The Morning After: Wednesday. October 11th 2017

In Entertainment

Home Mini bug could make it record audio 24/7

Voice-controlled appliances need to listen in so they can pick
up their hotword, but Android Police received a test
Google Home Mini that went a little too far. Apparently, it was
recording and uploading nearly every sound it picked up, due to
an issue that Google says could’ve affected some other devices,
too. As a result, the company pushed a software update to
temporarily disable activating the mic via its touch panel,
eliminating the issue. Units won’t ship to customers until the
19th; we’ll see if there’s a full workaround in place by then.

The chipmaker prepares
automakers for the world of robo-taxis.

NVIDIA introduces a computer for level five autonomous cars

At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars is NVIDIA
processing power. Once automakers realized that GPUs could
power their latest features, the chipmaker, best known for PC
graphics cards, became the darling of the car world. NVIDIA’s
first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus, is apparently
capable of level five autonomy — far beyond the level two and
three vehicles we’re only just starting to see. That means no
pedals, no steering wheel, no need for anyone to ever take

You can use the dials and sliders with a lot of different apps.

Palette’s Lego-like controls can make you a faster video

Until robots take over video editing, you’ll still have to
fiddle with cuts, colors and sound levels. A keyboard is not
always the best tool for that, and many control surfaces are
strictly targeted at Lightroom users. So what’s a video editor
to do? One of the more interesting controllers on the market is
Palette Gear — it’s expandable, flexible, programmable and
looks cool. As Associate Editor Steve Dent discovered, if
you’re willing to spend some time learning and programming, it
can make you a faster and better editor, too.

Don’t get

The 20th-anniversary Tamagotchi is smaller but still easy to

It’s been 20 years since the iconic virtual pet Tamagotchi hit
US shores. Many of the first pet ownersthose youngsters now
have offspring of their own, and Bandai is hoping to entice
both generations by reintroducing the classic 1997 model with a
special anniversary edition. But most adults and many children
now carry a phone capable of doing so much more than the little
plastic egg could. Why would they, or anyone, invest in a

I’ve reached the acceptance
stage of grief.

After 10 years, I’ve finally accepted that ‘Half-Life’ is

How Deputy Managing Editor Nathan Ingraham learned to stop
complaining and get over Gordon Freeman.

It claimed the acquisition
cost just $9 billion. Bargain.

Dow Jones reported a fake story about Google buying Apple

Fake news.

Now is it time to buy

Amazon drops Echo Show price

Thinking about picking up one of Amazon’s smart speakers? While
the new Echos have yet to arrive, its first screen-equipped
device just got a price cut. The Echo Show doesn’t have access
to YouTube anymore, but it does cost $200 — $30 off the
original ask. Amazon says it’s a “temporary” price drop, but
with new hardware and more competition on the way, we could see
this sticking around.

But wait, there’s more…

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