Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday – and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle.Rubin left Google in 2014 after allegations of sexual harassment and coercion, with his $90 million exit package and accusations that the tech giant shielded him and other executives sparking considerable backlash including a massive walkout by Google’s own employees.(Since then, Google workers have said the company retaliated against them for their involvement in the walkout, and court documents in Rubin’s divorce claimed he operated a “sex ring.”) The company he founded afterwards, Essential, released the minimalistic PH-1 phone in 2017 to a poor review by Gizmodo, though we deemed it a somewhat more competitive option as it plummeted to less than half price.The phone Essential and Rubin unveiled on Tuesday has a “radically different form factor,” namely that it’s elongated with a vertically oriented UI, as well as large icons and side buttons.It also has what looks like a pretty big camera bump on the back, which might indicate a big switch from the underwhelming camera in its predecessor.There’s also a divot on the back of the device positioned approximately in the same place as a fingerprint sensor.
Right now you can get the Google Assistant to start listening to you with a button push, or by saying "hey Google", or by squeezing the sides of your phone – but the Pixel 4 series is being tipped to introduce a new way of activating the app.According to 9to5Google, a new 'raise to talk' option is in development, where you only need to lift up your phone and start talking to use Google Assistant.The voice interaction will need to happen right after you lift the phone, apparently, and the necessary voice match processing is carried out on the device itself – so other people won't be able to get at the feature just by picking your phone up.Apple will fix your busted iPhone 6SHowever, it's not certain that 'raise to talk' for Google Assistant will be ready in time for the Pixel 4 launch on October 15 – it might be that the functionality gets pushed out as an update at a later date.We know that an improved Google Assistant is on the way, because Google showed off some of its features – including a more intuitive way of continuing a conversation with the app – at the Google IO event back in May.
Yesterday, a judge in San Antonio, Texas sentenced an Iraqi man to 30 years in federal prison for selling various narcotics in exchange for cryptocurrency on the dark web.30-year-old Alaa Mohammed Allawi allegedly distributed 245 kilograms of fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and Xanax, a court press release states.It’s believed he sold more than 850,000 pills on the dark web and took payment in cryptocurrency.According to the release, drugs that Allawi sold eventually led to the death of a US Marine who overdosed, and to the serious bodily injury of two residents of North Dakota.On top of the prison sentence, Allawi has been ordered to forfeit his $270,000 home, five firearms, $28,000 in US currency, $31,000 worth of jewelry, four vehicles, more than $21,000 worth of cryptocurrency, and all his rights in a Californian tea and coffee franchise.While the release does not describe what cryptocurrencies, US attorney John F Bash said that Allawi and his co-conspirators attempted to conceal their activity through using the dark web and seven different cryptocurrencies, but they did include Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Meal delivery kits make it possible for you to have quality home-cooked dinners even if you’re not the best cook.You can find several different meal box services including Hello Fresh, Plated, and more.Blue Apron plans start at $7.50 per serving for the largest plan, which includes four meals per week for four people.For a family of four, this would cover four nights of dinner for around $120, and shipping is free for the larger plans.For a family of four ordering three recipes a week, the cost per meal goes up to $8.Sun Basket is similar to Blue Apron in that the cost is less per meal when you order more meals, and the cost is higher when you order less meals per week.
“The Raspberry Pi 4 is the most capable Pi ever made, and an awesome affordable PC.”More powerful than any Pi beforeStandalone Pi PCB is very affordableDesktop Kit has everything you needHigh-res video can be choppyThe first computer I ever saw, touched — and likely tasted, considering my tender age — was the BBC Micro.
Two out of three britons feels uncomfortable about the idea of going for a self-driven car.the rate has remained unchanged for the last few years, and now the engineers have to see more testing on the public right of way in order to get the general public in the community of the technology.the Study of how the british look at the self-driven vehicles has been carried out by the Organization for mechanical engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers).2 014 participants, and the attitude is far from embracing.Now, revealed the findings of the report, ”Public Perceptions: Driverless Cars”, and close to one-third of the respondents believe that the Uk will never have to implement a paradigm shift in which the major portion of the vehicles on the road are comprised of self-driven cars.with 60 per cent of the respondents claim that they will always prefer to drive themselves to the front of the transport table.
OnePlus 7T is here, the new flagship smartphone of the Chinese company comes to the market with features that will certainly captivate users looking for a fluid device, handsome, with an excellent camera and stunning features.With a minimal and refined design, OnePlus 7T is available in Frosted Silver and Glacier Blue colors.The smartphone has a 6.55-inch HDR10+ AMOLED Display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 20:9 aspect ratio.Compared to the previous model, then, the OnePlus 7T has a notch drop of over 31% smaller.Thanks to the AMOLED technology, the display guarantees excellent visibility in every situation and blocks 40% of the Blue Light projection for more comfortable use of the device during the night.To offer greater legibility, moreover, the Reading Mode has been added which, if activated, optimizes the saturation, the range and the contrast of the colors of the screen in favor of greater clarity and comfort.
Facebook introduced three new interactive ad solutions Thursday: video poll ads, augmented reality ads and playable ads.The social network said in a blog post, “People want to be included in your next big idea, and they are using new innovative ways to do it—fewer words, more GIFs, Facebook Live videos, Reactions, emojis, face filters and stickers.In turn, brands and people are becoming more intertwined, and it’s changing digital advertising from a one-way push communication to an ongoing dialogue powered by creativity.”Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram rolled out its poll sticker for Instagram Stories ads in March, and the parent company followed suit with Thursday’s unveiling of video poll ads for the social network’s mobile News Feed.The company said early findings have pointed to increased brand awareness and conversions, noting that cable network E!used Facebook video poll ads in a campaign aimed at boosting viewership of Total Bellas, and it saw brand awareness rise by 1.6 times.
Along with Google‘s announcement of an AI research center, its local language translation with Google Lens, and a phone number for Google Assistant, today the search giant announced Tokenized payment cards in the Google Pay app in India.With this feature, you’ll be able to load your card in the Google Pay app and pay for stuff online and offline (via NFC on Android).With this, you won’t need to provide your actual debit card number or a physical card.The company claims this method is more secure than using your card.Over the next few weeks, the tokenized card will be available to users holding a Visa card issued by HDFC, Axis, Kotak, and Standard Chartered bank.Google said it’s also working with MasterCard, RuPay, and other banks to bring all cards to the fore.
Find Unlimited is the terrible name of Vodafone's new AR game that goes live for the duration of next week.And then that's it, because there are only so many freebies a company will give away.Amongst the Apple prizes up for grabs are five new iPhone 11s, but the caveat is that you have a two hour window to play every day, and it's limited to central London.The objective is to use your phone's camera mode to find and interact with AR ‘Vatoms’ that will be appearing in six ‘high-footfall’ locations in that region of the city using the in-game map.There are six Vatoms to discover at each location, but you can only interact with one each day, and the placement of them will change day-to-day.Seems relatively easy if you're swanning about London with no place else to be.
As it prepares Windows 11, Microsoft has been laying the groundwork for such a radical release.It would still look like Windows.It has been one foul-up after another.Just in the last few months there was the registry backup fail and numerous and regular machine-hobbling Windows updates.It wants your company to move you to Windows Virtual Desktop and replace your existing PC-based software, like Office 2019, with software-as-a-service (SaaS) programs like Office 365.Maybe one that is being kept up to date by a worldwide group of passionate developers.
Today we woke up with very interesting news for all Motorola lovers or fans.The company will re-launch high-end devices and start with one with 5G connectivity.The company’s own Marketing Director has confirmed it in an interview with CNET, so we can consider these words official.We have been a little more than a year without seeing news in the high-end of the company, because the last device for this range was the Motorola Moto Z3, which arrived with a high-end processor from the previous year.In short, Motorola’s high-end segment needs a major renovation.The company seems ready to go back to the streets and not focus only on the mid-range.
YouTube starts phasing out exact subscriber numbersYouTube has begun removing precise subscriber counts for channels with over 1,000 followers, replacing them with rounded overview numbers, the Google-owned video service recently announced.The move has left some brands with subscriber accuracy concerns, especially large ones that could see rounded counts hiding nearly a million subscribers.Now Facebook says it may remove Like countsFacebook has begun testing the elimination of “like” counts in news-feed posts, the social media giant recently confirmed, in a move echoing a similar shift from tests conducted with its Instagram property — aimed at placing greater focus on content and less on “like” counts.Gartner Hype Report 2019 highlights CDPs, AI, Blockchain for Ads and Real-Time Marketing
Ove the past few years more and more apps have added in support for a dark mode, enabling those apps to switch their backgrounds to a black color.This allows for the app’s text to turn white and, thus, be more readable for some people.It can also help with saving your phone’s battery charge from draining faster as the display is not working quite as hard.After months of rumors, Google confirmed that Android Q, now officially called Android 10, would support a system-wide dark mode theme, allowing nearly all aspects of the OS to switch to that mode.Here’s how to enable the Android 10 dark mode on your phone if it has the OS installed.How to enable Android 10 dark mode theme
Several of the UK's major supermarkets have come together to accuse KP Snacks of manufacturing our favourite reconstituted salted foodstuffs in unhygienic conditions, thanks to an anonymous whistleblower claiming the firm's Ashby de la Zouch factory is a right mess that's compromising the safety of the beloved Hula Hoop.The Daily Star has photos too, showing dirty floors, with broken Hula Hoops littering both the machinery and the facility's peeling paint, with the source saying of the plant: "It's disgusting for a food factory.Everyone who works there knows it but they are scared to say anything because they'd lose their jobs.They have just bought over £30m of new machinery and it is absolutely covered in rubbish already."The same source says newly installed production machinery takes up too much space and is overheating the atmosphere, with temperatures in the facility routinely reaching around 35 degrees.That's enough to have Gregg Wallace sweating through his superfluous hairnet.
After wowing the crowd with the $1,000 SB46514-F6 — which packs 5.1.4-channel Dolby Atmos power for hundreds less than most rivals — Vizio has unleashed multiple follow-ups in various sizes, all at lower price points.The SB36514-G6 arrives in a relatively compact L-shaped box that’s reminiscent of most two- or three-channel budget bars, and much smaller than the sarcophagus-sized boxes I’ve come to expect from other all-in-one Dolby Atmos setups.Inside you’ll find a sleek-and-slim five-piece system outfitted in Vizio’s signature silver and black (shout-out to you Raiders fans).While the satellite speakers must be connected with old-fashioned wiring to the subwoofer and mounted behind you, the system is easily among the most inconspicuous Atmos setups I’ve encountered, prompting guests to marvel at just how much sound can be coaxed out of such a compact setup.At the back of the bar are an ample collection of ports, including digital Optical connection, 3.5mm analog connection, Ethernet to go along with Wi-Fi connection, HDMI ARC for connection to your TV, and an HDMI input to connect a streaming box or other device directly.When it comes to surround sound decoding, the SB36514-G6 has essentially the full Dolby suite, including Dolby Atmos (of course), as well as Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD.
The police said that a man was found dead at Burning Man on Thursday and that his death was being investigated as suspicious, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.Authorities identified the man as Shane Billingham.Burning Man is an annual arts-and-culture festival that kicked off last weekend in the Nevada desert.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The death of a man at the Burning Man festival is being investigated as "suspicious," the police say, the Reno Gazette Journal reported on Friday.The man was found dead Thursday at Burning Man, the nine-day festival in full swing in the middle of the Nevada desert.
Apple is overhauling how it deals with Siri recordings, pledging to do away with human assessment of Siri requests after users voiced privacy concerns that their conversations with the assistant could be overheard for quality testing.The iOS and macOS assistant has been caught up in ongoing controversies around all of the major virtual assistants the past few weeks, with privacy advocates warning that human assessment and intervention is far more prevalent than many users might assume.That includes sections of audio being reviewed by human operators, who are checking to see how well Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri, and other assistant technologies are doing at analyzing intent and reacting appropriately.Siri audio grading is getting a privacy overhaulNow, Apple has decided to change the way it does all that.Those transcripts will be saved for six months at most, and connected only with a random identifier and not a user’s Apple ID.
Den norska mediekoncernen Schibsted når 6 miljoner svenskar varje vecka, bland annat tack vare sina två stora tidningar Aftonbladet och Svenska Dagbladet.Själva vill de inte uppge någon exakt summa.Mediekoncernen fick blodad tand efter succéerna med köp- och säljsajten Blocket och lånejämförelsetjänsten Lendo, som förvärvades av Schibsted under 2003 respektive 2009.Innan köpet av Blocket hade Schibsted internt byggt upp och lanserat en liknande radannonsplattform i Norge, Finn.no, och tog sikte på att göra detsamma i Sverige.Ett bevis på det är att marknadsplatser och finansiella tjänster i dag är två av Schibsteds uttalade kärnverksamheter, utöver tidningsutgivningen.Nu letar koncernen efter nästa potentiella kassako i olika branscher.
Shopping for a new TV?Amazon is making a compelling case for choosing a Fire TV Edition model: For a limited time, you can get a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Insignia and Toshiba TVs -- and many of them are on sale.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Fire TV, of course, is Amazon's answer to Roku: A simplified UI for accessing not only streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and, of course, Prime Video, but also games and apps.It's available in "stick" form (meaning a Fire TV Stick that plugs into a TV's HDMI port) or baked right into various TVs (known by the "Fire TV Edition" suffix).One thing to note: As of now, the new Disney Plus streaming service has yet to confirm support for Fire TV devices.