9 Great Reads From CNET This Week: Google I/O, iPods, Black Holes and More

That Met the Gala they are not, but technical events like Google I / O have an appeal to people beyond the developers among the audience. They give a look at the technology that will soon be in our hands and our homes.

This year’s Google I / O brought us more than software updates, e.g. Android 13tweaks to Google Maps and switched to Monk skin tone scale. Google also went a lot into hardware and talked about, among other things Pixel 6A and Pixel 7 telephones, Pixel Buds Pro earphones and Pixel Watch, its first smartwatch. Be sure to check out ours complete Google I / O coverage.

These stories are part of the many in-depth features and thought-provoking comments that surfaced on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you do not want to miss.

Google’s language algorithm can handle your dad’s jokes. Here’s why it matters.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on stage with a big screen with detailed AI and jokes

Screenshot by Imad Khan / CNET

Here’s why the first black hole pictures look like burning donuts.

Two black hole pictures, side by side

EHT collaboration

Comment: The gadget survived music streaming, rival players and the iPhone.

Illustration of the original iPod if it was made of marble

Collin Buenerkemper / CNET

Facebook said last year that it had mistakenly removed pages from the Australian government and emergency services. Whistleblowers say it was deliberate.

Facebook logo on a phone screen

Sarah Tew / CNET

Comment: Google wants to make technology less intrusive. But to do that, its devices must be everywhere.

Google Pixel Family products

Google; composed by Sarah Tew / CNET

Body doubling can be a total game changer for people struggling to stay focused.

A couple sits together on a couch and reads both.

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We need to address the issues that already exist on today’s social platforms, he says.

Tony Fadell in a V-neck sweater

Tony Fadell

Williamson Adams

Last week, a luna coin was worth $ 85. Now it’s worth a penny. Here’s why it matters.

Terra logo on a phone screen plus a few coins

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The Burnt City proves that Punchdrunk can still create amazing new worlds, but exploring them brings new discomfort.

A masked audience watches a performer in The Burnt City



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