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The Google Assistant gets more visual (2 minute read)
Google will be rolling out a new version of Assistant over the next few weeks. The updates will give users more visual feedback for tasks like checking the weather and managing smart home devices instead of relying solely on voice commands. However, the most exciting part of this update in my opinion is for developers. Assistant will now allow developers to sell digital goods as well as recurring subscriptions directly through Assistant. In addition, developers can sync their applications with Assistant by signing users in using Google Sign In with a simple tap or even a verbal confirmation instead of requiring users to type in a full username and password.
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First Hyperloop Passenger Capsule Unveiled (2 minute read)
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. unveiled its first passenger capsule, the Quintero One. It's essentially a super futuristic looking train type thing, it's 105 feet long, weighs 5 tons, and has no windows. It is designed to go up to 750 miles per hour.
This is a new and quickly growing subreddit about iPhone Shortcuts (scripts that you can run using the new Shortcuts App). If you're the kind of person who likes to tinker with scripts on your own devices, there's a lot of cool stuff here, the subreddit already has 45k subscribers.
First Exomoon Found? Neptune-Sized World Possibly Spotted Orbiting Alien Planet (2 minute read)
We have found about 3800 exoplanets (that's planets that orbit a star outside of our solar system). Now scientists think they've spotted the first exomoon, a Neptune-sized object that appears to be orbiting a Jupiter-sized exoplanet called Kepler-1625b 8000 light years away from earth. Scientists want to look at it some more with the Hubble telescope to confirm that it is indeed an exomoon, but they're pretty sure that this is the real deal.
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