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The Loop: How a gadget entrepreneur hopes to beat tech giants in the hardware game

FEATURE: Launching a new gadget in this era of consumer electronics is both seductive and scary. While the changing economics of manufacturing and the explosion of connectivity has created a massive opportunity for hardware startups, tech giants have come stampeding into the market with big budgets and ambitious plans. Amid this groundswell of startups on…


Google gives developers more tools to make better voice apps

Google Assistant received some major upgrades in recent days, and today Google Assistant product manager Brad Abrams announced a series of changes to help developers make voice apps that interact with Google’s AI assistant, including ways to give them more expressive voices and send push notifications, as well as new subcategories for the Assistant’s App Directory….


Google launches TensorFlow Lite developer preview for mobile machine learning

Google today launched TensorFlow Lite to provide app developers the ability to deploy AI on mobile devices. The mobile version of Google’s popular open-source AI program was first announced at the I/O developer conference . TensorFlow Lite is available to both Android and iOS app developers. Since the debut of TensorFlow Lite in May, several competing…


Android Pay launches in Brazil, its first Latin American market

Google has launched  Android Pay in Brazil and the Czech Republic, the 16th and 17th countries, respectively, to get the internet giant’s mobile payments service. We already knew that Android Pay would land in Brazil sometime in 2017 , and today’s launch comes just a few weeks after Android Pay arrived in the Ukraine.  There have…


Google Pixel Buds review: Google Assistant makes a home in your ears

Google’s very first pair of headphones go on sale November 17 for $159, and we got a pair to test out their ability to translate 40 languages , play music, ping notifications in your ear, and power Google Assistant commands like ordering a pizza, getting directions, and searching Google. All tests of the device took…


Pixel won’t get KRACK fix until December, but is that really a big deal?

Enlarge / *For various interpretations of “Up to date.” (credit: Ron Amadeo) In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi’s WPA2 security called “KRACK .” This “Key Reinstallation Attack” can disrupt the initial encryption handshake that happens when an access point and a device first connect, allowing an attacker to read information…


Google ‘strongly supports’ disclosing buyers of online political ads

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google unit told U.S. election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it “strongly supports” tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail “foreign abuse and influence” in elections. Federal lawmakers have criticized Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc for not doing enough to identify…


Google: Project Loon has provided internet access to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

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Waymo to launch autonomous taxi service with no human in driver’s seat

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Waymo will launch a ride-hailing service with no human behind the steering wheel and has been testing the fully self-driving cars on public roads in Arizona, Chief Executive John Krafcik said on Tuesday. The test without a human in the driver’s seat is a first in the United States as large tech…


Here’s the first look inside Waymo’s self-driving minivans

Waymo, the self-driving project owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is preparing for the day when the century-old relationship between car and driver becomes discombobulated. On Monday, within the confines of its typically off-limits testing facility known as Castle, the company showed off how it plans on helping people adjust to a future where the…