News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald

Tencent Testing An Autonomous Vehicle System

Tencent, the Chinese owner of WeChat and primary owner of League of Legends, is said to be working on its own autonomous vehicle system. Bloomberg reports it has a working prototype that's being tested internally. The existence of this system doesn't come as a surprise.

Google Uses 'Earth' To Map Air Pollution

Google is using Earth to give people a better understanding of pollution in California. Working with Aclima, an environmental tech company, Google measured air pollution around the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Central Valley. That data was turned into a map.

Tesla Buys Robot-Centric Manufacturing Company

Tesla has acquired Perbix, a longtime supplier that's based its manufacturing operations around automated systems. The purchase will help Tesla boost its own manufacturing capabilities, specifically those utilizing robots. Tesla is focused on heavily automated production.

Apple Pay Cash Now Available In Beta

Apple's person-to-person payments feature, Apple Pay Cash, is now available in beta form. The feature lets users transfer money within the Messages app on iPhone. You can only receive the capability right now if you've entered the iOS Public Beta program.

Google Assistant Added To Sony's Android TVs

Sony is rolling out Google Assistant to 4K HDR television models with Android TV. The feature will be available on all of its 2017 models as well as some TVs from 2016. With this addition, Sony's TVs have become the second Android TV-based product to get Assistant.

Google Assistant Now Able To Identify Songs

Song identification, like that offered by Shazam, has been added to Google Assistant. You can use any device offering Google's digital assistant to figure out which song is playing near you. Just pull up Assistant and ask it to tell you what's playing.