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Alphabet’s Waymo makes self-driving cars cheaper to build

Alphabet’s Waymo makes self-driving cars cheaper to build

While hi-tech cars of the future were unsurprisingly present at CES 2017 last week, Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car project and now an independent Alphabet subsidiary, was ominously absent. But that was because it was reserving its big splash at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where it made some impressive claims about the state of its customized, autonomous Fiat Chrysler minivans. And, in the same breath, in no small part to now more affordable components, Waymo CEO John Krafcik laid out the company’s ambitious plans to bring self-driving cars to the masses this year.

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Alphabet Waymo gets 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids

Alphabet Waymo gets 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids

Reports of the death of Google's self-driving ambitions are quite exaggerated. Well, technically speaking, there is no more Google self-driving car project. Instead, there is Waymo and it's now a company of its own under Alphabet's umbrella brand. And as if to prove that this "separate from Google" company means business, partner Fiat Chrysler has revealed the formation of a 100-strong fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans that have been modified for testing on proving grounds in Michigan, Arizona, and California.

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Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

After years of development, Google is ready to take the next step with its self-driving technology with the introduction of Waymo, a new Alphabet company. Waymo was announced today by new CEO John Krafcik, who previously served as the CEO of Google's self-driving cars division. According to a blog post by Krafcik, Waymo signals that Alphabet sees a new road ahead for this technology, after being in development under the Google umbrella for the past seven years.

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Now Nest wants to make the smart home more discriminating

Now Nest wants to make the smart home more discriminating

Nest's vision of the smart home is getting more discriminating today, with a new batch of abilities that allow "Works with Nest" integrated products to react more intelligently to movement and changing environmental conditions. Works with Nest, the Alphabet-owned company's scheme of third-party gadget compatibility, currently has a developer cohort in excess of 20,000 using the smart thermostat and cameras' APIs. Now, there'll be more sharing of specific details about what's going on in the home.

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Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Alphabet’s Verily watch is a hospital on your wrist

Google's healthcare-focused sibling Verily may be busy building fitness tracking wearables, but don't confuse its designs with the latest Android Wear smartwatch. The Alphabet division, established in December 2015 after being spun out from Google's own healthcare team, may not be ready to go public with its gadgets - a line-up expected to eventually include smart contact lenses for diabetics and wearables that can monitor for cancer - but an early preview has spilled new details on what one of Verily's gadgets will be like.

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Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Streaming security cameras are probably the most popular gadget in the connected home, and Nest the best known today. After a fairly slow start after its Dropcam acquisition in 2014, Nest finally has an outdoor model, the unimaginatively titled Nest Cam Outdoor. Like the Nest Cam - designed for indoor use - it's $199.99, though for the full range of features you'll need to cough up a monthly or annual subscription.

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Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

Alphabet drones will come bearing burritos at Virginia Tech

The hype around unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, may have died down a bit, but neither Alphabet nor Amazon are forgetting their ambitious dreams of populating the skies with such robotic delivery personnel. In fact, Google’s parent company will be conducting tests this month to bring it a step closer to that goal. But instead of jumping, or flying, directly into delivering ordered goods, Alphabet’s research arm X will instead simply try to food some lucky students and staff at Virginia Tech with what else but burritos.

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Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

If you've been disappointed by the rather slow roll out of Google Fiber, it would appear you're not alone. Alphabet Inc. seems a little frustrated as well, and as a result, the company will begin looking for alternatives to laying its own cable and building out its network at its current slow pace. These new initiatives would include testing wireless technologies, leasing existing fiber networks, and working with towns and municipalities to get them to lay the fiber networks Google would ultimately use.

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Google Ventures founder Bill Maris announces departure

Google Ventures founder Bill Maris announces departure

Google Ventures founder and CEO Bill Maris has announced his intention to leave the Alphabet subsidiary he helped bring to life seven years ago. Under his leadership, Google Ventures - known simply as GV since last year - grew to become a venture capital firm that has $2.4 billion in assets, investments in popular companies like Uber and Nest, and offices dotted around the US and UK.

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Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Alphabet’s Q2 financial results beat expectations, show strong growth

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. is soaking it up today, as its financial results for the second quarter are in and they're looking good in almost every area. The company is showing significant year-over-year growth in most areas, with Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat saying that the company is now reaping the benefits of the investments it has made in the mobile and video spaces.

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Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Google put DeepMind in charge of data center cooling, and the AI wowed

Putting a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge artificial intelligence in charge of your thermostat might not seem an obvious use, but it's helping Google make big savings on its electricity use. The AI in question is DeepMind, which Google acquired back in 2014 for an estimated $600m+, with one of the learning computer's new roles being management of its data centers.

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Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

Alphabet drops $30m on Light camera with “magic” potential

It would appear that the parent company of Google, Alphabet, has begun its consumer product investment focus in ernest. A cool $30 million USD has been raised for the company Light from Alphabet's venture capital business, that which used to be called Google Ventures, now just called GV. Light creates a product by the name of L16, a camera which works with 16 cameras inside a single small housing. And consider the possibilities once Google gets ahold of the tech - Tango, anyone?

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