Disney’s new streaming service, “Disney+”

Let us hope + works out better for Disney than it did for Google

Disney+ will launch in “late” 2019 — which makes sense, as that’s right around the time Disney’s remaining contractual ties with Netflix come to an end.

Disney also dropped news about two new series:

  • An as-of-yet unnamed live-action Star Wars series about Rogue One’s Cassian Andor, with Diego Luna returning for the role. It is set to take place prior to Rogue One. This, of course, is in addition to The Mandalorian, the series Jon Favreau is making for the service.
  • An unnamed live-action Marvel universe series focusing on Loki. Tom Hiddleston will return to the role.

reposted from: TechCrunch

Google+: “I’m not quite dead, yet”

To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”

Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continue on and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.

More at TechCrunch

Cheers!

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RIP: Google+

Citing poor traffic and low user acceptance (and without mentioning the words ‘data leak‘) Google has decided to pull the plug on Google+, its fledgling social media entity.

For info and a chance to reminisce read: Looking back at Google+ -TC

Cheers!

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Google asks, ‘Shall we play a game?’ with hidden Chrome adventure

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Wanna sleuth your way around a tech giant’s Mountainview campus? Google has embedded this retro text adventure game and all you need is a web browser (and infinite patience) to play.

To launch Google’s text adventure game

  1. Launch your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser.
  2. Search for ‘text adventure’.
  3. RIGHT+CLICK on the results page and select Inspect
  4. CLICK the Console tab.  The text “Would you like to play a game?” appears.
  5. Enter ‘yes’ at the > prompt

Cheers (with special thanks, to Di, for passing this along)!

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Group Planning with Google Maps

Google Location Voting

Planning a group outing just got easier.

As part of a recent mobile update you are now able to share a list of places (e.g., restaurants) with your friends and they can vote their preferred meeting place. This should cut down on the volume of email/sms traffic it takes for a group to pick a watering hole.

Just create a list, then share it; your friends will be taken right to Google Maps mobile, where they will be able to cast their vote 👍👎 on proposed venues. They can even add additional locations to the decision matrix.

Cheers!

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Lego Bugatti

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Lego’s Tech team built this is a 1:1-scale Bugatti Chiron using mostly standard pieces (excepting a few special pieces to replicate functions from the actual car)

Lego Bugatti Chiron by the numbers:

  • 13,000 work hours
  • Over one million pieces
  • 339 different types of Lego pieces, traditionally snapped together  (no glue)
  • 1 really cool pneumatically powered variable spoiler
  • 2,304 Lego Power Functions L-Motors (the same ones that power the Lego toys)
  • Top speed of 18 mph

And details? The replica features the same startup lighting sequence as the original car.

Why? To show that they can.

For the science behind the feat watch this brief clip.

Cheers!

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Self-Driving Motorcycles

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Are driverless motorcycles on the BMW project board?
Maybe, but for now, the motorcycle manufacturer is using its autonomous motorcycle tests to develop technologies to improve the safety for conventional riders.

“We want to teach the motorcycle how to ride a bike,” said Stefan Hans, the engineer who leads the self-driving motorcycle project for BMW Motorrad.

Cheers!

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