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YouTube's choose-your-own-adventure film gets a trailer – CNET

You’ll be able to join a heist with Markiplier.
Source: CNET

Google debuts new digital wellbeing ‘experiments’ like a notification mailbox, unlock clock & even a paper phone

Following the introduction of its digital wellbeing tools for Android at Google’s I/O developer conference last year, the company has since expanded the feature set to include new options like Focus mode and better parental controls for families with children. Now, Google is trying something new. The company today introduced a set of “experimental” apps designed to help users be better aware of their device use and reduce their screen time.

The apps, which are a part of a new Digital Wellbeing Experiments platform, are very different from your standard screen time controls. They’re open-sourced projects designed to kickstart out-of-the-box thinking, but not necessarily must-have tools.

One experiment, Unlock Clock, simply shows you how often you unlock your phone.

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Another, We Flip, lets a group of friends or a family disconnect from technology altogether by flipping a big switch. And if anyone unlocks their phone, the session ends for everyone — almost like making screen time a competitive family sport.

Desert Island and Morph, meanwhile, take an app-centric approach to screen time reduction. The former requires you to go a day with only your most essential apps, while the latter helps you stay focused by giving you the right apps at the right time of day.

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That idea had been popular in years past with Android launchers, like Cover, EverythingMe, and Aviate, for example. In those cases, different homescreen configurations and widgets would appear based on what time of day it was and what you were doing. However, the idea of smartphones that personalized themselves to our needs never really took off — perhaps because these same experiences could never transition to iOS where Apple’s restrictions limited how much customization could be done.

The Post Box experiment is one of the more intriguing creations — it offers to hold your notifications until whatever time suits you.

Notification spam is now arguably one of the worst side effects of becoming a smartphone user. It’s so bad, in fact, that both Apple and Google have had to redesign ways for users to reassert control at the OS level.

Earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook even said that he has gutted his iPhone’s notifications, touting the iOS feature to do so as some sort of miraculous invention — when in reality it was Apple’s flawed design of the notification system to begin with that allowed developers to continually interrupt us with their irrelevant pings.

A mailbox-style system — like this new Google experiment provides — was another obvious choice, but one that wouldn’t have allowed an app ecosystem to blossom.

Then there is the most whimsical experiment of them all, Paper Phone.

This app will print you a custom booklet of the critical information you need that day, including favorite contacts, maps, meetings, tasks, weather info, and more.

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You can then take a short break from your device, without giving up access to your must-have information. It’s like time-traveling for those of us old enough to remember life before smartphones, and a small gift of freedom for those who have never been without.

Google says this new Digital Wellbeing Experiments platform is open for contributions from any designers and developers who want to share their ideas for a more balanced relationship with technology.

“We hope these experiments inspire developers and designers to keep digital wellbeing top of mind when building technology. The more people that get involved, the more we can all learn how to build better technology for everyone,” said Google.

Interested contributors can download the “Hack Pack” and open source code available on the site to get started.

The experiments only run on Android and are offered for download on the Play Store.

While the new experiments are less about fixing existing Google products and more about playing around with new ideas, Google has several other screen time/wellbeing initiatives underway, including its Android native wellbeing features, YouTube’s ‘take a break’ reminders and other screen time controls, Google Assistant’s wind-down routines, Gmail automations like auto-reply and send later, Google Family Link and more.


Source: TechCrunch

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are having a very bad day

The price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies tanked today, continuing a months-long slide that has seen the value of the digital currency slide by more than $2,000 from highs of above $10,000 earlier in the year.

Investors are still speculating about the cause of the crash, but hopeful cryptocurrency bulls before today had hoped that $8,000 would be the new floor for Bitcoin.

No longer. Today the price of Bitcoin dropped to $7,448.75, down from around $8,000 earlier in the day.

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Investors aren’t sure what’s behind the crash, but Bitcoin’s commentariat pointed to two likely culprits.

One was the underwhelming performance of Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in testimony before Congress on the Libra cryptocurrency that his company is leading the charge to create.

However, an underwhelming performance from Zuckerberg and the potential fate of Libra, which cryptocurrency purists have scoffed at anyway, may be less concerning for the Bitcoin crowd than developments happening in Google’s quantum computing research labs around the world.

Earlier today, Google declared quantum dominance, indicating that it had solved a problem using quantum computing that a supercomputer would have taken years to solve. That’s great news for theoretical physicists and quantum computing aficionados, but less good for investors who’ve put their faith (and billions of dollars) into a system of record whose value depends on its inability to be cracked by computing power.

When news of Google’s achievement first began trickling out in late September (thanks to reporting by the Financial Times), Bitcoin experts dismissed the notion that it would cause problems for the cryptocurrency.

“We still don’t even know if it’s possible to scale quantum computers; quite possible that adding qbits will have an exponential cost,” wrote early Bitcoin developer Peter Todd, on Twitter.

The comments, flagged by CoinTelegraph, seem to indicate that the economic cost of cracking Bitcoin’s cryptography is far beyond the means of even Alphabet’s multibillion-dollar budgets.

Still, it has been a dark few months for cryptocurrencies after steadily surging throughout the year. The real test, of course, of the viability of Bitcoin and the other cryptographically secured transaction mechanisms floating around the tech world these days is whether anyone will build viable products on their open architectures.

Aside from a few flash-in-the-pan fads, the jury is very much still out on what the verdict will be.

That uncertainty affects more than just Bitcoin, and, indeed, the rest of the market also tumbled, as Coindesk pricing charts indicate.

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Source: TechCrunch

Your chance to buy Apple’s $6,000 Mac Pro has almost come

It’s been several months since Apple announced the redesigned Mac Pro with a starting price of $6,000. If you’re finally over the sticker shock and are ready to splurge, the Mac Pro’s release may be a lot sooner than you think.
Source: Digital trends

Mazda MX-30 is the brand's first electric vehicle video – Roadshow

Mazda’s first electric vehicle will be a compact coupe-over that promises a blend of driving joy and eco-friendliness.
Source: CNET

How to watch Celtics vs. 76ers, Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers NBA games tonight without cable – CNET

Opening week of the 2019-2020 NBA season continues tonight and you can watch it all live, no cable TV required.
Source: CNET

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS shows us the future in Japan – Roadshow

A look at the future today in Japan.
Source: CNET

IBM afirma que Google no ha logrado la supremacía cuántica

El gigante de los datos aseguró que su ordenador cuántico de 53 cúbits logró resolver una tarea que a un ordenador convencional le costaría 10.000 años. Pero su rival avisa de que, con una serie de mejoras, un superordenador podría hacerlo en dos días y medio
Source: MIT

La paradoja de la IA militar: un arma peligrosa que nadie debe obviar

La inteligencia artificial podría automatizar y optimizar muchos procesos de guerra, pero sus algoritmos son increíblemente fáciles de engañar para que vean cosas que no existen y viceversa. Cualquiera que aprenda a confundir los sistemas de sus rivales obtendría una gran ventaja
Source: MIT

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
Source: Wired

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