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Google DeepMind AI achieves near-human level speech capabilities

Google DeepMind AI achieves near-human level speech capabilities

DeepMind, the Google artificial intelligence division behind the champion-defeating AlphaGo bot, has revealed that it's managed to create some of the most realistic, human level speech ever achieved from a machine. Called WaveNet, the new AI is said to act as a deep neural network that's capable of generating speech by sampling real human speech and forming raw audio waveforms.

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Pokemon GO Update : Trading, War, and Peace

Pokemon GO Update : Trading, War, and Peace

Buddy Pokemon are nearly here and we're already looking to the next big thing. We're crossing our fingers and cursing our crystal ball for the update to Pokemon GO - Season 2, the one where everything changes. Before we get there, though, we've got a few things to discuss. Today we're going to begin with a brilliant realization by Bob of Boblandia, a Silph Road member and analyzer of the game Pokemon GO. He realized that though the tweaking of item drops in PokeStops, Niantic is able to control the dynamic of the entire game.

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iPhone 7 release date options: colors and sizes and Android

iPhone 7 release date options: colors and sizes and Android

The release date for Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is upon us. While this set of iPhones looks a lot like iPhones we've seen in the past several years, a set of new options makes this an interesting switchover point for many consumers. People that've been using an older iPhone from 2 or more year ago, especially will be looking to upgrade - but there's also the people that are less-than-satisfied with what's just happened in the Android universe. While we don't expect a large number of switches over to the other side this generation only because of Samsung's misfortune, we do expect there to be some fallout.

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Google Photos on iOS brings Motion Stills magic to Live Photos

Google Photos on iOS brings Motion Stills magic to Live Photos

Last June, Google introduced the (strangely) iOS-only Motion Stills app that brought some stability to the otherwise mostly shaky Live Photos feature on Apple’s platform. While it did create some fascinating GIFs, it had one major flaw. It was a different, somewhat obscure app that users had to first know about before they could install. Google has now addressed that issue, ironically killing Motion Stills in the process. Yes, Google Photos has been updated to bake that feature into the app itself. Presuming, of course, you also have it installed in the first place.

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Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Back in March, Google added a ride services section to Google Maps that presents various ride services with how soon you could take them and about how much they’d cost. The idea is that you probably don’t have time to toggle between a bunch of different apps to figure out which transportation method is the fastest — using this ride services tab, you can see in one glance whether it would, for example be faster to take an Uber car or a taxi; or, alternatively, whether one option would be cheaper than another. In a statement today, Google announced it has updated that ride services integration with two new companies.

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Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

Michael Kors Smartwatch Review : Access Dylan and Bradshaw

The Michael Kors Access line features to main smartwatch products: Dylan and Bradshaw. Both are available in more than one color and with a variety of straps. The Dylan is the lesser of the two, coming in two "silocone" iterations, one black (the one we have here), and one closer to a true rose gold. The Bradshaw comes in Gold, Rose Gold, and Sable - all of which are "tones" of stainless steel, not actual gold. Michael Kors brand suggests that these watches are what the user should consider "the chicest way to do tech."

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Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Huawei “Nexus 7P” leak hints at small but high-end tablet

Google might be giving tablets a fighting chance and Android might soon have a champion worthy of its name., According to rumors, a new Nexus, or maybe Pixel, tablet is in the works and, this time, it will be made by Huawei. Of course, details of the tablet are still quite slim, but if this first set of leaked specs is anywhere near reality, then we could very well have the most high-end tablet to date, crammed into a small, 7-inch space.

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Super Mario release on iOS, Nintendo goes mobile

Super Mario release on iOS, Nintendo goes mobile

This week the folks at Apple have come out with a bang with a release of an official, real deal, Nintendo exclusive Mario video game for mobile devices. This Mario Bros game will be coming to the iPhone first, and will feature some portrait-style gaming action. Which is weird, but welcome. This might not be the Mario we were waiting for - but it could be good news anyway.

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Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Google has announced new Android Pay support for a multitude of banks and services, adding one of the largest in the US to its roster today. Android Pay now supports credit and debit cards from Chase, with Google pointing out that Chase customers can still enjoy the benefits they get with those cards while using them with Android Pay.

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Pokemon GO Buddy Update release date tipped for today

Pokemon GO Buddy Update release date tipped for today

The Buddy Pokemon update to Pokemon GO is the most exciting thing to happen to the game since launch, and it could be released as early as this afternoon. This update would bring users the ability to attach a Pokemon of their choice to their avatar in the game to work like a Pokemon Egg. As the player walks, the Buddy Pokemon generates Pokemon Candy. Each Pokemon has a different walking range, giving Pokemon Candy based on their type and rarity.

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Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Chrome promised to now use less battery, mobile payments added

Google has finally broken its silence and has put out its own “play video until computer dies” timelapse to show just how long its browsers last. But unlike tests from Microsoft or Opera, Google only pitted its Chrome against another Chrome, one from a year in the past. Unsurprisingly, the results do show how much the Chrome browser has improved, adding a little over two hours to “identiical laptops” battery lives. When watching videos on sites like Vimeo at least.

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Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive has made a small but significant change that better enables it to handle duplicate files. When the same file is downloaded and then re-uploaded, rather than changing the name to reflect that it is a duplicate, Drive will list the most recently uploaded file as “version x,” making it easy to see which file you edited last or to find an older version of the file that you may need.

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