Day: November 27, 2017

Google AI can now look before it leaps (off a cliff)

Google’s machine learning researchers have automated the automation again. The company last week showed off an algorithm tweak that gives robots foresight and caution, so they don’t require humans to reset them during learning sessions. A deep learning network typically gains proficiency at a task, like controlling a robotic factory arm or keeping a car …

Microsoft Office is finally on all Chromebooks (with a catch)

After a long wait time, Microsoft’s Office apps are now finally available on all Chromebooks — though it’ll be useless if you have a larger Chromebook. Chrome Unboxed checked the Play Store for multiple models of Chromebook, and confirmed the Android app versions of the software appear to be available for all current Chromebooks. Among other …

Google activates the Pixel 2’s secret photo chip in new Android 8.1 beta

Shortly after announcing the the Pixel 2, Google surprised everyone by revealing the phone actually has a secret photography chip that had not yet been activated. Google just turned it on for the first time with the latest (and final) developer preview of Android 8.1 Called the Pixel Visual Core, it’s the first processor designed …

Mozilla offers relief from Cyber Monday with bizarre “Download-A-Thon” livestreaming event

The awfulness of Black Friday has passed. Now, we’re into the awfulness of the (truly porny-sounding) Cyber Monday. To divert our collective attention spans from the myriad of sites trying to get our money, Mozilla is running its first-ever “Download-A-Thon” alongside Open Signal, a public TV station from Portland, Oregon. What’s a “Download-A-Thon” you ask? …

YouTube autocomplete suggests disturbing incestuous searches

BuzzFeed News reports that several users found YouTube’s site and app autocompleting search queries starting with ‘how to have’ with disturbing suggestions, including ‘s*x with your kids’, over the weekend. YouTube said in a statement that it’s removed that autocomplete result and similar ones, and is investigating how they cropped up in the first place. …

This bonkers launcher will delight Android fans who favor function over form

As a longtime Android user, I’m partial to Nova Launcher for its flexibility, allowing me to customize my home screen and app drawer just the way I like – minimal and clutter-free (see below). Today’s #homescreen pic.twitter.com/o4HWxmadc3 — Abhimanyu Ghoshal (@aghoshal) November 18, 2017 If that looks like a nightmare to you, you might want …