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Every Chromebook released in 2017 will support Android apps

By: Vivek Kumar

Soon, you’ll be able to use the Google Play Store and Android apps on many Chromebooks. Find out more on the Google Chrome blog.

The Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases that will be able to install Android apps are listed below. While we won’t be able to bring Android apps to every Chromebook ever made, we’re continuing to evaluate more devices based on a range of factors, like processor type, GPU, and drivers. We’ll update this list as new devices are added.

For the best experience with Android apps on Chromebooks, we recommend purchasing a device from the list below.

Even if your Chromebook isn’t on this list, it will continue to get other new features and improvements.

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Source: Google

Google Voice gets a long-overdue visual refresh

By: Vivek Kumar

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When we first introduced Google Voice our goal was to create “one number for life”—a phone number that’s tied to you, rather than a single device or a location. Since then, millions of people have signed up to use Google Voice to call, text and get voicemail on all their devices. It’s been several years since we’ve made significant updates to the Google Voice apps (and by several, we mean around five 😉), but today we’re bringing a fresh set of features to Google Voice with updates to our apps on AndroidiOS and the web.

Source: Google

ASUS’ Raspberry Pi rival can play 4K video

By: Vivek Kumar

There have been rumours of an Asus alternative to the Raspberry Pi being launched and now such a board is available to buy. The Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board, to give it its full title, shares many physical attributes to the RasPi such as size and positioning of ports and GPIO but offers quite a bit more power on tap.


Discussing the reasoning behind the creation of the ‘Asus Pi’, the Taiwanese computer firm said “Raspberry Pi has been in the market for so long, we’re here to expand users’ choices with more options. And this board has 4K support, higher SoC performance, faster Ethernet transmission, and flexibility for the memory size.” Asus believes the capabilities of the Tinker Board will make possible projects that were too much to ask of even for the newest Raspberry Pi revision.

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Source: hexus

Details emerge of Playdead split

By: Vivek Kumar

Some of the details behind the acrimonious split between Playdead’s management, which resulted in the departure of co-founder Dino Patti from the company, have emerged after a Danish newspaper reported on a rift which had developed between him and creative director Arnt Jensen.

What exactly caused the initial breakdown in communication between the two friends remains unclear, and neither party is wiling to make those details public at this time, but Patti has stated that any press speculation on arguments about IP ownership and release schedules is unfounded. Speaking to, he said that the reasons remain private.

However, he did confirm that the conflict lead to Jensen submitting a letter of resignation, and that the nature of that letter is what lead to the irreconcilable differences resulting in Patti’s departure.

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NEST: This is the season to share clips


Celebrations. Decorations. Ambitious kitchen undertakings. The holiday months are made of memories. With a Nest Aware subscription, you can capture all of them. And now you can share them right from your phone.

It’s your new holiday card.

1. Create an instaclip.

When you tap the clip icon, Nest Cam automatically generates an “instaclip” of the event. Our algorithms look for the beginning and end of the action and make the clip for you.

2. Press and hold to make a custom clip.

You can also choose where your clip starts and ends. Just press and hold the clip icon for as long as you want the clip to last.

Once you’ve made a clip, you can share it in one of two ways: create a link to the video, or save the file directly to your camera roll. From there you can easily share it on social media or send it in an email. Show off your fancy dinner. Text Mom the kids’ reaction to her present. Or send a new kind of holiday card.

That’s not the only thing that’s new. Android phone users have always gotten a snapshot with their activity alerts so they could instantly see if they needed to check their cameras. Now iPhone users get snapshot alerts too. And with Nest Aware, they’ll get a short video which they can watch within the notification. So you can get a person alert, press and hold to watch a video of who’s there, then go into the app to instantly make a clip.


Source: Nest

AT&T Customers Can Now Send a Text Message with Amazon Echo

By: Vivek Kumar

AT&T Send Message Skill Allows You to Text Hands-Free Starting Friday, Nov. 18

AT&T is launching a skill on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices that lets you send a text message simply by talking. Customers can get the AT&T Send Message skill starting Nov. 18. Customers can also buy Amazon Echo and Echo Dot that day at and AT&T retail stores. Amazon Echo is available for $179 and Echo Dot can be purchased for $49.

Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of Alexa devices, including Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and now the AT&T Send Message skill.1 AT&T is the first carrier to offer this skill that lets you send text messages from your mobile number to your predetermined list of contacts that will recognize you.

The AT&T Send Message skill is ideal if you’re in a hurry or busy with your hands. Just ask Alexa to have AT&T text your friend and then Alexa will prompt you to say your text message. You can add up to ten frequent contacts to the skill so can send them text messages without typing on your smartphone.

“Amazon Echo is ahead of the curve in terms of voice recognition technology and functionality,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing. “AT&T is the first carrier to bring this unique skill to a product already known for innovation. We’re always working to bring simple solutions for our customers to stay in touch. In the tradition of NumberSync, another solution that was introduced at AT&T first, the Send Message Skill gives our customers another easy and convenient way to communicate.”

For more information on the Send Message skill visit starting this Friday.

1 Available only to qualified AT&T wireless customers.  Compatible device and service plan with text messaging are required.  Standard text messaging and data rates apply.  Texts may be sent only to recipients on a list you predetermine and maintain using the Skill.  Content of texts sent by AT&T are determined by Alexa’s reading of your voice commands.  Additional restrictions apply.


Source: ATT

Reinforcement learning with unsupervised auxiliary tasks

By: Vivek Kumar

Our primary mission at DeepMind is to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how. Our reinforcement learning agents have achieved breakthroughs in Atari 2600 games and the game of Go. Such systems, however, can require a lot of data and a long time to learn so we are always looking for ways to improve our generic learning algorithms.

Our recent paper “Reinforcement Learning with Unsupervised Auxiliary Tasks”introduces a method for greatly improving the learning speed and final performance of agents. We do this by augmenting the standard deep reinforcement learning methods with two main additional tasks for our agents to perform during training.

A visualisation of our agent in a Labyrinth maze foraging task can be seen below.

The first task involves the agent learning how to control the pixels on the screen, which emphasises learning how your actions affect what you will see rather than just prediction. This is similar to how a baby might learn to control their hands by moving them and observing the movements. By learning to change different parts of the screen, our agent learns features of the visual input that are useful for playing the game and getting higher scores.

In the second task the agent is trained to predict the onset of immediate rewards from a short historical context. In order to better deal with the scenario where rewards are rare we present the agent with past rewarding and non-rewarding histories in equal proportion. By learning on rewarding histories much more frequently, the agent can discover visual features predictive of reward much faster.

The combination of these auxiliary tasks, together with our previous A3C paper is our new UNREAL agent (UNsupervised REinforcement and Auxiliary Learning). We tested this agent on a suite of 57 Atari games as well as a 3D environment called Labyrinth with 13 levels. In all the games, the same UNREAL agent is trained in the same way, on the raw image output from the game, to produce actions to maximise the score or reward of the agent in the game. The behaviour required to get game rewards is incredibly varied, from picking up apples in 3D mazes to playing Space Invaders – the same UNREAL algorithm learns to play these games often to human level and beyond. Some results and visualisations can be seen in the video below.

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Source: DeepMind

Samsung Starts Industry’s First Mass Production of System-on-Chip with 10-Nanometer FinFET Technology

By: Vivek Kumar

World’s First consumer product with the new 10nm FinFET process expected to be introduced in early 2017

October 16, 2016 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it has commenced mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) products with 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology for which would make it first in the industry.

Following the successful mass production of the industry’s first FinFET mobile application processor (AP) in January, 2015, Samsung extends its leadership in delivering leading-edge process technology to the mass market with the latest offering.

“The industry’s first mass production of 10nm FinFET technology demonstrates our leadership in advanced process technology,” said Jong Shik Yoon, Executive Vice President, Head of Foundry Business at Samsung Electronics. “We will continue our efforts to innovate scaling technologies and provide differentiated total solutions to our customers.”

Samsung’s new 10nm FinFET process (10LPE) adopts an advanced 3D transistor structure with additional enhancements in both process technology and design enablement compared to its 14nm predecessor, allowing up to 30-percent increase in area efficiency with 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power consumption. In order to overcome scaling limitations, cutting edge techniques such as triple-patterning to allow bi-directional routing are also used to retain design and routing flexibility from prior nodes.

Following the introduction of Samsung’s first-generation 10nm process (10LPE), its second generation process (10LPP) with performance boost is targeted for mass production in the second half of 2017. The company plans to continue its leadership with a variety of derivative processes to meet the needs of a wide range of applications.

Through close collaboration with customers and partners, Samsung also aims to cultivate a robust 10nm foundry ecosystem that includes reference flow verification, IPs and libraries.

Production level process design kits (PDK) and IP design kits are currently available for design starts.

SoCs with 10nm process technology will be used in digital devices launching early next year and are expected to become more widely available throughout 2017.

Source: Businesswire

Within months, Google to divide its index, giving mobile users better & fresher content

By: Vivek Kumar


Currently, Google has a single index of documents for search. Google’s Gary Illyes announced they plan on releasing a separate mobile search index, which will become the primary one.

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