Happy Wednesday! Remember, uh, yesterday when I said Google would announce a ton of stuff at the I/O keynote? Well, they did. It’s all outlined below (seriously, there’s a lot), but if you don’t want to dig through every post, we also have a full roundup of everything announced.
The stars of the show, however, were easily Android 12 with the new Material You theme and the new direction for Wear. Big things are happening with Android 12 and Google’s wearable platform, so if you’re interested in either I highly recommend those posts.
There was also Project Starline, which is probably one of the most unreal tech announcements I’ve seen in some time. I’ve been covering technology for over a decade and I can’t remember the last time I saw a demo that gave me goosebumps the way the Starline demo did. It’s truly a glimpse into the future. I would try to explain it here, but honestly, I can’t do it justice in the limited space I have in this newsletter. You should just watch the video. It’s amazing.
Google just wrapped up the first day of its I/O event, leaving us with tons of new products, software, and experimental AI to learn about. Here’s everything you need to know about the Android 12 beta, Samsung’s new commitment to Wear OS, an AI tool that identifies skin conditions, and more. Read More »
The Sound Blaster Jam V2 is out, promising great sound for a budget price of $39.99. But you can’t have everything, so the question is: Do these headphones impress in general, or fall by the wayside chasing that high-end sound? Read More »
Today at its I/O Developer conference, Google took the wraps off the first Beta for Android 12. On top of releasing the beta for phones for Pixels, OnePlus, TCL, and more, the company laid out some large changes to the look and feel of Android. It’s all about privacy and all about Material You. Read More »
At its most recent I/O event, Google announced it has a new deep-learning AI tool that can help detect, identify, and assess health issues, like skin conditions or tuberculosis (TB), more efficiently. And you can use it on your smartphone. Read More »
It sounds like Google is getting serious about smartwatches. Today at Google’s annual developer event, the company announced a partnership to join forces with Samsung by combining the “the best of Wear OS and Tizen.” Essentially combining Samsung’s far better watch operating system with Google’s in an effort to take on the Apple Watch. Read More »
Infrared thermometer guns are handy to have for anything from crafts to cooking. This one from Etekcity measures surface temperatures ranging from -58 to 716 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 to 380 Celsius), and the precision laser lets you target the exact spot you want to measure. The backlit LCD screen has a low battery alert and an auto-off feature to extend battery life. You can switch between units as needed, and the non-contact gun offers near-immediate results. However, it is not designed to be used on humans, as it won’t be able to provide an accurate temperature.
Thanks to the ongoing global pandemic, friends and family can count the months they haven’t seen each other. While video calls help, flat video lacks a certain warmth. That’s why Google’s new Project Starline comes in—a magic-like window that puts your distant family in the room in lifelike 3D. Read More »
Most of the 4 trillion images in Google Photos are never viewed. To help people look back through their gigabytes of pictures, Google Photos is expanding its Memories slideshows tool and updating Cinematic Photos to animate more “3D images” from the past. Interestingly, Google Photos is also adding features to help hide Memories or tuck photos behind a private vault. Read More »
Google Shopping just got a huge update. In the recent Google I/O event, the company announced features like a new Shopping Graph, open shopping cart display, and using Google Lens to help you find products online. Read More »
Today at Google’s annual developer event, I/O 2021, we got a glimpse at some exciting new features coming to Google Maps. The company detailed several updates that will let you travel safer, eco-friendly routes and even know just how busy a place is before you go. Read More »
Google Search is one of the first steps in preparing for a camping trip or writing an essay. But more often than not, one Google Search will lead to another, and another … and another. Now, Google wants to use an algorithm called MUM to provide deep, expert information for complicated searches, saving you from searching multiple queries on a single subject. Read More »
Google first launched Google Docs and Google Sheets 15 years ago, as part of Google Workspace. Now, Google just announced some improvements to Google Workspace, including Smart Canvas, which will help “build the future of work.” Read More »
If you aren’t using a password manager, you’re just asking to have your accounts compromised through credential stuffing attacks. If you use Chrome for your password manager, securing your accounts after a break will soon very a lot easier. As in, done in one tap. Read More »
Google Assistant has enough trouble understanding simple commands, but a breakthrough technology called LaMDA could help the AI have casual, free-flowing conversations. The LaMDA AI is still in development, but Google plans to open it for 3rd party testing in the near future. Read More »
SteelSeries makes some excellent game controllers, and its latest mobile offering just got even better. SteelSeries announced the Nimbus+ controller now comes with up to 4-months of Apple Arcade completely free. Read More »
Drone manufacturer DJI is launching its latest educational product, the advanced RoboMaster TT Tello Talent. Crafted for a classroom environment, the tiny red drone helps lower the barrier to coding and AI thanks to its intuitive software and hands-on form factor. Read More »
Apple is getting ready to release new Mac desktops and laptops with the next-gen version of its M1 chip. The computers will also have a new design, bolstered connectivity, and a faster processor, strengthening them against rival PC makers. Read More »
Ransomware attacks from Eastern European groups are increasing in frequency and scope, and after last week’s Colonel Pipeline attack caused a scramble for gasoline across the U.S., people are asking how to defend themselves. Now, cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs suggests that people install the Windows 10 Russian keyboard on their computer to ward off attackers. But does this simple trick really work? Read More »
Italian supercar maker Lamborghini announced Tuesday that it plans to launch hybrid-electric versions of every car it offers by the end of 2024. And while Lamborghini’s are extremely fast, its move to all-electric is going a little slower, with fully electric cars not coming until later this decade. Read More »
Amazon is opening up two new options for the lenses on its Echo Frames smart glasses Soon, in addition to the standard lens, you can choose blue light filtering lenses or polarized sunglasses. All three options cost $269.99. Read More »
In the world of Spider-Man, the Daily Bugle serves as the iconic location of Peter Parker’s day job and one of this greatest nemesis—J. Jonah Jameson. LEGO just debuted its take on the classic building, and it went tall. Super tall. The $299 3,772 piece set stands nearly three feet tall. Read More »