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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be more to come over the next couple of days, so follow along on everything Google I/O on TechCrunch.  Google g…

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Here's how to watch Google I/O today

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Google’s new Tour Creator lets students make their own VR tours

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Overwatch's breast cancer charity event is one of the sweetest I've seen

Blizzard is currently running a charity event in its multiplayer game Overwatch, and it’s a surprisingly heartwarming effort from the company. The details: As part of the fundraiser, Blizzard is donating a minimum of $250,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). It’s also selling a limited edition skin for Mercy, in-game doctor and popular support character …

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8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. Here are some of the biggest announcements from the Day 1 keynote. There will be more to come over the next couple of days, so follow along on everything Google I/O on TechCrunch.  Google g…

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Apple may soon sell subscriptions in its TV app | Cult of Mac

Apple began to rev up its TV efforts in earnest last year when it hired two former Sony TV executives to run its original content business. The company already has already ordered 13 original TV series of its own, but it hasn’t revealed how it plans to distrubute them. One rumor is that the company could also air its TV shows through the TV app as a way to drive more users to its services.

Steam Link app for Android and iOS will allow you to play games on mobile

It’s all thanks to a new Steam Link app that Valve just announced. The app will be available on Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices, and will allow you to play games from your Steam library while connected via 5Ghz network or wired via Ethernet to a Mac or PC.

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Apple is reportedly cracking down on apps that covertly share your location data

The Google Assistant will soon be able to call restaurants and make a reservation for you

Uber’s aerial taxi play

Uber’s flying taxis are taking off, as the transportation upstart looks for new ways to shorten trips made long because of distance or traffic congestion. Flying cars were once nearly the exclusive domain of tech aphorisms (“You promised us flying cars, but instead we have x.”), but now they are actually being put into gear in the form of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Over the last couple of days at the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles, the company further laid out its own ambitious plans to develop and commercially deploy air taxis by 2023.

China's ZTE says main business operations cease due to U.S. ban

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Say hello to Miniature Mail, the cutest form of communication

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How to automate tasks and workflows on Android with the Automate app

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Congressional Democrats are making a last-ditch effort to save net neutrality

The odds of Trump signing the resolution are slim. It's hard to say for sure what the president thinks about net neutrality or if he's given it much thought at all, since it's not a topic he's tweeted about after taking office. But given that Trump appointed Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman leading the charge to dismantle the rules, it's probably safe to assume he wouldn't overturn a measure his own guy adopted.

Tidal Accused of Falsifying Beyonce and Kanye West Streaming Numbers

The paper supported its findings with data from NTNU – the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – which it says has “assembled some of Norway’s leading experts in data security and cybercrime prevention.” Its report reads in part, “Using advanced statistical analysis of the data provided by DN, NTNU determined that there had in fact been a manipulation of the data at particular times due to the large presence of similar duplicate records occurring for a large percentage of the userbase that was active at any given time. In reviewing the data, in isolation from any other records or logs, it was not possible to determine the exact means of manipulation; however, the absence of records with unreadable data suggested it was not an external Structured Query Language Injection (SQLi) vector based attacked, but rather manipulation from within the streaming service itself. Due to the targeted nature and extent of the manipulation, it is very unlikely that this manipulation was solely the result of a code based bug or other system anomaly. The following analysis shows in detail why this conclusion is the most likely conclusion and further, the nature and extent it is suspected that the manipulation has affected the accuracy of the data … The manipulation appears targeted towards a very specific set of track IDs, related to two distinct albums,” “Pablo” and “Lemonade.

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Gmail is getting AI-powered 'smart compose' to write your emails for you

At the search giant's annual developer conference it introduced a new feature for its Gmail email service called Smart Compose, which is designed to reduce the number of taps you need to perform to write your messages.

JBL Link Bar with Google Assistant at Google IO 2018

When the Google Home Max debuted last fall, we asked Google if the smart speaker would be compatible with TVs as a soundbar. The answer was no, but the company is finally placing some emphasis on Google Assistant-powered soundbars. The first product in this category is JBL’s Link Bar. It’s an Android TV streaming box, soundbar, and smart speaker all in one, and we spent some time checking it out at Google I/O 2018. Article: SUBSCRIBE FOR THE LATEST VIDEOS VISIT DIGITAL TRENDS DT Daily: DT Originals: DT Podcasts: FOLLOW US!

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Neither Kaspersky Lab nor Microsoft have disclosed details of the attack they have observed leveraging this vulnerability, though Microsoft noted in its bulletin that attackers exploiting this vulnerability can gain the same user rights as the logged in user. As such, if a given user has administrator level access, "an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights," Microsoft wrote in the bulletin.

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Wounded cobra is saved thanks to spinal surgery and a very compassionate man

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5 ways to keep people interested and engaged during meetings

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Google joins Facebook in banning all ads related to Ireland's big abortion vote

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Last Chance To Enter The Innovation By Design Awards!

Thursday, May 10, is the last chance to enter the 2018 Innovation By Design Awards. The 7th annual  Innovation By Design Awards  is the only competition to honor creative work at the intersection of design, business, and innovation.

Google Lens is turning into what Google Glass never was

Google Lens is pushing that territory further. This year, Lens feels like even more of a push toward the future of computer vision, where apps "know" what the camera is "seeing." It's what's needed before anyone makes a killer pair of smartglasses. And, on glasses, battery life can't last long enough to do the always-scanning stuff a phone can. In that sense, maybe this type of real-world-scanning AR is doing what glasses can't. Yet. "If you think about voice, that's the evolution of how these changes happen," says Chennapragada. "How you change the face of computing itself. We actually had voice actions in 2013, 2014 or so, and that was on the phone. You had a search bar, a microphone there, and you could do a handful of things. For us, I think in some sense there's an intelligence layer that needs to evolve first. There's a device, and there's intelligence. And you want to apply the intelligence layer on the device that everyone uses, which is a phone, and then really sharpen that."

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Google previews what’s next for Android Auto

Over the course of the last few days, Google teased a few updates to Android Auto, its platform for bringing its mobile operating system to the car. At its I/O developer conference, the company showed off what the next version of Android Auto will look like and how developers can start preparing their applications for it.

Google borrows iPhone X navigation system for Android P | Cult of Mac

Anyone who’s used an iPhone X already knows how to navigate around in the next version of Google’s mobile operating system. The company showed off Android P at its developer conference today, and it includes a touch bar at the bottom of the screen, just like Apple’s flagship phone.

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Netgear offers hotfix for Orbi routers encountering Apple HomeKit problems

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You can see your friends' HQ Trivia answers, but only on Fridays

Once you allow HQ to access your address book and you add friends to the title, you can see which of your buddies are playing along with you. When you choose to put your icon on answers, your friends can see your choice. It's like when you're in a bar playing trivia and you all shout out your answers. "We understand the power of the crowd and playing together," HQ 's James Ruben told TechCrunch . "That doesn't necessarily exist everywhere. Our goal is to spread that power to people who maybe aren't playing in the office together."

Red Alert Day: How the internet is supporting net neutrality today

Reddit is the center of a number of pro-net neutrality protests, with individual subreddits hosting their own variations of the Red Alert event. r/Politics, for example, will be home to an AMA with Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, at 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT) Wednesday. You can follow along with the AMA here, and as expected, the questions have been highly critical of the FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality.

Lyft’s monthly subscription plan gets a waitlist

Lyft is moving ahead with tests of the All-Access plan, a monthly subscription service for rides through the Lyft platform. In the next couple of hours, a select group of riders will see an option to sign up for a waitlist to be part of Lyft’s next round of All-Access invitations.

Google Photos’ new features come to you

Other new Google Photos features also leverage AI: For instance, it can now figure out that you’ve snapped a photo of a document and respond by creating a PDF of it, or remove the color from a photo’s background so the person in the foreground pops. But when I chatted with Google VP Anil Sabharwal at I/O about Photos’ update, we ended up talking less about AI than the fact that the app’s interface increasingly makes suggestions about things you might want to do when you’re looking at a photo , rather than expecting you to hunt down functionality buried elsewhere.

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Google IO 2018 live blog: here's the latest from Google's big conference

( 10:22am PST ) Pichai is touting some impressive Google Photos features that leverage its AI prowess. You'll soon be able to remove the color from a background to make the subject stand up. Another example showed an older black and white family photo colorized, all by the AI. It got a lot of 'woo' in the audience, and it's deserved.

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