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Google threatens public shame for Android update slowpokes

Google threatens public shame for Android update slowpokes

Google is considering naming-and-shaming Android device manufacturers who fail to deliver prompt updates, it's claimed, in an attempt to close the fragmentation gap with Apple. The heavy-handed tactic would see Google make public its existing lists of well-performing - and, conversely, laggardly - phone and tablet makers, ranked by how timely they are to deliver new Android versions and security patches to their users.

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Google digs self-driving roots in heart of old-school automaker territory

Google digs self-driving roots in heart of old-school automaker territory

Google is setting down roots in traditional automaker territory, announcing plans to open a self-driving technology development center in Novi, Michigan. The news marks a scaling-up of Google's footprint in the region; the company already had some of its autonomous car team based in Greater Detroit, it said today, but this new move will see considerably more resources funneled into the project.

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Samsung’s Rollable Screen demo is not just a dream for Android

Samsung’s Rollable Screen demo is not just a dream for Android

This week at the SID Display Week 2016 trade show we've gotten up close and personal with Samsung's new rollable screen, just one of several next-gen inventions in display technology. But this is just another in a long line of demos of such "transforming" or "curved display" tech from Samsung, LG, and the rest, right? Not so fast. Now that Samsung has proven their ability to deliver the goods with devices like the Galaxy Edge, the company is expected by the public to deliver on concepts like these with more speed. The time is now!

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Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

Nexus Player is dead – what’s next for Android TV?

This week the folks at Google have ended their tenure with the first "Nexus" Android TV product, Nexus Player. They've taken the device down from the Google Store online and retailers - retailers we've seen, anyway - haven't had the device available for quite some time. Now comes the age of the 3rd-party manufactured Android TV products. Wait, you might be saying. Wait - didn't NVIDIA already make an Android TV device? Yes. Yes they did. They made the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, a device that eclipsed any efforts any other manufacturer had or had planned on in the past year.

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Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

Gululu revives that Tamagotchi life in a smart water bottle

There's a virtual pet living inside the water bottle we've been using over the past week. Made for children, they say, and "playful adults", Gululu contains your water and encourages you to drink said water. You'll interact with a digital cartoon pet via two touch-sensitive strips on the bottle's sides while the bottle reports how much water is being consumed to whichever smartphone or tablet it's wirelessly attached to. This water bottle connects to the internet.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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Google Project Abacus coming by the end of 2016

Google Project Abacus coming by the end of 2016

Last year at Google I/O one of the things that was talked about and sounded pretty cool was Project Abacus. This project is a fancy authentication system that doesn't require the user to enter a password or fingerprint to gain access to apps. Rather than required any scanning or typing, Project Abacus analyzes how the user types, swipes, moves, and talks to allow them access to apps.

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Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid has announced plans to enter the smart TV market with a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED offerings. The company announced a new partnership with Google in recent days at the latter's I/O event; because of that partnership, these new TVs will feature Google Cast technology, allowing owners to cast content from their preferred gadget to the television. The company has five TVs planned for this 4K line.

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Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google DeepDream didn’t just create a bunch of trippy, fascinating, slightly schizophrenic images — it also inspired an entirely new research project within Google, and it’s called Google Magenta. Starting the first of June, a small team of Google researchers will use the company’s TensorFlow AI platform to develop an AI artist capable of creating its own visual art. The resulting artwork could eventually be made public through an app where anyone can browse creations as imagined by machines.

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Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Galaxy Note 6 needs to be a LOT more magical than this

Today we've come across a patent for a new version of a device that you may have heard of before. It's the Apple Pencil. What's that got to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 6? One very key element - the S Pen. What it can do, what it can't do, and what we're going to expect it to do now that Apple has (finally) presented a stylus of their own. The patent we're seeing makes the Samsung Galaxy Note's S Pen look like no more than a decent first attempt at a higher-level stylus device. Can they both write and draw? Sure. That's where similarities end.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

This week we're having a peek at what's being called the Gear Fit 2, or Gear Fit2, if you prefer Samsung's spelling. This is the second edition of what was introduced a couple years ago - a wearable fitness band with a portrait-style display. Full color, touchscreen control, and a couple of hardware buttons. So what's this all about, a second edition of the same thing? Maybe we'll get a few new colors and some new connections this time!

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