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Google Home Outage Hits Users

 

June 06, 2017

It’s only been a few weeks since Google took to the stage and bragged at length about the capabilities, features, and reliability of its Google Assistant virtual helper, but now one of the the company’s premiere Assistant-equipped devices is suffering some serious issues. As Android Police reports, some Google Home devices are essentially completely broken today, with “a nearly 100% failure rate.”

 

Oddly, the Home speaker seems to be the only device where Assistant is having issues, as the Assistant app on smart devices is working just fine across the board.

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X-Ray Laser Creates 'Mini Black Hole'

 

June 05, 2017

Scientists were in for a surprise when they tested the world's most powerful X-ray laser on a single molecule, and created a 'mini black hole.'

 

The intense laser destroyed the molecule from the inside out, leaving a void, similar to a black hole in space. Researchers hope that this unexpected insight could advance the imaging of whole viruses and bacteria, which could help scientists to develop medicines.

 

The 'molecular black hole' was created by researchers from Kansas State University.

 

The researchers hope that the molecular black hole findings will help them better plan experiments using this laser.

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Google Photos Has Half A Billion Users

 

May 19, 2017

Google's photo repository app has hit half a billion monthly active users, Anil Sabharwal, who helps run product at Google, said on Wednesday. And the company is now using its smart image searches and artificial intelligence to identify people in pictures, and automatically suggest the photo be shared with that person.

 

The announcement was part of Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

 

Soon the app will help users eliminate blurry photos and duplicates, and will release shared libraries. A shared library could be used to, for example, automatically recognize pictures of a user's kids and share them with both parents.

 

Even iOS users that don't have the app can be involved in the process.

Amazon's Echo Look Could Spy On More Than Just Your Style

 

May 01, 2017

Amazon has released the Echo Look, which is an Alexa-powered camera that takes full-length photos and short videos of you and your home. Experts have warned that many Echo Look customers do not fully understand the data that they are handing to Amazon.

 

The Echo Look is priced at $199.99. Consumers just say ‘Alexa, take a picture’ or ‘Alexa, take a video’, and the device will get to work. Experts say that Amazon must update its privacy policy and better-inform consumers of the technology's risks.

 

Spacex Launches Its First Recycled Rocket

 

March 31, 2017

 

SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, March 30, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. "This is a huge day. My mind's blown, frankly," Musk said. He called it an "incredible milestone in the history of space" and predicted, "this is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight."

 

It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission. He was at a loss for words after the Falcon 9 core landed on the bull's-eye of the ocean platform following liftoff with a broadcasting satellite, achieving what some had once told him was impossible.

 

 

This particular first stage landed on an ocean platform almost exactly a year ago after a space station launch for NASA. SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-story booster, still sporting its nine original engines. It nailed another vertical landing at sea Thursday, March 30, once it was finished boosting the satellite for the SES company of Luxembourg. SpaceX employees jammed outside Mission Control at the Hawthorne, California, company headquarters cheered loudly every step of the way — and again when the satellite reached its proper orbit.

 

 

"Absolutely astounding," Halliwell said after his company's satellite reached the proper orbit. "Just opened the door into a whole new era of spaceflight." Musk said this day was 15 years in coming and that, all told, the reusability effort has cost the company at least $1 billion, which will take time to recoup. He brought all five of his young sons to the launch — and the news conference that followed — wanting them to be witness to history-in-the-making. It was fitting, he noted, that the rocket took off from NASA's Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the starting point for the Apollo moon shots decades ago.

 

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