When I was in graduate school, I wondered what changes made erectile tissue in the penis shift from its soft and flexible state to its stiff and inextensible state. Then, with the help of some armadillos, I did the research and figured it out. Tell me what you wonder about, and I’ll see whether I can figure it out for you.
Nvidia is skipping straight over pre-orders for its Nvidia Shield Android TV, letting people buy the streaming set-top box for immediate shipping.
At $200 with 16GB of flash storage, or $300 with a 500GB hard drive, the Shield is more than twice the price of most other TV boxes, but Nvidia is hoping 4K video support and a bunch of gaming options will justify the cost.
The Shield is the first product with Nvidia’s X1 64-bit processor inside. Despite its ARM-based architecture, which usually winds up in phones and tablets, performance is on par with previous-generation game consoles. In my hands-on time, the Shield played Portal at close to 60 frames per second, and The Talos Principle in the 30 fps to 60 fps range. (Other modern games such as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are also coming to Shield, but weren’t yet playable on the review unit I received.)
I want you to buy the Nvidia Shield, because I’m a selfish prick. If you buy the Nvidia Shield, perhaps developers will actually make games for it—and then I could buy one too.
Google’s Clay Bavor just told everyone at Google I/O that there are over a million Google Cardboard headsets in the world today. There’s about to be a whole lot more: he also just announced that Google Cardboard’s Virtual Reality apps are heading to iPhone.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate won't have a gimmicky cash-in companion app. Hum a bar or two of "Born Free" with me.
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Google’s making it easier for apps and websites to push you the content you want to see, when you want to see it, no matter which device you’re using.
During the Google I/O 2015 keynote on Thursday, Google’s developer product group head Jason Titus announced that the company’s behind-the-scenes cloud messaging technology—which apps can already use to push notifications to Google users’ Android devices and Chrome browsers—now supports iOS devices as well. In other words, an app’s notification can reach you across all your devices using the single, central cloud messaging system—assuming you’re using the major platforms, at least.
But more interestingly than that, cloud messaging has also been updated to allow developers to set up specific topics to receive (or not receive) notifications about. For example, when you subscribe to notifications from a news app, you can choose to be informed when there’s a hot new science or technology story, but skip acerbic political drama.
Google+ is beloved by photographers, both pros and amateurs, for its image-editing and storage tools, but it comes with a side of social networking that some people don’t want. So Google has a new app just for all of those photography features called, appropriately, Photos.
Google Photos sorts your images by people, places, and things, all without tags.
Anyone with a Gmail or Google Apps account can now try out Inbox.
Inbox is an overhaul of Gmail, giving you the ability to snooze, pin, and quickly swipe away emails. Inbox launched about eight months ago, and has been invite-only since then—though recently, Google let in a pilot group of Google Apps users to test it out. Google announced the wider availability and new features at the keynote for its I/O developer conference Thursday.
Many new features come as part of the update. For example, you'll be able to undo sent messages from your phone or the web version. You can also make delete the default option when swiping emails.
Today is the first day of Google I/O, the company’s annual conference where they announce what’s coming in the next year. We’re here at the keynote, and we’ll be liveblogging it for you, starting now. Keep hitting refresh to get the latest updates!
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