Alphabet Inc's Google has postponed next week's planned unveiling of the beta version of its latest Android 11 mobile operating system in light of protests and unrest in the United States. "We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate," Google said in a message posted on its Android developers website. The event was originally scheduled to take place virtually on June 3, according to the website. In a tweet, it said that it will announce more details on the new version of Android "soon," without specifying any dates. Protests have spread across the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man who died after being pinned by the neck under a white police officer's knee. … [Read more...] about This is not the time to celebrate, says Google as it postpones Android 11 unveiling
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Internet search giant Google is set to launch a new smart speaker in the Nest brand, according to a report by 9to5Goole. The report cites sources familiar with the matter and says that the upcoming device will sport a familiar design that will “fit in nicely” with the fabric-oriented designs of the Nest Mini, Nest Hub, etc, As per the report, the soon to be launched device bears a code name ‘Prince’ and doesn’t offer a display and will be capable enough to place it somewhere between the original Google Home and the Google Home Max. Just as the other smart speakers from Google, this too will come powered with Google Assistant with all the AI-centric features we get to see right now. Right now, there is no official date or name for the expected Google smart speaker. We also have to wait and see whether or not the product will make its way to India. Just last month, a report by Strategy Analytics revealed that in the first quarter of 2020, Google ranked at … [Read more...] about Google may launch a new smart speaker soon
Fitting in everywhere Unlike the AirPods, neither of these are built to crap out after a short time. Jabra made the Elite Active 75t sweat and water-resistant enough to withstand both the rain and a sweaty workout. Jaybird, on the other hand, is officially in waterproof territory with the Vista, meaning you can wear them down to a depth of three feet of clear water and not have to worry about it. That's one of the key differentiators between these two, among a few others. … [Read more...] about Jabra Elite Active 75t vs. Jaybird Vista: Which should you buy?
Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has picked British startup Beacon, a digital freight forwarder, for his latest investment. Beacon said last week it raised over $15 million in Series A fundraising, from investors including Bezos and venture capital firm 8VC. The startup, formed by two former Uber Technologies Inc executives two years ago, is already backed by Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, along with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Beacon is also a supply chain finance firm that provides real-time data of cargo delivery and a marketplace view of global shipping costs and prices. "With digitalisation accelerating globally as a result of COVID-19, we believe the future of the traditional freight forwarder is more precarious than ever," CEO Fraser Robinson said in a statement. Beacon, whose logistic services include global ocean, air and truck freight, said the funds raised will be invested in new hires, technology and market expansion. Amazon did not … [Read more...] about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos invests in British startup Beacon
What's most important when watching a video — whether streaming online or watching a video you've taken yourself — is how good it looks. Fraunhofer is very specific with its wording here and says the new H.266 codec offers "equal perceptual quality." That's different from saying it actually looks the same and simply infers that we won't see the difference. That means that there can be slight artifacts or jitters that appear, but not enough to affect the overall quality, which is what really matters. … [Read more...] about This new codec will cut video file sizes in half so you can stream even more