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Google Pixel 2 event live blog

The Verge is on the ground for Google's October 4th event, where the company is expected to announce its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, at least one new Google Home model, a new high-end Chromebook called the Pixelbook, and a new Daydream VR headset.

Google Pixel 2 launch: Live updates as new phones, laptop and smart speakers unveiled

Google has launched a raft of new products including the latest generation of the Pixel phone, two additional Home speakers and a high-end Pixelbook, a laptop and tablet hybrid.

Dropbox's quest to win your heart, and Wall Street’s too

In 2009, Apple's Steve Jobs said the Silicon Valley darling had no future. Now, with a splashy rebranding campaign, Dropbox hopes to prove him wrong.

Google’s October 4 Pixel event: How to watch the live-stream and read our live coverage

On October 4 at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT, Google will be holding a product launch event in San Francisco. If it’s anything like the one the company had on that date in 2016, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives could preside over a flurry of hardware announcements relating to Pixel phones, the Google … <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/40473362/googles-october-4-pixel-event-livestream-live-coverage" class="more-link">Continue reading “Google’s October 4 Pixel event: How to watch the live-stream and read our live coverage”</a>

Pixel, iPhone, Galaxy, oh my! Why pay a premium when every phone runs the same apps? | ZDNet

When you start talking about a $400 to $600 difference in price, the mystique and perceived advantages of a brand and OS platform look a bit silly when they all run the same applications.

How to watch Google’s Pixel 2 hardware event

Google's October 4 hardware event kicks off at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. UTC) at San Francisco's SFJAZZ Center. The news bonanza comes exactly a year after the company's first "Made by Google" hardware event.

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Live from Google’s Pixel 2 event

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Google Pixel 2 price, release date and features

As the Pixel 2 has been built by HTC for Google, it also features the squeeze sensor we saw in the HTC U11. You can use this to launch Google Assistant at any point, with a smart squeeze detection meaning you shouldn't accidentally activate Assistant when you're just holding the handset.

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Google Home Mini will cost $49, available for pre-order today and shipping later this month #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/heLdxXw9q5

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Google leaks its Pixel 2 XL design minutes before event

Google’s Pixel 2 XL is expected to include a curved QHD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, either 64GB or 128GB of storage, a USB-C port, and an E-SIM slot. While the leaked photos don’t confirm any of the specs, they’re still an embarrassing mistake just moments before Google’s event is about to begin. You can follow The Verge’s Google Pixel 2 live blog right here , and the event starts at 9AM PT / 12PM ET.

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Sonos embraces voice control era with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant | ZDNet

For Sonos, which began as an insular system that didn't even use standard Wi-Fi protocols, the moves collectively represent an opening up necessitated not only by the market but by technical need. While Apple, for example, has imbued Siri with a broad knowledge of TV and movie knowledge for calling up different kinds of entertainment on Apple TV, Sonos hasn't pursued its own natural intelligence. If you were to send Sonos a musical query that demanded some metadata finesse such as, "Play me some music from artists influenced by Ella Fitzgerald," it would have to rely on the smarts of one of the services it supports. These are poised to increase beyond the 80 currently on the menu as the company will launch a platform that allows any service to get onto Sonos; the company will also launch a certification badge.

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Our Google Pixel 2 Liveblog Is Right Here

Are you ready for some surprises?! Just kidding. Leaks on top of leaks on top of leaks suggest that Google will announce the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones as well as a new Google Home Mini, a new Chromebook, and a new Daydream headset at Wednesday’s big Made by Google event.

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Google just revealed a $49 answer to Amazon's Echo Dot

The smaller size of course means it fits in more places — Google suggested using it as an alarm clock, or as a means of controlling a device by voice. It runs the same Google Assistant software that the original Google Home and Google Pixel phones use, meaning it personalizes answers to many of your questions. It knows what  you mean when you ask, "How do I get to work?", for instance.

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Google just announced its new Pixel 2 XL smartphone

Google also added its own Portrait Mode that blurs the background and makes the subject stand out. Unlike other smartphones with a similar feature that use two cameras, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do this with one camera. Portrait Mode also works with the front-facing camera for selfies.

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Google's latest Chromebook is a lightweight 2-in-1 with a stylus

The lightweight 12.3-inch convertible (meaning it can be used as a tablet) will be available in three configurations with pricing starting at $999 or £999. The Pixelbook Pen, sold separately, costs $99 or £99. It'll be available in US, UK and Canada. Preorders start today and it's expected in stores on Oct. 31.

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Google announces Google Home Mini, starting at $49 and available for pre-order today. http://wrd.cm/2fKFvpf  #MadeByGoogle pic.twitter.com/UmSputJ4hW

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Google's Home Max Goes After HomePod With a Big Ass Sonos Clone

Most people thought Google’s big event would be sort of lame, since all of the new products got leaked. And then, at the tail end of the Google Home announcement, the thump of a bass showed up. Meet the Google Home Max.

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Amazon's Alexa coming to India and Japan later this year https://usat.ly/2gboLIE  pic.twitter.com/370TJpGxrt

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Google's Pixel 2 event is 10 minutes away - here's how you can follow along: http://tnw.me/e4Gv4V3  #MadeByGoogle pic.twitter.com/of7d8GxoQZ

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New Sonos One speaker with Alexa announced for $199

The Sonos One is basically a Play:1 speaker that’s been refreshed for the era of voice-based assistants. The existing Play:1 already sounds better than the Amazon Echo and Google Home, so Sonos is no doubt hoping that consumers will favor its own offering over those products. The company could eventually update its other speakers like the pricier Play:5 in a similar way, but the One’s price point makes it the most sensible first step. A light on top of the Sonos One lights up when the microphone is listening and is off when the device isn’t; the mic and light are hardwired together, Sonos said, which is meant to be a privacy measure. In addition to Alexa, Sonos plans to add support for Google Assistant to the One in 2018.

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Google announces Pixelbook laptop with Assistant, 4-in-1 design | ZDNet

Google's new Pixelbook is a $999 laptop with Google Assistant and a pen capable of hand recognition. It's "a high performance Chromebook," Google touted at its San Francisco event.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicks off with AI #madebygoogle @DigitalTrends pic.twitter.com/1bz9Zr7z4e

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Sonos One is a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa that's all about music

Sonos said it would also release a version of Sonos One with Google Assistant, too, but not until 2018. That functionality will be available to anyone who bought an Alexa-powered Sonos One via a software update. Sonos says its goal is to create a "voice agnostic" platform, with room for multiple AI assistants on one speaker.

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Google Home Mini comes in coral, chalk, and charcoal. $49 in the US, pre-orders start today pic.twitter.com/9DUquduhSq

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3 billion Yahoo accounts hacked: 5 things you should do to stay safe https://www.pcworld.com/article/3150953/security/3-billion-yahoo-accounts-hacked-how-to-stay-safe.html … pic.twitter.com/EYVbgOO1qg

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Google Pixelbook is the Chromebook that will make your MacBook jealous

The Pixelbook is also the first Chromebook from Google to include more than 64GB of RAM. Storage for the $999 Core i5 base model is 128GB, but for a premium you can get 256GB (Core i5, $1,199) or 512GB (Core i7, $1,649), showing that Google recognizes the use cases (like video editing or artwork) for a high-end device would mean more "local" computing, as opposed to doing everything through the cloud. The Pixelbook Pen is a $99 option.

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The Pixelbook will be compatible with a bunch of mobile apps, including Snapchat #MadebyGoogle pic.twitter.com/BMtrb1aWXx

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Samsung unveils its "Odyssey" mixed-reality headset for Windows 10 http://tnw.me/hKmK2rh  pic.twitter.com/3vG23AKXg0

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Sonos, a Wireless-Speaker Pioneer, Plays Catch Up

Sonos Inc., the pioneer in wireless speakers, was on its way to $1 billion in sales in 2015 when Amazon.com Inc.’s Echo smart speaker took off. Sonos’s sales fell off a cliff.

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Google's AI is no smarter than a first grader, study says

To evaluate how smart an intelligent system is (or has become), its ability to "acquire, master, create and feedback knowledge" needs to be tested, wrote the researchers. In 2014, the IQ of 50 AI systems was rated. The systems included Google's AI, Siri and Chinese search engine Baidu. Three humans, ages 18, 12 and 6, were also rated. When the researchers tested the AI systems again in 2016, they found that Google was the smartest and improved the fastest (from an IQ of 26.5 to 47.28), but it wasn't enough to beat even a 6-year-old, who came in with a score of 55.5.

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A Stranger Things video game has crept onto mobile from the Upside Down

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Effort has clearly gone into Stranger Things: The Game and the 80s influence that permeates the TV show is absolutely present in the game, with 16 bit visuals that are definitely inspired by the RPG adventure titles of the period. 

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Broadcast, a new Google Home feature: "Parents are going to love this feature. Kids are going to hate this feature." https://live.theverge.com/google-live-blog-2017-pixel-2-event/ … pic.twitter.com/wwcJpacvNl

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Pixelbook starts at $999, avail in 3 configs. Pen is $99. Pre-orders start today, in stores Oct 31 in the US, UK and Canada #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/DDcKQTfyeb

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Sonos is adding AirPlay 2 support for Apple devices in 2018

AirPlay 2 also enables multi-room support for AirPlay speakers, meaning that you’ll be able to integrate Sonos devices with other AirPlay 2 speakers for a seamless experience across your home — including Apple’s HomePod, which was originally announced as a competitor to Sonos’ devices .

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James Cameron Just Cast Kate Winslet in His Avatar Sequels

Production on James Cameron’s four (yes, four) Avatar sequels started last week, and today he announced his biggest piece of casting yet. Kate Winslet, who became a household name thanks to her role in Cameron’s Titanic , has joined the series.

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Google Nest announcer has pet pig. Google Nest announcer is awesome. #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/w6KbMQaZPo

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#GoogleHomeMax is the best sounding and biggest Google Home ever. #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/78F1rFMaVi

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Google Home gets Family Link accounts, specialized accounts for kids under 13. #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/3Vl0mLWVwk

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Google Home Mini is $49, available for US pre-order today and in stores Oct. 19. Coming to all 7 countries where Google Home is sold pic.twitter.com/dw9CT0j5nw

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We're learning more about how Russia weaponized Facebook, Twitter, and Google — and it was remarkably easy

Facebook, for its part, said it plans to strengthen its review process for political ads and will begin disclosing which pages purchase them moving forward. But the company acknowledged last month that, because many of the ad purchased could be made electronically with no human interaction, it still doesn't know the full extent of the ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts.

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Facebook won't release Russia-linked ads publicly despite call to do so by US investigators

Facebook won't publicly release the roughly 3,000 ads linked to Russia and purchased on its platform despite calls to do so by congressional investigators on Wednesday, a person close to the company told Business Insider.

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Gallery: 10 ways technology is changing disaster response

One of the biggest challenges of a natural, or man-made, disaster is finding survivors and assessing conditions in inaccessible areas. Drones can help first responders and recovery teams find those trapped by floodwaters and debris, point out particularly dangerous areas, and provide situational awareness that those on the ground would typically have to wait for a helicopter to provide.

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Google Pixelbook starts at $999, preorders open today, and will be available on Oct 31. #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/uGh3i3mq2q

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Google Home Mini makes voice controls fun-size

I'm disappointed the Mini doesn't have any extra physical tricks, but you'll be able to control any Chromecast speakers with a voice command, as you could with the Home. It'll be able to take advantage of today's updates to the Assistant as well. For example, ask Google to find your phone, and it'll call it. Your phone will ring even if it's on silent. You'll also be able to broadcast a message to all other Google Home devices in the house.

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Despite evidence to the contrary, we may still be living in a computer simulation http://tnw.me/oRg2KoG  pic.twitter.com/eONzzwvxKf

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Passwords as we know them are dying, here's what will take their place

Weak passwords offer many hackers an entry point into enterprises. Here's what the future of security will look like.

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Google Pixel 2 XL: What we know so far

The Pixel 2 XL (and the smaller Pixel 2 ) was unveiled at Google's big event on today in San Francisco. Both phones share all the same features, but the XL has a 6-inch P-OLED display with 538 pixels per inch and comes in two colors: black and black and white.

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