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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 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.

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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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Live from Google's Pixel 2 event!

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Live from Google's Pixel 2 event!

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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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Here’s what Google announced at its “Made By Google” Pixel event

On October 4, Google held a product launch event in San Francisco . Fast Company’s Daniel Terdiman, Mark Sullivan, and Harry McCracken were there to provide live updates on the news, which included two Pixel phones, low-end and high-end versions of the Google Home smart speaker, a Chrome OS-based laptop-tablet hybrid called the PixelBook, an update to the Daydream headset, Pixel Buds headphones, and the AI-infused Google Clips camera. See below for a replay of our coverage–and read these additional stories:

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jeffersongraham on Twitter

Google Home Max, $399 in December, $50 more than Apple HonePod. High end audio #madebygoogle pic.twitter.com/IR9R50AoZa

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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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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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EU orders Amazon to pay €250 million in owed taxes http://tnw.me/LTLChdY  pic.twitter.com/LqqRieybwl

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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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Live from Google's Pixel 2 event!

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Here’s what Google announced at its “Made By Google” Pixel event

On October 4, Google held a product launch event in San Francisco . Fast Company’s Daniel Terdiman, Mark Sullivan, and Harry McCracken were there to provide live updates on the news, which included two Pixel phones, low-end and high-end versions of the Google Home smart speaker, a Chrome OS-based laptop-tablet hybrid called the PixelBook, an update to the Daydream headset, Pixel Buds headphones, and the AI-infused Google Clips camera. See below for a replay of our coverage–and read these additional stories:

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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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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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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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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 just unveiled a tiny smart speaker called the Home Mini

The mini smart speaker retails for $49 (the same price as Amazon's Echo Dot ), and it can be hooked up to any traditional speaker system to add an artificially intelligent assistant. The Google Home Mini can also connect wirelessly to any Chromecast Audio compatible speaker, so that you can easily set up a multi-room audio around your house.

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TNW on Twitter

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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EU Sues Ireland Over Apple Billions as Tax Tensions Flare Up

In an order that reverberated across the Atlantic, the commission last year slapped Apple with a multibillion-euro bill, saying Ireland granted unfair deals that reduced the company’s effective corporate tax rate. While Apple and Ireland are appealing the decision, the country is still facing European pressure over its resistance to a new set of rules for taxing tech companies.

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Digital Trends on Twitter

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

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The Verge on Twitter

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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Amazon hit by multi-million tax bill in Europe

The online giant was found by the European Commission to have an illegal deal with Luxembourg since 2003, which allowed the US company to move money between its subsidiaries so profits were taxed there instead of a country with a higher corporate rate.

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How to watch Google's Pixel 2 smartphone announcement today

It's October 4, and Google is hosting an event today at 9am PT/12pm ET where it'll announce its new Pixel 2 smartphones.

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TechRadar on Twitter

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

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Digital Trends on Twitter

#GoogleHomeMini will be available in coral, chalk, and charcoal. #MadebyGoogle pic.twitter.com/ZSW00bpq4a

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The Google Home Mini Is a Google Home But Mini

The Google Home Mini is four inches across, covered in fabric, available in three colors (coral, chalk, and charcoal), and generally elegant-looking. There are four LED lights on top that indicate when it’s active and whether it hears you. Just like its big brother, the Home Mini works as an access point for Google Assistant, so you can ask questions or bark commands and do all kinds of fun, futuristic things. While the Home Mini does have a comparable microphone setup, the smaller Home device doesn’t pack the same speaker capabilities of a full-sized Google Home, although there is one 360-degree speaker packed into the small size. That’s not a big deal, though. The Google Home speaker was never quite amazing .

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London's taxi drivers have a lot to say to Uber, none of it good

Of all the people we spoke with, Vyse was the most vehemently opposed to Uber as a company, calling it "the cancer of trade" (trade is the term cabbies use for driving a taxi). In the window of his office -- a small trailer situated beside the cafe -- he proudly displays a cartoon depicting Calvin of "Calvin and Hobbes" fame urinating on the company's name. His objections? There's a whole list, top of which is the way he says Uber plays fast and loose with the safety of passengers by not conducting proper background checks on its drivers.

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Netflix puts up prices ahead of 'Stranger Things' season 2

In a statement to CNET, a Netflix spokesperson described the timing of the pricing roll out as follows: "Starting Oct. 19, members will be notified at least 30 days in advance, based on billing cycle, on when they will see the price change. Members will be notified with an email and also see a notification within the service. The price change will roll out to members over the course of the next several months."

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Rob Pike: Notes on Programming in C

Notes on Programming in C     Rob Pike         February 21, 1989 Introduction       Kernighan and Plauger's The Elements of Programming Style was an important and rightly influential book.  But sometimes I feel its concise rules were taken as a cookbook approach to good style instead of the succinct expression of a philosophy they were meant to be.  If the book claims that variable names should be chosen meaningfully, doesn't it then follow that variables whose names are small essays on their use are even better?  Isn't MaximumValueUntilOverflow a better name than maxval ?  I don't think so.       What follows is a set of short essays that collectively encourage a philosophy of clarity in programming rather than giving hard rules.  I don't expect you to agree with all of them, because they are opinion and opinions change with the times.  But they've been accumulating in my head, if not on paper until now, for a long time, and are based on a lot of experience, so I hope they help you understand how to plan the details of a program.

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$399 Google Home Max with SmartSound takes aim at Apple's HomePod

In addition to its budget-priced $49 Google Home Mini, the search giant also introduced a push to the premium end of the speaker market, unveiling the $399 Google Home Max with speakers 20 times more powerful than the regular Home. Featuring two 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers, the Google Home Max has room-filling sound that dynamically adapts to the space it is in. With a feature dubbed SmartSound, the Google Home Max adjusts within seconds after the speaker is moved. Modifying sound based on the shape of a room, much like Apple's forthcoming HomePod, the Google Home Max uses advanced sensors and a machine learning model. It also has intelligent context, lowering the volume in the morning, and raising it when loud noises are nearby, like a running dishwasher. It includes access to YouTube Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and iHeartRadio. It also supports Google Cast, Bluetooth, and auxiliary input. Google Home Max be stood up vertically or placed horizontally, and two of them can be paired together for even fuller sound. It also works seamlessly with Google Home and Chromecast speakers.

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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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TNW on Twitter

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: $849 6-inch phone ships Oct. 17, preorder now

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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HP's Spectre Laptops Might Just Be the Prettiest You Can Buy

About a month ago, Intel announced its new 8th-gen CPUs , so we put together a little roundup of all the coolest notebooks getting new Core i silicon. But one company was notably left off the list, because it didn’t have anything to share at that time. Now, HP is finally ready to show off its new Spectre and Spectre x360, and even though the saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I think its HP—not Apple, Dell or Microsoft—that’s now making the best looking laptops on the market.

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CEO Satya Nadella is making Microsoft nicer

The CEO who took over from Steve Ballmer in 2014 says he's pushing the famously competitive and combative Microsoft to be more empathetic.

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​IBM's AI shrinks wave forecasting system to run on a Raspberry Pi | ZDNet

Normally, calculating wind, tides, and the ocean's varying depths to forecast waves might require a supercomputer, but a system developed by scientists at the University of Notre Dame and IBM Research Ireland this summer could pave the way to using cheaper equipment to achieve comparable wave-forecasting accuracy.

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Apple's Face ID: Everything iPhone X users need to know

Whether you're looking forward to Face ID or dreading it, Apple's facial recognition technology is coming with the iPhone X. Here's what you need to know about Face ID.

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HP’s new Spectre 13 is world’s thinnest touchscreen laptop with vanishing bezels

The notebook has a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen with vanishingly small ‘micro-edge’ bezels and a Full HD resolution (with an option on a 4K screen). HP is further claiming that this is the world’s thinnest touchscreen-equipped laptop at 10.4mm – so it’s not just the bezels that are sleek, but the entire chassis.

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TNW on Twitter

Ya-how?? All 3 billion Yahoo accounts breached in 2013 http://tnw.me/R5wDXNq  pic.twitter.com/phJxHWUvja

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Apple and Qualcomm’s Billion-Dollar War Over an $18 Part

Around the same time, Apple began demanding more drastic concessions from Qualcomm. Although the specifics of the negotiation are secret, Sewell, who spoke to Bloomberg Businessweek in August, two weeks before the big iPhone launch, was able to lay out the company’s thinking. As Apple sees it, a cell phone modem is one of many components—and of no special significance. Sewell points out that if your cellular network is down, it’s possible to get online using Wi-Fi, which uses a different chip. Moreover, phones aren’t just phones anymore; they’re also navigational tools, digital wallets, health monitors, cameras, and more. All of those functions work with or without cell service. “Cellular connectivity is important,” he says, “but it’s not as important as it used to be.” On another table behind Sewell, an Apple representative has laid out two versions of the iPhone 7: One model, which has 128 gigabytes of memory was sold by Apple for $750. The other, which has 256 GB, sold for $100 more. How is it fair, Apple ask

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Adobe debuts Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2018 with focus on computer vision

Adobe on Wednesday issued the latest versions of its consumer level photo and video editing software, Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018, with a slew of fresh features, many of which are powered by all-new content intelligence capabilities. Example of the new Open Closed Eyes feature in Photoshop Elements 2018. For 2018, Adobe is bringing its computer vision and machine learning chops, or what the company calls content intelligence, to the Elements family of apps. From curating large stacks of photos based on faces or inherent quality to detecting objects for quick selections, content intelligence is the backbone for many of this year's major upgrades. In a preview of Photoshop Elements 2018 , Adobe showed off a new image editing tool called Open Closed Eyes. An on the nose moniker, the feature automatically opens a subject's closed eyes in any given photo with just a few clicks, a useful tool for fixing candid pictures. Opening the feature brings users to a special image editing interface where they can select the face of a person whose eyes are closed. Adobe leverages content intelligence to match that person's face with other similar faces in a user's photo catalog to present a grid of potential replacements.

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