The Google Pixel 3a XL is a perfect smartphone for everyday use, and you can get an unlocked 64GB model for $319 shipped, this weekend only, originally $479. Featuring a 6-inch OLED display with 2160 x 1080 resolution at 402 ppi, Active Edge sensors that let you squeeze the handset to access Google Assistant, and a Pixel Imprint sensor on the back of the phone to unlock your phone securely and quickly using your fingerprint. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
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Google introduced a new feature for Lens that lets you copy and paste handwritten notes directly to your computer. To test it out, you’ll need the latest version of Google Lens or Google app and Chrome – available for both Android and iOS users. Next, open the Google Lens app or tap on the Lens button on the Google app, point your smartphone’s camera lens towards your handwritten notes, take a photo, select the text you want, tap ‘copy to computer’, and you’re done. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
The all-new Google Pixel Buds 2 feature a unique hybrid design that keeps you aware of the world around you, while still delivering powerful sound. How so? It has eartips that gently seal the ear to isolate the loud outside noises, and a spatial vent underneath reduces that plugged-ear feeling, which lets through just the right amount of environmental sound so you can stay aware of the things around you. Read more for an early hands-on video review and additional information.
Alphabet’s DeepMind Technologies created a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of humans. It’s also a Neural Turing machine, or a neural network capable of accessing an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. Read more for a video show just some of the games it has mastered, including several Atari classics, like Breakout.
The Google Pixel 4 arguably offers one of the best Android experiences compared to its competition, and it can be picked up for just $499 shipped, today only, originally $799. Featuring a 5.7″ display, e Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 system-on-chip, 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a Knowles 8508A audio processor, and a 2800 mAh battery cell with fast charging. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
The Google research team is using artificial intelligence to teach robots how to move with the agility of real-life animals, like dogs. Accomplishing this feat involved reinforcement learning (RL), where the researchers began by sourcing reference motion clips recorded from an animal and using RL to get the robot to copy those motions. Read more for a video and additional information.
Most of the world is stuck at home right now, but those who don’t mind a virtual visit to the zoo, Google’s Augmented Reality (AR) has come to the rescue. That’s right, you’ll be able to interacted with life-sized animals right through the Google search panel. Simply by searching for a panda, tiger or even cheetah will provide an explanation about the animal, along with a prompt to meet a life-sized version up close. Read more for a video and additional information.
T-Mobile users probably already know about “T-Mobile Tuesdays”, but for those who haven’t yet looked at just what rewards are available this week, and have wanted YouTube Premium, it’s your lucky day. Google Android users will be able to claim this reward through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, while iOS users need to visit the T-Mobile Tuesdays website. Read more for a video showing just what YouTube Premium offers over the free alternative.
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TecnoLike gives us a first look at the Google Pixel 4a and its rear camera array apparently consists of a 12-megapixel sensor with a built-in flash module as well as a a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for portrait mode shots. It also features a 5.81-inch display (1080 x 2340), capacitive fingerprint scanner, a USB-C port at the bottom and yes, a 3.5mm headphone, so you won’t need proprietary headphones or wireless earphones. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Coronavirus cases are surging in South Korea and app developers are looking to help stop its spread. Developers are now using public government data to enable users to see how close they are to where a confirmed Covid-19 patient has been. Once downloaded, the app shows the date a patient was confirmed with the disease, their demographic data, and most importantly, their location history. Read more for a video and additional information.