Google Allo now available for desktop

Google’s smart messaging app is now available on the desktop/web, but only if you’re an Android user. Google says iPhone support is coming soon.

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Google on Tuesday released its Allo smart messaging app for desktop users, but only if they have an Android device.

To begin using Allo on the desktop, users will need Allo open on their phone and then scan the QR code provided on the Allo website.

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Verizon knocks $100 off the second generation Moto 360

Time to get a watch

Smartwatches might be in a slide, but the good news is that means we’re bound to see some decent deals as a result. Price was always one of our hangups with the second generation Moto 360, but Verizon is now selling it for $200 with free shipping — at least $100 cheaper than you can find most other places.

Lenovo, LG, and Huawei all announced earlier this year that they aren’t planning to release new smartwatches anytime soon, so this is likely to be the last Moto 360 for a while. The good news is that the second generation Moto 360 is one of the watches that will support Android Wear 2.0 when it’s released.

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Google’s AI Experiments help you understand neural networks by playing with them

Google’s work in machine learning and artificial intelligence is often interesting, but it can be a bit academic. People like to get their hands on these things — as much as you can, anyway, with something intangible. To that end, Google is collecting a bunch of little demonstrations of this emerging category of tech in its AI Experiments showcase.

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Google buys Eyefluence eye-tracking startup

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Google want to know everywhere that you’re looking.

Today, Eyefluence announced that it has been acquired by Google. The eye-tracking interface startup founded in 2013 had raised $21.6M in funding from investors including Intel Capital, Jazz Venture Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and NHN Investment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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A Google self-driving car crashed in Mt. View today

A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident.

TechCrunch has reached out to Google for more information.

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Google Home is rumored to cost $130

That’s $50 cheaper than the Amazon Echo.

Google Home, the latest entrant in the voice-activated-assistant race, will cost $130 and include the colorful base options shown off at the company’s I/O conference in May, according to Android Police. Home is Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo, though the reported price means it’s $50 cheaper than Amazon’s flagship device. Earlier this year Amazon unveiled the Echo Dot, a smaller version of the assistant, and the second generation of this little gadget costs $50.

 

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Android 7.0 Nougat arrives today

It’ll roll out to Nexus devices and the Pixel C over the next few weeks.

Typically, Google releases new versions of Android alongside new Nexus hardware, but the company is breaking with tradition this year. Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out as an over the air update starting today. The update is available to anyone using the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 phones as well as the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets. It’s also coming to the Nexus Player set-top box and the General Mobile 4G Android One smartphone.

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How Google Analytics ruined marketing

Marketers in the high-tech world who use phrases such as “social media marketing,” “Facebook marketing” and “content marketing” do not understand the basic difference between marketing strategies, marketing channels and marketing content. And Google Analytics is to blame.

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Android’s social watch face closes down in September

With the looming update to Android Wear 2.0, legacy apps (and devices) are going the way of the buffalo. In this case, it’s the Together watch face that included one-to-one communications like doodles and photos with another person using Google’s wearable platform. Android Police reports that the reason why is that app’s latest update warns that the watch face’s social features are going to be baked into the next version of Android Wear. Y’know, similar to how they have been with Apple Watch. When’s the funeral? Apparently, the end of next month: September 30th.