Google-made smartwatches reportedly coming early next year with Android Wear 2.0

With Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early next year, it makes sense that the rumored Google-made smartwatches would also be delayed till then. Evan Blass has tweeted that the company’s two devices will be released running the next version of the OS in Q1 of 2017…

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Early Android Nougat ROMs are available now for the 1st and 3rd generation Moto G

Since releasing last month, ROMs based on Android Nougat have been popping up for various devices over on XDA. We’ve already seen tons of options for devices such as the Nexus 4, OnePlus One, OnePlus 3, and much more. Now the talented folks over at XDA have developed early Nougat-based ROMs for two different generations of Motorola’s best-selling Moto G.

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AlphaGo recovers from early error to beat Sedol in fifth Go game, series ends 4-1

Back when I was in high school, I remember our computer studies teacher telling us that a computer only does what it’s told to do, and so mistakes are not the machine’s, but rather the user’s. With neural networks and machine learning, that is no longer true. AlphaGo, DeepMind’s specialist Go-playing machine, has proved as much. AlphaGo has been programmed to learn from its mistakes, and can err all on its own.

The AI-powered system failed to recover from an error against Lee Sedol in their fourth game, and eventually lost. In the fifth game, however, it made a mistake and was able to win the series in seemingly dramatic fashion.

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Samsung reportedly unveiling Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd in NYC to meet early launch date

Following a well-reviewed launch with the Galaxy S8 earlier this year, Samsung is looking to put the Note 7 completely in its past with the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. With a launch imminent, today we’re getting the first details on when Samsung’s next flagship will be unveiled to the world.

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Report: Google lost early self-driving car staff because they got paid too much

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit hasn’t been a stranger to the inconvenience of constantly rotating staff, but now we’re hearing about one interesting piece of Waymo’s situation in particular that helps explain recent trouble retaining talent. According to a new report out of Bloomberg, early staffers were paid in an unusual way that later severely inflated compensation and led to exodus of early staff…

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Early builds of Allo and Duo just leaked, but neither of them work [Gallery]

Google announced two messaging apps today: Allo and Duo. The first is a new messaging platform that emphasizes expression, security, and the inclusion of Google Assistant. The second app is a take on video messaging, focusing on one thing and one thing only: a reliable 1-to-1 video calling experience.

While Google said that both of these apps would be available sometime this summer, early internal builds have already leaked. Don’t get too excited, though — neither of them work… more…

Galaxy S7 pre-orders rumored to open on Feb. 21, free Gear VR for early shoppers

According to Android World‘s ‘reliable’ sources, Samsung will open pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 on the same day that it announces the device at MWC in Barcelona; February 21. What’s more, it’s claimed that early shoppers who order between Feb 21 and March 10 will receive a free Gear VR set.

Pre-ordered phones are purportedly due for shipment from March 11th, which matches up with a previous rumor that the device will get its retail launch on that day. Android World says customers who want the free VR set will need to register through a separate promotional site, and receive the unit at a later date.

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Hands-on with an early preview of Daydream, Android’s upcoming VR platform [Video]

VR is slowly taking over the tech space as more and more companies make their attempts to steal your content-consuming eyeballs. As you may know, Google was among the first to debut a mobile VR experience with Google Cardboard, but it was pretty barebones to say the least.

At Google I/O 2016 we got a sneak peek at what Google has in store for virtual reality in the coming months with Google Daydream. And right around the corner from the full Android N release, Google has debuted a set of developer tools to allow anyone with a Nexus 6P to test out Daydream right now…

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Google says Nexus 6 will get Android 7.1.1 in early January

All of the currently-supported Nexus and Pixel devices have received Android 7.1.1 at this point (you can find factory images at Google’s website as usual), but one device, the Nexus 6, has been mysteriously missing for a few weeks. Now, we know that the phablet from 2014 is getting its update come early next month…

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