May 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Waymo’s plan to launch a transportation service with self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, later this year has a bit more riding on it than usual. Phoenix is just 10 miles from Tempe, Arizona, where a self-driving test car from rival Uber killed a pedestrian in March of this year. No pressure, Waymo.The company made a strong case Tuesday morning at Google I/O for how AI technology made its self-driving cars ready to hit the streets solo. But one of its strongest examples also showed how a self-driving car could intelligently scare the bejeezus out of a rider. It’ll be interesting…

May 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Along with updates to Google Assistant, Lens, Gmail and just about every app with the word Google before it, there was one unveiled at I/O that isn’t about enhancing Google’s ecosystem of services. In fact, it’s about using all of them less.Baked deeply into Android P is a set of tools Google is calling Digital Wellbeing, and it’s all about balancing your digital life with your real-world one. Through a series of settings, options, and features, Google wants Android P to be the least-used version of Android, and it just might make us love our phones even more.To read this…

May 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

As expected, Google today introduced a new way to navigate Android with gestures instead of virtual buttons, and it’s sure to spur opinions among both Android and iOS users. But while it might seem like a blatant rip-off of Apple’s iPhone X navigation, Google’s method—which is says it’s been working on since before the iPhone X landed—differs from Apple’s in meaningful ways. The early beta suggests that the experience will actually improve on Android’s speed and intuition. Here are four reasons why we’re looking forward to it on the Pixel and other Android P phones, and four reasons why we’re…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Running Windows on top of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips enables amazing battery life but includes all sorts of complications, including clunky emulation and some app restrictions. As expected, Qualcomm and Microsoft are eliminating a key roadblock with an SDK that enables 64-bit apps to run on ARM CPUs.Until now, only 32-bit apps could run on top of the ARM64 instruction set used by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU found in Always Connected PCs. Consumers either had to dig down into the specs of apps found within the Microsoft Store to confirm compatibility, or take their chances. If they guessed wrong,…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We all know Google as a powerhouse for search results when we’re entering text into a search engine, but the substantial improvements to Google Lens announced at Google I/O today effectively transform the AI service into a real-time search engine for the world around us—all with the help of on-board camera apps. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the most.Augmented reality integration with Google Maps Sometimes, especially in unfamiliar cities, it’s hard to tell which direction you’re facing, even when Google Maps shows you right where you’re standing.Google It’s also a good way to check out reviews for nearby places.To read…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Your own personal GoogleImage by Mike Simon/IDGGoogle always pulls out the stops for the keynote at its annual I/O developer conference, and this year was no exception. Google I/O 2018 lacked the flashy flagship hardware that defined previous keynotes—nary a new Chromebook, Pixel, or Google Home could be found—but it still managed to shine, thanks to some serious improvements to the software and services underlying the entire Google ecosystem.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Google Assistant may have debuted as a bonus feature in the company’s ho-hum Allo messaging app, but it’s been on a roll ever since. The AI helper is now embedded in more than 500 million devices worldwide, Google revealed Tuesday during its annual I/O developer conference keynote. The company is rolling out new features and products to make Assistant more helpful no matter what sort of device you use—and to keep pace with Amazon Echo’s fast and furious improvements.And get this: In the future, Google Assistant will even call local businesses to book appointments for you.It’s true. Google’s machine learning…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nowadays, most of the user interaction, automation, and animation you see on the Web is the result of JavaScript programming. Learning this powerful scripting language and how to deploy it is the next logical step for hypertext markup language (HTML) coders. If HTML is the director, JavaScript is the actors. It’s what fills in the blank spots and makes Web pages dance and sing.Packt Publishing is offering you one of the most comprehensive JavaScript course and book collections—the 2018 Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle—ever. That’s a $922 value for a mere $29, or 96% off retail.To read this article in full, please…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft is using machine learning to make its Windows apps a lot smarter. At a Technology Sneak Peek on Monday at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle, executives used Windows Ink to demonstrate the potential of Windows ML, a machine learning API that debuted in the April 2018 Update to Windows 10.Because Windows ML is an API, regular users will never encounter it. But the API provides the framework for developers to tap the power of your CPU or GPU to anticipate and act upon your needs, in Windows and Windows apps.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

May 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The groundwork was laid for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire to be a spectacular sequel. Its predecessor, 2015’s Pillars of Eternity, did the heavy lifting. It proved Obsidian could resurrect the spirit of the old Infinity Engine RPGs for modern times, underpinned by modern technology. Flawed, sure—the original Pillars of Eternity had its problems. But with the engine developed and the underlying rules in place, the stage seemed set for a daring sequel, if not Baldur’s Gate II-sized at least one that felt that grand in scope.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico