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.
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Google Maps has evolved over the years to include many new tools, like traffic reports, Simon Weckert shows that these are easy to spoof, and he does so by using a basic wagon lugging 99 smartphones. This simple “hack” enabled him to create virtual traffic jams throughout Berlin. Yes, he even stopped by Google Berlin during his journey, and many times drivers were rerouted due to the red color coding of traffic. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google’s Apple AirDrop alternative, previously known as Fast Share, is now known as Nearby Sharing. XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a working APK and decided to show just how the service works. This feature is integrated directly into the Android 10 interface and users basically select the content, click on “share”, and then choose “contacts geographically close to you”. Read more for the video and additional information.
The Google Pixel 3a is a fine smartphone for everyday use, and you can get one unlocked for $349 shipped with a free $100 Amazon gift card, today only. Its custom Titan M security chip helps secure the operating system and your most sensitive data, such as passwords, while the Quick Switch Adapter enables you to easily transfer your messages, contacts, and photos to your new device. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Google Envelope, an experimental app from their Wellbeing project, is exactly as it sounds. These paper envelopes basically transform how your smartphone works: one turns your smartphone into a device that can only make and receive calls, while the second transforms it into a photo and video camera with no screen. Read more for a video and additional information.
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.