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A Google bus was attacked outside of San Francisco, just like buses from Apple

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Apple shuttles aren’t the only tech buses under attack

Google buses, which carry employees of the tech giant to and from its Mountain View headquarters, are in the spotlight today following an attack on one of the company’s chartered shuttles. 

California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel confirmed to Mashable that, in addition to four Apple buses, a shuttle bus chartered by Google was hit in some sort of attack that took place on Highway 280 outside of San Francisco. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. 

The incident went down on Tuesday. Much like with the attack on the Apple buses, which suffered broken windows, it is not clear what exactly was used by the perpetrator. Regardless, whether it was rocks, “rubber rounds” (as speculated by one Apple employee), or something else entirely, there is clearly real danger involved in breaking the windows of a bus while it’s full of passengers and driving on the highway.  Read more…

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How Google’s ‘speed update’ will affect mobile search

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Google searches on your phone are about to get an important upgrade.

The company announced an upcoming “speed update” to search, which will put some slower loading pages lower down in search results on mobile devices.

Google says it expects the speed update, set to take effect in July, will only affect “a small percentage of queries,” but given the number of Google searches that happen on a daily basis, it could have a significant impact on search.

Under the change, Google will take page speeds into account in determining its rankings for mobile searches. The company has previously used speed as a factor on desktop, but this will mark the first time Google has done so on mobile. Read more…

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CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

 No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they’re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they’re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However, actual marginalized people are, rightfully so, saying not enough is being done to diversify the industry and foster inclusion.
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Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica begins testing in San Francisco

 Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing. TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place.
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Google wants your phone screen to double as a speaker

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In the first few days of the new year, Google has its eyes on the future. 

The company, a division of parent company Alphabet Inc., has acquired Redux, a U.K.-based startup. 

The startup “creates products and bespoke systems that enable high-resolution haptic feedback and speakerless surround sound audio,” according to Crunchbase. In other words, its technology eliminates the need for speakers and buttons in smartphones. 

Crunchbase claimed the acquisition took place this past August. Regulatory filings confirmed the deal in December, Bloomberg reports.  Read more…

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This smart lock is powered by the sun

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The Internet of Things is going green. 

Brinks (a division of hardware manufacturer Hampton Products) has announced that it is taking preorders for its ARRAY Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock you can operate with your smartphone. 

Unlike many smart locks, however, which require standard cylindrical batteries, ARRAY draws from a proprietary lithium polymer battery. This connects to an onboard solar panel, meaning it can be powered directly by sunlight. 

Don’t worry: If your lock is in a shady place, you can still charge its battery the normal way.  Read more…

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This smart deadbolt uses Google Assistant to keep you safe

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In the future, Google Assistant could lock and unlock your door. 

That’s the idea behind Schlage’s Sense Smart Deadbolt, a heavy-duty lock enabled with Google Assistant

All you have to do to operate the Sense Smart Deadbolt is say “OK Google, lock my door,” or ask “OK Google, is my door locked?”

You can also operate the lock remotely through the Schlage Sense app, available for iOS and Android.  Read more…

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Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

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It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Google has planted its flag at CES

 Google’s here, and it’s planning something big. The company’s presence is impossible to miss as you drive down Paradise Road toward the Las Vegas Convention Center. Like much the rest of the show, the company’s parking lot booth is still under construction today, but the giant, black and white “Hey Google” sign is already hanging above it, visible from… Read More