Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

Will self-driving taxis watch you with AI eyeballs?

I was talking with some people recently about self-driving cars and how one day you'll be able to pull your phone out of your pocket and order a taxi, and it'll show up just like an Uber car, only without the driver (in fact, Uber's working hard to ditch all of its human drivers). Autonomous taxis are potentially great: they'll be cheaper because there's no driver to pay, they'll be more efficient and, in some instances, less creepy and uncomfortable. The conversation got me thinking, though: how will the owners of these autonomous taxi fleets deal with human nature and its tendency to destroy stuff?

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Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

Five ‘OK Google’ commands that’ll make your life easier

The Android smartphone in your pocket is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, could make your everyday life more organized and less chaotic. Do you take advantage of that potential? If your answer's no, keep reading. Google has a slew of 'OK Google' commands and you probably use some of them; if you're like me, though, you may have procrastinated about pulling up the full list of commands and seeing what's available. If so, check out the following five commands that could make your daily life easier.

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Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

Facebook Live Map shows what’s playing and who’s watching

If you're keen on watching a Facebook Live Video but don't have any in particular in mind, you can check out Facebook's interactive live video map to see who is streaming. The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.

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HTC 10 now available from T-Mobile

HTC 10 now available from T-Mobile

In case you forgot to mark the date or got distracted by Google's huge keynote today, here's a friendly reminder: the HTC 10 is now available from T-Mobile, right on time. As previously promised, the Uncarrier has a couple of gifts for those who grab one of the new HTC handsets…assuming you do so by May 24 and that supplies don't run out first.

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Rockstar Games will be revealing new projects ‘soon’

Rockstar Games will be revealing new projects ‘soon’

Rockstar Games will be taking the wraps off some new projects ‘soon,’ according to Take-Two’s recent financial report. The publisher mentioned Rockstar in its report, saying that it has “exciting future projects that will be revealed soon.” Rockstar, of course, is behind some quite popular games, most notably Grand Theft Auto. What kind of projects are in the pipeline?

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April was the 12th consecutive ‘hottest’ recorded month

April was the 12th consecutive ‘hottest’ recorded month

Every month brings the same news -- that month was the new 'hottest' month on record, edging past the previous month to paint a dire picture for the planet's climate. Soon enough, the record-breaking had formed a trend, and now NOAA has confirmed the news: we’ve officially had a year-long streak of record-breaking warm weather. The temps were detailed in NOAA’s latest State of the Climate report.

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Brace yourself: there’s a new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer

Brace yourself: there’s a new ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer

The new Ghostbusters movie will be in theaters soon, and ahead of that premiere comes a new trailer. Don't worry -- it's not terrible, though it's getting a bunch of hate anyway. The dark and brooding music is gone, replaced with the nostalgic tune we all love (it seems Sony learned from that fan edit). A bunch of clips from the first trailer are present, but there's a lot of new material, too.

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Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi is working with Google to launch its Mi Box in the United States, the company has announced, and it’ll be powered by Android TV when it does. The Mi Box is a 4K set-top box that that’ll give cord-cutters and others alike another option to easily stream content on their television. As well, Google made it known at its keynote today that Xiaomi will be one of the first Android partners it works with to make Daydream-ready (VR) devices.

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Google Classroom update gives devs coursework integrations

Google Classroom update gives devs coursework integrations

Google Classroom is being joined by a new Coursework API that will allow developers to have their applications further integrate with the aforementioned Classroom service. Classroom is Google’s educational management system for teachers and schools, and it uses the company’s own Drive platform. Today, Google has announced updates to its Classroom offering, saying that, among other things, reporting systems and gradebooks can now be setup to sync students’ grades with Google Classroom, removing the time sink of manually transferring grades.

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Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 has been unveiled, and it brings with it numerous changes, with Google saying the new version focuses on "speed, smarts, and Android platform support." All sorts of speed boosts are found, including emulators that are three times faster than previously, with Google teasing that developers have access to emulators that are faster than the physical devices. That's just a sliver what of what all 2.2 offers, though.

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Android N will auto-update to fight fragmentation

Android N will auto-update to fight fragmentation

Android N, the version of Android for which Google is actively seeking a name, will receive auto-updates in a bid to deal with fragmentation issues. With Android N, the system update will automatically download newly available system images in the background, eliminating the annoying “Android is updating” window — instead, the next time you start your phone, the new version will be in place and ready to use.

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Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google will be unveiling its Amazon Echo competitor tomorrow, according to sources, and the device will be dubbed Google Home. As with Echo, Google Home will serve as a personal assistant, answering questions and performing tasks as commanded. Following the anticipated unveil, Google Home will be launching this upcoming autumn, the tipster says, price unknown.

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