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Day: September 21, 2017

  • September 21, 2017

    Mega Review

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  • Apparently, the whole point is that these smart glasses will be tied to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, and they’ll use “a bone-conduction audio system” to let users hear Alexa without having to put in headphones or use a normal speaker. In other words, it’s like having an AI in your head reading you the day’s Jeopardy! questions or giving you the weather forecast, except the AI is actually just on your face. The Alexa on the glasses will most likely be voice-activated, though, meaning you’ll still look like a crazy person when you call out for Alexa to tell you about the weather. Thankfully you’ll be wearing glasses, so everyone will just assume you’re some quirky genius. Amazon hasn’t commented on any of this, so it’s possible that the glasses are just some internal experiment that will never come out, but at least this more interesting than another boring smart watch. AVClub Amazon needs to start making wearables if they want to compete against Google and Apple.
  • Google is making another big buy into smartphone hardware — or at least the people responsible for creating it. The company has just confirmed that it plans to acquire part of HTC’s mobile division team for $1.1 billion. “These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware boss, wrote in a blog post. “The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.” Peter Shen, HTC’s chief financial officer, said that HTC would still employ more than 2,000 research and design staffers after the deal is done, down from around 4,000, according to the New York Times. That makes today’s announcement more of an acquihire of talent than a traditional acquisition of resources. The Verge I think this is good move for them as Pixel is not selling very well for them they need to move into other things to stay competitive with Apple.
  • Google and Bose announced this morning that Google Assistant is coming to the iconic Bose QC35 noise-canceling headphones. “To help with those ‘in between’ moments, together with Bose, we’re announcing headphones that are optimized for the Google Assistant, starting with the QC35 II,” Google product manager Tomer Amarilio says. “So now, you can keep up to date on your messages, music and more, with headphones that you’ve paired with your eligible Android phone or iPhone.” Google Assistant is, of course, coming to many smart speakers in the coming months. But this is the first time it will be integrated with headphones. The second-generation Bose QC35 II noise-canceling headphones appear to look and work much like the original model, with the same controls on the right ear cup. But you can now use a new Action Button on the left ear cup to speak with Google Assistant over an integrated Bose microphone system. Thurrott By doing stuff like this I have feeling Google is going to start gaining ground on Amazon Alexa.