Google announced today that DeepMind AI is the first artificial intelligence to reach the Grandmaster level in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. For those who don’t know how to play the game, two players basically compete against each other after choosing which alien race to be – Zerg, Protoss and Terran – with each having different abilities. To train the AI, DeepMind used three separate neural networks – one for each race of aliens it played as. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google’s digital wellbeing experiments hope to help people find a better balance with technology, and they’ve done so through five experimental apps that promotes technology to assist the user in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the most interesting things they launched was a printable Paper Phone, which lets you take a break from the digital world by printing a personal booklet of the key information you’ll need that day. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Google’s 54-qubit Sycamore processor managed to perform a truly random number generation in a mere 200-seconds, a task that would have taken about 10,000 years for a modern supercomputer to execute. This test involved running random quantum circuits on quantum processors as well as traditional supercomputers and getting results from a random quantum circuit is nearly impossible without a quantum processor. Read more for a video and additional information.
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If you were one of the first 2,000 people to pre-order a Google Pixel 4 in the UK, a cereal box probably showed up at your doorstep. This isn’t your typical supermarket cereal box though, as the front lists some of the smartphone’s new features, most notably the upgraded camera, complete with astrophotography functions, and Motion Sense. Apparently, you also get unlimited Google Photos storage. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Spotify Premium members rejoice! You’re now eligible to receive a free Google Home Mini. For those who haven’t heard of this smart speaker, it boasts a small pebble-like form factor with a fabric top that its white-colored status lights shine through and is available in “Chalk”, “Charcoal”, “Coral”, or “Aqua” color options. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Priced from $649, the Google PixelBook Go is not the most affordable laptop, but it does contain some useful features not found in its predecessors. The base model comes with an Intel Core M3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. Both models can be configured with a 13.3-inch panel in 1080p or 4K, the latter of which is a Molecular Display, or low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) LCD that offers faster response times and brighter colors. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Priced from $799 / $899, the Google Pixel 4 / 4XL mobile phone models will be available in black, white or orange colors starting on October 28th. Both models feature the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB / 128GB of internal storage, and 2800mAh / 3700mAh battery. Now where these differ are the 90Hz displays, as the Pixel 4 boasts a 5.7-inch OLED screen, while the Pixel 4 XL sports a a 6.3-inch OLED panel. One cool feature that both models have is “Ambient EQ,” which is similar to Apple’s “True Tone” display in that the screen color temperature automatically updates to match your environment. Pre-order page here. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Built upon Google’s Persistent Cloud Anchors platform, Mark AR is a mobile app that lets you create digital artwork that will be visible to other users in a specific location using augmented reality technology. This app, which made its official debut at New York Comic-Con 2019, was created by iDreamSky and Subway Surfers developer Sybo. In the hands of talented artists, the sky is the limit, and we could soon see AR masterpieces all over the world once the app is released. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
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Here’s a first look at Google’s next laptop, the Pixelbook Go. This prototype features a keyboard similar to its predecessor, USB-C ports on each side, and a single 3.5mm headphone jack to the left. As you’ll see in the hands-on demonstration, the front-facing speakers are not what you’d expect from a budget-priced laptop and would compete with some of the higher-end offerings. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Former Google engineer and now Essential CEO Andy Rubin has leaked a new smartphone with an unusual stick-like design finished in GEM color-shifting paint. No technical specifications were announced, but it does boast a stick or remote-like design and features a front-facing hole punch camera in the top-left corner and primary navigation buttons up top. The display features a narrow bezel and there’s a small speaker grill near the top edge. Read more for a video and additional information.