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Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers

No major surprises here: Earlier this month, Google announced that the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview and its SDK tools would roll out to developers sometime later this month — and now that we have passed the middle of the month, the preview is indeed rolling out to those who have signed up for the Android Beta Program. While the Android Beta Program is mostly geared toward developers, there’s …

Google and Facebook Chase New Kind of VR Headset

NEW YORK, United States — So far, the landscape of virtual reality has been split between two types of headsets: expensive, high-end devices like the Oculus Rift that require PCs and external cameras, and cheap devices like Google’s Cardboard and Daydream that use smartphones as displays, sacrificing quality to make a mass-market product. This week, Facebook and Google made it clear that they’re both rushing toward …

Google shuts down Panoramio

Panoramio, the location-centric photo sharing service Google acquired in 2007, will show its last image on November 4. For the longest time, Google used Panoramio to augment its Google Maps and Google Earth services with crowdsourced imagery. Now that the company has integrated photo uploads into the Google Maps mobile apps and launched its Local Guides program, Panoramio clearly isn’t a priority for the company anymore. Google previously tried …

Google researchers aim to prevent AIs from discriminating

Garbage in, garbage out — that’s always been a rule of computing, and machine learning systems are no exception. These elementary AIs only know what we tell them, and if that data carries a bias of any kind, so too will the system trained on it. Google is looking to avoid such awkward and potentially serious situations systematically with a method it calls “Equality of …

Youtube took down MEP's videos about torture debate

Marietje Schaake (previously) is a Dutch Member of the European Parliament who has a fantastic track-record for getting it right on issues related to technology, free speech, human rights, and privacy; she is the author of a report on export controls for spying technology used to identify dissidents to torture. She uploaded the videos from the debate about these tools to Youtube, only …

Not OK, Google

At its hardware launch event in San Francisco yesterday, Alphabet showed the sweeping breadth of its ambition to own consumers’ personal data, as computing continues to accelerate away from static desktops and screens, coalescing into a cloud of connected devices with the potential to generate far more data — and data of a far more intimate nature — than ever before. Along with two new ‘Google designed’ flagship Android smartphones (called Pixel), the first Androids …

Here’s the Google Pixel

Sometimes it’s best to just sit back and feign surprise, as though the lead up to today’s big Google event wasn’t leakier than a rusted out old sieve in a rainstorm. After making several brief but notable cameos on international retailer and carrier pages this week, the company took to the stage at today’s Pixel event to reveal the titular handset – couched by the …

Google Docs for life sciences startup Benchling raises $7 million in growth funding from Thrive Capital

Benchling, a biotech company out of Y Combinator providing cloud-based software for researchers, tells TechCrunch it has raised $7 million in growth funding to continue creating tools to help the science community access research from big pharma and other leaders in the space. You might think of Benchling as the Google Docs portion of the life sciences industry. While IT solutions software isn’t the sexiest …

Google's Pixelphone leaked, is just another boring phone

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse broke Google’s embargo on its much-awaited Pixel Phone, revealing it a day early. Both devices will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 CPU clocked at 2.15GHz, with 4GB of RAM and with either 32GB or 128GB of internal storage. They have AMOLED displays with Gorilla Glass 4, at 1080p for the Pixel and 1440p for the Pixel XL. The …

Here’s what the Google Pixel could look like

Google is set to announce a bunch of new products tomorrow. And the star of the show is supposed to be the long-rumored Google Pixel. 9t5Google has spotted not one but two accidental leaks that match up and look legit. The Google Pixel will be Google’s flagship Android phone, and here’s what we know so far. It looks like Google shared some details about the …