Google’s Pixel Buds translate languages in real time

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Google’s Pixel Buds translate languages in real time

Headphones are no longer a basic means of listening to your favourite music on the go. Google’s new Pixel Buds can also translate 40 different languages in real time, follow commands and answer questions. Touch controls on the right earbud are used to enable the Google Assistant. Through Google assistant, users can access Google Translate on the fly. The Translate app will have to be opened on your smartphone to listen to what the other person is saying and you will hear the translation through the earbuds. The phone app will let you translate and broadcast what you want to say as well. Parlous-vous Francais? Oui.

Poll-style Instagram sticker could change the way we use the platform

Are you among those of us who require a second opinion before making a purchase or deciding what to do on your weekend? The poll-style sticker is a new feature available for Instagram stories and enables your followers to weigh in on tough decisions. The voting results play out in real time to anyone watching the video, including the poster and the voter, and disappear within 24 hours. This brilliant edition to the platform encourages interaction and engagement with followers. Not only is this tool useful for influencers who want to reach out to their audience and make decisions based on majority voting, but also for small businesses who are looking to expand their brand awareness.

The Block is back

Program Station Audience
The Block – Sun Ch9 1,630,866
The Block – Mon Ch9 1,393,165
The Block – Wed Ch9 1,224,528
The Block – Tues Ch9 1,196,245
Supercars Championship: Bathurst D3 Race Ch10 1,083,072
The Bacherlorette Australia – Thurs Ch10 993,425
The Doctor Black Mysteries ABC 960,866
Little Big Shots Ch7 943,965
Supercars Championship: Bathurst D3 Podium Ch10 939,133
Doc Martin ABC 927,312

Air date: 09/10 – 15/10

Oculus plans to make desktop screens obsolete

Imagine arriving to work and requiring nothing but a headset to get started. The Oculus Dash Software is designed especially for people who spend all day on a computer, transforming the typical desk setup into a virtual reality dashboard that you can interact with physically. You can work standing up or sitting down, as you don’t require a computer screen or keyboard to carry out your daily tasks and the interface is customisable according to height. Oculus wants to become “an all-in-one solution for businesses looking to integrate VR for workplace training, collaboration, retail sales, and much more.” Would you prefer working with VR over a desktop?

Alphabet’s Project Wing delivers burritos by drone

Good news, soon your food delivery service will no longer be held up by those extra couple of minutes while your driver waits in traffic or decides to stop and take a breather after hours running orders around on their bike. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing their Project Wing drones in South-East Australia, where flying machines are making deliveries right to the testers’ yards. The devices can get up to 120km/h and the drone’s on-board sensors enable them to avoid obstacles both during flight and at the delivery location. This means we will not only have food delivered to our doorstep but won’t even have to interact with anyone in the process!

ASICS cooks up customised shoes in microwaves

Customised sneakers are a trend that won’t be going out of fashion anytime soon. ASICS have found a method that will reduce the traditional wait time of days or weeks churning out the perfect pair, down to just 15 seconds. This is all thanks to a unique method of fusing together materials using microwave technology. The process, called Soles in Seconds, was co-developed by the sportswear brand with Tayin Research and Development Company. While this is only in its initial trial stages, the fact that it takes less than a minute and consumes less energy than 3D printing or laser sintering makes it extremely attractive to the footwear industry.

Google Maps extends to space

Google Maps have gone one step above locating your nearest petrol station or grocery store, by announcing an update that will enable you to explore your local planets and moons too. Users can virtually visit Pluto, Venus and several moons in our solar system.  It’s worth noting that while Google has long offered detailed imagery of Mars and the Earth’s Moon, these weren’t directly accessible from the Maps interface. So if you’ve ever felt the need to explore EnceladusDione or Iapetus, Saturn’s third-largest natural satellite, the time is now. To access this new imagery, you can either just zoom out from your terrestrial Google Maps view until you hit outer space or click here.

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