10 new Android O features that will make your phone better

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Though we got out first peek at Android O back in March, Google finally revealed  more details this week at its I/O developers conference about the soon-to-drop version of Android.

Though we’re still quite a ways away from the official release, we now a lot more about the update. At first glance, many of the new changes are subtle, building on updates Google introduced last year with Nougat. (Yes, it’s another boring year for Android.)

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Still, there are quite a few features to look forward to, here’s what’s caught our eye so far. Read more…

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Well-done steak and other items on Donald Trump’s tour rider

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President Donald Trump is traveling abroad for the first time in his presidency for an international tour with stops in Saudi Ararbia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, where I’m sure absolutely nothing at all will go wrong. 

But something about Donald’s first stop on this tour struck me as odd. According to a report, Saudi Arabia is preparing to welcome Donald Trump with his favorite, very Not Insane meal: well-done steak and ketchup. 

Folks, this leads me to believe that Trump has a tour rider. For those unfamiliar, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. Usually bands will have one that includes the food or drink or whatever they want in their dressing room. The only reasonable explanation as to why Saudi Arabia would serve him burnt steak is that he must have demanded it ahead of time. Read more…

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This week in apps: Instagram face filters, Medium audio stories, Google Assistant on iOS and more

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Reading all the news from Google I/O may have kept you too busy to keep up with this week’s app news. We’ve kept up for you.

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Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps.

Google Assistant comes to iOS

Starting today, we’re bringing the #GoogleAssistant to iPhones. Whether at home or on the go, your Assistant is here to help#io17 pic.twitter.com/a6T20HwnU9

— Google (@Google) May 17, 2017 Read more…

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Tips for dealing with Donald Trump that also work with a toddler

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Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. 

Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. 

SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave vacation spots like Mar-A-Lago are reportedly very easy to hack into

While most toddlers don’t have access to the nuclear codes, the advice for dealing with the president can also work for your kids at home.  Read more…

Please keep your speeches really brief

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Uber vs Google: And now, the self-driving car war gets nasty

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Even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world are at the mercy of a grade-school concept: supply and demand.

That’s how a person like Anthony Levandowski can get paid $120 million by Google, leave to start his own company, watch that company get acquired by Uber just months later, and then find himself barred from working on self-driving car technology by a U.S. court.

That goes to show just how important Levandowski—and other engineers like him—truly are to the arms race around self-driving cars. 

“It’s not like [you] can hire any one of the thousands or tens of thousands of people who have a particular certification,” said Nidhi Kalra, who heads the RAND Corporation’s self-driving car policy work. “They’re looking for people who are innovators in the fields of machine learning, deep learning, LIDAR design—and there aren’t a lot of those people out there.” Read more…

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Stunning photo series celebrates the complex identity of LGBTQ Africans

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An ongoing photo series tells the complex stories of LGBTQ Africans, encouraging the celebration of two identities too many believe are at odds with each other.

Queer Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna created Limit(less) to debunk the myth that it’s “un-African” to be LGBTQ. The photographs also highlight queer African style, an essential point of self-expression for the community, according to Owunna.

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For the past three years, Owunna has photographed 34 LGBTQ African immigrants for the project, most living in North America. The photos are paired with extensive interviews with each participant, exploring themes of homophobia, race, African identity, abuse, and healing. Read more…

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13 of the best Stephen King short stories you’ve never read

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I haven’t managed to read all of Stephen King’s novels yet — I’m still working on that — but I have read all of his short stories. All of the published ones, anyway.

While many authors release a collection or two early on and then switch their focus to novels, King has written short fiction throughout his epic 50-year career.

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At the time of writing he has well over 100 short stories published across six different collections (and that’s before you even get started on his novellas, which definitely warrant a separate post of their own). Read more…

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Joe Biden’s Clinton ‘diss’ wasn’t so bad

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Headlines everywhere popped up Friday morning proclaiming that former Vice President Joe Biden had called out Hillary Clinton at a conference Thursday night. 

Image: Washington Post

Twitter certainly noticed.

“‘I never thought she was the correct candidate,’ Biden said at the SALT conference”

Fitting, Biden got salty at the SALT conference.

— Dave Dinoff (@ddinoff) May 19, 2017

This was pointless. No one comes out of this looking better than if Biden had simply kept his mouth shuthttps://t.co/nwThXIIb5H

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 19, 2017

But if you look a bit closer at what Biden said at the SALT conference in Las Vegas and include the context — not just the portion where he says, “I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate,” — it’s less of a diss and more of an analysis of the 2016 election. Read more…

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Anderson Cooper DGAF, literally talks about Trump taking a dump on his desk

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We’ve all marveled at Anderson Cooper’s brutal eye roll. But now he’s slinging some serious … well, you’ll see. 

On Friday, the Coop was talking with conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord. The topic, naturally, was the news that Donald Trump told Russian officials at the Oval Office that firing that “nut job” James Comey took pressure off the FBI’s investigation. 

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“I don’t care what he says to the Russians. I mean, he’s the president of the United States,” Lord said. 

Then Cooper responded with this:

Yes, he said, “If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it.” Read more…

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AI is absolutely horrible at naming paint colors

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Tired of your boring eggshell walls? A new AI experiment recommends colors like “Sink” or “Bank Butt.”

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Researcher Janelle Shane trained a neural network to come up with paint names, and it resulted in gems like “Stoner Blue” and “Turdly,” she wrote in a blog post.

She conducted an experiment by using a training data set of about 7,700 paint names from Sherwin-Williams along with the RGB (red, green, and blue color values). 

She then had the network generate new colors and names for those colors. The results were hugely varied, including colors with Gray or Blue in the name that had nothing to do with those colors, or completely abstract and awesome names like “Stanky Bean.” Read more…

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