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Exploring How to Change the Way the World Literally Sees You

In futuristic short sci-fi film ‘Reality+,’ an AR-like technology brings out the best—and worst—in people.
Source: Wired

Best iPhone 2018 leaked photos and renders so far – CNET

Rumor mill, rumor mill, churn, churn, churn.
Source: CNET

Get $30 off Instant Pot Duo Plus – CNET

Snag the 6-quart model for less than the price of the 3-quart one.
Source: CNET

Google’s Tilt Brush gets new brushes, ‘Beginner Mode,’ sound effects, and more

Google has updated the highly popular Tilt Brush app with a slew of new features, including a set of new brushes that should help make creating realistic landscapes a whole lot easier.

The post Google’s Tilt Brush gets new brushes, ‘Beginner Mode,’ sound effects, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Kanan or George? WeRateDogs Twitter account accused of changing a dog's Arabic name – CNET

The super popular Twitter account, which rates images of dogs, is accused of whitewashing.
Source: CNET

b8ta raises $19 million Series B led by Macy’s

b8ta, the retail-as-a-service startup, has closed a $19 million Series B round led by Macy’s with participation from Sound Ventures, Palm Drive Capital, Capitaland, Graphene Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Plug and Play Ventures. This round brings b8ta’s total funding to $39 million.

Macy’s decision to lead this round comes in light of its recent partnership with b8ta to enhance the retailer’s experiential-based concept called The Market. Macy’s is also expanding its partnership with b8ta to launch The Market in a larger space, entirely powered by Built by b8ta, which functions as a retail-as-a-service platform for brands that want a physical presence. b8ta’s software solution includes checkout, inventory, point of sale, inventory management, staff scheduling services and more.

“Testing a shop with them in their store and having really good success made us feel bullish that this model would work well for them,” b8ta CEO Vibhu Norby told TechCrunch.

To the outsider, there’s this idea that Macy’s is struggling — in light of a bunch of store closures. That was a conversation b8ta had internally, Norby said.

“As an example, our board was initially not certain we should do something with them but I felt like it was worth a shot,” Norby told me. “For us to get comfortable, we spent a lot of time trying to understand their business. What we found was that perception in the media didn’t really meet the reality for us. The reality is Macy’s is one of the most important companies in the country.”

Macy’s, Norby said, is also one of the largest real estate company’s in the world and owns “so much real estate in all of the best places.”

He added, “it’s not that retail itself is dying, it’s just that it’s changing. The way people want to shop is changing and we have a shared alignment on bringing that next generation of a company into the space.”

In addition to the expanded partnership with Macy’s, b8ta is opening up new flagship stores in Chicago and Tysons Corner, Va. b8ta currently has more than 78 flagship stores across the country to let consumers experience tech gadgets in real life.


Source: TechCrunch

5 things you need to know about Audi's 2019 Q8 SUV video – Roadshow

Audi embraces personal luxury with its 2019 Q8, which is a new fine-handling, range-topping SUV.
Source: CNET

Google Cloud will launch its Los Angeles region in July

It’s no secret that Google has long planned to open a cloud region in Los Angeles. The company has long said that a second region on the U.S. West Coast was in the works, after all. What we didn’t know for sure was when this new region would go live. But as Google announced today, the new Los Angeles cloud region will go live in July, making it the company’s fifth region in the U.S.

During an event in Los Angeles today, Google specifically positioned this region as the ideal region for the media and entertainment industry in the area. “The LA region will provide our media and entertainment customers with fast, scalable compute resources, so visual effects and animation studios can spend less time waiting on renders, and more time bringing their creative visions to life,” Google notes in its announcement today.

But beyond this focus on entertainment, it’s worth noting that this new region now also gives every company that best on the Google Cloud platform a second West Coast option besides its Oregon region. That’s not what Google is focusing on today, though. The company’s event and blog posts all focus on the various rendering tools like Zync Render, which Google acquired back in 2014, and Anvato, a video streaming and monetization platform it acquired in 2016.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft Azure already offers a region in Southern California, though AWS does not.


Source: TechCrunch

With Cloud Filestore, the Google Cloud gets a new storage option

Google is giving developers a new storage option in its cloud. Cloud Filestore, which will launch into beta next month, essentially offers a fully managed network attached storage (NAS) service in the cloud. This means that companies can now easily run applications that need a traditional file system interface on the Google Cloud Platform.

Traditionally, developers who wanted access to a standard file system over the kind of object storage and database options that Google already offered had to rig up a file server with a persistent disk. Filestore does away with all of this and simply allows Google Cloud users to spin up storage as needed.

The promise of Filestore is that it offers high throughput, low latency and high IOPS. The service will come in two tiers: premium and standard. The premium tier will cost $0.30 per GB and month and promises a throughput speed of 700 MB/s and 30,000 IOPS, no matter the storage capacity. Standard tier Filestore storage will cost $0.20 per GB and month, but performance scales with capacity and doesn’t hit peak performance until you store more than 10TB of data in Filestore.

Google launched Filestore at an event in Los Angeles that mostly focused on the entertainment and media industry. There are plenty of enterprise applications in those verticals that need a shared filesystem, but the same can be said for many other industries that rely on similar enterprise applications.

The Filestore beta will launch next month. Since it’s still in beta, Google isn’t making any uptime promises right now and there is no ETA for when the service will come out of beta.


Source: TechCrunch

Google is testing a new image search on desktop that looks more like Pinterest

Pinterest has set the pace for how to present visual search results to those who are looking for pictures rather than words as answers. Now, Google has taken a cue from the startup in its own search product on desktop.

It’s testing a new look for its images search on desktop that is aligning pictures vertically rather than horizontally, making the results look more like Pinterest’s. The images now have short captions and sometimes small badges describing what it is (“product” or a video, for example).

And then, clicking on the images, you now get more dynamic information about what you are seeing. For example, if it’s a product, and the site selling it has worked with Google Shopping to upload results to Google, users can see information about whether a product is in stock and go directly to ordering it, along with not one but two lists of related images underneath.

Google confirmed the test but didn’t add more detail. “We’re constantly experimenting to improve our experience with Google Images and don’t have anything further to announce at this time,” a spokesperson said. 

This is not Google’s first tip of the hat to Pinterest: the company actually added the dynamic information feature to its mobile app last year. Its Android search app also got upgraded with machine learning about a year ago to identify items in pictures and suggest related items.

In the new expanded feature item on desktop, users will now also see similar and related items, meaning some of that computer vision is also expanding to desktop.

For some context, we’re also getting image search results that are still in Google’s standard horizontally-aligned grid. These results come with smaller images to fit more into each row, and when you click on them you get a larger image on a dark background, with the ability to click through to the site, or save or share the link (as you would with Pinterest) but no product details. This is what the old basic desktop image search and the “more information” box look like:

Google’s push to update the look  its search for images is in line with how it’s gradually overhauling its whole search experience. The idea appears to be twofold: drive more engagement and clicks by making the results less static; and lead people to more conversions on purchases to help with Google’s commerce ambitions.

A visual search result with bigger pictures looks better, and those who are actually interested in buying something are more likely to use Google to do it if they are able to get more useful results from their searches. Linking up its image search with inventory and purchasing is one more step in Google controlling that experience and keeping users from simply jumping to Amazon or eBay after the search to look for and buy what they are seeking.

It’s also notable that Google has been leading on new user interfaces first on mobile before testing (and eventually rolling them out?) on desktop. When it comes to e-commerce, although mobile has made huge advances and has been seen to drive purchasing, desktop browing, with its bigger screen and presumably more sedentary experience continues to be a pull and still accounts for a significant proportion of purchases, especially in bigger-ticket items.

Earlier this year, Google launched an updated design for Google Images on mobile that includes captions on search results — which are also appearing in the test we’ve been seeing, but do not appear on current desktop search. This was on top of showing badges (like “recipe” or “product”) on visual results, which it also launched on mobile last year, and are also appearing in the test we have been seeing. 

Others seem to be getting the same test, although response — on Twitter at least — has not been very positive.

 


Source: TechCrunch

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