Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, can now perform backflip

There is something amazing and scary about a robot that can leap and backflip.

  1. This will be the first robot that can perform such movement.
  2. Atlas is more athletic to more than 75% of today’s kids.
  3. Just imagine, Boston Dynamics creating an Atlas with sturdier materials and increasing the power of its jump!
  4. Just look at that form, it could rival even a well trained gymnast.
  5. You may not be aware of this but Boston Dynamics is a Google company.

Google Pixelbook and Pixelbook Pen

Google Pixelbook Specs;

  • 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD touchscreen display with Pixebook Pen support, 2400×1600 @235 ppi, 400 nits, 72% NTSC color
  • 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 or i7
  • Chrome OS
  • Dual speakers and 4 mics
  • 8GB/ 16GB RAM
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (NVME support) Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Aluminum unibody
  • Glass detail with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2×2 (MIMO), dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2
  • Full size backlit keyboard with 19 mm pitch and a dedicated Google Assistant key
  • Edge-to-edge etched glass trackpad
  • 720p @ 60FPS front facing camera
  • TPM Chip for on-device security
  • Sensor: 3-axis Gyroscope/Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Ambient Light, Hall Effect
  • Two (2) USB-Cs, 4K display output, 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Dimensions: 290.4 mm x 220.8 mm x 10.3 mm
  • Weight:1.1 kg
  • 41 Whr battery
  • Color: Silver

The Pixelbook is now available for pre-order and will be available in 3 configurations;

  • Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $999.
  • Intel® Core™ i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,199.
  • Intel® Core™ i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD for $1449.
  • Pixelbook Pen: $99

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Now Official

Google Pixel 2 Specs;

  • 5.0 in full HD AMOLED (1920 x 1080) at 441ppi
  • 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 145.7 mm x 69.7 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • 2700 mAh battery

Google Pixel 2 XL Specs;

  • 6.0 QHD+ pOLED display, (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi
  • 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 157.9 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White
  • 3520 mAh battery

Pixel 2 will retail at $649 while the Pixel 2 XL will be priced at $849. Both phones are now available for preorder in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and U.K, and the US. Then later this year in Italy, Singapore, and Spain later this year.

Watch the Google Pixel 2 Event!

Today, it Google’s Pixel 2 Event!

The company is expected to officially announce Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, plus other hardware like new Chromebooks, VR news and devices, a new Pixel book and a variants of Google Home that will compete against the Amazon Echo dot.

Stay tune for more!

Leaked Images of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

From the one and only Evan Blass;

Looks like the Galaxy S8 Plus sans curve screen and a bit narrower and taller.

Google is expected to provide more details on their new Pixel phones tomorrow, 4th of October.

Google to buy part of HTC smartphone team – namely the Pixel team — for US$1.1B

Yon Heong Tung, writing for e27;

Google has announced it will spend US$1.1 billion to acquire part of HTC’s smartphone division. This will include many employees who are currently developing Google’s Pixel line of smartphones.

As part of the agreement, Google will get a non-exclusive license to HTC’s intellectual property.

Unlike with the Motorola deal, where Google is more interested in Motorola’s patent portfolio, this appears to more of an “acqui-hire”, for the search giant to get designers and hardware engineers for their own smartphones.

It’s a step closer for Google to be more like Apple, where they control both the hardware and software of their smartphones.

Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app for India

Ingrid Lunden, writing for TechCrunch;

After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a new mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers.

Google has trademarked the name Tez in the Philippines as well, so it appears that the search giant will launch the service in the Philippine later this year or early 2018.

Tez is now available on Google Play Store and App Store.

Google publishes its developers documentation style guide public

Google developer;

You can now use our developer-documentation style guide for open source documentation projects.

And;

The style guide is a reference document, so instead of reading through it in linear order, you can use it to look things up as needed. For matters of punctuation, grammar, and formatting, you can do a search-in-page to find items like “Commas,” “Lists,” and “Link text” in the left nav. For specific terms and phrases, you can look at the word list.

If you’re a developer this is a great place to start.

You can access Google style guide here.

A new YouTube look that works for you

Youtube;

Over the last few months we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences. Let’s start with the YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features:

  • Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs. We also added new Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you’re looking for.
  • Videos that move with you: One of the things we’re working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, we introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. Give it a try! We already see billions of double taps per day. And I wanted to give you a sneak peek at another gesture I am really excited about. In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand: just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
  • Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
  • Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
  • Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.

New look, new services and new logo;

I still prefer the original logo but with all new things that Youtube have, the new logo presents the company perfectly.

Two PH startups join Google accelerator program in US, get P2.5M each

Melvin G. Calimag, writing for NewsBytes Ph;

Two digital startups from the Philippines recently took part in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator in California, joining other startups from all over the world that were picked by the tech giant to undergo mentorship and receive $50,000 (about P2.5 million) in funding to speed up their product development.

The Filipino startups which carried the country’s flag are Honesty Apps, a do-it-yourself mobile app platform for Android and iOS, and Bloom Solutions, a fin-tech firm that aims to transform the remittance business with blockchain technology.

Congratulations to both Honesty Apps and Bloom Solutions!

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides gets collaborative features

Google;

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That’s why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with this—Google Docs, Sheets and Slides—so that teams can work together at the same time, using the most up-to-date version.

Today, we’re introducing new updates to better help with “version control,” to customize tools for your workflows, and to help teams locate information when they need it.

We use Google docs and sheets at work, these collaborative feature will be a big help in speeding up our projects.

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says

Todd Haselton, writing for CNBC;

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on Monday.

The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.

Of course, Google will earn more than what they’re paid Apple in return. Just last quarter, the company reported a revenue of $26 billion.

So I’d say that $3 billion (a year) that they paid Apple is all worth it.

Developer Preview 4 now available, official Android O coming soon!

Google / Android;

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we’re rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready.

This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O.

If you have a device that’s enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive an update to Developer Preview 4 in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled your device yet, just visit the Android Beta site to enroll and get the update.

You can go to http://www.android.com/beta to enroll and download the Android O Developer Preview 4 on your device.

Announcing the fourth class of Launchpad Accelerator featuring new countries!

Two startup from the Philippines have been accepted into the program;

  • BLOOM: Transforming remittance businesses with blockchain technology
  • Honesty Apps: A Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.

Google Developers Blog;

Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.

Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.

Kotlin on Android. Now official

Kotlin;

Today, at the Google I/O keynote, the Android team announced first-class support for Kotlin. We believe this is a great step for Kotlin, and fantastic news for Android developers as well as the rest of our community. We’re thrilled with the opportunities this opens up.

Google warns users about phishing attacks using Google Docs

Extra.ph;

If you receive an email from your contacts inviting you edit a Google Docs, chances are its the new Google Docs phishing scam that will give the attacker access to your Google account and use it to send more spam mail.

Google already released a statement regarding the scam and appears to have fixed the issue.

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Google;

Today we’re introducing a brand-new version of Google Earth—on the web and Android—two years in the making. With the new Earth, we want to open up different lenses for you to see the world and learn a bit about how it all fits together; to open your mind with new stories while giving you a new perspective on the locations and experiences you cherish. It’s everything you love about Google Earth, plus new ways for you to explore, learn and share. Zoom in and see what adventures await you in the new Google Earth.

I tried out the new Google Earth and it looks better than the old Google Earth. Plus the Voyager features is perfect for kids who wants learn more about our world and other place around the world.

Google shuts down its Map Maker service

Kevin Bruce Francisco, reporting for Yugatech;

Back in 2008, Google has launched its Map Maker service as a way to improve and update the existing Google Maps data for all users. Fast forward to 2017, the California-based company has pulled the plug but its essence is being transferred so that we may still use it.

Finally, Google’s Android beats Microsoft’s Windows as world’s most popular OS

Malavika Velayanikal, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Google’s Android has finally usurped Microsoft’s Windows’ throne as the world’s most popular operating system. dependent web analytics company StatCounter found that Android topped the total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined at 37.93 percent. Windows is at 37.91 percent – second for the first time. This is based on global internet usage data for March.

Not a surprising stats.

Since the number of phones sold is greater than the number of windows PC sold. Android’s lead will still increase in the coming year and I can see iOS devices overtaking Windows in the next 5 years or less.

The Google Assistant is coming to more Android phones

Google;

Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Youtube launches YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a live TV service by Youtube, this is separate for Youtube Red service where you can subscribe for $9.99 a month for an advertising-free streaming of all videos hosted by YouTube, offline and background playback of videos on mobile devices, access to advertising-free music streaming through Google Play Music, and access to “YouTube Red Original” series and films.

Youtube TV;

Stream ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC & more.
Never run out of DVR storage space.
6 accounts, 1 price.
$35/month. Cancel anytime.