By Julia Love
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday announced a new "Pixel" smartphone and a suite of new consumer electronics products for the home, planting itself firmly in the hardware business and challenging Apple Inc's iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global smartphone market.
The string of announcements - including the $649 Pixel, a smart speaker for the living room dubbed "Home," a virtual reality headset, and a new Wi-Fi router - is the clearest sign yet that Google intends to compete head-to-head with Apple, Amazon.com Inc and even manufacturers of phones using its own Android mobile operating system.
Company executives, echoing Apple's longstanding philosophy, said they were striving for tighter integration of hardware and software.
"The thinking is that if we can work on hardware and software together, we can innovate much better," Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh said in an interview with Reuters, citing a recent reorganization that united once-disparate hardware teams.
Under the new structure, the company has begun to take a much more integrated approach to things like supply chain management and design, added Mario Queiroz, a vice president of product management.
"The learnings from one product are benefiting another product," he said.
Unlike earlier Google phone efforts under the Nexus brand, the Pixel devices are designed and developed by Google from the start, although Taiwan's HTC Corp will serve as the contract manufacturer.
50 Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials to Understand Photoshop Like a Pro
When it comes to photo editing, the first thing that comes to my mind is Photoshop. Photoshop is the second name of creativity. Photo manipulation may be one of the funniest things you can do with Photoshop. Of course, a person should have lots of patience and time to create some truly stunning artwork, but it’s worth a try.
Today, I’ve collected 50 great photo manipulation tutorials, which will teach you many new features. All of them are designed for beginners and intermediates and cover a huge range of techniques and tools you should know to work with Photoshop like a pro.
Here, you’ll find tutorials on how to combine photos and brushes, apply textures, create light-leaks and other high-tech elements, mix the components on a suitable background and learn blending, lighting, image adjustment techniques and much more. Just scroll down, choose the tutorial you like and start working on creating your own surreal world.
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The importance of hard work in our lives is undeniable. There is absolutely no substitute for hard work. But there is intense competition at work and you need to prove yourself. That means you need to combine working hard with working smart. Here are 10 tips to help you become a smart worker.
1. Maintain a to-do list: Whether in a diary, on a computer or on your smartphone, maintain a list of tasks along with their deadlines. A to-do list will help you keep a track of things to do, help you plan your workday, and allow you to multi-task as well.
2. Prioritise: Starting your day with no structure will not help you achieve your goals. At the onset, classify your tasks as must-do and good-to-do. You must channel your early-morning energy and enthusiasm towards the must-do activities.
3. Find effective approaches: There are many ways to complete a task. Before you begin, analyse these approaches. Make sure to choose the most effective and least time-consuming option to complete the task. Spending some time to analyse the task in the beginning will help you avoid an unproductive approach.
Little known facts about Bangalore
Bangalore is one of the nicest cities to reside in. Today it is known as the city that used to known as ‘The Garden City’. With the changing landscape of the city, Bangalore has changed from ‘Garden City’ to ‘Garbage City’ to ‘IT City’. While it is most loved for its weather, the city has quite a few secrets that not many are privy to.
Here we bring to you some little known facts about Bangalore that are sure to astound you.
How Bangalore got its name:
Legend has it that once an old woman served boiled beans to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. That area of the forest was named - Benda Kaal Ooru meaning Town of Boiled beans. This place went on to develop over time and its name was shortened to “Bengaluru” and anglicised into “Bangalore”.
Rolls-Royce Reveals Its Electric Luxury Car of the Future
Rolls-Royce is a company with a long and celebrated heritage. Its vehicles remain a capsule to a simpler time, when cars were large and luxurious and didn’t need all the amenities we have today. But the future is now, and Rolls-Royce stopped the old-school bleeding with a concept more akin to a science fiction movie.
Celebrating BMW’s 100th birthday, the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 concept concept (internally named: 103EX) is unlike anything you could have imagined from the storied marque. It’s…strange, but in a very likable way. It doesn’t have a steering wheel, instead, passengers relax on a sofa and have their every need handled by “Eleanor,” their personal virtual assistant and chauffeur.