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  • All fossil fuel exploration needs to end this year, IEA says
    by Tim De Chant on May 18, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Renewable spending needs to double to $4 trillion per year by 2030.

  • Google previews Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth
    by Jacob Kastrenakes on May 18, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Project Starline | Image: GoogleGoogle is working on a next-gen video chat booth that makes the person you’re chatting with appear in front of you in 3D. You can see them from different angles by moving around and even make eye contact, Google said during a preview of the project at its I/O conference today. The system is called “Project Starline,” and it’s basically a really, really fancy video chat setup. The platform uses multiple cameras and sensors to capture a person’s […]

  • Google shows off Android 12’s huge UI overhaul
    by Ron Amadeo on May 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Google confirms Android 12’s color-changing UI, all-new design.

  • Google announces health tool to identify skin conditions
    by Nicole Wetsman on May 18, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Google developed a tool to help people identify skin conditions. | Image: GoogleGoogle’s latest foray into health care is a web tool that uses artificial intelligence to help people identify skin, hair, or nail conditions. The company previewed the tool at I/O today, and it says it hopes to launch a pilot later this year. People can use their phone’s camera to take three pictures of the problem area — for example, a rash on their arm. They’ll then answer a series of questions about […]

  • Google partners with Shopify on online shopping expansion
    by Sarah Perez on May 18, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Google today announced it’s partnering with Shopify, giving the e-commerce platform’s over 1.7 million merchants the ability to reach consumers through Google Search and its other services. The integration will allow merchants to sign up in just a few clicks to have their products appear across Google’s 1 billion “shopping journeys” that take place every

  • Here are the best iPad deals right now
    by Taylor Lyles on May 18, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeDeals on Apple’s iPad are more common than you might think. Whether you’re after the affordable iPad, the high-end iPad Pro, or something in between like the iPad Air or iPad Mini, there’s usually some sort of price cut happening somewhere. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly where you can find those deals unless you’re looking around at all of the major retailers. But that’s what we’re doing each day when we hunt for deals, so let us help […]

  • With Android 12, Google will turn your smartphone into a car key
    by Kirsten Korosec on May 18, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Google is working with BMW and other automakers to develop a digital key that will let car owners lock, unlock and start a vehicle from their Android smartphone, the company announced Tuesday during its 2021 Google I/O developer event. The digital key is one many new features coming to Android 12, the latest version of

  • Google Photos will soon make animated photos from your still shots
    by Chris Welch on May 18, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    Google Photos will soon have a cool new trick: if you take two similar images with your phone’s camera, the app will be able to create an animated, moving shot that combines them. It does this by using machine learning to synthesize movement between the two shots. Google creates new frames between them, resulting in a “vivid moving picture.” Google’s Shimrit Ben-Yair made this sound like something that parents will love since now your multiple attempts at the same shot will allow for […]

  • After closing Fitbit acquisition, Google is going big with Wear OS
    by Brian Heater on May 18, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    For years, Wear OS has been, at best, something of a dark horse among Google operating systems. It’s certainly not for lack of partnership or investment, but for whatever reason, the company has never really stuck the landing with its wearable operating system. It’s a category in which Apple has been utterly dominant for some

  • Google Maps’ Live View feature now offers more useful information about restaurants and businesses
    by James Vincent on May 18, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Image: GoogleGoogle announced a bunch of new features for Google Maps at its 2021 I/O developer conference today, including upgrades to its handy Live View tool, which helps you navigate the world through augmented reality. Live View launched in beta in 2019, projecting walking directions through your camera’s viewfinder, and was rolled out to airports, transit stations, and malls earlier this year. Now, Live View will be accessible directly from Google Maps and will collate a lot of handy […]

  • Google and Samsung are merging Wear OS and Tizen
    by Chris Welch on May 18, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    In yet another sign of the growing alliance between Google and Samsung, today both companies announced that they are essentially combining Wear OS — Google’s operating system — and the Tizen-based software platform that has been foundational to Samsung’s wearables for many years. The resulting platform is currently being referred to simply as “Wear,” though that might not be the final name. Benefits of the joint effort include significant improvements to battery life, 30 percent […]

  • Android 12 will turn your Pixel phone into a car key — assuming automakers bother
    by Sean Hollister on May 18, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    The BMW iX, which will support seamless unlocks with UWB tech. | Image: BMWNearly a year after Apple announced the iPhone would become your digital car key, Google is doing the same. Android 12 will officially let “select Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones” natively double as a car key later this year, the company just announced at its Google I/O 2021 developer conference today. It’s not like Google is exactly late to the party, though, because automakers are taking their sweet time rolling […]

  • Intel’s Optane H20 is the latest attempt at “hybrid” laptop storage
    by Jim Salter on May 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    H20 benchmarks well, but real-world performance and price remain to be seen.

  • Google and Samsung are teaming up to take on Apple’s watchOS
    by Brian Heater on May 18, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    With a long-standing history of working together on the mobile side, it’s always been a bit of surprise that Samsung hasn’t had much patience for Google’s wearables play. The hardware giant had flirted with Android Wear in the past, but for the last several years, it’s been invested in building out its own version of

  • Google offers the best look yet at Android 12
    by Brian Heater on May 18, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    The one-dozenth versions of Android has been something of an odd duck. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating was announced back in February, and a beta version is already available to developers. But up to now, we’ve known glancingly little about how the final version of Android 12 will actually look. Fittingly, the new

  • Android now powers 3B devices
    by Frederic Lardinois on May 18, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Google’s Android operating system is now running on 3 billion active devices, Google announced at its (virtual) I/O developer conference today. In a briefing before today’s event, the company also noted that there were 250 million active tablets running Android last year, which is likely a larger number than some expected, but which explains Google’s

  • Android 12 preview: first look at Google’s radical new design
    by Dieter Bohn on May 18, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Photo composite by Amelia Holowaty Krales and Vjeran Pavic / The VergeThere are new features, but it’s the biggest design update in years Google is announcing the latest beta for Android 12 today at Google I/O. It has an entirely new design based on a system called “Material You,” featuring big, bubbly buttons, shifting colors, and smoother animations. It is “the biggest design change in Android’s history,” according to Sameer Samat, VP of product management, Android and Google […]

  • Beta Technologies adds $368 million in Series A funding for its electric aviation ecosystem
    by Aria Alamalhodaei on May 18, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Electric aviation startup Beta Technologies closed a $368 million Series A funding round on Tuesday, with investments from Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund. The new capital is the second round of funding announced by the company this year, after the company raised $143 million in private capital in March. The funding round was led by Fidelity

  • There are over 3 billion active Android devices
    by Alex Cranz on May 18, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The VergeThere are over 3 billion active Android devices in the wild now. Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Google, announced the news at Google I/O 2021, which is live, but totally online, this year. Google added over 500 million active Android devices since its last developer’s conference in 2019 and 1 billion devices since 2017. (That was when it hit the 2 billion mark.) The number is taken from the Google Play Store, which doesn’t take into account […]

  • Compromised credentials? Google can now change website passwords for you
    by Ron Amadeo on May 18, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Google Duplex will soon navigate the “change password” interface of websites.