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Talk to Me, IKEA Bot, Boosted Boards, Hello Moto Times 4


April 20 · Issue #30 · View online
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Talk to Me, IKEA Bot, Boosted Boards, Hello Moto Times 4

Talk to me. This morning, everyone is talking about Google’s ambitious plans to remake Android messaging across every Android phone (and other platforms, too) and virtually every carrier. Unlike Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s Messenger, this is not a new proprietary service. Instead, it’s a standard based on Universal Rich Communication Services. Google’s struggled mightily with chat, launching almost half a dozen services over the years, including Allo, none of which have truly taken. This new approach seeks to achieve the same kind of texting ubiquity iMessage has across millions of iOS devices. Expect to receive a lot more texts about this in the coming months.
Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess - The Verge
Urgenschlopen Bot. I know how terrified people are of a “robot uprising.” That’s (probably) never going to happen, but that irrational fear stops many from fully embracing their robot overlords. Maybe this new video will help you see automatons in a different light. It’s of two robots causally building an IKEA chair. If you’ve ever built IKEA furniture, you know how frustrating and confusing it can be, but not for these bots. I know that when I saw the video for the first time, I thought, “We’re saved!” How about you?
Robots build Ikea chair in under 10 minutes | The Independent
Gnarly. If you commute in any major city, you’ve probably see more than a few people on Boosted powered skateboards. These self-propelled, electric long boards, which can travel at up to 22 mph, are enormously popular with millennials and GenZers. No wonder they’re all flipping out over Boosted’s newest collection that, for the first time, includes a short or “Penny” board called the Boosted Mini S. At $749, it’s also Boosted cheapest board ever. 
New Boosted Boards have more affordable shortboard and better batteries | Ars Technica
Hello Moto. Motorola introduced four new Android phones this week: The Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, Moto E5 Plus, and E5 Play. They range in size from 5.2-inch all the way up to the huge, 6-inch E5 Plus and start at just $199. I spent a little time with all of them and while they’re not the kind of handsets that will make you stop and stare, they’re all solid, affordable and smart.
Moto-plosion: Motorola floods the zone with 4 affordable smartphones
The wonder. Let’s all bow to Hubble, again, shall we?
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