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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Review: New Features, Lower Price

Our favorite speakers get new designs and some new audio enhancements.
Source: Wired

Google denies Trump’s claim that it did not promote his State of the Union address

Google is pushing back against a claim by Donald Trump that the search engine stopped promoting State of the Union livestreams on its homepage after his presidency began. Trump’s claim came in the from of a tweeted video, which was still pinned to the top of his profile when this post was published at 9:30 PM PST, Aug. 29, 2018, after Google’s refutation and multiple media reports of its inaccuracy.

Hashtagged #stopthebias, the video appears to show that Google did not display links to livestreams of Trump’s first public speech to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017 or his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018, despite promoting Obama’s State of the Union addresses in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Google, however, says it did indeed highlight Trump’s first State of the Union in 2018, but that it usually does not include links on its homepage to a president’s first public address to Congress, so neither Obama nor Trump’s were featured. In a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, the company said “On January 30, 2018, we highlighted the livestream of President Trump’s State of the Union on the google.com homepage. We have historically not promoted the first address to Congress by a new President, which is technically not a State of the Union address. As a result, we didn’t include a promotion on google.com for this address in either 2009 or 2017.”

The video shared by Trump does not make a distinction between a president’s first public speech to a joint session of Congress and his first State of the Union address.

A discrepancy in Google’s logo also suggests that at least one of the screenshots, which appear to have been taken from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, was doctored. A Gizmodo commenter notes that one of the screenshots in the video Trump tweeted, from January 12, 2016, shows a version with the previous Google logo, not the sans-serif version introduced in September 2015, which can be seen in a Wayback Archive’s screen capture from January 10, 2016 and other days from that month when a Google Doodle wasn’t featured.

Capture from the video tweeted from President Trump’s account

One of Wayback Machine’s captures on January 10, 2016

Furthermore, while a link to Trump’s State of the Union does not appear on archived versions of Google’s homepage from January 30, 2018, it does show up on a capture from 1AM on January 31, as Twitter user @WrockBro notes. That may be because the Wayback Machine uses Greenwich Mean Time time stamps.

The Wayback Machine capture linked by Twitter user @WrockBro

Trump’s tweet is the part of his current onslaught against Google, other tech companies and mainstream media, which he accuses of having a liberal bias and burying news about his administration. It is worth pointing out, however, that Trump’s 2017 first speech to Congress was widely praised as “presidential” by journalists across the political spectrum, even liberal publications. In turn, they were ridiculed by critics for being awed by a president acting presidential.

UPDATE: Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, sent TechCrunch a list of more links showing that Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year was promoted on Google’s homepage. All are shown in Greenwich Mean Time.

http://web.archive.org/web/20180131022709/http://www.google.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20180131022757/http://www.google.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20180131023147/http://www.google.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20180131023314/http://www.google.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20180131023314/http://www.google.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20180131024506/http://www.google.com/


Source: TechCrunch

China is using robot teachers in kindergartens – CNET

The Keeko robots are pretty popular with its students, and are part of the robotic wave happening in China.
Source: CNET

2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive review: Emphasizing poise over power – Roadshow

Chevy’s redesigned 2019 Camaro adds the 1LE handling package to the base 2.0-liter model. The result is one of the most balanced Camaros you can buy today.
Source: CNET

Facebook screws up again on the Holocaust, this time with photo of children – CNET

The company removes a post by the Anne Frank Center for two days because it included a photo of emaciated children, only to restore it after the center went public.
Source: CNET

Star Wars Resistance's new trailer introduces Team Fireball – CNET

The Force Awakens animated prequel features new characters Kazuda, Yeager, Tam and Neeku, plus Poe, Captain Phasma and BB-8 returning for more adventures.
Source: CNET

Apple buys Denver startup building waveguide lenses for AR glasses

Apple has acquired Akonia Holographics, a Denver-based startup that manufactures augmented reality waveguide lenses. The acquisition was confirmed by Apple to Reuters who first reported the news.

An Apple spokesperson gave TechCrunch the company’s standard statement, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally don’t discuss our purpose or plans.”

This acquisition offers the clearest confirmation yet from Apple that it is investing resources into technologies that support the development of a lightweight augmented reality headset. There have been a number of reports over the years that Apple is planning to release consumer AR glasses within the next few years.

In late 2017, we reported that Apple had acquired Vrvana, a mixed-reality headset company with a device that offered users pass-through augmented reality experiences on a conventional opaque display. This latest acquisition seems to offer a much clearer guide to where Apple’s consumer ambitions may take it for a head-worn augmented reality device.

Waveguide displays have become the de facto optic technology for augmented reality headsets. They come in a few different flavors but all of them essentially involve an image being beamed into the side of a piece of glass and bouncing between etchings (or other irregularities) in a lens and eventually beaming that image to the user’s eyes. Waveguide lenses are currently used in AR headsets sold by Magic Leap and Microsoft, among many others.

A reflective waveguide display built by Lumus.

They’re popular because they allow for thin, largely transparent designs though they also often have issues with color reproduction and the displays can only become so large before the images grow distorted. Akonia’s marketing materials claim for their “HoloMirror” solution says it can “display vibrant, full-color, wide field-of-view images.”

The startup raised $11.6 million in funding according to Crunchbase.

While many of Apple’s largest technology competitors have already experimented with AR headsets, Apple has directed the majority of its early consumer-facing efforts to phone-based AR technologies that track the geometry of spaces and can “project” digital objects onto surfaces.

Apple ARKit

The most unclear question regarding Apple’s rumored work on its AR glasses is whether the company is looking to ship a higher-powered device akin to Magic Leap that would track a user’s environment and be built upon Apple’s interactive ARKit tech, or whether it’s first release will be more conservative and approach AR glasses as more of a head-worn Apple Watch that presents a user’s notifications and enables light interactions.

Moving forward with waveguide displays would certainly leave both options open for the company, though given the small window that even today’s widest field-of-view waveguides have, I expect that Apple may opt for the latter pending a big tech breakthrough or a heavily delayed release.


Source: TechCrunch

Mark Hamill praises bullied kid for following 'the Jedi way' – CNET

The Star Wars actor tweets kudos to a 10-year-old boy who refused to go to the dark side by fighting back.
Source: CNET

Bessemer is reportedly raising $1.6B for its tenth fund

Bessemer Venture Partners is gearing up for its next billion-dollar fund. The early-stage venture capital firm, which had filed to raise new capital in early August, has reportedly set a $1.6 billion target for its tenth flagship fund, an amount that a source familiar with the fundraise tells us is “directionally correct.”

Bessemer declined to comment.

If Bessemer indeed raises that amount, it will be the same size as its ninth fund, which closed on $1.6 billion in 2015. If that’s the case, Bessemer may be bucking VCs’ new favorite trend of raising their largest funds to date. Maybe, just maybe, Bessemer hasn’t fallen victim to the SoftBank effect. The Japanese telecom giant has a nearly $100 billion “Vision Fund” and invests in tech companies, competing directly with Silicon Valley heavyweights. 

General Catalyst, for example, closed its biggest fund ever earlier this year on $1.375 billion. And Insight Venture Partners finished off a $6.3 billion fundraise in July — also the most monumental in the firm’s history.

It’s been a busy year so far for Bessemer. On top of working to secure capital for BVP X, the firm announced a $10 million early-stage seed fund, called Deep Health Seed Program, in June. The fund is being led by Bessemer healthcare investor Steve Kraus and its head of investments in Israel, Adam Fisher. Deep Health is investing $100,000 to $2 million into early-stage companies using machine learning to solve problems in healthcare.

The firm has seen a couple of notable exits so far this year. For starters, Bessemer portfolio company DocuSign went public in April, raising more than $600 million in the process. And Workday paid $1.55 billion for financial planning software startup Adaptive Insights, another Bessemer portfolio company, in June.

Bessemer’s current portfolio includes Pinterest, Betterment, Rocket Lab, Toast, PagerDuty, ServiceTitan, Fiverr and others.


Source: TechCrunch

Ford is turning to drones to keep human workers safe in the UK – Roadshow

Ford’s Dagenham engine plant is using drones to perform inspections on high-off-the-ground equipment, rather than risking human lives.
Source: CNET

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