Google Voice gets Wi-Fi calling beta test

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Good news, Google Voice users: A useful new feature is coming to your service.

Google is now offering a beta test of Wi-Fi calling for Google Voice. With Wi-Fi calling, you can make calls from any device with a Wi-Fi connection, you can reduce roaming charges, and you can stay in contact even if you’ve got a poort cellular connection.

You can try out the beta version of Wi-Fi calling for Google Voice right now. Just fill out this form, update your Google Voice app, and then you’ll get an email with further instructions.

Wi-Fi calling for Google Voice is currently available on Android and the web, with iOS support coming soon. If you’re calling from your computer, you’ll need to use Chrome for now. Google says that support for Firefox, Safari, and Edge is coming soon.

Here’s a list of the known issues with Google Voice Wi-Fi calling right now:

  • Obihai devices won’t work if you enable calling over Wi-Fi (e.g. Incoming calls won’t ring your Obihai phone if you turn on calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data)
  • You won’t be able to use incoming call options (call recording & call transfer) when you enable calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data
  • On your computer, Wi-Fi calling only work with Chrome. Support for Firefox, Safari and Edge coming soon!
  • Android Bluetooth support:
  1. You won’t be able to use the buttons on your bluetooth device to answer calls or hang up
  2. Unable to use earpiece mode when a bluetooth device is paired
  3. Depending on your Android version, your calls might drop if you try to switch between Bluetooth and speakerphone.

Wi-Fi calling is a very nice addition to Google Voice. As I mentioned before, you can use Wi-Fi calling from more devices, and it means that you don’t need to rely on a cell carrier’s network to stay connected. You just need to find any Wi-Fi hotspot and you’ll be good to go. If you’re a Google Voice user, the addition of Wi-Fi calling seems pretty great.

Do you use Google Voice? If so, are you going to try Wi-Fi calling?

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Four Patients Test Retinal Implant That Could Stop Age-Related Blindness

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Some parts of getting older are awesome. Retirement. Early bird specials. Free reign to whine about your various aches and pains.

Not so great? Your vision can start to go.

Luckily, a new retinal implant may soon help treat a common cause of age-related vision loss.

Non-neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NNAMD) (also known as “dry” AMD) causes a blurry area right in the middle of a person’s line of vision that can grow as the disease progresses. Sometimes, the previously blurry spot becomes simply blank.

In short, that can be debilitating, making it pretty impossible to live a normal life. After all, you need to be able to see what’s in front of you to do things like drive a car or cook a meal.

Currently, there’s no treatment for the advanced stages of NNAMD, but a research team led by Amir Kashani, an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at University of Southern California (USC), is hoping to change that.

NNAMD likely begins with the breakdown of cells in a membrane in the eye called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Kashani and his team designed an implant to mimic the function of this membrane. The implant fits on the retina and is made of human embryonic stem cells placed on a base material.

The team had already tested a version of the implant on rodents, so the next step was to make the leap to humans. So the researchers placed their implant into the eyes of four people with advanced NNAMD. Then, they monitored those people for between four and 12 months.

According to the researchers’ study, published today in Science Translational Medicine, none of the four participants had any negative or severe side effects from the retinal implant, and experienced no vision loss over the course of the trial. Once participant even “demonstrated an observable improvement” in their vision.

When the team took post-operative images of the patients’ eyes, they saw that the stem cells had blended with the existing retinal tissue. That is, the retinas looked like they were regaining their RPEs. A good sign.

Of course, this was an exceptionally small sample size that delivered promising (but not overwhelmingly positive) results. So the researchers’ next step is to test their implant on a larger group.

If it works the way researchers hope, it may someday be a game-changer for thousands of visually-challenged seniors. After all, what good’s a senior discount on movie tickets if you can’t see the screen.

The post Four Patients Test Retinal Implant That Could Stop Age-Related Blindness appeared first on Futurism.

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iPhone X Lasts Longer Than Galaxy S9, Note 8 But Charges Slower, Reveals New Battery Test

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Here’s iPhone X Vs Galaxy S9 battery life test comparison. This report explores a battery test that reveals the iPhone X lasts longer than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ whereas the latter charge faster than Apple’s offering.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Exynos vs. Snapdragon speed test emerges

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As usual, Samsung has launched not one but two Galaxy S9 versions. Most of the world gets the one with Samsung’s own Exynos 9810, while for North America and China the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. If you’ve been wondering how these two would fare in a classic YouTube speed test, here’s your answer. The video starts off with the launch of a set selection of apps – one by one. As soon as one has fully loaded, the Home button is pressed and then it’s on to the next app (or game). The first “lap” is won by the Snapdragon version, which outdid the Exynos model by…

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Uber will not reapply for its permit to test self-driving cars in California

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The company’s permit expires next week.

Uber has decided not to reapply to test its self-driving technology on public roads in California in the wake of a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles in Arizona.

Which means that Uber, which has been testing more than 20 cars in California, will no longer be able to operate its autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state after next week, when the existing permit expires. The company had already stopped testing all its self-driving vehicles after the Arizona crash. Uber said it does not know when it will reapply to test its cars in California.

“We proactively suspended our self-driving operations, including in California, immediately following the Tempe incident,” Uber spokesperson Sarah Abboud said in a statement. “Given this, we decided not to reapply for California DMV permit with the understanding that our self-driving vehicles would not operate on public roads in the immediate future.”

If Uber wants to renew the permit, it will have to address the results from the ongoing investigation into the crash in Arizona, California Department of Motor Vehicles deputy director Brian Soublet wrote in a letter to Uber.

The ride-hail company’s relationship with the state’s DMV got off to a rocky start when Uber rolled out its autonomous cars in California without applying for the proper permits in 2016. The California DMV ultimately revoked the registration of the vehicles Uber was testing, forcing the company to ship those vehicles to Arizona.

At the time, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey welcomed Uber into the state.

However, Ducey suspended Uber’s self-driving operations in the state indefinitely as of Monday evening.

“Arizona will not tolerate any less than an unequivocal commitment to public safety,” Ducey wrote in a letter to Uber.

The governor’s office told Recode that it is waiting to see the results of the investigation into the crash before it made any further decision.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have joined Tempe, Ariz., police in investigating the cause of the crash. Based on the results of the investigation, Uber could face criminal charges. The Tempe police will submit their findings to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

The ride-hail company says it is cooperating with the investigation.

Here’s the California DMV’s letter to Uber:

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Uber won’t renew its permit to test self-driving cars in California

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Uber will not renew its permit to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in California — further evidence that the company is pulling back from its aggressive plans to launch a self-driving service in the wake of a fatal crash in Arizona which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

In a letter, the California DMV confirmed that Uber’s authority to test self-driving cars in the state will end March 31st following the decision not to renew its license. A spokesperson for Uber confirmed that it would not seek to continue testing in California in light of the crash in Arizona. Federal investigators are currently probing the cause of the crash.

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BMW reportedly plans car subscription service test for Nashville

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BMW is getting into the car subscription business, Bloomberg reports. While the company itself only said that a subscription pilot was planned for this year, a person familiar with the plans told Bloomberg that the program will begin in Nashville, Te…
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Infinix Zero 5 Battery Life Test – #OneChargeRating

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Infinix launched the Infinix Zero 5 smartphone recently. We already brought you the review of the phone, here we have the battery life test results of the phone. It packs a 4350mAh built-in battery with support for xCharge 18W fast charging, has a 5.98-inch 1080p display, is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P25 16nm SoC, has 6GB of RAM and runs on 7.0 (Nougat) with XOS 3.0. Check out the test results below. Talk Time It lasted for 33 hours and 34 minutes in our talk time test. 3G Browsing It lasted for 10 hours and 7 minutes in our 3G browsing test, topping the charts. WiFi Browsing It lasted 12 hours and 48 minutes in our WiFi Browsing test. Video Playback It lasted for 14 hours and 15 minutes in our video playback test. Charging Time It took 2 hours 22 mins for charging it from 0 to 100% since it has fast charging, and 0 to 50% takes 46 minutes. Standby Time It lasted for 57 days in our standby test. In achieved a One Charge Rating of 17 hours and 49 minutes, which is good for a phone with a 4350mAh battery.  Check out our battery life test procedure, to know more about our tests in detail.
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Baidu gets the green light to test self-driving cars in China

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Chinese search giant Baidu has received approval to begin testing its self-driving cars in Beijing, Reuters reports. It is a sign of China’s strong support for the industry in the wake of the first pedestrian death from an autonomous Uber vehicle in the US.

Baidu, which is known as China’s version of Google, received a permit to test its vehicles on 33 roads spanning around 65 miles (105 kilometers) in the city’s less-populated suburbs, the firm said in a statement. Baidu is seen as the nation’s leader in autonomous driving, having launched a new platform last year aimed at helping car manufacturers produce self-driving vehicles faster.

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