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Google debuts “next-generation” Assistant, coming to next Pixel phones

Enlarge Google/Screenshot Google on Tuesday debuted an updated version of its Google Assistant platform during the keynote of its Google I/O developers conference. The company said it is internally calling this the “next-generation” Assistant and that it will first become available on Google’s “new Pixel phones” later this year. (Not to be confused with the […]

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Apple introduces a new iPhone every September like clockwork – here’s when we think the next one is coming

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Apple Apple usually launches new iPhones in September like clockwork. Although we never actually know the […]

Mobile tests robo-taxi program on its employees, promises self-driving trucks next

Guangzhou, China-based self-driving startup is joining an exclusive club of companies that have launched autonomous ride-hailing programs. At this year’s Shanghai Auto Show, it took the wraps off of PonyPilot, a test project for “product-ready” driverless cars within a geofenced area in Guangzhou. It’s currently available to employees and “select affiliates” by invitation […]

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50-inch Surface Hub 2S: $8,999, shipping in June; 85-inch version next year

Enlarge Microsoft First announced last year, Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Hub now has a price and release schedule—and a couple of new siblings, too. Surface Hub is Microsoft’s hardware dedicated to collaboration within meetings. It combines several roles, most notably digital whiteboarding and video conferencing, with Teams, Skype, and OneNote built into a single combined, integrated […]

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Sony announced what's next for PlayStation with a Nintendo-style presentation called 'State of Play'

“Concrete Genie” (PlayStation 4) “Concrete Genie” (PlayStation 4) Sony debuted its upcoming action adventure game “Concrete Genie” last year, but State of Play offered a closer look at the game’s story. A teenager named Ash is charged with restoring his abandoned hometown with a magic brush, but he’ll have to escape bullies and battle monsters […]