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Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google I/O 2020 canceled completely: Online event scrapped

Google has canceled all of its I/O 2020 activities, having previously suggested that it would make the annual developer conference an online-only event. I/O was due to take place in mid-May in Mountain View, California, but Google was forced to rethink its in-person event because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Google IO 2020 cancelled in part: Coronavirus claims another conference

Google IO 2020 cancelled in part: Coronavirus claims another conference

The physical portion of the developer event Google IO 2020 was cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19. This is "in accordance with guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities," said the Google I/O Team - which begs the question: Why are any events going on in California as planned? Prospective Google I/O 2020 attendees will receive full refunds by March 13, 2020 from Google.

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Google I/O 2020 detailed: Date, location and solved puzzles

Google I/O 2020 detailed: Date, location and solved puzzles

Following speculation, Google has confirmed the location and date for its upcoming Google I/O 2020 event. The details were revealed by company CEO Sundar Pichai in a tweet on Thursday; he says the 'cosmos aligned' to make this arrangement happen. The details follow a series of puzzles Google released that fans had to solve in order to learn the details for the event.

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ARCore grows while Daydream VR is MIA at Google I/O 2019

ARCore grows while Daydream VR is MIA at Google I/O 2019

Google is known for cooking up many interesting experiments and investing in them as far as making them available to consumers. It is, however, also known for sometimes flip-flopping on those and abandoning them with very little warning. Nowhere is that more evident than Google's augmented and virtual reality thrusts, which has undergone some significant changes over the years. At I/O 2019, Google reaffirms its commitment to its ARCore platform will keeping ominously silent on Daydream VR.

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I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

I/O 2019 Takeaways: Google is no longer after your data (sort of)

Facebook, and more recently Amazon, may be at the center of most privacy-related reports these days but there was a time not too long ago when it was Google who was always on the hot seat. Reports, regulations, and sanctions have made Google change much of its processes, at least the public ones, and is slowly turning its image around. At I/O 2019, the pervading theme, more than AI and technology, is privacy. It's not that Google is no longer interested in your data. It's just making it a lot easier for users to opt out. If they remember or know how to, that is.

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Android Q Beta 3: what’s coming on which phones

Android Q Beta 3: what’s coming on which phones

It may be a seldom-used letter but Android Q belies the importance of the release. More than just the tenth (public) version of the biggest mobile platform in the world, Android Q is piling up the improvements and new features across the board. Some may find them groundbreaking while others have already yawned at what has been revealed. We have already talked about its focus on privacy and 5G so here are the other highlights in the third beta that will be available for testing on as much as 21 phones.

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Duplex on the Web lets you make car and hotel reservations in Chrome

Duplex on the Web lets you make car and hotel reservations in Chrome

Google's Duplex AI is awesome in both meanings of the word. Its ability to hold a phone conversation to reserve you a seat in a restaurant is somewhat unnerving but also the stuff of the future. Not everyone, however, needs to book a table all of the time and now Google is preparing to expand Duplex to do more. All it needs is a little help from Chrome on Android to reserve cars or even make purchases.

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Chrome OS at Google I/O puts the focus on Android app development

Chrome OS at Google I/O puts the focus on Android app development

Gone are the days when Chrome OS felt simply like a glorified web browser limited to Google's apps and services. Google says it designed the platform around speed, simplicity, and security but, to be honest, only two of those probably still hold. Chrome OS has grown up to be quite the complicated beast and now Google is revealing what it was all for: Web and Android app development.

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Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Google revealed the Next Home Hub today, and with it, they re-shuffled their branding for smart home products. Now we've got a bigger Nest Hub Max (with 10-inch screen) and the smaller Nest Hub. This larger device is akin to a device released before, by Google, albeit without the camera.

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Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google brought Nest back into the fold last year, and now it has announced that the smart home brand is being rebranded as Google Nest. The decision was announced during the Google I/O 2019 keynote today, marking the latest change for Nest. Before being absorbed into Google, Nest existed as a separate company under Alphabet. The rebrand joins Google's announcement that its Home products are being moved under the Nest brand.

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Google’s Project Euphonia uses AI to boost impaired speech recognition

Google’s Project Euphonia uses AI to boost impaired speech recognition

Google has demonstrated Project Euphonia, an effort under its AI for Social Good program that utilizes artificial intelligence to improve speech recognition technology. Google partnered with the ALS Residence Initiative and ALS Therapy Development Institute non-profit organizations to improve its technology using voice recordings of people who have the neuro-degenerative condition ALS.

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Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google has a new smart display, the Nest Hub Max, a bigger, camera-enabled sibling to the renamed Google Home Hub, which is now the Nest Hub. The new Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch touchscreen now, focused on multi-user households, as well as the option of face recognition so that individual people see the information that's most relevant to them.

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