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Maybe Now Google Can Stop Dragging Its Dang Feet on a Pixel Watch

Google announced plans today to acquire a portion of Fossil’s smartwatch technology for $40 million. As part of the deal, Google will also get a portion of Fossil Group’s research and development team. It’s not exactly clear at this moment what specific tech Google is shelling out for—but the acquisition paradoxically…Read more...
Tags: Google, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Fossil, Fossil Group, But Do I Want A Hybrid Pixel Watch Nope

Fossil to sell smartwatch technology worth $40 million to Google, shares rise

The sale will see a portion of its research and development team currently working on the technology moving to Google. "The addition of Fossil Group's technology and team to Google demonstrates our commitment to the wearables industry," Stacey Burr, vice president of product management at Google's Wear OS, a smartwatch platform, said.
Tags: Google, Science, Fossil Group, Stacey Burr

Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook

Just in case you weren’t already aware of this, Apple is super duper serious about privacy. In a new Time opinion piece, Tim Cook reiterated the company’s old talking points about how other companies (read: Facebook and Google) turn people’s personal data into a product that they can sell, sometimes without the user…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Privacy, Time, Marketing, Tim Cook

Fossil shares jump after Google agrees to buy smartwatch tech for $40 million

Google will buy $40 million worth of Fossil's smartwatch tech, Fossil said Thursday, driving shares of the company upward.
Tags: Google, Science, Fossil

Leaked Video of Alleged Pixel 3 Lite Details Almost Everything, Including a Launch Date

It seems Google has a real problem with secrets, because after a Russian blog shared info about the upcoming Pixel 3 Lite late last year, now there’s a complete review of what appears to be a pre-production Pixel 3 Lite on YouTube. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Pixel, Lite, Lite Details Almost Everything Including

Google Faces Third EU Antitrust Fine Within Weeks

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is set to announce a penalty targeting the AdSense advertising service in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the probe who spoke on condition of anonymity. Regulators were probing whether Google’s advertising contracts unfairly restricted rivals. The penalty will mark the culmination -- for now -- of more than eight years of active antitrust investigation into the U.S. tech giant.
Tags: Google, Science, Margrethe Vestager

YouTube Finally Explicitly Bans Dangerous Pranks and Challenges After Bird Box Fiasco

YouTube has changed its policies in an attempt to cut down on potentially dangerous challenges and pranks, Engadget reported on Tuesday, updating its rules to explicitly ban them from the site.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, Pranks, Engadget, Moderation, Bird Box, Bird Box Challenge

Bytedance Hits Lower-End of Sales Goal Amid Slowdown

Six-year-old Bytedance secured a $75 billion valuation in the most recent fundraising, vaulting it ahead of Uber Technologies Inc. in the global rankings, after attracting backing from SoftBank Group Corp., KKR & Co. and General Atlantic. The social media giant is nurturing a raft of apps including news aggregating service Toutiao and short video platform Tik Tok, helping it create an internet experience that’s a cross between Google news and Facebook. Bytedance declined to comment on its reve...
Tags: Google, Science, General Atlantic, Uber Technologies Inc, Toutiao, Bytedance, Facebook ByteDance, SoftBank Group Corp KKR Co

Google Workers Keep Up Fight on Forced Arbitration After Walkout

The group launched a campaign on Tuesday, via Twitter and Instagram, pushing to end forced arbitration, which can limit employees legal options in cases of workplace discrimination. Posts on the social media platforms throughout the day will address the impact of forced arbitration on tech workers and share interviews with survivors and experts, the group said. "A handful of tech companies attempted to separate harassment from discrimination by making arbitration optional for only individual c...
Tags: Google, Science, End Forced Arbitration

Google Workers Have a New Plan to Fight Forced Arbitration

A group of Google workers is ramping up the fight to eliminate the tech industry’s use of unfair forced arbitration agreements.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Forced Arbitration

The Strange Dancing Plague of 1518: When Hundreds of People in France Could Not Stop Dancing for Months

If you find yourself thinking you aren’t a victim of fashion, maybe take another look. Yes, we can consciously train ourselves to resist trends through force of habit. We can declare our preferences and stand on principle. But we aren't consciously aware of what's happening in the hidden turnings of our brains. Maybe what we call the unconscious has more control over us than we would like to think. Inexplicable episodes of mass obsession and compulsion serve as disquieting examples. Mass panics...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Science, College, France, History, Bbc, Strasbourg, Rhine, Moselle, Facebook Twitter, Alsace, Josh Jones, Waller, St Vitus, Oliver Sacks

Google Gives Up on Its Cheapo Music Streaming Dongle 

Google’s deeply discounted Chromecast Audio dongle is reportedly canceled.
Tags: Google, Science, Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Dongle Dongle Dongle Dongle

Mathematicians Discovered a Computer Problem that No One Can Ever Solve

Mathematicians have discovered a problem they cannot solve. It's not that they're not smart enough; there simply is no answer. The problem has to do with machine learning -- the type of artificial-intelligence models some computers use to "learn" how to do a specific task. When Facebook or Google recognizes a photo of you and suggests that you tag yourself, it's using machine learning. When a self-driving car navigates a busy intersection, that's machine learning in action. Neu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Chicago, University Of Illinois, Cohen, Gödel, Kurt Gödel, Paul Cohen, Nature Machine Intelligence, Lev Reyzin, Reyzin

CES Report 2019

The annual CES event was held in Las Vegas this week. Ever since 1967, the first week in January has seen the enormous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  This year was no exception, with over 180,000 attendees from over 150 countries and over 4,500 exhibiting companies meeting in an enormous 2.5 million square foot exhibition, sprawling over the Las Vegas Convention Center and spilling into other nearby hotels and locations too. We’ve been occasionally attending CES since the mid/late 198...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Google, Amazon, Science, Miscellaneous, Samsung, Tech, Current Affairs, Las Vegas, Costco, Vegas, Harley Davidson, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Cellphones & Wireless

Google Board Sued for Hushing Misconduct Claims About Rubin

The investor claims the Google parent’s board failed in its duties by allowing the harassment to occur and covering up Rubin’s behavior, as did the company’s top executives and committee members, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, among others. “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sex...
Tags: Google, Science, California, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, John Doerr, Ram Shriram, Rubin, David Drummond, Google Board

Google Shareholders Sue Over Andy Rubin’s Reported $90 Million Golden Parachute

A bombshell report by the New York Times in October revealed that Google, like many companies, was willing to bury inconvenient sexual harassment complaints against its executives. In the case of Andy Rubin, a veteran associated deeply with the creation of the Android operating system, his fall from grace was…
Tags: Google, Science, New York Times, Alphabet, Andy Rubin, Google Walkout, Lawsuit For Real Change

Google Only Has to Respect Your 'Right to Be Forgotten' in the EU, Court Says

Google is not responsible for protecting people’s “right to be forgotten” in any countries outside of the European Union, according to a preliminary opinion from the European court of justice.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, European Union, Right To Be Forgotten, Alphabet, EU Court Says

Google Clash Over Global Right to Be Forgotten Returns to Court

Ahead of a ruling later this year, an adviser at the EU Court of Justice will on Jan. 10 deliver an opinion on whether the world’s most-used search engine can limit the geographical scope of the privacy right to EU-based searches. Google has been fighting efforts led by France’s privacy watchdog to globalize the right to be forgotten after the EU court’s landmark ruling in 2014 forcing the search engine to remove links to information about a person on request if it’s outdated or irrelevant. Th...
Tags: Google, Science, France, Eu, Alphabet Inc, EU Court of Justice, EU Google

Google's New Policy Chief Weighs Washington Reshuffle

Karan Bhatia, who joined in June, is reassessing the roles of existing staff, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. This may hasten the departure of Google’s longtime Washington director, former Representative Susan Molinari, according to one of the people. Molinari, a Republican who joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google in 2012, was slated to transition to an advisory role this month, opening up her position as head of policy for the Americas.
Tags: Google, Science, Washington, Molinari, Alphabet Inc, Susan Molinari, Karan Bhatia, Washington Reshuffle

Google's Nod to a Universal Translator Was a Smart First Move in a Bid for AI Dominance This Year

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Google Kicked Off Its Bid to Dominate AI This Year by Moving Towards a Universal Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Google Is Clearing the Air of Foul AI With Its Stab at a Universal Language Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Google Pushes Deeper Into Homes With Digital Assistant Updates

Google’s voice-activated assistant will be integrated with new devices including DISH Network Corp.’s Hopper receivers, Sonos Inc. speakers, KitchenAid appliances and Samsung Electronics Co. televisions, the company said Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas. Google, Apple Inc. and Inc. are battling to distribute their digital assistants as widely as possible in a bid to dominate an emerging new way to interact with computers. Alphabet Inc.’s Google is trying to position its assistant as the ...
Tags: Google, Science, Ces, Las Vegas, Kitchenaid, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Samsung Electronics Co, DISH Network Corp, Sonos Inc, Google Apple Inc

Lenovo and Google Figured Out the Perfect Alarm Clock

It took a couple of years, but we finally have the perfect application of Google Assistant—an alarm clock. The Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant looks like a sibling to Google’s Home Hub and Home Mini. Only instead of being a hub for smart home control, or a dinky speaker with Google Assistant built in, its…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Ces, Clocks, Smart Home, Lenovo, Home Hub, Alarm Clock, Google Assistant, CES 2019, Lenovo Smart Clock

Google Is Blitzing CES with a Literal Rollercoaster Full of Google Assistant Tech

OK, it’s a small coaster, but after a couple years of attending CES, between the Google vending machines, the Google branded monorail, and a bunch of new features for the Google Assistant, it feels like Google is flexing on the world’s biggest trade show in a way it never has before. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Ces, Google Maps, Voice Assistant, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, CES 2019, Google Assistant Asserts Its Dominance, Lenovo Smart Clock, Google Ride, Interpreter Mode

IBM unveils world's first commercial quantum computer

IBM has unveiled the world's first commercial quantum computer in a breakthrough that could someday lead to PCs that are millions of times faster than a regular machines.  Named the IBM Q System One, the supercomputer was unveiled this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in an airtight 9-foot cube made from half-inch thick glass.  The IBM Q uses theories of physics to create computing techniques that are far more powerful than current devices. While real-world applications of quantum...
Tags: Google, Science, Ap, Ibm, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show, IBM Research, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Mountain View California, Arvind Krishna, Ploughskeepsie New York

Science Activities For Kids

Impress your kids with these fun science activities! Kids are stuck inside a lot this time of year, make it fun and teach kids all at the same time with these fun science activities for kids! Your kids will love doing them! Check these out if you are looking for more rainy day activities. Who knows maybe you will find your next science project. Science Activities For Kids Oobleck  is amazing. You will be totally taken with this goo. If you quickly smack oobleck with your hand it immediately ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Science, Pinterest, Don, Lou, Kid's Activities, Activities For Kids, Fun Things To Do With Kids, Kids Actvities, Kids Science, Science Activities, Ivory Soap

You Can Buy All Four Bumblebee Camaros From Transformers, but They're Not Street Legal

Perhaps you’ve seen a Transformers movie, or two, or six, in the past 11 years. (Google says there are six now.) Perhaps you’ve liked them, even, to the point that you’ve dreamed of one day owning the sporty, automatic stunt cars that turn into robots on the big screen. Now’s your chance to own four.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Transformers, Camaro, Barrett Jackson, Chevrolet Camaro, Bumblebee

Researcher Distributes Tool That Enables Mass-Hijacking of Google Chromecast Devices

A method a pair of hackers used this week to hijack thousands of Google Chromecast devices is, for those who hadn’t figured it out already, now plain as day.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Chromecast, Google Chromecast, Stop Forwarding To Port 8008, Google Chromecast Devices

Apple Falls to Fourth-Biggest U.S. Company by Market Value

(Bloomberg) -- It was only a month ago that Apple Inc. was the biggest U.S. company by market capitalization. Since then, it has lost that crown to Microsoft Corp. and at times ceded second place to Inc. The final blow to its dominance came Thursday as shares tumbled in the wake of its revised quarterly sales forecast, flipping positions with Google parent Alphabet Inc. to put it at the bottom of the heap.
Tags: Google, Science, Bloomberg, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Apple Falls to Fourth Biggest U S Company

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