WE'RE STARTING OFF this week with some environmental news as Google has committed to a zero-per-cent-to-landfill approach to its data centres, meaning that all waste gets recycled or disposed of in some groovy way. It's not the first company to do so (cough, Apple) but the more of the big guns that do the right thing, the better.
Meanwhile in the home, you can now be the first to get new features on your Chromecast, thanks to the launch of the Chromecast Preview Programme. You can do it today - just go to the overflow menu of the app for the device you want to enrol. It's a bit like switching channels in the Chrome browser.
Speaking of Chrome, there's a new stable update out for the desktop version. There are no major shakes to it, but if you've not updated for a while it's well worth being on version 53 because the performance is noticeably better.
Meanwhile over on Android, Google has announced that it will begin rolling out adaptive email support to the Gmail and Inbox apps over the coming weeks. So the days of squished up emails on your device may soon be over.
The DeepMind AI team has made a major breakthrough in natural-sounding speech, claiming that WaveNet can outperform other software of its type by up to 50 per cent. It's early days, but the applications will be huge. And probably a bit scary.
There's a new launcher in town. Its name is Pixel and it replaces the Nexus launcher. We're expecting some new Google devices in the coming weeks. Looks like Pixel is barging the Nexus brand out of the Nest. Pun intended.
Finally this week, the elephant in the room. The Galaxy Note 7. If you haven't already arranged to replace it, arrange to replace it. Seriously. They're still going bang. And it hurts. µ
A surprisingly busy week in a quiet month
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