With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

Abe Lincoln VR How do you make things funny in virtual reality? That’s the question CollegeHumor is exploring with 1600 in 360, a new video series depicting some of the, um, highlights of US presidential history. Apparently, Google approached IAC-owned CollegeHumor about creating 360-degree content for YouTube and for its DayDream VR platform. Sam Reich, president at CollegeHumor’s… Read More

Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers

Freshly made nougat for sale No major surprises here: earlier this month, Google announced that the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview and its SDK tools would roll out to developers sometime later this month — and now that we have passed the middle of the month, the preview is indeed rolling out to those who have signed up for the Android beta program. While the Android Beta Program is mostly geared toward… Read More

Google Flights will now tell you when fares will increase, help you find cheaper tickets

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-30-35-am Google’s airfare search destination Google Flights already offered a variety of features aimed at helping you find low-cost tickets, but today it’s rolling out one more: it will show you when prices are expected to increase for certain flights, so you can book before the tickets become more expensive. It’s also rolling out other tips that will help you shop for the best… Read More

Google shuts down Panoramio

2016-10-07_1754 Panoramio, the location-centric photo sharing service Google acquired in 2007, will show its last image on November 4. For the longest time, Google used Panoramio to augment its Google Maps and Google Earth services with crowdsourced imagery. Now that the company has integrated photo uploads into the Google Maps mobile apps and launched its Local Guides program, Panoramio clearly isn’t… Read More

Google researchers aim to prevent AIs from discriminating

Artificial intelligence and cybernetics Garbage in, garbage out — that’s always been a rule of computing, and machine learning systems are no exception. These elementary AIs only know what we tell them, and if that data carries a bias of any kind, so too will the system trained on it. Google is looking to avoid such awkward and potentially serious situations systematically with a method it calls “Equality of… Read More

Verizon will be in charge of making sure its Google Pixel models get Android updates

pixel10 There’s was a brief moment during this week’s Google hardware event when everyone following online had a momentary panic attack. The words “Verizon exclusive” were floated and those watching at home understandably tensed up. Carrier exclusives are, of course, ultimately rough for the consumer. Thankfully, however, the contract averse will be able to pick an unlocked… Read More

Not OK, Google

0108 At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Read More

Lenovo’s massive Tango phone is now scheduled to arrive next month

phab2 It’s 6.4 inches, it’s got a crazy new depth-sensing camera system and it may actually arrive next month. Lenovo’s big Phab2 Pro was originally scheduled for retail release this summer, a date that eventually got pushed back to a fairly vague fall timeframe, casting some doubt on whether the first handset to leverage Google’s Tango system would ever see the light of… Read More

Hands-on with Google Home

google_home_demo Google Home is Google’s answer to Amazon line’s of voice-powered Echo devices. After announcing Home at its I/O developer conference this spring, the company today unveiled both its price ($129) and shipping date (November 4) at its annual hardware event in San Francisco. Maybe more importantly, though, we also got a first chance to try out Home ourselves. Home is powered by… Read More