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Google details Lenovo, Yi’s VR180 cameras for spring launch

CES 2018 The Big Trends for Business CES showcases the tech trends that will shape the year ahead. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals. Read More Google and partners on Tuesday announced a new set of VR180 cameras that can capture three-dimensional photos and videos …

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Google Assistant had a good CES

I started writing about Google Assistant before I’d even fully unpacked. The company had posted up a week-long residency with a profile to rival any in Vegas that first week of January. Celine Dion at Caesar’s, David Copperfield at the MGM Grand, Google at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The …

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DeepMind and the NHS: What it’s really like to use Google’s kidney health app

Video: DeepMind and healthcare: How is the NHS using artificial intelligence? Back in 2014, Google bought UK artificial intelligence outfit DeepMind for a rumoured £400m. Since then, DeepMind has been expanding its AI capabilities into new areas including gaming and, most notably, healthcare. The Royal Free, a teaching hospital located …

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CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they’re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they’re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However, actual marginalized people are, rightfully so, saying not enough …

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Meltdown-Spectre firmware glitch: Intel warns of risk of sudden reboots

Video: Intel addresses Meltdown and Spectre security flaws at CES 2018 Intel has revealed that a glitch in its patch for the Meltdown and Spectre CPU attacks is causing problems on PCs and datacenter equipment. Intel’s firmware, which is delivered by hardware OEMs, is causing higher system reboots on systems …

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Google temporarily bans addiction center ads globally following exposure of seedy referral deals

Google is temporarily halting advertisements worldwide for addiction and rehabilitation centers, following a report last week showing it was acting as a platform for shady referral services earning huge undisclosed commissions. Essentially these ads, which commanded huge prices on Google’s networks, would show for people seeking addiction treatment; the help …

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Google: Our brilliant Spectre fix dodges performance hit, so you should all use it

Video: Meltdown and Spectre take a bite out of Apple Google’s ‘moonshot’ fix for the hardest-to-solve of the three Meltdown and Spectre CPU attacks seems to have paid off. That fix, called Retpoline, addresses Variant 2 of the two Spectre CPU attacks called ‘branch target injection’. Variant 2 is considered …

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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested …

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Microsoft: We’re not giving up on Cortana (even in home automation)

Video: Watch out, Nest: Microsoft just teased a Cortana thermostat All the new wins for Alexa and Google Assistant announced at CES 2018 this week have led many to wonder about Cortana’s prospects. ZDNet’s Larry Dignan went so far as to call CES “Cortana’s funeral.” And the news about Microsoft’s …

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Google claims its Spectre and Meltdown mitigation results in no performance degradation

It’s been a long week since we first learned about the now infamous Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities. One of the issues with mitigating the danger these vulnerabilities pose is that they could result in serious performance degradation. In a blog post today, Google claimed their solutions resulted in no …

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