Google releases video covering speech recognition and how we communicate with technology

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Google has been a huge advocate of using speech to communicate with technology. The “Ok Google” command can be found across many platforms with a wealth of information ready to be found. For the technology to be of any use, though, it must understand the user. Google has released a video titled Behind the Mic: The Science of Talking with Computers. It runs for Google describes it as “a short film about speech recognition, language understanding, neural nets, and using our voices to communicate with the technology around us.” A few Google employees provide insights throughout the video.
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Nexus Player pre-order facility withdrawn from the Play Store

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Earlier today, Google published a pre-order page for its new Nexus Player on the Play Store to invite eager Android enthusiasts to reserve themselves a set-top box prior to its official release. Unfortunately, though, within a couple of hours of going live, an “out of inventory” message appeared on the website.

This brief note left many of us confused. The most popular hypothesis put forward was that Google had run out of $20 Play Store Gift Cards to award to each customer who pre-ordered the unit in the United States and Canada as promised by the search engine giant. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t the case.


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Shuffle in positions may signal more Android/Chrome consolidation

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Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward.
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Get the Android Lollipop look and sound with wallpapers and sounds

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Now that Google has announced the release of Android Lollipop many people are anxiously waiting for the update to hit their device. Some are fortunate enough to have devices that can handle the final developer previews and several devices will get Lollipop in November. For others though, the wait is indeterminate while manufacturers and carriers work to make sure things will work on their devices and networks.

If you are interested in getting at least a little bit of the look and feel of Android Lollipop, the stock wallpapers and system sounds have been extracted from the developer preview and can be downloaded onto your device.
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Google Play carrying Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio

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Two accessories for the Nexus 9 arrived in the Play Store on Friday. Both have to do with protection and usability. The first is the official Nexus 9 Cover that also folds into a stand. It comes in Black, Lime Stone, Coral Amethyst, and Mint Indigo with the polyurethane material. The other options are Black Leather and Natural Leather. It folds in a bunch of different ways for various positions. One of the corners folds, when on the backside of the tablet, to expose the camera and activate it for quick snapping. The official cover costs $39 and Google lists it as “Coming soon.”


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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for October 17, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Accessories

Google Play carrying Nexus 9 cover and keyboard folio

Android TV

Nexus 9 and Nexus Player are now up for pre-order in the Google Play Store

Apps

Firefox Beta update brings ‘tab casting’ & more!

Twitter adding suggested Tweets to the timeline based on user interest

Swiftkey updates for Halloween with spooky new themes


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Expansys now offering refurbished Nexus 4 from $149

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Expansys is offering a fantastic deal on factory-refurbished models of Google’s second-generation smartphone, the Nexus 4. That’s the very same smartphone that took the Android user base by storm with its minimalistic “Vanilla” approach to the open-source operating system.

The device comes in both 8GB and 16GB sizes. The smaller storage model is being offered by the retailer for $149.99 and the larger for $169.99. Both variants come with a complimentary bumper case available in either black or white depending on the color of the phone you choose to order.


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