Back in 2017, Google revealed their Jacquard-powered clothing line, a project from the company’s ATAP division. It started with the idea of making it simple to interact with your devices through clothing, or by simply touching the fabric. This week, Google announced their updated Jacquard Tag, which is smaller than a stick of gum and has a 2-week battery life, making it even more unobtrusive in these new connected products. Read more for a video and additional information.
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The Google Pixel 4 Astrophotograpy Mode is no night mode, but rather one that required the company to make vast improvements to the Night Sight algorithm. Most photography enthusiasts know that when it comes to photographing the night sky, you need to hold the shutter open for as long as 20 seconds, and if the Pixel 4 can reduce handheld camera shake over such a long length of time, it means that Google just might be the first to offer this function in a smartphone. Read more for another example and additional information.
Google Play Pass is launching this week in the U.S., and it’s a new $4.99-per-month subscription service that gives you access to over 350 paid apps and games without ads or in-app purchases. For those who wish to try before they buy, there’s a 10-day free trial, and if you decide to sign up in the first couple weeks after launch, the Play Pass subscription will be locked in at $1.99-per-month for 12 months before the price goes up to the standard $4.99-per-month. You’ll also be able to share your Google Play Pass subscription with up to five family members at no extra cost. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Google couldn’t keep quiet about their Pixel 4 smartphone after Apple announced the iPhone 11, so this new leak from Vietnam has surfaced of the Pixel 4 XL. In addition to its advanced facial-recognition system and hand-motion gesture controls, this handset apparently sports a triple-lens rear camera system, dual front-facing cameras, a Snapdragon 855 processor, and 6GB of RAM. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
A new hands-on video from Malaysian tech store Halo Mobile has just surfaced reportedly showing Google’s Pixel 4 XL, and as you can see, the large notch from the Pixel 3 XL was replaced with a standard forehead bezel up top. This is where Pixel 4’s radar-based “Soli” sensors will be located and used for advanced facial recognition, like unlocking the device even before it’s picked up by scaning your face from various angles. Read more for the video and additional information.
Fionn Ferreira devised a method to remove microplastics, or small bits of plastic less than 5 millimeters long that accumulate in wastewater before filtering into larger bodies of water likes rivers and oceans, by using a liquid invented by NASA, called ferro-fluids. This idea was introduced at the Google Science Fair, and managed to impress enough to win the competition, along with its $50,000 prize. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Google has just announced a few new features coming to their upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone that’s expected to be announced in October, including Soli radar technology that the company has been working on for the past 5-years. Simply put, Soli will enable motion gesture controls for basic tasks like skipping tracks, snoozing alarms, and silencing phone calls by simply waving your hands. Read more for the video and additional information.
Google has been known for Easter eggs, and their latest is a Wimbledon tennis game hidden in its related search results to mark the 2019 Wimbledon tennis championships, whose finals take place on July 13 and 14. How do you find it? Simply go to Google, type in Wimbledon or #Wimbledon, scroll to the right-most edge of the scorecard, cick on the green tennis ball icon, hit play, and you’re ready to game. Read more for a video tutorial and additional information.
Another holiday, another Google Easter egg, and for this Independence Day, it has everything to do with fireworks. That’s right, you’re based in the US (or using a VPN), simply typing “Fourth of July”, “Fourth of July fireworks”, or just “fireworks” into the search box will put a fireworks show o your screen, mobile devices included. Once activated, the show lasts for around 5-6 seconds before returning to normal, but the one term that won’t trigger anything is “firework safety”, and for good reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Did you know that the very first Google Doodle way back in 1998 paid tribute to the annual Burning Man event in Black Rock City, Nevada? That’s right, and even more surprising, it was designed by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin themselves to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. For Independence Day on July 4, 2019, Google turned its logo into an interactive game of backyard barbecue baseball. You can play as H-Dog, Power Pop, Wild Slice and the Cobbra. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional information and a link to the game.