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Xiaomi teases a possible product reveal for Google I/O

The Chinese company's Global VP Hugo Barra confirmed on Twitter that the company will be attending Google's yearly developer's conference this week -- and hinted at what the company might be showing off.<p>Up-and-coming Chinese electronics company Xiaomi will be attending this week's Google I/O …

Google

Where are they now? Google's big I/O announcements, one year later

Following up on the winners and losers.<p>Every year, big tech companies use their developer conferences to launch splashy stuff. Some of these products go on to reach millions, maybe billions. Some die on the vine.<p>Google kicks off its annual I/O developer conference on Wednesday, where it will unfurl …

Virtual Reality

Google is having its big event outside this year, so attendees are getting a 'survival kit' with sunscreen and a water bottle

Google doesn't want the 5,000 people attending its big developers' conference this week to fry in the sun.<p>The company is holding its annual IO event outdoors this year at a big stadium near its Mountain View, California headquarters, instead of inside a convention center in San Francisco, so it's …

San Francisco

Project Chirp to be called Google Home, reportedly set to debut at today's I/O

Amazon Echo pictured above.<p>It has been rumored for quite some time now that Google would reveal a direct competitor to Amazon Echo at Google I/O this year. But today an anonymous source speaking to <i>The New York Times</i> has confirmed that the code named Project Chirp will officially be called Google …

Android News

Google's Echo competitor will reportedly be called Google Home

Unveiled tomorrow, released in the fall<p>Google will unveil an Amazon Echo competitor called Google Home tomorrow, according to <i>The New York Times</i>. It's not stated exactly what form the device will take — a speaker seems like a reasonable guess, but it's only ever referred to as a "voice-activated …

Watch out, Alexa: Google’s Assistant is the next step in voice interfaces

Google’s I/O conference is going on right now, and the very first thing that CEO Sundar Pichai announced was the Google Assistant. Rather than being entirely new, it’s an evolution of the voice-search interface, modeled on <i>Star Trek</i>‘s omniscient computer, which the company has been working on for …

Google Assistant wants to run your life -- in a good way

At Google I/O today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai detailed a future that featured a whole lot of talking to your devices.<p>20 percent of queries on Google are performed via voice search. Because voice assistants, such as Google Now, are making up progressively larger percentages of our searches, Google …

Google Assistant

Google by the numbers: Here's what I/O revealed

Google executives took to the stage Wednesday to unveil a bevy of new products. They also shared some stats on how the company's been doing lately.<p>Google's a company that deals with great scale.<p>For instance, it has seven different products that serve a billion users -- each. So it's no surprise …

Android News

Android Wear 2.0 coming this fall with improved messaging, smarter fitness and better battery life

Even iPhone users might consider an Android Wear smartwatch after this next update.<p>If the next version of Android Wear does its job, you'll be futzing with your smartwatch a lot less.<p>Google on Wednesday unveiled Android Wear 2.0, an update to its wearable software that promises a streamlined …

Wear OS

Android Auto is getting wireless support and 'OK Google' commands

Android Auto will be getting a couple new features this year that are relatively minor, but promise to make the platform quite a bit more usable.<p>First up is support for wireless connections. Currently, phones need to be plugged in via USB in order to use Android Auto; with this new capability, …

Google echoes Amazon's Echo, opens new virtual-reality door

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google wants to play an even bigger role in managing people's daily lives, while also nudging them into an alternate …

Virtual Reality

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo, round 2: Google strikes back

At Google I/O, new announcements help Home edge into the lead, but the Echo's far from finished.<p><b>Editors' note, May 18, 2017:</b> <i>Since I updated this piece a month ago, both Google and Amazon have announced major upgrades to their respective smart speakers. The piece has been updated accordingly, though</i> …

Smart Homes

Everyone chill, Android N won’t be named ‘Nazi’ (or those kinds of N-words)

Google has conventionally named its Android versions after desserts, but earlier today, the company announced it would let users choose what the ‘N’ in Android N stands for.<p>For a brief moment, it seemed like a fun idea to make users to feel involved in Android N’s release. Then the Internet …

Compensation

The Art (and Science) of Choosing a Color Scheme for Your Website

Imagine walking around the city late at night, looking for a place that still serves food given the late hour. You come across two places:<p>A brightly lit restaurant, with vivid red walls adorned by an assortment of artwork<br>• The other dark, with subdued lighting and monochromatic décor<p>Now, you might …

This is Google’s new Daydream VR headset reference design, hardware to start arriving in the fall

In what’s become the Google I/O defining moment, the company kicked off the 2012 event with a series of skydivers, bikers, and climbers to debut the hot newness that was Project Glass (hindsight, etc.). Two years later, Google went all Oprah on everyone and sent I/O attendees home with Cardboard …

U.S. Extends Overtime Pay to 4.2 Million Salaried Workers

The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled the final version of a long-awaited and controversial rule to extend overtime pay to 4.2 million U.S. workers, which marks one of the administration's most significant moves to address stagnant wages.<p>The rule, which has drawn intense criticism from …

This Guy's App Could Turn Our Old iPhones into Thousands and Thousands of Surveillance Cameras

Perch Live makes it easier than ever to catch people acting sketchy, if you're into that sort of thing.<p>Back in the dial-up days of the neolithic internet, staring at choppy, blurry webcam footage of people living their average, boring lives was an exciting and transgressive facet of online life. …

An Even Better Design for a Stair-Climbing Handtruck

Fikst's Techlift design uses mechanical advantage FTW<p>After seeing the Stair-Climbing Wheel Design for Handtrucks we posted, engineer Adrienne Clark …

In pictures: How Google's Daydream VR apes Oculus' hardware and software design

At Google I/O 2016, the company revealed Daydream, an ambitious new virtual reality platform seemingly designed to rip the premium VR experience away from Samsung’s clutches and back into the open Android community.<p>Daydream will still rely on Android phones slotted into a viewer—like Google …

Virtual Reality

Second powerful quake shakes Ecuador, leaving 1 dead

Two powerful earthquakes struck Ecuador Wednesday, leaving at least one dead, president Rafael Correa said.<p>The full extent of the damage of the second earthquake, which hit 15 miles north of the city of Rosa Zarate with magnitude 6.8, was not immediately clear.<p>"We lament the death, which was caused …

Natural Disasters

In Between The Daily Routines Of Female Israeli Soldiers

Israeli-born, New York-based photographer Mayan Toledano captured moments in the daily lives of young female Israeli soldiers in a series that …