The Google Pixel 3a is arguably one of the best mid-range phones on the market right now, and the Mountain View company isn’t afraid to compare it to more expensive devices.In fact, Google previously compared the Pixel 3a to the $999 iPhone XS.The company is stepping up its war on Apple this week (h/t: 9to5Google), issuing two ads that tout the new phone’s Google integration.Read: KaiOS gets $50m in funding, hits 100m phones shippedThe search kingpin’s ads have the same basic theme, noting that the $999 Phone X (the iPhone XS again) “has Google.” But one of the ads, seen below, continues by saying the $399 Pixel 3a “is Google.” This ad also notes that Google Assistant is built into the Pixel 3a — iPhone users have to download it first.The Pixel 3a allows you to squeeze the phone to summon Assistant out of the box.
Google today announced that Search is getting a fresh coat of paint.In the next few days, Google Search will bring branding “front and center” by highlighting the name of websites and their icons at the top of results cards.Meanwhile, web addresses within product and service ads in Search will gain a bold label to help users “quickly identify” sponsored content.The bold label replaces the green outlined label that Google introduced in 2017, and it’s been in testing for several months.Google senior interaction designer Jamie Lee said that it and the other changes — which will roll out first on mobile — will afford the Search team flexibility to add more action buttons and previews to results cards in the future.“Our goal with Search always has been to help people quickly and easily find the information that they’re looking for,” wrote Lee in a blog post.
Flash automaker insists victim 'immediately removed his hands from the wheel'In a preliminary report issued on Thursday, the US National Transportation Safety Board on said that a Tesla 3 crash on March 1 in Delray Beach, Florida, occurred while the vehicle's Autopilot system was active."From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel.Preliminary vehicle data show that the Tesla was traveling about 68 mph when it struck the semitrailer.Neither the preliminary data nor the videos indicate that the driver or [Autopilot] executed evasive maneuvers."The first was in Williston, Florida, on May 7, 2016 and the situation was similar – a Tesla Model S drove into truck without driver or system intervention.
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(Reuters) — Tesla’s Autopilot feature was engaged during a fatal March 1 crash of a 2018 Model 3 in Delray Beach, Florida, in at least the third fatal U.S. crash reported involving the driver-assistance system, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.The NTSB’s preliminary report said the driver engaged Autopilot about 10 seconds before crashing into a semitrailer, and the system did not detect the driver’s hands on the wheel for fewer than eight seconds before the crash.The vehicle was traveling at about 68 miles (109 km) per hour (mph) on a highway with a 55-mph (89-kph) speed limit, and neither the system nor the driver made any evasive maneuvers, the agency said.Tesla said in a statement that soon after the crash it shared information with regulators about the Autopilot status and said after the driver engaged the system he “immediately removed his hands from the wheel.Autopilot had not been used at any other time during that drive.”The company added that “Tesla drivers have logged more than one billion miles with Autopilot engaged, and our data shows that, when used properly by an attentive driver who is prepared to take control at all times, drivers supported by Autopilot are safer than those operating without assistance.”
The controller uses “haptic feedback” to give you a sense of touch in applications such as virtual reality games.The hope is that the next big frontier for VR technology will be the sense of touch, as the visuals already do a good job of making you feel a sense of presence, or immersion in another place.I’ve known about Provancher’s technology for years, and I recently tried it out at the VR Arcade event in San Francisco.The Tactical Haptics controllers use tangential shear and friction forces to create compelling physical feedback that you can distinguish.With this motion controller in hand, users get a realistic experience of the stretch of a bow and arrow, the inertia of a ball swinging on a chain, the impact of a ball on their virtual tennis racket, the tug of a fish in a fishing game, or the kick of a gun in shooter game.The company anticipates an initial ship date in the fourth quarter 2019 for the first batch of dev kit pre-orders.
Google’s Chromebooks are already capable of running Android apps and Linux programs, but the Mountain View company was also working on Project Campfire.The initiative aimed to bring Windows to Chromebooks, allowing users to dual-boot between Microsoft’s operating system and Chrome OS.Now, a new code commit spotted by ChromeUnboxed has revealed that the so-called Alt OS functionality is likely dead.The commit reveals that several related features are being deprecated, including the Alt OS picker screen (which supposedly lets you choose between Windows and Chrome OS).This isn’t official confirmation of Windows being killed off on Chromebooks, but it certainly suggests that Project Campfire is no more.It’s not like Chromebooks have a shortage of apps either, owing to Android and Linux apps.
When Google introduced the Titan Security Key at Cloud Next 2018 last August, the Mountain View company pitched the bundled dongles as ironclad protections against data compromise.Google today said that it uncovered a flaw in the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) version of the Titan Security Key that could allow a nearby person (within about 30 feet) to communicate with the key or with the device to which it’s paired.There’s a narrow window of opportunity during account sign-in and setup.“When you’re trying to sign into an account on your device, you are normally asked to press the button on your BLE security key to activate it,” explained Google.“An attacker … can potentially connect their device to your affected security key before your device connects [and] sign into your account … if [they] obtained your username and password.[Also,] before you can use your security key, it must be paired to your device.
Not all supply chains are created equal, and that’s especially true in the fashion industry.Clothes account for an estimated half a million tons of nonbiodegradable microfibers reaching the oceans every year, the equivalent of more than 50 billion plastic bottles.Textile dying is the second-largest polluter of clean water (after agriculture), and conventional cotton farming requires high levels of harmful pesticides to prevent crop failure.Perhaps most alarming is the estimated 170 million children engaged in child labor, who make textiles and garments in some of the poorest parts of the world.Oversight incorporating regular reports and audits goes a long way toward preventing supply chain transgressions, but maintaining a close eye on such global goings-on requires the right tools.To address this, Google today announced at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit that it is building a Google Cloud data analytics and machine learning service that will “give brands a more comprehensive view into their supply chain,” particularly at the level of raw production.
The conference, which occurred at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, covered everything from the new Pixel smartphones to Android Q and Google’s continuous commitment to more extensive Internet of Things items.Google Pixel phones you can affordGoogle is jumping directly over into the mid-range smartphone showcase with an increasingly affordable version of its Pixel 3 and 3XL devices.5 Best Things We Saw at Google I/O 2019The original phones were generally received by tech journalists and reviewers yet have been accounted for to have struggled in terms of sales.presently, in a move reminiscent of the Nexus days, Google has launched a $399 version that makes a couple of compromises contrasted with its flagships.We’ve had a Pixel 3a in our editorial office for a brief time and it’s unquestionably an amazing achievement, not least since it holds the wonderful camera from the regular Pixel 3.
Next week, Google will be putting on a big party at the pointy outdoor amphitheater in Mountain View.Sundar Pichai teased out a number of upcoming offerings from the company that we can expect to see on full display at the show.From the looks of it, there’s going to be a LOT of news coming hot and heavy out of the South Bay, from new Android and Assistant features, to some rare hardware debuts.I had to look up the latter — it’s a “popular Brazilian baked dessert, made chiefly from sugar, egg yolks, and ground coconut” according to Wikipedia.We’re probably not getting a name either way at the event, of course.With an expected arrival date of this summer, we’ve already seen some key pieces of Android 10 courtesy of a couple of betas.
In 2018, Walter Huang's Tesla Model X collided with a highway barrier while Autopilot was running, killing Huang and sparking a large vehicle fire.Now, Huang's family has filed a lawsuit against the California-based automaker.The family of Walter Huang has filed a lawsuit against Tesla in California state court.The complaint, which was filed on April 26 and can be read in full at the bottom of this story, seeking damages due to perceived negligence on Tesla's part."At all relevant times herein, Defendants were negligent and careless in their design, manufacture, testing, marketing, sale, and maintenance of the 2017 Tesla Model X, and Defendants were negligent and careless in failing and omitting to provide adequate instructions and warnings to protect against injuries occurring as a result of vehicle malfunction and the absence of an effective automatic emergency braking system, as occurred here," the complaint reads.On March 23, 2018, Huang's Model X was operating under Autopilot when the vehicle veered left, taking the vehicle out of its lane and colliding with a concrete barrier on US Highway 101 in Mountain View, California.
"Mrs. Huang lost her husband, and two children lost their father because Tesla is beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers," family attorney Mark Fong said.He says the family wants to make sure that other drivers don't suffer Huang's fate.His Tesla struck a concrete barrier dividing the two lanes, and he died from his injuries.The agency found that, seven seconds before the deadly crash, "the Tesla began a left steering movement" that carried it into the widening gap between the diverging lanes, which it apparently mistook for a travel lane.According to the NTSB, Huang's hands were detected for 34 seconds out of the last minute of the trip—but not in the final six seconds.The lawsuit argues that the Model X "was in a defective condition" and "was unreasonably dangerous."
The wrongful death lawsuit, filed in in California Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, alleges that errors by Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system caused the crash that killed Huang on March 23, 2018.The lawsuit alleges that Tesla’s Autopilot driver assistance system misread lane lines, failed to detect the concrete media, failed to brake and instead accelerated into the median.Huang lost her husband, and two children lost their father because Tesla is beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers,” B.Mark Fong, a partner at law firm Minami Tamaki said in a statement.Other allegations against Tesla include product liability, defective product design, failure to warn, breach of warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation and false advertising.California DOT is also named in the lawsuit because the concrete highway median that Huang’s vehicle struck was missing its crash attenuator guard, according to the filing.
Here’s everything you can expect to see at Google I/O 2019.Powerful, sleek, and oh-so affordable, the Nexus’ reign of terror over other affordable smartphones was put to an end when Google released the flagship Google Pixel in 2016.As such, you can expect lower-end hardware, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor expected in the Pixel 3a, and the Snapdragon 710 in the Pixel 3a XL.The design is reminiscent of the Pixel 3, and includes some fairly chunky bezels.A blunder from Google meant an entry for the “Pixel 3a” was accidentally made live on the Google Store, and while it was swiftly removed, it’s confirmation the phone is coming, and that it’s coming soon.Most exciting of all for Android veterans, Google is set to revamp the sharing function entirely.
For anyone hoping that Google would bake a scrolling screenshot feature into stock Android there's bad news: it's not going to.Replying in June of last year to a request from users for the feature to be natively supported in Android, Google said it had "passed this to the development team", and would provide updates, then around three months later said it had "deferred this issue for consideration in a future release".Now, almost a year to the day since that response, Google has added the rather terse update: "Status: Won't Fix (Infeasible)".No further information was provided as to why Google believes the feature can't be included, but we'd be surprised if it was for technical reasons.There are the best phones available right nowA number of manufacturers have added support for scrolling screenshots in their Android interface overlays, with the likes of Huawei's EMUI and Samsung's One UI both offering the ability to take a screenshot that includes more than what's visible on the screen.
Scrolling screenshots are one of the most requested features in stock Android, allowing users to capture a lengthy article, message thread or anything else that doesn’t fit in a standard screenshot.Unfortunately, Google has confirmed that it won’t be bringing the feature any time soon.In a Google Issue Tracker thread spotted by Android Police, a user asked the Mountain View firm to implement the feature.Unfortunately, Google’s eventual response was to change the feature request’s status to “won’t fix (infeasible).”“Once again, thank you for submitting the feature request.After following up with our product and engineering teams, the feature request will not be able to be considered at this time,” the company added.
The Vergecast will be live at Google I/O in Mountain View, CA on May 8th.Nilay and Dieter will be there to break down all the news from Google I/O with special guests Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP at Google for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Play, comms and photos, and Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, director of Android.If previous I/O years are anything to go by, we should have a lot to talk about: a new version of Android, the latest with Chrome OS and the web, and maybe even those rumors of new Pixel hardware will pan out.It should be a wild show, and we promise that even though Android Q is going to have new support for folding phones, we’ll be through with all our Galaxy Fold jokes by then.Doors will open on Wednesday, May 8th at 5:30PM PT with the show starting promptly at 6PM.We’ll hang out after the podcast to chat and mingle, too.
Google Podcasts is a little late to the podcast party, but it seems like the Mountain View company is making a concerted effort to improve its app.Now, it seems like a sleep timer is the latest feature coming to the service.The feature, spotted by XDA-Developers, lets users play podcasts for a set amount of time before pausing.This is handy if you listen to podcasts in bed but don’t want to miss out because you fell asleep.The outlet notes that you can set the sleep timer in five minute increments, or until the end of an episode.It’s not the first podcast service to offer this functionality by a long shot, but it’s welcomed nonetheless.
Taking place from May 7 to May 9, Google I/O 2019 less than two weeks away.To help attendees and viewers alike get ready for the developer conference, the Silicon Valley search giant is rolling out an update to its Android app to get it set for this year’s festivities (via 9to5Google).The Google I/O 2019 app is primarily used for checking out the conference’s schedule.In addition to that, attendees can book seats for specific sessions.As expected, the updated app utilizes the Google Material Theme for than last year’s.Below is a list of those changes from the Play Store: