Google I/O 2021: the biggest announcements

Image: Google Google just finished its live Google I/O 2021 keynote, where the company unveiled a huge number of announcements, including a new look coming to Android, a bunch of features coming to its Google Workspace productivity suite, and even a new AI that talked as if it were Pluto. Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn followed the whole thing in real time right here on our live blog. But if you just want to get caught up on the biggest news from the show, read on for our recap. Android 12 has a radical and bubbly new look Image: Google Google revealed that Android 12 will have a brand-new “Material… Read More

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Google is trying to make its image processing more inclusive

Google says its tweaked image processing will avoid over-brightening black and brown faces. | Image: Google It’s a long-standing problem that dates back to the days of film: image processing tends to be tuned for lighter skintones and not that of black and brown subjects. Google announced an effort to address that today in its own camera and imaging products, with a focus on making images of people of color “more beautiful and more accurate.” These changes will come to Google’s own Pixel cameras this fall, and the company says it will share what it learns across the broader Android ecosystem. Specifically, Google is making changes to its auto white… Read More

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Your Butt Is Getting in the Way of Science

Arne Svenson, Stray #55 To peer into the soul of a sea cucumber, don’t look to its face; it doesn’t have one. Gently turn that blobby body around, and gaze deep into its marvelous, multifunctional anus. The sea cucumber’s posterior is so much more than an exit hole for digestive waste. It is also a makeshift mouth that gobbles up bits of algae; a faux lung, latticed with tubes that exchange gas with the surrounding water; and a weapon that, in the presence of danger, can launch a sticky, stringy web of internal organs to entangle predators. It can even, on occasion, be a home for shimmering pearlfish, which wriggle… Read More

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How to watch the NBA playoffs without a cable subscription

  Summary List Placement Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky The 2020-21 NBA regular season has concluded, leaving 20 teams remaining in the league’s newly adopted postseason format. Before the playoffs officially begin, the league will host a play-in tournament to decide the final seeding of the 2021 playoff bracket. Using this format, the ninth and 10th ranked teams in each conference will play each other in a single elimination game; the loser is eliminated while the winner moves on to play for the eighth and final playoff seed. The seventh and eighth ranked teams will also play a single game, with the winner earning the seventh seed in the playoffs.… Read More

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The Android 12 public beta is available now

Photo composite by Amelia Holowaty Krales and Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google unveiled Android 12 at its opening I/O 2021 keynote, and now you can try the new update yourself as part of the first public beta. The Android 12 public beta is currently available for Google’s Pixel phones (Pixel 3 and up) and will also come to devices from OnePlus, Lenovo, Asus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. You can enroll your Pixel phone on Google’s Android beta site or find specific instructions for other supported phones on the Android Developers page. Android 12 brings a cornucopia of new features, but the most exciting are… Read More

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Google is making a 3D, life-size video calling booth

Google is working on a video calling booth that uses 3D imagery on a 3D display to create a lifelike image of the people on both sides. While it’s still experimental, “Project Starline” builds on years of research and acquisitions, and could be the core of a more personal-feeling video meeting in the near future. The system was only shown via video of unsuspecting participants, who were asked to enter a room with a heavily obscured screen and camera setup. Then the screen lit up with a video feed of a loved one, but in a way none of them expected: “I could feel her and see her, it was… Read More

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Ford just showed the electric F-150 Lightning a day before its official reveal (F)

Summary List Placement The highly anticipated F-150 Lightning isn’t set to be revealed until Wednesday evening. But Ford offered a glimpse of its debut electric pickup during an appearance by President Joe Biden at the automaker’s headquarters on Tuesday.  A corner of the truck was visible behind Biden and other speakers on live feeds of the event. Reporters on the ground had an even better view of the truck.  And there it is. The electric @Ford F-150 Lightning ahead of comments by @POTUS. pic.twitter.com/IF0baIT55w — Michael Wayland (@MikeWayland) May 18, 2021 The pickup’s front end matches what we’ve seen in teaser images Ford has released. Up front there’s an unbroken… Read More

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May Mobility’s Edwin Olson and Nina Grooms Lee and Toyota AI Ventures’ Jim Adler on validating your startup idea

When a founder has a work history that includes the name of the parent company of one of their key investors, you probably assume that was one of the first deals to come together. Not so with May Mobility and Toyota AI Ventures, which connected for the company’s second seed round, after May went out and raised its original seed purely on the strength of its own ideas and proposed solutions. That’s one of the many interesting things we learned from speaking to May Mobility co-founder and CEO Edwin Olson, as well as Chief Product Officer Nina Grooms Lee and Toyota AI Ventures founding partner Jim Adler on an episode… Read More

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May Mobility’s Edwin Olson and Nina Grooms Lee and Toyota AI Ventures’ Jim Adler on validating your startup idea

When a founder has a work history that includes the name of the parent company of one of their key investors, you probably assume that was one of the first deals to come together. Not so with May Mobility and Toyota AI Ventures, which connected for the company’s second seed round, after May went out and raised its original seed purely on the strength of its own ideas and proposed solutions. That’s one of the many interesting things we learned from speaking to May Mobility co-founder and CEO Edwin Olson, as well as Chief Product Officer Nina Grooms Lee and Toyota AI Ventures founding partner Jim Adler on an episode… Read More

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Google announces health tool to identify skin conditions

Google developed a tool to help people identify skin conditions. | Image: Google Google’s latest foray into health care is a web tool that uses artificial intelligence to help people identify skin, hair, or nail conditions. The company previewed the tool at I/O today, and it says it hopes to launch a pilot later this year. People can use their phone’s camera to take three pictures of the problem area — for example, a rash on their arm. They’ll then answer a series of questions about their skin type and other symptoms. The tool then gives a list of possible conditions from a set of 288 that it’s trained to… Read More

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Google announces health tool to identify skin conditions

Google developed a tool to help people identify skin conditions. | Image: Google Google’s latest foray into health care is a web tool that uses artificial intelligence to help people identify skin, hair, or nail conditions. The company previewed the tool at I/O today, and it says it hopes to launch a pilot later this year. People can use their phone’s camera to take three pictures of the problem area — for example, a rash on their arm. They’ll then answer a series of questions about their skin type and other symptoms. The tool then gives a list of possible conditions from a set of 288 that it’s trained to… Read More

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