Category: Google

Razer Blade Stealth: An Ultrabook Designed For Gaming — We Want It

razer-blade-portability-performanceThe moment this appeared in my inbox, I fell in love with what Razer was proposing.

The Blade Stealth is an ultrabook by design, starting at $999. Each Blade Stealth measure 0.52-inches thick with a starting weight of 2.75 pounds, while maintaining the CNC aluminum chassis seen on other Blade systems, but with an exception: individually-lit keys, meaning that this is a Chroma backlit keyboard (read: customizeable rainbow keyboard).

Be default, the Blade Stealth comes with a 2.5GHz (3.1 TurboBoost) Core i7 Skylake processor, a QHD display (2560 x 1440) or the option for a higher-res 4K display (3840 x 2160) display, which in variably will take a higher toll on the proposed high battery life that the Blade Stealth has, thanks to a 45 Wh cell.

Regarding memory, 8 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM is the only option here, with storage options ranging from 128 GB to 256 GB of PCIe storage on the QHD model, or 256 GB to 512 GB on the 4K screen model. Port selection includes two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI-out and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support — which is integral to Razer’s strategy for the Stealth.

This is where it gets interesting: the Razer Core. Basically, it’s a PCI express storage unit, where just about any 375W graphics card from NVIDIA or AMD can fit inside. When plugged via the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port, can bring discrete graphics power to the Blade Stealth, turning it into a full gaming machine, with an excellent screen on both models. Four additional USB 3.0 ports come along for the ride, along with Gigabit Ethernet.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the Core, but anyone buying the Blade Stealth will definitely have to factor in the price, since it’s practically a necessity.

Google Drops A Gold Nexus 6P, Just Because

nexus-6p-gold-renderThe real question is: where is the rose gold model? As part of Huaewei CES 2015 announcements, the Google Play Store and BestBuy will begin stocking a 32GB model costing $499 and a 64GB version of the gold 6P at $549 — no 128GB this time.

Still, for what many consider to be the best and one of the most polished of the Android phones in the world as of early 2016, Google’s flagship rocks the gold rather well.

Via: Google Store

Google Glass 2 For Enterprise Seems To Be A Step Forward, Goes To The FCC

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The second generation Google Glass wearable doesn’t look too different from the first two models that were debuted to invited participants of the Glass Explorer programs more than a year ago.

Specifically, Glass Enterprise Edition (the model that just passed through the FCC) is tasked with becoming an easy-to-integrate solution for enterprise tasks — in other words, proprietary software for very specific applications. No longer a pair of glasses, Google Glass is shaping up to become more aesthetically pleasing and less”creepy” than it was previously.

Looking at this model closely, it can be deduced that Google reinforced several parts, as well as adding a ball joint hinge to have the display fit multiple head sizes. Hundreds of units have been circulating as part of the Glass for Work program.

Meanwhile, Google hasn’t said anything regarding new Glass models.

Via: 9to5Google

Gmail’s New Smart Reply Feature Is Google Working On Its Neural Network

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Somewhat quietly, Google will rollout a new feature to Inbox later this week — its separate Gmail app that also handles email — called Smart Reply. It has very limited functionality in terms of its eloquence, but it’s behind the scenes where magic (and lots of science) is occurring.

Smart Reply basically uses three to six words in a short, concise reply to the contents of an email Gmail has scanned and interpreted — since this can be rather varied, sometimes Smart Reply will give the user up to three automated responses to choose from, or to just do it yourself, as usual.

But this is incredibly important, because while Smart Reply is used and refined, it will essentially be contributing to Google artificial neural network — meaning, that the day Gmail knows what to say on your behalf is approaching; it’s already being used to filter out spam emails.

Via: Gmail Blog, Google Research 

The New Google Chromecast 2: Still $35, But It Does A Lot More (And Better)

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 1.35.04 PMBesides refreshing the Nexus line, Google as also dropped a new Chromecast on the world. The Chromecast 2 comes in different colors, still costs $35, and quite literally makes any TV or monitor into a smart TV. However, there have been some crucial changes this year, starting with the design: it’s more circular, but also a little wider.

Software! Let’s talk about it: Fast Play is a new Chromecast solution to playing content faster on-screen. by preloading content as soon you begin the media player app, along with a redesign app (iOS and Android) that is sleeker than before and offers relevant updates and content.

Also: Chromecast audio is a physical solution to adding 3.5mm audio to your Chromecast, so that now a decent home theater setup is possible — it’s the little things that make an iteration count.

Colors available starting today include lemonade, coral and black, in 17 countries, priced at $35 when you buy it from the Google Store, Best Buy or Wal-Mart. Also new partners for the Chromecast 2 have come onboard: Spotify, Google Photos, BBC iPlayer Radio, Showtime, NBA and MLS.

Via: Google Store

Android Pay Rolled Out To A Million Locations This Week

paycollageEver heard of Android Pay? Well, you should; it’s a spin-off from the Google Wallet app, to make mobile payments via phone and smartwatch easier, and finally put Google in viable form to compete with Apple Pay. Currently, Android Pay works with all NFC-enabled Android devices (KitKat 4.4+), on any mobile carrier, at every tap and pay ready location across the US.

Android Pay will support American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Banks supported include American Express, Bank of America, Discover, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, Regions Bank, USAA, and U.S. Bank. Wells Fargo will be added i n the coming days, while Capital One and Citi are coming some time thereafter — no word on Chase bank, yet.

Also coming soon: in-app payments.

Via: Official Android Blog, Android Pay

Android Wear Devices Are Now Compatible With The iPhone

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Ah, the day has arrived: Android Wear on iOS. It’s totally expected, but surprising nonetheless.

All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawei (pictured), Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS. Fitness information, Google Now commands and search queries, and plenty of notifications.

The announcement comes only days before IFA in Berlin, where Android Wear watches will be announced from nearly every major manufacture partnered with Google on the wearable project.

Via: Official Google Blog

Google, Now With CEO Sundar Pichai, Is Owned By Alphabet, Its New Parent

alphabetHere’s how it works: Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have started “a collection of companies”. They have dubbed that collection “Alphabet”, and within it, the letter “G” stands for Google.

In other words, there’s a company bigger than Google, as of today.

Management positions include the appointment of a new Google CEO — none other than Sundar Pichai. Page will take the CEO spot of Alphabet, while Brin becomes its President.

Alphabet’s birth comes as a result from the creation and acquisition of companies that don’t truly make sense under the generic moniker of Google, including health-focused efforts Calico and the Life Sciences.

“This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead,” Page writes.

The new operating structure of Google means that each letter or company will receive a CEO of its own, with compensation determined by none other than Brin and Page.

Time to see where the Alphabet goes — which is revealed, after the break.

Via: Alphabet, Official Google Blog