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Certification training on the Google Cloud Platform is just $15

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Happy Friday, readers. By this point, you might have been reminded just how long the week can be in the wrong job. If you like the idea of being a Google Data Engineer or even a Cloud Architect instead, today’s deal might interest you.The Google Cloud Platform is Google’s answer to AWS. It’s a suite of cloud computing services, and it’s the premier tool for a lot of high-end machine learning applications. That’s because TensorFlow, which is often used in deep learning technology, is also from Google.It might all sound a bit niche, but TensorFlow is used to manage Big Data, which is where huge sums of money are being invested these days. How else are the corporations going to process all the data they hold about us? Get fully trained for the Google Data Engineer and Cloud Architect certification exams. If you like the sound of working in this field (or cloud) then the GCP: Complete Google Data Engineer and Cloud Architect Guide is a great place to start. It assumes no prior knowledge and…

11 things you need to know in tech today

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Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Friday, July 19, 2019!Listen on the go! DGiT Daily is also a podcast, available every day by 1:00pm ET, however you listen to your podcasts, or go to dgit.com/podcast for more to join host Adam Doud.1. How Amazon Go became Amazon’s most ambitious research project everBloomberg has a great read about Amazon’s Go stores, the cashierless convenience stores where computers do (most of) the work. (Note the article is paywalled, just fire it up in an incognito window).It turns out that offering all the selection of a 7-Eleven store with about 100x the complexity and cost was actually (surprisingly) Amazon’s most ambitious research project yet.The company spent seven years and hundreds of millions of dollars achieving the current operation.There’s now 14 of Amazon Go stores across America, down from “thousands” imagined during the project.And while Yelp reviews are good (“This is definitely the future of shopping!”) the …

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Here’s how to update OnePlus software as quickly as possible

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If you own a OnePlus phone such as the OnePlus 7 Pro, you may already know OnePlus has a strong software update team — OnePlus’ latest devices usually receive the latest features and security patches within a few weeks of them rolling out to Google Pixel phones. However, in some cases, those updates can still take a while to get to you, so you might be wondering how to update OnePlus software as soon as it lands.Usually, OnePlus posts an official announcement of a new update to Oxygen OS — its proprietary Android skin that appears on all its phones — and then incrementally rolls out that update. Because of this system, you might receive an update notification on your phone days or even weeks after the software actually launches.Luckily, it’s easy to update OnePlus smartphones with the latest version of Oxygen OS without needing to wait for the company to push the notification to you. It takes a little extra effort on your part, but if you’re the type of person who wants the latest upd…

Huawei says HongMeng OS is not for phones (so what is it for?)

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We’ve heard all about Huawei’s HongMeng or Oak OS in recent months, purportedly positioned as a Plan B should the company’s access to Android be affected. Now, the Chinese manufacturer has claimed that the in-house platform isn’t for smartphones after all.According to the state-owned Xinhua outlet, Huawei senior vice-president Catherine Chen said HongMeng OS was for industrial use and that it aims to keep using Android for smartphones. This is a marked departure from previous media coverage, which suggested that HongMeng was an alternative to Android.The executive said the platform had been in development long before recent talks about an Android alternative kicked off. In fact, news of a home-grown operating system by Huawei dates back to 2012.Editor's Pick Huawei takes hit in Europe during Q2 2019, but how bad is it?Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has already confirmed Huawei smartphone sales were down by at least 40 million units following the U.S. trade ban against it. Now, a new r…

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is coming, might be powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus

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Xiaomi’s Black Shark brand offers some pretty powerful smartphones for the price, as well as a few gaming-focused features. We’ve already seen the Black Shark 2 launch earlier this year, but the company is getting ready for another device.The brand announced on Weibo earlier today that the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is coming. Furthermore, an attached poster notes a July 30 reveal date for the gaming phone.Black Shark WeiboThe post doesn’t tell us anything else about the new phone, but the Black Shark Weibo account shared news of the Snapdragon 855 Plus announcement earlier this week. This suggests that the Black Shark 2 Pro will be packing the slightly upgraded flagship processor.Editor's Pick Here are the best phones for gaming (April 2019)In the past year,  there's been a surge of smartphones focused on giving the best gaming experience. It makes sense — more and more mobile games are pushing the envelope in graphics, gameplay, and features. What are … The Black Shark 2 Pro wou…

Google Stadia Pro isn’t Netflix for games, expect one free game a month

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Google Stadia is one of the more eagerly anticipated Google services in quite some time, allowing people to play games on various devices via streaming. The company is also pushing a paid Stadia Pro service, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this paid tier delivers a Netflix-style catalog of titles.Stadia director of product Andrey Doronichev has dismissed this notion during an AMA session on reddit (h/t: 9to5Google). In fact, the executive said Stadia Pro is more in line with console-based multiplayer subscriptions.READ:Don’t hold your breath for cheap games on Google Stadia“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not ‘Netflix for Games’ like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus,” Doronichev wrote on reddit. “The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).”This certainly clarifies matters, as Google’…