Month: December 2019

Google’s RCS texting is like iMessage for all Android phones. Learn to use it

Google Chat has now rolled out to all Android phones. Here’s how to take your text-message game to the next level. Android phones have had a texting problem. Their old SMS features couldn’t compare to Apple’s modern iPhone text message app, iMessage. But now, phones that run Google’s mobile software stand a chance. RCS Messaging, a …

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Tesla updates Model 3 prices as federal EV tax credits expire

It’s one last hurrah for tax credits on any Tesla vehicle. Tesla blew past the ceiling for tax credits on electric cars in 2018, and that makes the final date to qualify for the remaining tax rebate Dec. 31 this year. Ahead of that date, Tesla this week updated prices on its online configurator. Heading to the configurator …

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AI R&D is booming, but general intelligence is still out of reach

The 2019 AI Index report gives us a glimpse into AI progress Trying to get a handle on the progress of artificial intelligence is a daunting task, even for those enmeshed in the AI community. But the latest edition of the AI Index report — an annual rundown of machine learning data points now in its third …

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What It Will Take to Make Quantum Computers Practical

Many Miles Lie Ahead on the Journey to True Quantum Practicality By Jim Clarke As the marathon to achieve the promise of quantum computing edges forward one step at a time, researchers are making incredible discoveries in the lab. But moving from lab scale to the real world will require demonstrating quantum practicality – the moment this …

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Google Chrome can now warn you in real-time if you’re getting phished

Before you give that website your username and password, Google wants to check to make sure it’s not a fake created by hackers. Google Chrome now offers phishing protection in real-time, the company said on Tuesday.  Figuring out if the link you clicked on is legitimate can be extremely difficult — if you don’t think …

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Smart glasses may start looking totally normal in 2020

It doesn’t pay to be an early adopter. Smart glasses maker North, which developed a pair of glasses called Focals earlier this year, has just announced an updated version for 2020. That means the first Focals, which displayed notifications via a retinal-projection technology that looked like a tiny pop-up window in one eye, are being discontinued, the …

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