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

That Met Gala They’re not, but tech events like Google I/O do have an appeal to people beyond the developers in the audience. They offer a glimpse of the technology that will soon be in our hands and in our homes.

This year’s Google I/O brought us more than software updates, such as Android 13pinches Google Maps and the switch to the Skin tone scale for monks. Google also went big with the hardware and talked about the Pixel 6A and Pixel7 phones that Pixel Buds Pro earplugs and the pixel clock, his first smartwatch. Be sure to check out ours full Google I/O coverage.

These stories are an integral part of the many in-depth features and thought-provoking commentary appearing on CNET this week. So, let’s go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss.

Google’s speech algorithm can handle your father’s jokes. Here’s why that’s important.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on stage with a large screen detailing AI and joke explanations

Screenshot by Imad Khan/CNET

That’s why the first images of black holes look like fiery donuts.

Two photos of black holes side by side

EHT collaboration

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

Image of the original iPod when made from marble

Collin Buenerkemper/CNET

Facebook said last year that it had mistakenly removed Australian government and emergency services pages. Whistleblowers speak of intention.

Facebook logo on a phone screen

Sarah Tew/CNET

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

Google Pixel family products

Google; composed by Sarah Tew/CNET

Body doubling can be a complete game changer for people who have trouble concentrating.

A couple sits together on a couch and both read.

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

Tony Fadell in a V-neck sweater

Tony Fadel

Williamson Adams

Last week one Luna coin was worth $85. Now it’s worth a dime. Here’s why that’s important.

Terra logo on a phone screen, plus some coins

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The Burnt City proves Punchdrunk can still create fantastic new worlds, but exploring them brings new uneasiness.

A masked spectator watches a cast member at The Burnt City

Drunk

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