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Julee Scott 2016-05-18
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The first Google I/O keynote just wrapped up and Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to say.

Best: Google s finally getting serious about VR

One of the big things we wanted to see from Google this year was a more substantial commitment to VR.

Worst: Its headset is just a drawing

Although Google s plans are certainly interesting, there s still no physical hardware.

Right now, all we ve got to go on is a video demo that doesn t look drastically different from Gear VR.

Sounds like the name of tween One Direction cover band.

Best: This Good Guy Google shout out to Amazon for making Echo

Worst: Hanging up on your kids in front of millions of people

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Does your smartwatch need a keyboard?

Nothing embodies that difference more than text entry.

While Apple has so-far eschewed complex text-entry on the Apple Watch, preferring instead to rely solely on speech-to-text, Google is flipping that around with a new on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition in Android Wear 2.0.

A keyboard on a tiny smartwatch display obviously looks a lot different to an on-screen keyboard on a smartphone, but Google is promising increased accuracy - never mind how fat-fingered you are in your typing or swiping - courtesy of Google Assistant among other algorithms.

Third-party fitness apps can now tap into Google Fit, sharing your performance and results for better all-round assessments.

There's a preview of Android Wear 2.0 available for developers today, while everyone else will get it this fall.

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Julee Scott 2016-05-19
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But at Google I/O 2016, the Chinese hardware maker had a surprise for the American market: a 4K-ready Android TV-based set-top box for all your video streaming and gaming needs.

Xiaomi says its Mi Box will be capable of running 4K UHD video at 60fps and supporting HDR10, a standard for high dynamic range playback that promises better contrast and color.

YouTube, Netflix and Amazon have already announced that their streaming platforms will support it soon.

The company has been known to deliver high-quality products at reasonable prices in markets like India and China.

In China, its set-top boxes work with the company s own streaming service that offers a range of locally produced shows and movies.

At present, it doesn t have a lot of competition to worry about – only a handful of brands like Google s own Nexus label, Sony, Sharp, Razer and Nvidia currently offer Android TV-based devices.

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Today Google's next version of Android, Android N, has had its naming process begin.

As such, they've asked users of all sorts to submit suggestions.

To get in on naming the next Android, currently still called Android N, users will have to go to Android.com/N.

There they'll be presented with a place to submit names aplenty.

The video you're about to see shows the naming process that goes on at Google.

Tasty treats of all sorts.

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Sandwich chain Pret a Manger is one retailer which will accept Android Pay.

UK banks, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC,Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide are currently listed as supporting the service, as are retailers including Aldi, Boots, Caffe Nero, Costa, KFC, Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks, Waitrose and Transport for London.

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger said its customers in the UK can now make purchases using Android Pay, up to the value of £250 across its 350 stores.

Android Pay isn't supported on rooted devices because Google said it can't verify that the Android security model is intact.

Google is playing catchup in launching the service: rival Apple has had its Apple Pay service up and running for almost a year already.

It's not clear how much success smartphone payment services are having, but the UK is already an enthusiastic user of contactless payment cards.

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Benjamin Stahl Photographer: Fredrik Karlsson

Swedish industry has a good position when it comes to robotics.

But it required a serious effort to retain the position, according to a new report.

In 2015 there were 1.5 million industrial roots in use worldwide compared to one million in 2009, an increase of 50 percent in five years.

The rapid development of sensors have influenced and robots have become smarter, smaller, easier to use - and yet cheaper.

- But the development has not been driven by the traditional robot suppliers but rather by large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple actually been more interested in artificial intelligence, says Benjamin Stahl, research director at Blue institute with the recent report robots century.

But now growing faster robot use in other countries - particularly in Asia.

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Microsoft has announced that it s selling its feature phone business for $350 million in a group deal to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Chinese hardware manufacturer Foxconn, which manufactures iPhones for Apple, and a newly formed company called HMD Global.

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second half of this year.

The new firm plans to invest more than $500 million over the next three years to market its mobile products worldwide.

Hopefully, its launch with HMD will see its products in stores across the globe soon.

The sale will not affect Microsoft s Windows-based mobile operations.

Nokia signs strategic brand and intellectual property licensing agreement enabling HMD global to create new generation of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets on Nokia

Read next: 3 creative ways to monetize your Instagram following

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Julee Scott 2016-05-18
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The first Google I/O keynote just wrapped up and Sundar Pichai & Co had lots to say.

Best: Google s finally getting serious about VR

One of the big things we wanted to see from Google this year was a more substantial commitment to VR.

Worst: Its headset is just a drawing

Although Google s plans are certainly interesting, there s still no physical hardware.

Right now, all we ve got to go on is a video demo that doesn t look drastically different from Gear VR.

Sounds like the name of tween One Direction cover band.

Best: This Good Guy Google shout out to Amazon for making Echo

Worst: Hanging up on your kids in front of millions of people

Julee Scott 2016-05-18
img

Sandwich chain Pret a Manger is one retailer which will accept Android Pay.

UK banks, including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC,Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide are currently listed as supporting the service, as are retailers including Aldi, Boots, Caffe Nero, Costa, KFC, Greggs, McDonalds, Starbucks, Waitrose and Transport for London.

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger said its customers in the UK can now make purchases using Android Pay, up to the value of £250 across its 350 stores.

Android Pay isn't supported on rooted devices because Google said it can't verify that the Android security model is intact.

Google is playing catchup in launching the service: rival Apple has had its Apple Pay service up and running for almost a year already.

It's not clear how much success smartphone payment services are having, but the UK is already an enthusiastic user of contactless payment cards.

Julee Scott 2016-05-18
img

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard?

Nothing embodies that difference more than text entry.

While Apple has so-far eschewed complex text-entry on the Apple Watch, preferring instead to rely solely on speech-to-text, Google is flipping that around with a new on-screen keyboard and handwriting recognition in Android Wear 2.0.

A keyboard on a tiny smartwatch display obviously looks a lot different to an on-screen keyboard on a smartphone, but Google is promising increased accuracy - never mind how fat-fingered you are in your typing or swiping - courtesy of Google Assistant among other algorithms.

Third-party fitness apps can now tap into Google Fit, sharing your performance and results for better all-round assessments.

There's a preview of Android Wear 2.0 available for developers today, while everyone else will get it this fall.

Julee Scott 2016-05-18
img

Benjamin Stahl Photographer: Fredrik Karlsson

Swedish industry has a good position when it comes to robotics.

But it required a serious effort to retain the position, according to a new report.

In 2015 there were 1.5 million industrial roots in use worldwide compared to one million in 2009, an increase of 50 percent in five years.

The rapid development of sensors have influenced and robots have become smarter, smaller, easier to use - and yet cheaper.

- But the development has not been driven by the traditional robot suppliers but rather by large companies like Google, Amazon and Apple actually been more interested in artificial intelligence, says Benjamin Stahl, research director at Blue institute with the recent report robots century.

But now growing faster robot use in other countries - particularly in Asia.

Julee Scott 2016-05-19
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But at Google I/O 2016, the Chinese hardware maker had a surprise for the American market: a 4K-ready Android TV-based set-top box for all your video streaming and gaming needs.

Xiaomi says its Mi Box will be capable of running 4K UHD video at 60fps and supporting HDR10, a standard for high dynamic range playback that promises better contrast and color.

YouTube, Netflix and Amazon have already announced that their streaming platforms will support it soon.

The company has been known to deliver high-quality products at reasonable prices in markets like India and China.

In China, its set-top boxes work with the company s own streaming service that offers a range of locally produced shows and movies.

At present, it doesn t have a lot of competition to worry about – only a handful of brands like Google s own Nexus label, Sony, Sharp, Razer and Nvidia currently offer Android TV-based devices.

Julee Scott 2016-05-18
img

Microsoft has announced that it s selling its feature phone business for $350 million in a group deal to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Chinese hardware manufacturer Foxconn, which manufactures iPhones for Apple, and a newly formed company called HMD Global.

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second half of this year.

The new firm plans to invest more than $500 million over the next three years to market its mobile products worldwide.

Hopefully, its launch with HMD will see its products in stores across the globe soon.

The sale will not affect Microsoft s Windows-based mobile operations.

Nokia signs strategic brand and intellectual property licensing agreement enabling HMD global to create new generation of Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets on Nokia

Read next: 3 creative ways to monetize your Instagram following

Julee Scott 2016-05-18
img

Today Google's next version of Android, Android N, has had its naming process begin.

As such, they've asked users of all sorts to submit suggestions.

To get in on naming the next Android, currently still called Android N, users will have to go to Android.com/N.

There they'll be presented with a place to submit names aplenty.

The video you're about to see shows the naming process that goes on at Google.

Tasty treats of all sorts.