Google's future plans and Microsoft knows what dog you are
Google next wearable, might ditch the phone, and researchers make a giant scientific breakthrough.
I'm Iyaz Akhtar, filling in for Bridgett Carey.
This is your CNet update.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a new virtual reality headset that would be self-contained.
That means it would not be tied to a phone or computer.
The headset itself will house its own outward facing cameras, processor, and have its own screen.
This is a different approach compared to Facebook's Oculus Rift device, which is powered by a hefty computer.
The report says we may see Google's new VR headset as early as May, during Google's I/O conference.
The journal's sources also say Google is reworking Android to handle virtual reality devices.
In actual reality news, researchers announced they have detected gravitational waves for the first time.
Gravitational waves were theorized by Einstein's theory of general relativity.
So what are these gravitational waves?
They are the byproducts of two black holes colliding.
When these black holes collided, they produced these energy ripples through space.
The actual collision happened 1.3 billion years ago and billions of light years from Earth.
The waves were detected in September, 2015 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
Their findings were publish in the journal Physical review letters.
This is also the first time binary black holes were observed.
Why is this a big deal?
Speaking to the BBC, Professor Bernard Schutz said with gravitational waves, we do expect eventually to see the Big Bang itself.
From amazing to amusing, there's a new Microsoft garage project that recognizes dogs using artificial intelligence.
You can upload a picture to the website What-Dog.net.
The site also has a bunch of photos of dogs so you can see Microsoft's A.I. in action.
Or you can download an iOS app called Fetch.
If the A.I. can't figure out exactly the dog breed, it will show the percentage of the closest breed.
The app also includes a section on dog breeds so you can learn your heart out.
Fetch correctly identified my dogs as Labrador Retrievers.
And, of course, we tried it around the office to see what dogs we look like.
Apparently, I'm a dutch shepherd dog.
And my son is an Australian terrier.
That's news to me.
That's it for this tech news update.
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From our studios in New York, I'm Iya Zatar.
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