Google Minus | Tech Talk Today 139

Google Minus | Tech Talk Today 139

Google+ is going to be broken up into “Streams”. We’ll detail what we know at this point, who is saying what & speculate about the future of Google+ a bit.

Plus NVIDIA has a new 4k TV console, Valve announces Steam Machine ship dates, VR details & their new Steam Link set top.

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Shield: NVIDIA’s $200 gaming-focused Android TV set-top box

NVIDIA’s calling Shield the “world’s first 4K Android TV” — it’s able to both stream and locally run 4K content to your fawncy 4K television. How does it do that? It uses a bleeding edge X1 chip — the most powerful mobile processor NVIDIA’s made to date.

It’s going to push that 4K content via HDMI out back, and pull down streamed 4K content via Gigabit Ethernet. Need some extra storage? You might, as it’s only got 16GB of internal stores. Good news: It’s got a microSD expansion port and two USB 3.0 ports for an external HDD. You’ll need some extra storage with all those huge video files.

Valve announces streaming box and SteamVR for November – PC Gamer

Steam Machines from Alienware and Falcon Northwest are at GDC, with Steam Machines being released this November.

The new Pebble smartwatch is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history – Quartz

In one week, Pebble’s new Time smartwatch has become the most “funded” project in Kickstarter history, approaching $14 million in pre-orders. The watch project generated more than $9 million in pre-orders on its first day alone, and has slowly been making its way up the chart all week.

What may have boosted it: Pebble announced today that it will also be producing a more expensive “Steel” version of the watch. Within a few hours, the Pebble Time broke the record, dethroning the Coolest Cooler, a cooler that has a built-in blender and speakers.

Google+ is about to be broken up – Mar. 2, 2015

The search giant’s tepidly embraced social network is going to reorganize around its two standout products — photos and hangouts — as well as a newly named social feed called “streams,” Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) product chief Sundar Pichai said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona,

Pichai didn’t give a timeline for when Google+ will be rebranded. A spokesman for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bradley Horowitz Is Now Running Google+ | TechCrunch

Horowitz has confirmed our reporting in a carefully worded Google+ update that does not mention Hangouts, or even Google+ by name, but instead refers to Photos and Streams. This points to the idea of Google+ being split into dedicated services, two of which Horowitz will oversee:

“Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true — I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.”

Did Google+ fail? According to that message, perhaps,” one former Google+ employee told me recently. “But that’s not the relevant question: Is Google in a better position today to provide identity services across products? Yes.”

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