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Do You Know What Happened In Tech The Week Of May 16?

Google edition!

Posted on May 20, 2016, at 4:27 p.m. ET

This week was Google I/O.

That's Google's annual developers conference, where it convenes thousands and thousands of engineers and tells them what it's working on for the next year. Because this is one of the biggest companies in the world, with billions of people using its many, many tools, I/O is the biggest story in tech for the week, and this year Google announced a ton of new products. So, we made this week's quiz all about it!
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That's Google's annual developers conference, where it convenes thousands and thousands of engineers and tells them what it's working on for the next year. Because this is one of the biggest companies in the world, with billions of people using its many, many tools, I/O is the biggest story in tech for the week, and this year Google announced a ton of new products. So, we made this week's quiz all about it!

Do you know what this new Google thing is for?

  1. 1. Home

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    Self-driving tiny home
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    Voice-controlled speaker and assistant
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    Home security system
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    Google's own thermostat
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    It's a voice-controlled, button-free device.

    The sleek new device from Google will solve your in-home entertainment, to-do and information needs (provided you don’t already have an Amazon Echo).

    It's a voice-controlled, button-free device.
    Via Google
  2. 2. Allo

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    Like Siri, but British. To activate, say "Allo, mate!"
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    A new social network where you can say "Allo, mate!" to your internet friends
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    Google's answer to Amazon Echo
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    A new messaging app, where you can say "Allo, mate!"
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    It's a messaging app.

    Google promises to make conversations “easier, more expressive and more productive” with Allo. The app is linked to users’ phone numbers (like WhatsApp).

    It's a messaging app.
    Via Google
  3. 3. Daydream

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    A machine learning neural network that makes everything look like you're on acid
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    A new virtual reality platform
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    Google's plan to destress workers by just letting them zone out for a bit
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    An AI bot that interprets your dreams for you
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    It's a VR platform.

    Integrated with Android, Daydream is a phone, a headset, a controller, and a bunch of apps you probably already use.

  4. 4. Duo

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    A video chatting app
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    On-demand friendship
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    On-demand dating
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    How Eric Schmidt would like to be referred to from now on
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    It's a video chatting app.

    Duo comes with a feature Google is calling Knock Knock, which shows a livestream of the caller before the call begins.

  5. 5. Instant Apps

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    On-demand hors d'ouvres
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    Apps that live in your mind (thinking)
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    How to interact with Google's new smartwatch
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    Apps that can launch without downloading them first
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    It's a new way to launch apps without downloading them.

    Coming soon to Android handsets, this feature promises to make things move much, much quicker on mobile — especially for transactions that require payment.

  6. 6. Google Assistant

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    A Postmates competitor
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    A Siri competitor that's an actual person Google will send to your house
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    Google guess what you want to search before you type anything
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    A virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence
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    It's the virtual assistant.

    Google Assistant is a conversation-based virtual helper that Google promises will bring context-sensitive information to the users of the world’s biggest search engine. “Our ability to do conversational understand is far ahead of what other assistants can do,” CEO Sundar Pichai said.

  7. 7. AlphaGo

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    The new name for Google's self-driving car
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    Machine learning program that learned how to play a game called "Go"
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    Google's self-flying plane program
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    How Eric Schmidt would like to be referred to from now on
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    It's an AI program that plays the Chinese board game, Go.

    AlphaGo is the creation of DeepMind Technologies, a British artificial intelligence company that Google acquired in 2014. Its AI was able to make moves that were not only mechanically calculating, but also creative when it beat one of the greatest players in the world.

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