The Google Home Mini is here to get you hooked on Google Assistant

The Google Home Mini is here to get you hooked on Google Assistant

If last year’s Google Home was the speaker that proved Google Assistant is worthy Amazon competitor, the Google Home Mini is the one that will get people hooked. The smaller Google Home has all the same smarts as its larger counterparts, but at less than half the price. It’s difficult to see how that doesn’t shake out as a win for Google. SEE ALSO: Pixel Buds are probably the most important gadget Google launched Functionally, the $49 Google Home Mini is very similar to the original Google Home. The disc-shaped…

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The ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ single player trailer is intense

The ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ single player trailer is intense

We got our first thorough look at Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s single player mode with a new trailer today, and it looks action-packed and filled with emotion. Players control Commander Iden Versio, a soldier who serves in the Galactic Empire and is the Inferno Squad’s leader. Having grown up under the influence of the Galactic Empire, Versio was bent on finding and killing rebels, including the destroyer of the Death Star, Luke Skywalker. Even if loot boxes end up ruining the multiplayer aspect of Battlefront II, at least the single…

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Google’s AlphaGo Zero taught itself to become the greatest Go player in history

Google’s AlphaGo Zero taught itself to become the greatest Go player in history

Google’s DeepMind lab has built an artificially intelligent program that taught itself to become one of the world’s most dominant Go players. Google says the program, AlphaGo Zero, endowed itself with “superhuman abilities,” learning strategies previously unknown to humans.  AlphaGo Zero started out with no clue how to win the game Go — a 2,500-year old Chinese game in which two players use black and white tiles to capture more territory than their opponents.  SEE ALSO: A computer beat a champion of the strategy game Go for the first time…

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Ugh, Ted Cruz cracked a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ joke during his debate with Bernie Sanders

Ugh, Ted Cruz cracked a ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ joke during his debate with Bernie Sanders

Ted Cruz is attempting to rebrand as…someone funny.  First, it was the oddly timed Zodiac Killer tweet. Then, per HuffPost, during a CNN debate between the Texas senator and Senator Bernie Sanders held Wednesday night, Cruz decided to toss out a TV reference – one we’re guessing he’d been sitting on for days and was thrilled to finally use.  SEE ALSO: Huh, Ted Cruz just tweeted about the Zodiac Killer meme During a back-and-forth in which Cruz asked Sanders not to interrupt him, he quipped: “Relax. You know, as some…

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A startup is taking on Google and Microsoft with a ‘Minecraft for docs’

A startup is taking on Google and Microsoft with a ‘Minecraft for docs’

A startup came out of three years in stealth Thursday with a simple goal: Make documents better.  Called Coda, the startup has the ambitious goal of making a “doc as powerful as an app,” reads the company’s Medium post on the launch.  SEE ALSO: Slack has some real competition with this new work chat app Coda starts with a blank canvas like a document from Google or Microsoft, but then allows users to build on top of it. One of the platform’s beta testers described Coda as a “Minecraft for…

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ has kind of a funny problem

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ has kind of a funny problem

I truly believe Thor: Ragnarok will stand as Marvel’s most beloved God of Thunder movie. Certainly it will be the best-reviewed, highest grossing at the box office, superior to Thor and The Dark World by any tangible measure — and introduces a vibrant new character in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) who damn well better get her due screentime in future movies. Indeed, Ragnarok is colorful and accessible and full of Taika Waititi’s playful spirit, and it does its part to raise the stakes of this particular Marvel franchise. Big stuff happens,…

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Sony announces itty bitty PS4 controller

Sony announces itty bitty PS4 controller

There’s a new, official controller coming for the PlayStation 4, and it looks like a throwback to the controllers of the early ’90s. Sony revealed the Mini Wired Gamepad on Tuesday. It’s a smaller, grip-less version of the standard PS4 controller — the DualShock 4 — designed for players with smaller hands. Its diminished size means no touchpad, light bar, speaker, headphone jack, motion sensor, or vibration, but it comes at a much lower price: $29.99. SEE ALSO: An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming…

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Here’s the $30 billion startup you’ve probably never heard of

Here’s the $30 billion startup you’ve probably never heard of

China’s Meituan Dianping just became the world’s fourth-most valuable startup, reaching a $30 billion valuation that puts it ahead of high-fliers like Airbnb Inc. and Space X. Never heard of Meituan? You’re not alone. The Beijing-based company, led by Wang Xing, is almost unknown beyond its home country. It delivers food to people’s homes, sells groceries and movie tickets, provides reviews of restaurants, and markets discounts to consumers who buy in groups. It’s a sort of mashup of Groupon, Yelp, Foodpanda and Uber Eats. Meituan’s appeal for investors is its…

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Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

Dennis Quaid, star of The Rookie and A Dog’s Purpose and hot dad of The Parent Trap, likes dogs. This we can tell. In fact, a 2003 Architectural Digest feature on Dennis Quaid’s Montana ranch is so good not because of the ranch (although the ranch is beautiful), but because it features images of Dennis Quaid with dogs.  SEE ALSO: 5 strange truths revealed by NYC’s new dog name database There’s Dennis Quaid holding a fishing rod, an attentive chocolate lab by his side; there’s even Dennis Quaid posing gleefully…

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