No Google Pixel Watch in 2018 after all

Despite plenty of rumors that Google would release a Pixel Watch later this year to supplement its Google Pixel 3, 3 XL, and Google Pixel Buds lineup. The company has confirmed the contrary, saying that it has no plans to launch its own smartwatch this year, Tom's Guide reports.

This news comes direct from in an interview Tom's Guide conducted with Google's director of Engineering on Wear OS, Miles Barr. He said of the idea of a Google-branded watch, "I don' think we're there yet," adding, "our focus is on our partners for now."

Fortunately for those of us wanting better Wear OS smartwatches, some of those partners are at IFA 2018 right now showing off their new wares. While Sony has debuted a new smartwatch featuring e-Paper all over, it won't be running Wear OS. 

Diesel is releasing the On Full Guard 2.5, which is going to be the biggest Wear OS smartwatch on the market. That won't mean too much for smartwatch shoppers though, because it's not going to have the largest smartwatch screen. And, with a suggested two-day battery life, it's not going very far to impress in the battery capacity department either.

While it's sad news for anyone who really wanted Google to show other manufacturers how to make a great smartwatch, Google didn't say that it would never try to make one.  So, maybe one day it'll happen.

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Google is making its Wear smartwatch OS even smarter (GOOGL)

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Google plans to revampWear OS, its smartwatch operating system (OS), through an update that will enhance the functionality and design of Wear OS smartwatches, which the company plans to roll out over the next month.

The news marks Google’s first major overhaul to its smartchwatch OS since rebranding Android Wear as Wear OS this past March. Google Wear Smartwatch

The improved Wear OS will help users better navigate their smartwatches and fast-track access to information and suggestions through Google Assistant:

  • Notifications will be smarter and more convenient. Users will now be able to swipe up on the device to browse through a stream of notifications. This represents a significant improvement from the current version as notifications are paganized — meaning users have to swipe five times to view five notifications. The new notification design also offers built-in smart replies and suggestions for opening other features like Google Pay. This enables Wear OS watch owners to more easily access apps and respond to messages, for example.
  • Google Assistant will intuitively present personalized information and suggestions. By swiping right, users will be able to view a feed of predictive, personalized information provided by Google Assistant based on their location, notifications, calendar events, and other information. For example, if a user is headed to the airport, Assistant might present their flight status and suggest a restaurant near their hotel, which the user can tap on to learn more about. The improved Assistant design is reminiscent of the visual snapshot feature on Android smartphones, which will help to make the Assistant experience more consistent across devices.

Google’s redesign makes Wear OS more competitive in the smartwatch market as the updates place its OS on par with its competitors’. 

For example, Apple’s watchOS 4 already allows users to browse through a vertical list of notifications, and the company is planning on enabling personalized suggestions from Siri with watchOS 5, which is expected to roll out this fall.

And Samsung’s Tizen 4.0 smartwatch OS, currently available on the Galaxy Watch, provides users with a daily briefing feature, similar to Wear OS’ new Assistant feature.

Smartwatch OS vendors will likely continue to take steps to provide the best user experience to stay ahead of the growing smartwatch market — global smartwatch shipments are expected to double from 44 million in 2018 to 89 million in 2022, according to IDC.

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Meet the Democratic businessman who wants to beat Trump in 2020 and give every American a basic income: ‘Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name’

Andrew Yang

  • Andrew Yang, a long-time entrepreneur-turned-politician, wants President Donald Trump’s job in 2020. 
  • He believes in a universal basic income, and supports reforms to prepare the United States for the revolutions in artificial intelligence and autonomy still to come.
  • He’s probably also the first candidate to accept donations in the form of cryptocurrency. 

If you ask presidential candidate Andrew Yang to talk about the future, he’ll start with with truck drivers.

The 43-year-old entrepreneur-turned-politician is a ball of statistics on the pending driverless car revolution. Autonomous vehicles are already on the road today, poised to rise across private and commercial sectors. This will see personal convenience soar to new heights, but will lay carnage to the contemporary trucking industry in the process.

“The average truck driver is a 49-year-old male with a high school education and one year of college. There are 3.5 million of them in America; it’s the most common job in 29 states.” Yang said. “If you project what happens in the next five to ten years, it’s going to be disastrous for these communities.” He cited “another 5 million Americans” who work in the truck stops, motels, and diners that serve the truckers and their vehicles. What happens to the local economies when those trucks stop coming, he asks — and what happens to their politics?

Yang’s pre-politics career in business cuts across education, healthcare software, mobile technology, and nonprofit fundraising. President Barack Obama named him a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015 —  indeed, Yang presents a sharp ideological contrast to the current US president.

“Donald Trump gives entrepreneurs a bad name because he’s a marketing charlatan, not a business organization builder,” he said. “I believe that I have a lot of the qualities Trump pretended to have.”

As President of the United States, Yang wants to flex his business sense to bring about a program called the Freedom Dividend, a basic income program to help dampen automation’s impact on human life and work.

He’s given a lot of thought to our unknown future as a suite of emergent technologies spin into high gear. He suggests that the rise of AI will force us to reexamine what we mean by the word “work,” what we value as a society, and how we want our economy to function. He acknowledges that it could be a massive problem, but “it could also be a massive opportunity.”

Yang is campaigning right now for your 2020 presidential vote. A lightly edited transcript of our interview with him follows.

BUSINESS INSIDER: Isn’t it too soon to be running for President?

ANDREW YANG: It isn’t too soon! I’m not even the first one to declare. One person declared before me, a congressman from Maryland named John Delaney. There are no formal regulations on timing, it’s more tradition than anything. I think that right now we are going through the greatest technological and economic shift in human history, and our political leadership is completely out to lunch on it. The only requirements to run are the Constitutional requirements — to be a natural born citizen, 35 years or older — and I’m running to win.

Trump won in 2016 because we automated away four million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — the swing states that he needed to carry in order to win. We’re about to do the same thing again, this time to people who work in retail, trucking, transportation, call centers, fast food, and throughout the economy. Artificial intelligence is going to do more and more of what humans presently do. Most of our political class won’t even acknowledge that this is the central challenge of this era, and it’s about to ramp up.

BI: You’re seeking the Democratic nomination. What does your platform look like?

AY: The core of my campaign is the Freedom Dividend, in which every American adult between the ages of 18 and 64 would receive $1,000 per month. You can’t fight job automation the same way you fight climate change, by asking people to sacrifice or be more vigilant about the resources they consume. We have to go the other direction and spread the bounty of automation and new technology as broadly and quickly as possible. Capitalism functions much better when people have money to spend, and right now 59% of Americans can’t afford an unexpected $500 expense.

The Roosevelt Institute found that a basic income of $1,000 a month would grow the economy by $2.5 trillion per year and create 4.5 million new jobs. We’d be rolling out the Freedom Dividend within my first year as President, because that’s what I’d be elected to do.

BI: Universal basic income has been a hip idea for a while, but it seems like it never goes anywhere in America. Where does the resistance come from?

AY: The United States has had a basic income program for the past 36 years. Alaska’s petroleum dividend passed the House of Representatives in 1971 under Nixon, and it gives each resident of the state between $1,000 and $2,000 a year for life. It’s improved children’s nutrition, created jobs, lowered income inequality, and remains wildly popular in a deep red state. It was sold by a Republican governor as a way to keep money out of the hands of government and in the hands of the people. Anyone who thinks this isn’t possible just isn’t paying attention to our history.

The fundamental resistance is born of a misplaced sense of scarcity. It’s easy to say, “Hey, we can’t afford that. The money has to come from somewhere, and it would bankrupt the economy.” But this is nonsense on its face. Our economy is now $19 trillion per year, up $4 trillion in the last 10 years alone. We can easily afford a dividend of $1,000 per American adult between the ages of 18-64. There are four mechanisms to pay for it in my plan, and one of them is a new value added tax for companies that benefit the most from automation. This is necessary because income taxes are terrible at generating revenue from AI, software, and machines. The beneficiaries tend to be large global tech companies that are great at reducing their tax bill.

BI: Are you the first presidential candidate to accept cryptocurrency donations? Would you bring any formal cryptocurrency regulation to the United States?

YA: I believe I’m the first candidate to accept crypto donations. We looked into the regulations and as long as we gather all the identifying information for each contribution, then it’s perfectly fine. Political campaigns can accept contributions of any type as long as you record the value. We could accept a donation of ham sandwiches, for example.

Under my administration, we’d have a coherent set of rules for cryptocurrency, because it’s a bit of the Wild West right now. I’m pessimistic that this administration is going to grapple with the problem meaningfully, but there’s a lot of experimentation going on. Lack of coherent regulation isn’t curbing people from experimenting and innovating with the blockchain and finding new implementations for it.

BI: What do you think about a national cryptocurrency?

YA: I think a national cryptocurrency could be a phenomenal idea that makes a lot of sense, but first we need to create more meaningful touchpoints in the economy for people to participate.  Part of my campaign is that we need a new “social currency,” backed by the federal government and worth real money. This currency maps to various positive social behaviors that we want to encourage more of, things like taking care of the elderly, nurturing children, volunteering in a community, or improving the environment. The idea is based on something called “timebanking that’s been in effect in a couple hundred communities around the US for a number of years. We need a way to recognize and reinforce helpful behavior. This would most likely look like a smartphone app.

BI: Generally speaking, what can people do to prepare for your vision of the future?

YA: Our conception of work needs to become much broader. Let’s say my wife is at home right now with our two young boys, which she is. The market values that at zero and does not see that as a job. If she were hired to take care of someone else’s kids, then that would be a job. Right now we base our notion of “work” on the market: you get paid for jobs, but not for non-jobs. The problem here is that the market is going to value human labor less and less.

Those previously mentioned 3.5 million truck drivers haven’t changed as humans. They didn’t suddenly forget how to drive a truck. It’s just that now the truck drives itself, and the drivers are going to watch their labor value go from $45,000 a year to near zero.

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El coche autonomo de Apple tiene su primer accidente… pero por culpa de un humano

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A pesar de que Apple no ha confirmado abiertamente en qué consiste su proyecto de coches autónomos, se sabe que a día de hoy tienen 66 vehículos recorriendo las calles de California. Pues hoy se confirmó que uno de estos coches estuvo involucrado en una accidente, donde afortunadamente no hubo heridos.

Según el informe presentado ante el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de California (DMV), la tarde del pasado 24 de agosto, uno de los coches autónomos de Apple recibió un impacto en la parte trasera mientras esperaba su turno para incorporarse a una vía rápida. Continue reading “El coche autonomo de Apple tiene su primer accidente… pero por culpa de un humano”

90s vs now: How Back to School supplies have evolved in the last 20 years

It’s Back To School season, and with it comes a lot of shopping for supplies, dorm room goodies, and tech, of course. While some things haven’t changed, like the need to load up on heavy textbooks and make sure you’ve got a reliable pencil, technology has substantially changed a lot of the things we use.

Some back to school items have evolved in leaps and bounds since the 90s, while others have become outright relics. We’ve gathered up some of the most iconic items for students and classrooms in the 90s and thrown their age into sharp relief against their modern-day counterparts. 

Trapper Keeper vs iPad

In the 90s, one of the easiest ways to keep all your school stuff together and organized was a Trapper Keeper. You could put files and folders, notebooks, calendar books, and plenty more in there, and then close it all up so nothing fell out and got lost. South Park even imagined the Trapper Keeper getting a lot more technologically advanced back in the 90s.

Now, you’d be likely to get a lot more mileage out of an iPad. The tablet can store all your notes, calendars, and school documents right in its internal storage. And, it almost goes without saying that an iPad can do a whole heck of a lot more than just store stuff. The new iPad supports the Apple Pencil, so you don’t even need a proper pencil and notebook. Ironically enough, Mead still makes Trapper Keepers, with some models designed as tablet cases.

A new book vs a full library Kindle

You might have kicked off the new school years in the 90s with a hot new book, something to start you on your way toward your reading goals. You may have even paired it with a fancy bookmark so you could keep track of your progress and take pride in it. Maybe it was Harry Potter, or perhaps it was Redwall (any other fans?). In any case, you probably snagged a book to keep with you in your backpack.

Enter the modern day, and sure you can still go back to school with a new book to read, but technology offers a lot more. Grab a Kindle or any other eReader, and you can walk around with that same new book and whole library of other books. All of that will fit right into your backpack, or maybe even your pocket. Now imagine fitting a Harry Potter book into your pocket, let alone the whole series.

Game Boy Pocket vs Nintendo Switch

Remember when the few cellphones you saw had super basic, colorless displays? Well, so did portable video games. At least in the 90s electronics were getting smaller, as was so well demonstrated with the Game Boy Pocket. It was a much more handy gaming device to take with you on the go and enjoy during your breaks between classes in the 90s.

Now, you can pack up a Nintendo Switch and take it to school. The HD screen has more colors than a Game Boy Pocket or even a Game Boy Color could have dreamt of, and the screen alone is nearly the size of the whole Game Boy Pocket. You start factoring in the kind of games and online functionality that the Nintendo Switch offers, and you might start to feel bad for folks who played Game Boy between classes.

A 90s backpack vs a modern backpack

Remember the backpack of the 90s, with its one big pouch to store all of your school stuff? Maybe it had a second small pocket for pens, pencils, and other small supplies. If you were lucky, you might have even gotten one with a sleeve for a water bottle or the cool rubber waffling inside the arm straps for comfort. Wow, what a backpack that was.

Now you’ll find backpacks with special pockets for laptops, tablets, smartphones, and all the usual sections for your books, pens, pencils, and school supplies. It’s not surprising to have water bottle sleeves, special routing for headphones cables to come out of your bag, or even ports for USB charging. Some backpacks will even build in batteries so you can charge your phone and computer on the go.

Calculator watch vs Apple Watch

Though calculator watches may have been more of a fad in the ‘80s, plenty of people looking to do a little quick math during the school year could turn to the trusty, portable device. Casio had its fair share of these calculator watches, and they wouldn’t have been hard for students to pick up at the start of a new school year. They would have been just as good as pick for parent’s who weren’t satisfied with their kid’s math grades

Now, 20 years later, telling the time and crunching numbers isn’t nearly impressive enough for a watch. The Apple Watch 3 can text your friends, call your parents, remind you when your next class is, keep track of your health, and yes, do a little math. Although it can’t do your homework for you, neither could an old-school calculator watch, so maybe we’ll all have to just wait another 20 years.

Texas Instruments TI-83 vs TI-Nspire CX Handheld

If you were going hard into math in the 90s, you probably wouldn’t have gone too far without a trusty Texas Instruments graphing calculator. In the late 90s, that would have meant the TI-83 or the upgraded TI-83 Plus should have been high on the shopping list for back-to-school purchases. These calculators were good for a bit of complex math, and if loaded up right, good for a bit of gaming as well.

Even today, a TI-83 Plus would be a fine calculator to pick up for the new school year. That is, until you compare it to the TI-Nspire CX Handheld. With the 320×240 resolution display and 16-bit color, it would be hard to look back. And, Texas Instruments notes that the newer calculator is useful in far more classes than the TI-83 Plus, and it’s permitted on the same major tests.

A bicycle vs a better bicycle

To make sure you got to class on time in the 90s, you’d probably want to get a nice bicycle. Back then, you had your pick of bikes you’d pedal with your feet and pretty much just bikes you’d pedal with your feet. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit of exercise on your way to and from school, but things have gotten a lot easier since then.

Now, you can pick up an battery-powered bicycle that’ll make your commute a breeze. Some use their electric motors to offer pedal assist, making it nearly effortless to get your bike up to top speeds. Others go all in on the electric motor, foregoing pedals entirely, to just let you sit back and let the bike do all the work. And, if a bike isn’t your style, there’s no shortage of electric skateboards to terrorize the campus quads.

A TV with VHS player vs Smart TV

Going off to college in the 90s, you may have been lucky enough to have your parents give you your own TV, complete with a VHS player built right in. It didn’t get much more convenient than that. You could easily move onto campus with your TV or take it to a friend’s dorm room if they had the better sofa for movie nights.

Now, we’ve come to expect a lot more from our TVs. For one, it would be just as easy (except for the shipping) to find a big-screen, flat-panel TV at a price similar to little box of a TV you’d have found in the 90s. And now, being able to play one type of media isn’t a strong selling point for a TV. Smart TVs can pull in movies and shows from all the popular streaming services, so you don’t even need to keep around a collection of Blu-rays, DVDs, or dusty old VHS tapes.

Lunchables vs Blue Apron

When it came time for lunch in the 90s, nothing made it as easy to have a fun meal and feel like a chef as Lunchables did. OK, so maybe crackers, cheese, and deli meats don’t really add up to much of a proper meal, but the little pizzas weren’t half bad. And, many of the Lunchables were nicely rounded out with a side snack and a drink.

Take the idea of a container with everything you need to put together a meal and bring it into the modern day, and you’ve got Blue Apron or any of the myriad other meal box services. Although you won’t be putting together your Blue Apron meal in 30 seconds flat, you’ll be making much more exciting meals. And, you’ll be a lot more liable to impress your friends by cooking a Blue Apron meal than by assembling Lunchables. 

Your gym teacher’s crazy rainbow parachute vs Augmented Reality?

Let’s face it, we all miss that crazy rainbow parachute all of your gym teachers had in the 90s. While this might not have been something you’d have bought for yourself with the rest of your school supplies, it was still an important staple for 90s schooling. You could put balls on it and have them all go flying, or your whole class could raise the parachute aloft and try to all hurry underneath before it came down.

Nowadays, some teachers still have he crazy rainbow parachute, but students’ sense of adventure is likely to be filled by something like augmented reality (AR). Students can hold up a phone, and instantly see other worlds colliding with their own classroom. If you took an anatomy class using AR today, you’d be able to get your own Magic Schoolbus moments with the ability to put your device inside the body and see its various organs. This is the 2018 version of hiding underneath a colorful parachute – and requires a little less imagination.

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Apple says some iPhone 8 devices have a manufacturing defect and will fix them for free — here’s how to see if you’re affected (AAPL)

iPhone 8

  • Apple says that a small percentage of iPhone 8 devices might be affected by a “manufacturing defect” that can cause random freezing and other problems. 
  • You can check if your phone is affected here.
  • Apple is offering free repairs, but you have to mail away your phone. 

Apple disclosed on Friday that “a very small percentage” of iPhone 8 smartphones have a “manufacturing defect” that can freeze the screen, make the device restart unexpectedly, or even cause it to not turn on. 

If you own an iPhone 8, you can check whether or not you’re affected by putting your phone’s serial number into a web form at Apple’s website. The good news is that Apple will repair any affected iPhone 8 for free, by replacing its logic board. 

“Affected units were sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the U.S.,” writes Apple. Given that the iPhone 8 was only introduced in September 2017, that means that it could affect any early adopter. It appears that this was the first time these problems were disclosed.

If your phone needs a repair, you have a few options. You can take your phone in to any authorized Apple repair center, an Apple retail store, or mail it in. In all cases, Apple says, it’ll get mailed away to one of the company’s main repair facilities to get fixed up. 

The free repair offer comes with a few caveats: If your screen is cracked or there’s any other kind of damage, you’ll have to get that fixed, first. If Apple does that fix itself, it’ll charge you for that repair, even beyond the free logic board replacement. 

The iPhone 8, introduced in late 2017, could be the last model without a notch. On September 12th, Apple is expected to release a trio of new iPhones that embrace the edge-to-edge design of the iPhone X, the current highest-end model. 

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for further information. 

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One of Apple’s secretive self-driving cars got in a crash for the first time — but it doesn’t seem to be Apple’s fault (APPL)

Apple self driving car

  • An Apple autonmous vehicle was involved in an accident on August 24, marking a first for the company.
  • In a filing with the California DMV viewed on Friday, Apple reported that one of its vehicles got rear-ended while slowly merging onto a freeway just 3.5 miles from its Cupertino, California headquarters.
  • It was rear-ended while waiting for a safe gap to merge onto a freeway.
  • Nobody got hurt.

An Apple autonomous vehicle got rear-ended last week, marking the first time one of its secretive self-driving cars was involved in an accident.

In a form filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles on August 24th, viewed by Business Insider on August 31, Apple revealed that one of its test vehicles was rear-ended while preparing to merge onto the freeway in Sunnyvale, California, about 3.5 miles away from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

The car was in autonomous mode and driving less than 1 mile per hour while “waiting for a safe gap to complete the merge” when a 2016 Nissan Leaf hit it from behind, according to the filing. The Nissan was apparently going 15 miles per hour, according to the form. Both cars were damaged, but nobody got hurt. 

As of May, Apple had 55 autonomous vehicles on the road in California— more than any other company besides Cruise, GM’s autonomous vehicle arm, which had 104 cars at the time. 

The accident was a first for Apple’s autonomous car unit, and relatively minor compared to accidents that have occured with some of the company’s competitors. Apple hasn’t publicly discussed its plans for these self-driving cars, and most of what we know about them come from official filings with the DMV. 

Uber shut down its self-driving car program in Arizona after one of its vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian there in March. Also in March, a Tesla Model X crashed into a barrier while in the semi-autonmous autopilot mode. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the collision.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

SEE ALSO: Apple has the second-largest fleet of self-driving cars in California — bigger than Tesla, Waymo, or Uber

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