First Click: Viv takes on Siri, Uncharted 4 release, and more in the week ahead

May 9th, 2016


On Monday two of the creators of Apple’s Siri will unveil Viv. It’ll be the first public demonstration of the new AI assistant from Viv Labs. Viv is said to be like Siri if only it worked really well, and was an open system the way the creators had originally intended. Before, you know, they took all that Apple acquisition money.

You can also expect a report this week from the 35th annual America’s Cup race which just wrapped up in New York. And you just know that we’ll have something to say about the new James Blake and Radiohead releases now that we’ve had the weekend to digest them.

Tuesday May 10th is of course the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the oft delayed climactic chapter of Nathan Drake’s saga. Fortunately, it’ll be worth the wait. Tuesday's also the day that the Impossible Project's new $300 I-1 instant camera goes on sale, combining the best of the old Polaroids with just a hint of modern intelligence.

Reviews of both the Huawei P9 and Razer Stealth promised earlier (sorry about that) should absolutely be coming this week. Probably. You’ll want to hear Vlad Savov’s thoughts on the Leica-branded dual-camera system on the P9 since that’s the future of smartphone photography.

Jessy Lanza’s latest album Oh No comes out on Friday… the 13th (boo!). It’s recorded with Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan just like Lanza’s 2013 debut LP Pull My Hair Back.

And that’s just a taste of what’s to come this week in our coverage of gadgets, tech culture, science, transportation, and entertainment. But first let’s get caught up on the weekend that was.

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