This week in tech: Google I/O, new Amazon tablets, and adorable selfie filters
Squeeze me? HTC

Hey, did you hear? Google talked artificial intelligence, Android O, and VR at its annual I/O developers’ conference. You can read all about that here, but read on to see what else was happening in the magical land of technology this week.

  • Ride-sharing giant Uber announced Uber Freight, a way for truck drivers to connect with cargo.
  • Still on the topic of self-driving cars, Uber’s rival Lyft will be partnering with Waymo in a new venture that’s likely to increase competition involving autonomous vehicles and ride-on-demand services. Hurry up, robo taxis.

  • HTC announced its flagship Android smartphone called the U11. It uses tech it calls Edge Sense so you can squeeze it to give various commands like take a picture. Hugging it probably also works.

  • Friday was bike to work day, a topic that trended on Twitter. Here is a good tweet:

  • Artificial intelligence isn’t just confined to assistants like Siri. AI is also getting even better at adding color to black and white photos; it’s cool tech, but makes the photography nerds at Popular Science cringe at the thought of famous photos with added hues.

  • We reflected on the lessons of the unprecedented WannaCry ransomware attack.

  • Oculus announced it’s been researching how to make the issue of focusing on objects better in virtual reality, so will we stop getting headaches in VR now?

Face filters! Instagram
  • Amazon announced new Fire tablets, including two models geared for kids. They come with Alexa inside, of course.

  • One of the most highly-anticipated video games of the season, Destiny 2, showed off its first bits of gameplay footage. Mark the calendar for a “sick day” on its Sept. 8 release.

  • At I/O, Google also announced that its AI Assistant is now available on iPhones. Download it this weekend and ask it questions.