Plus Snaps greatest urge to remain relevant, Alexa's AirPods alternatives powered by Alexa, more Android Q-News, and more. It's time to talk about the biggest, coolest or most interesting stories of the last 24 hours.
Amazon wants to send 3,236 satellites to near-Earth orbit to bring the Internet to the masses
Amazon is working on a space project. More details have recently appeared showing that the plan is to launch a series of satellites to make Internet access more difficult for underserved communities.
But how cool is that?
named after astronomer Gerard Kuiper) and the details were recently uncovered by GeekWire in a series of three papers submitted by the FCC. It is planned to launch 3,236 satellites (784 in 367 miles, 1
In response to the findings, GeekWire asked for an explanation from Amazon about the time the project was confirmed:
The Kuiper project is a new initiative to establish a constellation of low-orbiting satellites with high-bandwidth broadband connections Provide latency for unmet and underserved communities around the world. This is a long-term project designed to serve millions of people who do not have basic access to broadband Internet. We look forward to partnering with this initiative with companies sharing this shared vision.
The report also states that the satellites would have a range of 56 degrees north latitude to 56 degrees south latitude and that "about 95 percent of the total area of the satellites the world population lives in this vast part of the planet. "Sorry, others five percent.
Unfortunately, Amazon did not provide a timetable for launching these satellites and also did not talk about the logistics or economic aspect of the project.
Much still needs to be done In order to make this project a reality, and these applications are just the beginning – mostly logistics – Amazon has to prove that its satellites do not interfere with existing satellites (or, you know, anything else.) All details must be finalized and approved before the project can take on a more realistic form.
Apple News: Another AI Expert Switches from Google to Apple
It has been quiet Apple on the last day, with the biggest news being one step , which aims to improve the company's AI technology.
- Apple hired Ian Goodfellow, a former Google AI AI expert, to join Goodfellow last month Director of Machine Learning appointed. Interesting stuff. [Engadget]
- MacWorld tested the iPad Mini 2019, which is probably worth reading if you're thinking about purchasing this new pint-sized powerhouse. [MacWorld]
While people often move from one business to another and it's generally not big enough to talk about, Google's move from Goodfellow to Apple is remarkable for several reasons.
First of all, this is the man who invented GAN or Generative Adversarial Network; a special kind of machine learning that uses neural networks to create realistic photos and videos. This is the kind of technology used to make deepfakes.
Although it is not known exactly what role Goodfellow will play at Apple, it is known that it is part of Apple's Special Projects Group. This is the team at Apple responsible for shaping the technology for future products and services.
It's also noteworthy that Apple did not first take on a world-class AI expert from Google – former AI and Search Chief John Giannandrea joined Apple last December and quickly became Senior Vice President of Machine Learning appointed. It's unclear if Goodfellow and Giannandrea will work together, but in any case, it's pretty clear that Apple is trying to take its AI technology to the next level. The subject lines announced dates for the Android Dev Summit, and Google Arts & Culture explores Kansas City.
- If you've ever written the subject line of an email (which is really real) (which is often the hardest part), Google has your back. Smart Compose comes to subject lines. This was specifically announced for G Suite, but like other Gmail features, we'll probably see it soon in the consumer version of Gmail. [G Suite Update]
- The official Android developer account yesterday sent a tweet with a "Big Announcement" to save "save the date". The thing is, it had no date. It was a funny little scavenger hunt that finally revealed the data for the Android Dev Summit 2019. It will take place from 23 to 24 October. [9to5Google]
- Android Q. In the latest beta, the "Install Unknown Apps" permission is disabled after each use. It is unclear whether this is a mistake or intentional. Both would be useful. [9to5Google]
- In the Android Q Beta 2 settings, there is a "Notification Assistant" option, which is pretty interesting. We will talk more about this below. [Android Police]
- A few days ago, users were shown ads on the home screen of their Android TV. There are now more details available, and apparently it is intended. [Ars Technica]
- Explore the intricacies of Kansas City in the Google Arts & Culture app.
So this notification assistant. This is a new feature that does exactly what the name suggests: it allows an app to manage your notifications. Currently, there is only one option (the notification wizard in stock), but the presence of the setting in its current form suggests that third-party apps can also act as a notification wizard.
But as Rita El Khoury of Android Police points out, when you disable and re-enable the Notification Assistant, you'll get a clear picture of how powerful this feature is, given the required permissions and accessibility:
The only one available Option is the default setting of Android . Notification Wizard. That's all fine and superfluous until you try to disable it and reactivate it. The pop-up below displays information about the permissions: review your notifications, change or delete them, trigger action buttons in them, and enable or disable Do Not Disturb. This is a lot of control of an app. This is really a lot of control for an app, and I'm honestly not sure if I would do it Trust on anything outside the Notification Assistant with so much access. We'll have to wait and see how the details evolve for this interesting new feature, but at the moment it's at least fascinating, if not a little worrying, how easily it could be misused.
Microsoft News: Further Internet Game Bar Integrations
Plus Xbox Live Gold is under heavy pressure, at least in the UK.
- The Game Bar in Windows 10 gets a pretty neat update that allows the integration of Spotify and Chat. [Thurrott]
- Xbox Live Gold receives a price increase in the UK, the same amount as the rest of Europe. [TechRadar]
- It looks like Microsoft is working on something called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, according to Windows Leaker WalkingCat on Twitter. This will reportedly combine Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for $ 14.99 per month. Interesting indeed. [ WalkingCat ]
The update to the game bar is quite extensive – it not only brings the Spotify and Chat integration with Xbox Social, but also the ability to customize the overlay to hide certain widgets. In addition, the Capture feature provides the ability to overlay text in Capture images, which can only mean one thing: Prepare for a rush of homebrew memes (which, I think, all memes are eventually homebrewing), that come from game screenshots. I'm not sure how to think about it.
But maybe the biggest change here is the combination of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. For $ 14.99 per month makes a lot sense, especially for users who already subscribe to both services. It is unclear when this will be officially available to all, but apparently Insiders can get in touch for $ 1 a month by this day. That's really cool.
Related news: Snap battles back, and Amazon makes AirPod competitors
In addition to Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild in VR, Jim Henson shows "Prime Video" (a kind), Twitter makes conversations easy to analyze and more ,
- Snap announced a series of new things yesterday, beginning with Landmarkers. This new feature uses Snap's AR overlays to add crazy effects to famous sights. OK! [The Verge]
- Snap games are coming! Advertising-based games will soon be integrated into Snapchat so users can play in real-time with their friends. [TechRadar]
- Snapchat stories come in third-party apps, starting with Tinder and Houseparty. [The Verge]
- Man, do you remember Pokemon Go? I miss to play it. But apparently Pokemon Go Fest is still big enough not only to become a four-day event, but to become one too. Honestly, that sounds like a lot of fun. That could be a business trip, right? [CNET]
- If you have a Fitbit and also love Bitmoji, you can use your little cartoon caricature as a dial. Fitbitmoji. Heh. [Fitbit Blog]
- Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild work with the Labo VR kit from Nintendo. But that also means that the Joycons are on the ears, which can not be a comfortable way of playing. As ever. [The Verge]
- Twitter tests labels on threads to help break conversations when multiple people are involved. [Engadget]
- Jim Henson shows come to Prime Vidoe! Yay! Not for users in the US. Boo! [Engadget]
- Amazon does not only want to send satellites into space for the Internet rain, but also works on an AirPods alternative operated by Alexa. [Bloomberg]
Really wireless earphones are the new thing, and every business on earth – both those known for making headphones and those who are not – is eager to take part in the action. Apple has really redesigned the earphone scene with the AirPods, so it's understandable that everyone wants to get involved. That's how innovation works!
And with the advent of digital assistants, the two are an ideal couple to be together: their slim, sleek wireless earphones and your preferred digital assistant should be together. At least it makes sense for Amazon to always look for new places to add to Alexa. The interesting thing is that Alexa is not embedded like Siri and Google Assistant in the operating system of a mobile phone, so that the upcoming Earbuds from Amazon need a third-party app to activate Alexa.
This will certainly prove to be a problem at some point, as these types of integrations often are. With third-party apps, you're trying to replicate or replace native features, especially over a Bluetooth connection. This can be strange. Or just not work.
Of course, the big question here is how much will this cost. Amazon has been known to dramatically lower its prices over competing products, and with AirPods ranging from $ 159 to $ 99, this is probably not too difficult. Unfortunately, there is not much information, so we have to wait for an official announcement to get these details.
Meta News: We're Searching for an Android Writer
Coming soon We're looking for an Android Writer. We want someone who knows Android inside out, can explain things clearly and succinctly and in general just loves to talk about technology. If that sounds like you, you'll find all the details here.