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Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google suggests that inside the notebook computers of tomorrow will be wireless charging coils for smartphones and wireless power receivers. A new patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Google's plans to implement standardized wireless charging abilities into an on the keyboards of the laptop computers of tomorrow. Or perhaps the Chromebooks of tomorrow, if Google's love of Chrome OS stays strong enough long enough. These chargers would be under the caps of the keys on your keyboard, sending power out or acting as receivers of power in alternate use cases.

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Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Legendary, Google bring Warcraft to the world of VR

Not to dash your hopes, this isn't the long-awaited Warcraft film yet. Not even a trailer. Though we expect the film to arrive in glorious stereo 3D or even VR when it does screen next year, the Warcraft being shown around at San Diego Comic Con is but an appetizer and perhaps even a distraction. Legendary Pictures and Google have teamed up to bring some fancy new content to VR via the Cardboard project. It also happens to be a smart strategy to advertise Legendary's upcoming films.

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Digital Reasoning smashes Google’s neural network record

Digital Reasoning smashes Google’s neural network record

Digital Reasoning is a company that works in cognitive computing and it has announced that it has smashed a record set by Google for neural networks. Digital Reasoning has trained a neural network with 160 billion parameters. Google's record was for training a neural network with 11.2 billion parameters. The network with 160 billion parameters also surpasses Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's record of 15 billion parameters.

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Google Glass successor to sport larger prism, Intel chip

Google Glass successor to sport larger prism, Intel chip

Google probably doesn't have the word "quit" in its vocabulary. After the lukewarm, almost negative, reception of Google Glass, the tech giant seems to be well on the way in making a second one. But this time, instead of trying to appeal to the fickle and vocal masses, Google Glass 2 will instead be marketed to the enterprise, hence its other monitor of Google Glass Enterprise Edition. But more than just a name change, this version will have rather substantial changes, including a wider viewing glass and a switch to an Intel processor.

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Google’s new Chromecast adapter brings Ethernet

Google’s new Chromecast adapter brings Ethernet

If you love your Chromecast but have poor WiFi, Google has a new solution: a Chromecast adapter with a built-in Ethernet port, allowing you to stream your content through a faster wired connection. It's not required, of course; if you're happy with using WiFi, then there's no need to grab the new adapter. If you've got an Ethernet port near your TV, however, and you don't want to stream over the wireless network that others might be using, it is a nice option to have.

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Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

Alcatel OneTouch Watch launches in White

The software-agnostic Alcatel OneTouch Watch has launched a new color this week - bringing white to the table where before there was black. This is the color we saw the watch in earlier this year, while the Black option was released to pre-orders just a few weeks ago. This smartwatch is different from the rest. It doesn't run Android Wear, it's not running Tizen - and it's certainly not an Apple Watch. This is a unique offering from Alcatel, and it's prepared to connect with your Android or iOS smartphone right out of the box.

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Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

A patent revealed this week suggests that not only is Google still working on smart contact lenses, they've got all kinds of body-mountable devices on the books. While we've not heard from Google about this Google X project since March - and even then just inside another patent - it's clear that there's work being done behind the scenes. This particular patent doesn't concentrate so much on the health-monitoring aspects of the lens, instead focusing on the user interface. Instead of working on your glucose, these devices will change the channel on your television.

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LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

LG G4 drone footage released in full HD

This morning LG released footage of the LG G4 working with a mount on a high-powered drone. If you're the sort of person to pick up a drone and fly it around Los Angeles, you'll know exactly what it's like to have to deal with less-than-fantastic camera action on built-in units with the lesser of the drones on the market today. This solution looks to be just about the best there is. You'll also notice that this drone owner uses the leather-clad LG G4, of course.

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Google Self-driving car heads to Austin

Google Self-driving car heads to Austin

The self-driving car is a bit of tech that is coming no matter how you feel about cars with the ability to drive themselves around the streets of the country. Google has been testing its self-driving cars in California for a long time now and it is now heading to Texas for testing. Google cars come in different forms with most being normal cars we might see anyone driving that are festooned with sensors and gear to allow them to operate with no human interaction.

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This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

This is Motorola’s new “Kinzie” phone

Details for the next Motorola flagship device have leaked in two different iterations, one internationally, one domestic. The domestic version goes by codename "Kinzie" and is almost certainly headed for Verizon as a DROID device. Verizon will not release this device until later this year for more than one reason. The first reason is - they've just released new editions of the DROID Turbo right under our noses. The devices aren't all that different - they've just been given new paint jobs, so to speak.

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