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Google hit CES with a number of announcements big and small made late yesterday (blog.google). Some were more for its industry partners, some concern new devices, but the best are new smarts for Google Assistant.
Here’s what you need to know - and what it means, below.
Google Maps integration:
Flights: Assistant check-in:
Yet… a bit underwhelming, Google.
What does it all mean? I asked Bogdan Petrovan, longtime and all-seeing Editor from the Android Authority team:
🕵️♂️ “I gave a bounty hunter $300. Then he located our phone” (Motherboard). This makes me feel weak at the knees: your phone company is selling your real-time location without any regulation. And it’s sold, re-sold, and lost in the mire. FCC, hello?
🍎 Tim Cook says Apple will ‘announce new services this year,’ probably definitely means TV (The Verge).
🍏 Apple is reportedly cutting iPhone production by 10 percent (Engadget).
📲 LG G8 coming soon: LG wants to launch the G8 at MWC, if Xiaomi doesn't get in the way (AA).
🕳 Hisense U30 quietly lands at CES: Yet another 48MP phone with a punch-hole camera (AA).
💻 Why 240Hz laptop displays are a hot gaming trend for 2019 (AA). Smooth!
🍆 CES revokes award from female-founded sex tech company, for no discernable reason (TechCrunch)
🙀 Your cat needs to work out, so here’s a smart treadmill with LEDs for it to chase (Engadget).
🔊 Sony just acquired the gaming industry’s biggest and most ubiquitous audio toolset, but won’t make it PlayStation only, apparently (Ars Technica)
🕹 The year-long, undercover plot to blow up EVE Online's most notorious space station (Kotaku). I love these crazy EVE Online stories.
✨ IBM unveils its first commercial quantum computer (TechCrunch).
🚀 Here’s why Elon Musk is tweeting constantly about a stainless-steel starship (Ars Technica)
🦎 Iguanas reintroduced to the largest Galapagos Island after nearly 200-year absence (Earther)
🤑 And speaking of rich people, all the world’s billionaires in a single map (How Much).
🗻 This designer has recreated vintage maps, adding genuinely amazing 3D elevation (Scott Reinhard).
🔪 This cool tool deletes the background from images so you don’t have to use Photoshop (TechCrunch)
🎮 This is a browser game called ‘sandspiel.’ It’s simple fun, you can share your creations, plus the smoke animations are gorgeous (sandspiel.club). In case you need inspiration, here’s someone’s recording called Volatile Beauty.
Oh sure, you’ve played Mario Kart. But have you played it on one of the world’s biggest screens, at say, 84ft. wide and 105 ft. tall?
The Kansas City Royals let people play Mario Kart on their giant stadium screen and it was all for charity (Twitter).
Cheers, Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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