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Google resurrects Google Now’s predictive cards, sticks them in the Assistant

Ars Technica - 1 hour 54 min ago


There's a big update coming to the Google Assistant for iOS and Android today. Google is resurrecting the predictive Google Now cards that used to exist in the pre-assistant era, and the company is sticking them in the Google Assistant interface.

Before the transition to the Google Assistant and the Google (News) Feed, Google Now was one of the best parts of Android. This list of cards below the standard Google Search interface tried to show you information before you asked for it. This included things like travel times to your common places, upcoming appointments, flights, and the weather. Google Now would even do really smart things like tell you when to leave for an appointment based on the live traffic conditions between you and the appointment location. During the transition to the Google Assistant, these predictive cards were buried deeper in the UI, and eventually they just stopped showing up. Google ended up turning the card stream into a news article feed, and, for a while, there has been no way to see many of these predictive cards.

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Marvel Rising: Initiation trailer unites younger superheroes - CNET - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl look like total besties.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 phone deals: $300 off Galaxy Note 8 and LG V35 ThinQ - CNET - News - 1 hour 55 min ago
Prime Day moves into its last hours with awesome deals on the Galaxy Note 8, LG V35 ThinQ, Essential Phone and Moto G6. And discounts on a bunch of iPhone X and Galaxy S9 cases, too.

Tech giants tell Congress they're not censoring with a political bias - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Facebook, Twitter and Google tell Congress what they block on social media, and why.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaked photo looks legit - CNET - News - 1 hour 57 min ago
At least the bright yellow stylus won't get lost in your bag.

Devs: This is another fine Mesh you've got us into, Microsoft

The Register - 2 hours 3 min ago
Or: How I learned to stop worrying about infrastructure and love the cloud

From the department of "things punted to public preview before they're totally ready" comes Azure Service Fabric Mesh.…

Microsoft is making the Windows command line a lot better

Ars Technica - 2 hours 12 min ago

The Windows 7 console didn't support VT codes, so it completely garbles the output of applications that depend on VT codes. The Windows 10 console, however, does support VT codes, making it much more capable. (credit: The Windows console)

One of the sore points of the Windows command-line environment is that the command-line windows themselves, the "console" windows, have always been a bit strange. Back in Windows XP, for example, regular Windows apps were themed, with their blobby title bars and bulbous red X button. But command-line windows didn't get the theme; they had a regular Windows title bar and borders. That's because the console windows were "special." A special, rather delicate operating system process drew them, and if that process crashed, your computer would blue screen. So no themes allowed.

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been working to improve the Windows console. Console windows now maximize properly, for example. In the olden days, hitting maximize would make the window taller but not wider. Today, the action will fill the whole screen, just like any other window. Especially motivated by the Windows subsystem for Linux, the console in Windows 10 supports 16 million colors and VT escape sequences, enabling much richer console output than has traditionally been possible on Windows.

Even with this work, however, the Windows console still leaves a lot to be desired when compared to its counterparts on Linux and macOS. Linux in particular has a wide range of console applications offering, for example, tabbed consoles. It also has applications like screen and tmux that allow multiple applications to share the same console. While there are third-party efforts to do the same on Windows (with programs such as ConEmu), they all tend to be quite limited: they work by creating a Windows console window, hiding it somewhere off-screen, and scraping the characters from that console window. This approach isn't robust; command-line applications that try to do complex things (such as showing full screen interfaces) often end up breaking.

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Comic-Con 2018 schedule: All the panels and activations in San Diego - CNET - News - 2 hours 17 min ago
Here's every property we're hunting down at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 this weekend.

GE's Alexa-controlled Scan-to-Cook Microwave makes the simplest appliance even simpler - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Now you don't have to worry about the intricacies of using your microwave.

Tiny AirSelfie2 drone with full HD is finally available - CNET - News - 2 hours 21 min ago
After being delayed a few months, the second generation of this pocket-sized selfie drone is shipping.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Laptops, PCs, Chromebooks, tablets, monitors and printers - CNET - News - 2 hours 30 min ago
Prime Day, day two, is in full effect: Jump on these top deals on PCs, accessories and peripherals.

What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

The Register - 2 hours 34 min ago
Seized servers, 'disappointing' offers, stolen laptops – it ain't easy being CA's administrator

Administrators dealing with the group of firms affiliated with Cambridge Analytica were offered a pound for the now infamous brand – but didn't accept.…

Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: 30 percent off AmazonBasics products - CNET - News - 2 hours 34 min ago
Amazon has plenty of budget-priced AmazonBasics products -- and several are still discounted as Prime Day deals.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Streaming video and TVs - CNET - News - 2 hours 35 min ago
Amazon Prime Day brings cheap prices on TVs and video gear, starting at $20 for the Fire TV Stick.

BMW ReachNow combines ride hailing, car sharing in one app - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 45 min ago
It's the first company to put both mobility options in a single app.

Nickelodeon AR app makes slime fly out of your TV - CNET - News - 2 hours 45 min ago
The app might slime your kids while they watch the network.

Facebook's adding to its AI college partnerships in London, Seattle and Pittsburgh - CNET - News - 2 hours 47 min ago
The world's largest social network is bringing academics into its worldwide offices in an effort to attract artificial intelligence researchers.

Ars on your lunch break: Robert Green on what darkness lurks in our DNA

Ars Technica - 2 hours 53 min ago

Enlarge / No matter how many times you stick your head in a microwave, this probably won't happen. (credit: 20th Century Fox)

This week we’re serializing yet another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists and tends to be very tech- and science-heavy. You can access the excerpts on Ars via an embedded audio player or by reading accompanying transcripts (both of which are below).

My guest this week is medical geneticist Robert Green, and our topic is the promise and peril that could come from reading your full genome. The cost of full-genome sequencing is falling so quickly and the actionable insights it can reveal are growing fast enough that this data will eventually be as widely collected as cholesterol levels (perhaps within a decade or so).

This will divulge the precise contents of your 20,000-ish genes to you and your doctor. Since some human genes literally have thousands of known mutations, that’s a lot of data—and on the day you first receive it, we still won't know how to interpret the crushing majority of it.

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Here's why Siemens' autonomous Mustang had a bad time at Goodwood - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 53 min ago
Long story short, it was a confluence of bad luck and bad advice.

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