AWS, Google, and Mozilla back national AI research cloud bill in Congress
A group of more than 20 organizations including tech giants like AWS, Google, IBM, and Nvidia joined schools like Stanford University and The Ohio State University today in backing the idea of a national AI research cloud. Nonprofit groups like Mozilla and the Allen Institute for AI also support... Read more
How to listen to Vox on your Google Home smart speaker
Mixtapes forever changed how we listen to music. What if news got the same treatment? Enter “Your News Update,” a new way to listen to Vox podcasts on Google Assistant. Starting now, you can hear quick daily updates from Today, Explained on Google smart speakers and Assistant-enabled devices, and... Read more
Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break
Comcast is scheduled to reinstate its home-Internet data cap tomorrow, July 1, after more than three months in which customers were provided unlimited data to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, by contrast, announced today that it is “continuing to waive home-Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet... Read more
The search for life on Mars, and the people who say we’ve found it already
Jerry van Andel sat alone on the bow of the RV Lulu, a floating junkyard of a ship, as it bobbed against the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Across deck, a team of scientists bustled around a basket full of strange life forms, wrenched from a mighty crack in... Read more
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 and 4100+ Promise Big Smartwatch Upgrades
Rounding out the rest of the improvements are support for the Bluetooth 5 standard and an upgraded 4G LTE modem for faster cellular data connectivity. Qualcomm says the faster LTE modem should improve services like maps, music streaming, and voice assistants. Does it Matter? But both Qualcomm and Google’s... Read more
Google’s G Suite finalizes Connected Sheets and introduces AI-driven data cleanup tools
Last April during its Cloud Next conference, Google unveiled Connected Sheets, a type of Google Sheets spreadsheet that works with the full data set from BigQuery, up to 10 billion rows. After just over a year in preview and beta, Connected Sheets is generally available as of today. And... Read more
Why Netflix beat Blockbuster – Vox
When Netflix launched in 1997, it was a tiny movies-by-mail operation, run out of a storefront in a Silicon Valley stripmall. It was going up against Blockbuster, a $6 billion behemoth that owned the movie rental business. Now Blockbuster is gone, and Netflix is a $20 billion business, one... Read more
iPhone 12 rumors: Release date, specs, screen size and 5G predictions
The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang/CNET With Apple’s announcement of iOS 14 at its annual WWDC developers conference on June 22, we now know more about what the upcoming iPhone, and all the other iPhones that are compatible with the update, can do. From widgets and app libraries to picture-in-picture,... Read more
Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past
The basic idea behind all nuclear power plants is the same: Convert the heat created by nuclear fission into electricity. There are several ways to do this, but in each case it involves a delicate balancing act between safety and efficiency. A nuclear reactor works best when the core... Read more
Where the U.K. went wrong with its COVID-19 contact tracing app
(Reuters) — As Britain’s COVID-19 infections soared in the spring, the government reached for what it hoped could be a game changer — a smartphone app that could automate some of the work of human contact tracers. The origin of the NHS COVID-19 app goes back to a meeting... Read more