. Here’s one the biggest gripes extracted directly from his review: “The Apple TV also automatically preferences refresh rate over any other setting: if your TV supports 60Hz HDR10 but only 30Hz Dolby Vision (like 2016 LG OLEDs), the Apple TV will pick…

Why Apple Made a Bad Bet on Face ID – Fortune

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Steve Jobs was partly correct when he said, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” By the time Ford F sold its first car in 1903, there were no paved roads or gas stations, so consumers wanted faster horses, not cars. Until Starbucks SBUX showed there was such a thing as premium coffee, all deli store coffee were considered to be…