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ASUS and Google have joined forces to develop a new project that the companies are calling ‘Tinker Board’ single board computers (SBCs). With a footprint not much larger than a credit card, the systems are designed for building small systems to work on AI inference applications like image recognition. The systems in question are the Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R. The former is based on the NXP i.MX8M with an Edge TPU chip that accelerates TensorFlow Lite, whereas the Tinker Edge R is powered by the Rockchip RK3399 Pro processor with an NPU for 4K machine learning. The SBCs officially support Android and Debian operating system, though nothing prevents them from running Linux or other OSes. Both Tinker Edge T and Tinker Edge R...

The Google Pixel 4 XL Review: Stuck In The Past In 2019

Amongst the last big smartphone releases of 2019 is Google’s Pixel 4 series. Google’s own flagship devices come late in the generational product cycle whose timing is mostly dictated...

153 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/8/2019

Google To Acquire Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

Google on Friday announced that that it had reached an agreement to buy Fitbit, a leading maker of advanced fitness trackers. Google stressed that data obtained and processed by...

21 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2019

Google Announces The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: The 2019 Pixels

Today Google announced the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL flagship devices, representing Google's vision for 2019 and 2020. The new phones upgrade the hardware to the latest...

95 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/15/2019

Made by Google 2019 Live Blog (Starts at 10am ET/14:00 UTC)

We've seen the latest and greatest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, LG, and Huawei. Now as we're getting ready to close out the year, it's the final major smartphone launch...

51 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/15/2019

A Day with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro: Kirin 990 and 7680 FPS Slow Motion Tests

Last week Huawei launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 30 Pro, featuring its latest Kirin 990 chipset. At the heart of the new hardware is a waterfall wrap-around...

49 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/23/2019

GlobalFoundries Sues TSMC Over Patent Infringement; Apple, Qualcomm, Others Named Defendants

GlobalFoundries has filed a lawsuit against TSMC and its clients in the USA and Germany alleging the world’s largest contract maker of semiconductors of infringing 16 of its patents...

101 by Anton Shilov on 8/26/2019

The Google Pixel 3a XL Review: Does Mid-Range Make Sense?

It’s nearing 8 months since Google released the Pixel 3 and we extensively reviewed the phone. It also has been several years now since Google abandoned the Nexus line...

94 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/27/2019

Huawei Clarifies Android Update Situation, Commits to Android Q for Last 2 Generations

Huawei last night launched an information campaign about the status of software updates on existing devices in the face of the company’s troubles with the U.S. Commerce Department. The important...

6 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/21/2019

Google Reveals Stadia Launch Details: November 2019, Starting With a $129 Bundle

A couple months back at GDC 2019, Google announced their intent to step into the video game streaming market with Stadia. Based around Google’s cloud computing platform that’s been...

59 by Ryan Smith on 6/6/2019

Update: Huawei Issued Waiver by U.S. to Continue Software Updates & Hardware Maintenance

Update 05/20, 9pm: Following last week's ban and Google's suspension of business operations with Huawei, the U.S. Commerce Department has issued a new waiver for the company to continue...

116 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/20/2019

Google Announces Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL: Mid-Range Phones With Flagship Camera

Google’s Pixel smartphone line-up has been a mainstay of the industry for a few years now. We’re all familiar with devices such as the latest Pixel 3 which is...

72 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/7/2019

Google Announces Stadia: A Game Streaming Service

Today at GDC, Google announced its new video game streaming service. The new service will be called Stadia. This builds on the information earlier this year that AMD was...

145 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2019

Google Acquires Smartwatch Tech and R&D Personnel from Fossil

Google and watch marker Fossil on Thursday announced that Google would be acquiring smartwatch-related intellectual property and personnel from Fossil. The technology is currently under development and will only...

16 by Anton Shilov on 1/18/2019

Google Rolls Out Night Sight Tech to Improve Quality of Low-Light Photos

Google on Wednesday began to roll out its Night Sight low-light computational photography technology to its Pixel-branded smartphones. The technology is designed to improve the quality of low-light photos...

13 by Anton Shilov on 11/14/2018

The Google Pixel 3 Review: The Ultimate Camera Test

The Pixel 3 is Google’s third generation in-house design, meant to showcase the company’s own view of what an Android device should be, whilst fully embracing Google’s first-party software...

135 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/2/2018

Google Unveils 2018 Chromecast: 1080p at 60 fps, Chromecast Audio Support

Google on Tuesday introduced its newest Chromecast dongle for media streaming. The updated device adds support for 60 fps streaming at 1080p, but does not support a 4K resolution...

23 by Anton Shilov on 10/9/2018

Google Announces the Pixel Slate: A 12.3-Inch x86-Based Chrome OS Tablet

Google on Tuesday introduced its first tablet PC based on its Chrome OS operating system, the Pixel Slate. Being based on Intel’s high-performance x86 SoCs and equipped with a...

40 by Anton Shilov on 10/9/2018

Google Launches the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL

It has likely been the most leaked phone in existence, and while there’s a lot we’ve known about the new Pixel 3’s – today Google has finally officially announced...

86 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/9/2018

YouTube, Netflix Publish First Videos Transcoded Using AV1

UPDATE: 9/14 5 PM ET: Adding information regarding Netflix videos transcoded using AV1. YouTube has uploaded about a dozen videos that were transcoded using the AV1 codec, whcih was introduced...

51 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2018

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