Waze Carpool targets more U.S. cities, Latin America for expansion

screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-3-01-29-pm Waze’s Carpool ridesharing features might be coming to a city near you relatively soon. The Google-owned crowdsourced navigation app piloted carpooling features first in its home country of Israel, and then in San Francisco and the Bay Area – and now it’s looking to spread it further, including in additional U.S. cities, and in Latin American markets. That’s according… Read More

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

tesla-m40-header Three months ago, Google announced it would in early 2017 launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to developers. Read More

Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

projectfi Google’s own wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google’s product forums. Users will be able to tell that they’ve been added to this lucky group of testers because their signal indicator will continue to display LTE when they’re making or receiving… Read More

Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project

Apple’s WWDC moves to San Jose, an update on Elon Musk’s tunnel project, Google makes an update that plays piano duets and Google Home steps on Alexa’s turf. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

How Google’s Project Loon balloons learned to loiter

2017-02-16_1205 When Google launched Project Loon a few years ago, the plan was to provide internet access to underserved areas with the help of a series of balloons that would constantly circumnavigate the earth. When one balloon moved out of range, another would move in behind it. Today Google is still Google but it’s also Alphabet and as Alphabet’s “Captain of Moonshots” at X… Read More

YouTube says it now has automatically captioned 1B videos

pastedimage0 When Google rolled out its automatic captioning service for YouTube back in 2009, the results were far from great. Since then, Google’s speech recognition technology has made massive strides, though, and while the service still makes its fair share of mistakes, it’s now quite good at making videos accessible to the deaf and hearing impaired. As the YouTube team announced… Read More

Google’s A.I. Duet experiment lets you jam with the machine

2017-02-16_0955 Google today launched a fun new machine learning experiment: A.I. Duet. This new web-based experiment lets you play melodies on your computer’s keyboard (or a supported MIDI keyboard you plug into your computer) and the computer will then try to play a duet with you. Here is how this works: you basically play a few notes and then wait for the program to come back with a response. What… Read More

Google Home now lets you shop by voice just like Amazon’s Alexa

google-home-orange The Google Assistant on Google Home is getting a new feature today that may sound rather familiar to anybody who has ever owned an Amazon Echo. You can now use your Home to order everyday essentials like toilet paper and shampoo from the company’s Google Express partners. Those partners include the likes of Costco, Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Fry’s, Guitar Center,… Read More

Google inks third carrier, Telenor, to its Android RCS messaging play

rcs-telenor Another mobile carrier, Telenor, has partnered with Google to roll out a next-gen SMS tech — this time targeting Android users in Europe and Asia. Read More

Google teams up with Kaggle to host $100,000 video classification challenge

verticals-mosaic-6x3-big Google and Kaggle today announced a new machine learning challenge that asks developers to find the best way to automatically tag videos. The challenge, which comes with a $30,000 prize for the first-place finisher (and $25,000, $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000 for the next four teams), asks developers to classify and tag videos from Google’s updated YouTube-8M V2 dataset. This dataset… Read More
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