Google is continually adding new functionality to their Search service, including augmented reality objects, whether it be animals or Baby Yoda. The later comes out just in time for The Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale, and lets you place the character just about anywhere in your home. To try it out yourself, simply open the browser on an iOS or Android device, search for “The Child” or “Baby Yoda”, scroll down until you see the character card, and then click “View in 3D”. Read more for a short video demonstration.
The Atari VCS game console has finally started shipping to its Indiegogo backers and Google Chrome is the built-in browser used to ennrich the streaming services, browsing, and browser-based applications. This browser takes full advantage of the streaming capabilities of the system’s AMD Ryzen R1606G CPU and lets you access things like Google Workspace – Gmail, Calendar, Chat, Docs, Drive, and Meet. Plus, it will be compatible with most PC peripherals, so users will be able to connect a webcam for Google Meet video conferencing and use a mouse and keyboard to undertake more text-heavy tasks. Read more for an early hands-on look at the console and additional information.
Google just added 50 new AR animals for you to interact with on Search. Some of them include a bulldog, cane corso, coyote, dachshund, donkey, milk cow, hamster, giraffe, welsh corgi, red panda, pitbull, zebra, ox, doberman, kitten, and lots more. How does this work? Simply search for these animals on a mobile browser or through the official Google app, and just scroll down until you see “View in 3D” to start the adventure. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers at Google and Saarland University unveil SkinMarks, an innovative smart tattoo that basically turns human skin into electronic touch interfaces. Put simply, they are temporary and users can easily apply or remove them. How so? Place the SkinMarks somewhere on your body, use a sponge to wet the surface, and then peel the paper off carefully. It uses conductive ink and dub-millimeter electrodes for touch sensing. Read more for a video and additional information.
In Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey, the strange monoliths are actually machines built by an unseen extraterrestrial species. Three of them are discovered in the solar system by hominids and humans, with the response of the characters to their discovery driving the plot of the series. Recently, a strange 12-foot monolith was discovered in a remote area of Utah, which prompted internet users to compare it to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more for a video and the exact coordinates of this strange structure should you be brave enough to go exploring in the area.
Have a catchy tune stuck in your head, but don’t know the lyrics? Simply hum to search with Google’s latest feature. As of today, users can hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to figure out what the song is. If you’re on a mobile device just open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon, say “what’s this song?”, and then start humming for 10-15 seconds. Read more for a video and additional information.
Let’s face it, most of the humming you do is probably not worth recording, but after running it through Google’s machine learning Tone Transfer tool, you may reconsider. Using your Android smartphone, tablet or desktop, you can turn these simple hums into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. Google research scientist Hanoi Hantrakul considers this tool to be deconstructing the sound into “Play-Doh”, which can then be molded into something else. Read more for a video and additional information.
At $699, Google’s new flagship Pixel 5 smartphone features a 6″ OLED (2340 x 1080) display with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 765G SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, dual rear camera setup (12MP main / 16MP wide-angle lens), a front-facing 8MP front camera, and a 4080mAh battery with 18W quick charging over USB-C. Plus, there’s also reverse wireless charging, which means you can charge other devices (AirPods, Pixel Buds, etc.) by simply placing it on the back of the smartphone. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on, and additional information.
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Google will officially be unveiling the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G smartphones on September 30th at a press event, but apparently, the former has already been leaked. WinFuture managed to snag two screenshots of the actual handset, and a few specs to go along with them. It allegedly features a Snapdragon 765G processor with Qualcomm’s integrated X52 modem for 5G support and a 6.0-inch 2340 x 1080 OLED panel (19.5:9 aspect ratio) with a 90Hz refresh rate. Read more for another picture and additional information.
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The problem with most power banks is that once drained, it could take a few hours to recharge. Meet the Google PixelBloc, a modular power bank that lets you easily add modules for extra capacity. It starts off with a 2,500mAh base unit equipped with a USB-C port and two USB-A ports, when more power is needed, simply plug another module on top. One thing to note is that only USB-C port will be available for use at any time, since each module plugs into it. Read more for additional pictures.