Pre-caffeine tech: Google glut, pug hats for babies!
June 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM ET
Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee.
Google I/O, the search engine giant's annual developer conference kicked off with a keynote event in San Francisco on Wednesday, where a whole bunch of new stuff was introduced:
- Nexus 7 tablet, a 7-inch tablet powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor that will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and come in 8GB ($199) and 16GB versions ($249). You can order today, but it ships in mid-July.
- TheNexus Q, the "first social streaming device of its kind," which streams your music and entertainment from the cloud to your home, or even to your friends who also have Android phones or tablets.
- Jelly Bean, the next version of the Android operating system, also known as Android 4.1. It's faster and introduces a number of useful new functions: offline voice, more powerful notifications, and a predictive search that gives you answers before you ask.
- Google Now, a Siri compeitor — powered by Google Knowledge Graph — which not only gives you answers, but provides images as well.
- Google co-founder Sergey Brin turned up to introduce Google Glass via trio of base jumpers who leaped from a zeppelin overhead while wearing Google Glass. It was pretty awesome.
In other news, big changes are coming to Apple's iTunes.
Facebook reportedly fixed the worst parts of its mobile apps. Expect a speedier ride. Finally!
If you care, Twitter improved its new follower "Digest."
More importantly: Pug hats for babies. As BuzzFeed's wise Matt Stopera points out: "Every baby should be REQUIRED to wear one of these. No exceptions!"
— compiled by Helen A.S. Popkin, who invites you to join her on Twitter and/or Facebook. Also, Google+.