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Google Officially Announces Android M, Its Latest OS

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:34pm

Google I/O 2015 has begun, and with it, one of the announcements we've all been waiting for: a first peek at Android M.

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Apple Preps Proactive To Take On Google Now

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 1:00pm

iOS already has its own personal assistant app in the form of Siri, but it seems Apple wants a more direct competitor to Google Now: 9to5Mac reports that a new service called Proactive is on the way.

With deep ties to Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook and third-party apps, Proactive would reportedly surface timely and relevant information in the same way that Google Now does. This could be hugely useful on the Apple Watch as well as the iPhone and iPad.

While Google Now and Siri have several features in common, Apple's app concentrates on controlling devices and running searches using voice input. Google Now focuses more on being an intelligent assistant, mining collected location, search and email data to automatically show alerts (like flight delays) when they're needed.

And that appears to be what Proactive is targeting. 

"Proactive will automatically provide timely information based on the user's data and device usage patterns, but will respect the user's privacy preferences, according to sources familiar with Apple's plans," says 9to5Mac.

The roots of Proactive can be traced back to Apple's 2013 acquisition of personal assistant app Cue, which enabled users to "know what's next" based on calendar and email information. With the notification and search capabilities inside iOS growing, Proactive is a logical next step.

Battle Of The Digital AssistantsCortana on Android.

Google Now has become the major component of stock Android—the unmodified version of Android that Google is increasingly pushing on phone makers—and is available on iOS devices and inside the Chrome browser too. With Microsoft's Cortana assistant spreading out to Windows 10, iOS and Android, it's time for Apple to make a move.

Siri has always been seen as Apple's Cortana or Apple's Google Now, but it lacks the smart, pre-emptive elements found in Microsoft and Google's products. Proactive would plug that gap—9to5Mac says it will show estimated travel times to scheduled events in exactly the same way that Google Now does.

It's another sign of the growing importance of these digital assistants and the ecosystems they tap into: Will we be choosing our next phones based on the digital assistant we get on best with? Or the one that knows most about us from our emails and searches?

9to5Mac says Proactive could even rearrange apps based on the time of day and usage patterns, and that third-party app integration will be an important element of the new service. If Proactive arrives with iOS 9, as is expected, we'll be hearing about it at WWDC.

We'll have to wait and see just how comprehensive the new app ends up being, and how well it competes with Google Now and Cortana. One thing we can predict with a good degree of certainty: It will only be available on Apple's platforms.

Images courtesy of Apple and Microsoft

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Black Hole Plays Pool With Plasma

Slashdot - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:57pm
the monolith writes: The Hubble Space Telescope is revealing that there is a pool game in progress, with a long shot being played out on a cosmic scale. It appears that the first recorded shot was observed in 1992, while subsequent canon shots were recorded between 1994 an 2014. In actuality, the shots are plasma, the current player is a black hole, and the playing surface is galactic space itself. The BBC has a story on the observations and interpretations, while the journal Nature has the paywalled in-depth article. The current score is unknown, and one can only hope that there were no life forms involved in the collision.

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Google’s Clever Inbox Email App Is Now Open to Everyone

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:54pm

Google's new app is like a personal assistant for your email, and now you can finally try it.

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Soon, You'll Shop Directly From Google Search Results With New "Buy" Button

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:29pm

It’s already pretty easy to go shopping on the web, but Google may have a way to make it even easier. A new “Buy” button is set to make an appearance alongside Google Search results, said Google Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani at the Code Conference on Wednesday.

“There's going to be a buy button,” said Kordestani, as  reported by the BBC. “It's going to be imminent.”

See also: Why Retail Beacons Still Have A Long Way To Go

The Buy button would allow users to stay within Google’s search platform, reducing the “friction” between the impulse to buy and actually doing so. Users won’t have to navigate to retailers’ websites to follow through on their shopping desires, while Google will presumably collect a small percentage on each successful purchase.

It’s unclear just now how the system will work in practice, though—including whether retailers will be able to opt in or out of the system, and what impact refusing the system would have on search rankings. 

Chances are very good the tech giant will reveal more details at the Google I/O conference. We’ll know soon, but one thing is clear now: Google definitely has plans to make it easier for you to spend your money online.

Lead photo by Gayle Nicholson; Google Search Buy button screen captured and modified by Brian P. Rubin for ReadWrite

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How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

Slashdot - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:11pm
__roo writes: Did you know chocolate helps you lose weight? You can read all about this great news for chocoholics in the Daily Star, Daily Express, Irish Examiner, and TV shows in Texas and Australia, and even the front page of Bild, Europe's largest daily newspaper. The problem is that it's not true. A researcher who previously worked with Science to do a sting operation on fee-charging open access journals ran a real—but obviously flawed—study rigged to generate false positives, paid €600 to get it published in a fee-charging open access journal, set up a website for a fake institute, and issued press releases to feed the ever-hungry pool of nutrition journalists. The doctor who ran the trial had the idea to use chocolate, because it's a favorite of the "whole food" fanatics. "Bitter chocolate tastes bad, therefore it must be good for you. It's like a religion."

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Audio Visuals: Fred Armisen’s a Golden Girl for Jenny Lewis

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:00pm

It is a great week and a sad week here at the music video roundup when there are too many good videos and not enough time to show them all.

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A Tool For Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets

Slashdot - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 11:28am
Tekla Perry writes: The golden age of engineers is not over,' says a French software engineer who developed a tool for mining U.S. Department of Labor visa application data, but, he says, salaries appear to be leveling off. Indeed, salary inflation for software engineers and other technical professionals at Google and Facebook has slowed dramatically, according to his database, and Airbnb and Dropbox pay is down a little, though Netflix pay is through the roof. The data also shows that some large companies appear to be playing games with titles to deflate salaries, and Microsoft is finally offering technology professionals comparable salaries to Apple and Google. There's a lot more to be discovered in this interactive database, and researchers are getting ready to mine it.

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How To Watch The Google I/O Keynote

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:58am

Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, is upon us, and we'll be scouring the event for what's new and noteworthy. Were our predictions right on the money, or way off the mark? Let's all find out together! 

The Google I/O keynote kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Pacific. We'll be covering the keynote, as well as the rest of the conference throughout Thursday and Friday. 

Join us, won't you?

ReadWrite's Adriana Lee is on the scene at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. You can also watch the keynote live on the I/O website.

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Uber Unveils App Updates to Help Its Deaf Drivers

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:30am

The updates are meant to streamline the ride-hailing process for hard-of-hearing drivers.

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Inside L’Oreal’s Plan to 3-D Print Human Skin

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:00am

The French cosmetics company has partnered with San Diego–based Organovo to rapidly produce tissue for product testing.

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Watch the Google I/O Keynote Live Right Here

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:00am

The Google I/O developer conference begins at 9:30 PDT in San Francisco, and we will be offering the live video stream right here.

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The Newest Strategy to Save Bats From Extinction? Bacteria

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 9:00am

Researchers think they may have stumbled on an intervention that can both treat WNS and prevent more colonies from being killed.

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Is This Planned Ghost Town the City of the Future?

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:45am

At the end of a six-mile road in a dry valley in southern New Mexico, researchers are building a first-of-its-kind testing ground for the future. Here among the cottonwoods and coyotes, they are creating a city designed to serve as a living laboratory for the latest in cutting-edge technology, such as goods-delivering drones and roads […]

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11 BMWs That Famous Artists Have Turned Into Masterpieces

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:00am

Since 1975, BMW has been working with prominent artists to transform its vehicles into masterpieces.

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How the New Miata’s Stereo Sounds So Good—With the Top Down

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00am

Driving a convertible is awesome. Listening to the radio in a convertible is not.

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These Mesmerizing GIFs Were Made From Household Liquids

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00am

Ruslan Khasanov uses regular household liquids to make swirling, psychedelic GIFs and videos.

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Just Kidding: This Game May Break the Kickstarter Record

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:00am

The well-crafted campaign for Bloodstained is putting it on track to be the biggest gaming Kickstarter ever.

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