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February 25, 2019, 9:30 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts ARM-powered HoloLens 2: more comfortable, lighter, and with a field of view twice as wide as its predecessor's; preorder for $3,500  —  Designed to get work done  —  I am in a tiny room in a basement somewhere in Microsoft's Redmond, Washington headquarters, wearing an early version of the HoloLens 2 headset.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Azure Kinect, a new depth-sensing camera for enterprises that uses Azure cloud; pre-orders for the dev kit are open now for $399 in China, US  —  It's for developers to build AI algorithms  —  Kinect originally debuted as an Xbox 360 accessory for motion sensing so you could control games with your hands or body.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with current and former Facebook content moderators in US show they make $28K/year, are routinely high at work, and can develop PTSD-like symptoms  —  The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America  —  She spent the past three and a half weeks in training …
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
Google says it is bringing Assistant to Android Messages and it will utilize on-device AI so that no conversations will be sent to Google  —  The Google Assistant is everywhere.  To access it on your Android phone, you can either long-press your phone's home button, use the “Okay, Google” …
Frank Chen / Andreessen Horowitz:
Real-world examples of how AI can augment human powers, help us be more creative, make better decisions, be safer, understand others better, and more  —  This is a written version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2018.  You can watch a video version on YouTube.
The Keyword:
Google says Android One activations grew 250% YoY, 50%+ of new entry-level Android devices are Android Go, and Digital Wellbeing tools are coming to more phones  —  Android's mission has always been to work closely with a broad and open ecosystem of partners to push the boundaries of hardware and software …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands its internet infrastructure projects, including its Terragraph platform and Express Wi-Fi, to Peru, Nigeria, South Africa, California, and more  —  Like every year, Facebook is using MWC Barcelona to focus on its infrastructure projects.  While you may mostly think of Facebook …
More: CNET and VentureBeat
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
LG's 6.1" G8 ThinQ has a speaker embedded in the screen and a front camera that scans the user's palm to unlock and enables non-touch mid-air gesture controls  —  A palm scanner?  AirMotion gestures?  What's going on here?  —  Once upon a time, a few years ago, LG came to Mobile World Congress …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Among foldables unveiled in 2019, Huawei's Mate X feels the most complete compared to Royole FlexPai or Galaxy Fold, but questions about their software remain  —  A foldable that folds without a gap  —  Samsung's Galaxy Fold announcement isn't even a week old yet, and we already have a competitor …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:

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