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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. “For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. … Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. … His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site.”

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Huge Android Wear Update Brings Offline Music Sync and GPS Support

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If we had to choose our biggest qualm about wearables today, apart from battery life, it would be the fact that most of them are nearly useless when away from your smartphone

Now, in its first big update to Android Wear, Google addressed that issue, adding offline music syncing and GPS support

This means you can now take your GPS-enabled Android Wear device on a run, leave your phone at home, and still listen to music (via Bluetooth headphones) as well as track your route, distance covered and running speed

Now, you might have paused a second when you read the sentence above, since no Android Wear devices have had a dedicated GPS sensor so far. That changes as of today, now that the GPS-enabled Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is available for pre-order through Verizon. Google says the wearable will also be available through Google Play “soon.” Read more…

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Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

inbox-feature On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50. Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to totally replace the way you used to deal with your email. It was released as a… Read More

German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight

Google News Germany A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed in search results has ended in surrender (for now) for the publishers — who have grudgingly agreed the search giant can display snippets of their content without paying them for the privilege of doing so. Read More

Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

oxford Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further. It is acqui-hiring the two academic teams of founders, seven people in all, behind Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory, two deep learning startups based in the UK, and… Read More

Google Inbox Hands On: An App With an Identity Crisis

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Google announced a brand new app for Gmail Wednesday morning, called Inbox. No, you’re not imagining things; there is a Gmail app already. No, Inbox doesn’t replace it; it’s just another option for how to view your Gmail on your smartphone.

So what problem — and there are, of course, many problems with email — does Inbox solve? Google answered that, albeit not very successfully, with one of those product launch videos that is practically a parody of itself. We see people skateboarding, running along beaches, getting into taxis, taking selfies. Inbox was introduced as “an inbox that works for you.” (So is Google saying regular Gmail doesn’t work for you?) Features mentioned, include the ability to add reminders, bundle similar messages, and highlight important messages, apparently so you can get back to your skateboards, beaches, taxis and selfies Read more…

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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

An anonymous reader writes The better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all? The car has fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is a stretch. From the article: “Noting that the Google car might not be able to handle an unmapped traffic light might sound like a cynical game of ‘gotcha.’ But MIT roboticist John Leonard says it goes to the heart of why the Google car project is so daunting. ‘While the probability of a single driver encountering a newly installed traffic light is very low, the probability of at least one driver encountering one on a given day is very high,’ Leonard says. The list of these ‘rare’ events is practically endless, said Leonard, who does not expect a full self-driving car in his lifetime (he’s 49).”

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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced “Inbox” this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into “bundles” of similar types. “Highlights” pull out and display key information from messages, and messages can be “snoozed” to come back later as a reminder. Inbox is invite-only right now, and you can email inbox@google.com to request an invite.

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Google Launches Inbox to Reinvent the Email App

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Google wants to change email for the better. To do it, it’s launching a new email app, separate from Gmail, called Inbox.

Announced via blog post, Inbox builds upon Gmail’s relatively successful tabs, which introduced new buckets for Social updates and Promotions. The app features Bundles, which will group together similar kinds of messages, so things like bank statements and receipts are grouped together. Bundles will be user-customizable as well.

There’s also Highlights, which puts important emails front and center — photos from friends, flight itineraries and event information all qualify. The app will even bring in “useful” information from the web that’s not in the email, such as tracking info for a package. Read more…

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Google Launches Inbox to Reinvent the Email App

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Google wants to change email for the better. To do it, it’s launching a new email app, separate from Gmail, called Inbox.

Announced via blog post, Inbox builds upon Gmail’s relatively successful tabs, which introduced new buckets for Social updates and Promotions. The app features Bundles, which will group together similar kinds of messages, so things like bank statements and receipts are grouped together. Bundles will be user-customizable as well.

There’s also Highlights, which puts important emails front and center — photos from friends, flight itineraries and event information all qualify. The app will even bring in “useful” information from the web that’s not in the email, such as tracking info for a package. Read more…

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