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  1. To provide relief to wheelchair-bound commuters, Google Maps has introduced a new feature to help transit of people with mobility needs. Photo: file To provide relief to wheelchair-bound commuters, Google Maps has introduced a new feature to help transit of people with mobility needs. The feature helps people in identifying all the ?wheelchair? accessible routes in major metropolitan transit centres around the world such as London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney. ?We're looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps,? Rio Akasaka, product manager Google Maps, said in a blog post on Friday. ?Google Maps was built to help people navigate and explore the world, providing directions, worldwide, to people traveling by car, bicycle or on foot. But in city centers, buses and trains are often the best way to get around, which presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs,? reads the blog post. To access the ?wheelchair accessible? routes, users should enter their desired destination into Google Maps. Tap "Directions? then select the public transportation icon. Then tap ?Options? and under the Routes section, you?ll find ?wheelchair accessible? as a new route type. Photo: Google Selecting the option, will show people a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration. "We built this feature to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, but accessible routes are also helpful if you?re on crutches or pushing a stroller. With the help of transit agencies around the globe and people like you who contribute local knowledge, we?re making progress toward a more accessible world for everyone," states the blog post.
  2. Google today announced the launch of its Google Assistant in Hindi. The Assistant in Hindi is rolling out to Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) and is soon coming to Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones as well as Android Oreo (Go edition) devices. © Google Over the last year, Google has launched the Assistant in Hindi in Allo, has brought the English Assistant to more phones, and also made a special version available for Reliance Jio feature phones. Now, more Indians can get help from their Hindi Assistant starting today. The Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google to help you get things done in your world from telling you about your day to finding the fastest route to work, or just setting an alarm for the next day all in Hindi. You can now simply press and hold the home button or say “Ok Google” to fire up the virtual assistant. You can then command in Hindi what you would normally do in English to carry out certain tasks. © BCCL Purvi Shah, Technical Program Manager, Assistant said “The Google Assistant is truly Indian, it's your helpful dost that speaks our language and understands the things you care about, from finding biryani recipes to pulling up the latest cricket score or finding directions to the nearest ATM. In order to make it even more useful to Indians over time, developers and businesses can now build Actions for the Hindi Assistant through the developer platform Actions on Google. Once an action is built, you can just say “Ok Google, talk to” and access the service or content straight through your Google Assistant.” The assistant is powered by machine learning and can be used for sending texts, schedule reminders, set alarms and much more. You can do all of these actions while speaking Hindi and Google has promised it will get better over time. Here are some examples of questions you can ask your Google Assistant: · Sabse kareeb Punjabi restaurant kahaan hain · Dadar tak pahunchne mein kitna samay lagega? · Cricket ka score kya hain? You can even instruct it · Kal subah mujhe saat baje jagaao · Selfie kheencho · Daddy ko SMS bhejo "5 minutes mein pahunchenge” If you want to know more about Google Assistant in Hindi, you can check out their dedicated website here (https://assistant.google.com/explore?hl=hi_in).
  3. France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. Photo: file PARIS: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. "I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices" against French start-ups, Le Maire said on RTL radio. He said start-ups face conditions imposed on them when selling their apps on Google and Apple which "also gather data" and "both can unilaterally modify contracts." The minister said the situation is unacceptable. "I consider that Google and Apple, as powerful as they are, shouldn´t treat our start-ups and our developers in the way they do today," said Le Maire. The action against the firms comes as US President Donald Trump has moved towards imposing a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and a 10-percent tariff on imports of aluminium. It is unclear if European nations will obtain waivers, with Trump having singled out the EU as treating the United States badly in trade ties and threatening to tax cars as well. Le Maire has previously threatened to tax the two firms based on their sales in France, denouncing the legal strategies they use to pay taxes at lower rates in other EU countries. He added the current action could result in penalties reaching several million euros. "My responsibility is to ensure economic law and order," said Le Maire. "There are rules. There is justice. It should be respected." Tech start-ups are a favourite of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has sought to overhaul the nation´s laws and regulations to allow entrepreneurs to flourish.
  4. Plus Code is a new phenomena that is making our life simpler than before. When you're out to find an address on Google Maps, usually you have to fill in each and every detail to get the address on Google you're looking for. More times than often you're sure the address will show up on Google Maps but the address bar comes empty when you tediously type it out! Well, fret not because Google has thought of a way to simplify this dilemma! © Twitter Google Maps has introduced the new Plus Code and the Smart Address feature which will make it easier for you to search or share any address on the app. Plus Code is a simple interpretation of making your mailing address more accessible. What it does is, transform your address into a 10-digit alphanumeric code, making remembering and sharing your address the easiest thing ever! Let's take a look at how easily it works. Google has taken the Earth and divided it into four small quadrants. Each quadrant is assigned a unique 10 character code, with the first 4 digits giving away your area code and the last 6 giving away your local area. The entire code translates into your location and that's all you need to know for anyone or anything to get to you! All you have to is navigate to a location on Google Maps and tap and hold on a location to drop a pin. Once you've added the pin, a small panel will appear at the bottom of the screen which will contain your Plus Code. For instance, the Plus Code for MensXP office in Gurgaon is 7JWVG34Q+2H. The first 4 characters are the area code and the rest of the 6 characters are the local code. You can take the Plus Code out for any location and share it with anyone who wants to reach you accurately. You don't have to drop in a pin anymore, when you have a 10-digit physical address, you can memorise easily! © MensXP The best part is that you don't have to sign in or register to acquire your Plus Code! Since the Earth has been divided into 4 squares by Google Map, there is a code assigned to all 4 parts! Even the oceans, if you have something you need to deliver there! This is a remarkable feature for all e-commerce ventures like Amazon, Flipkart, Zomato, who will find it easier to locate you, using the Plus Code! Another awesome feature Google Maps has come up with is the Smart Address. Indian addresses are lengthy and complicated and sometimes Google can't be of much help, if it can't locate a particular address. What Google Map will do, with the Smart Address Feature is piece together all the information you've provided for the address (landmarks, street names etc.) and give you a closer location to the address, rather than saying 'address not found'. © Google Maps With these two added features, Google Maps hopes to retain faith by the consumers in its services and make it far more easier to get from one place to another, without any hassle.
  5. Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter. Photo: AFP WELLINGTON: Pilot-less flying taxis are being tested in New Zealand as part of a project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page that supporters say will revolutionise personal transport. New Zealand regulators late Tuesday approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a subsidiary of Page's company Kitty Hawk, to develop and test the futuristic air taxis Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter. But developers say it is much quieter, meaning it could transport passengers in urban areas using rooftops and car parks as landing pads. "We are offering a pollution free, an emission-free vehicle that flies dependably, we think this is the logical next step in the evolution of transportation," Zephyr chief executive Fred Reid said. The Cora prototype being tested in New Zealand's South Island uses three onboard computers to calculate its flight path and is capable of carrying two passengers. The computers operate independently as a safety measure and the aircraft can deploy a parachute if anything goes wrong. The aircraft, previously known as Zee.Aero, has a range of 100 kilometres (62 miles), reaching speeds of 150 kmh and an altitude of up to 900 metres (3,000 feet). The Cora project envisages they will become so common that "air travel will be woven into our daily lives". Zephyr said using them would be a simple experience for passengers. "You wouldn't have to know anything about flying a plane. Cora could fly for you," it said in a promotional video. "And it would be all-electric, helping to build a sustainable world." Page's company is also developing a prototype personal aircraft called the Kitty Hawk Flyer and unveiled an early model in the United States last year. However, it looked more like a recreational plaything than a flying car, suitable only for flying above water and seating the pilot in an open top cabin exposed to the elements. Cora appears far more robust and is designed more like a traditional aircraft, featuring an 11-metre (36-foot) wingspan, tail and a closed canopy for passengers. 'Like science fiction' The aircraft will not be offered for sale, instead, the public must book trips like they would with an airline or taxi service. Zephyr said it would operate in a similar fashion to a car ride-share -- with Uber, the best-known example -- and is reportedly working on an app so customers could hail the air taxis on their mobile phones. It said Cora took eight years to design but then developers needed a suitable environment to safely test the new technology. They settled on New Zealand because of its uncongested airspace and rigorous regulatory environment, with Reid saying local officials had embraced the idea. "We had no idea what to expect," he said. "They could have laughed us out of the room. We were pitching something that sounded like science fiction." Cora has been given an experimental airworthiness certificate from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. Trialling the flying taxi service will reportedly take six years, with operations based around the city of Christchurch. "This aircraft represents the evolution of the transport ecosystem to one that responds to a global challenge to traffic and congestion, and is kinder to the planet," Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said. Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998, starting out in a Silicon Valley garage and transforming into one of the world's largest companies. He remains chief executive of Google's parent Alphabet but the Kitty Hawk and Cora projects are a personal pursuit, not part of the tech giant's operations.
  6. Google Lens will allow users to scan things through the app to receive information. If you are an Android user and have Google Photos installed, get ready to experience Lens. Users will now be able to scan things through the app to receive information, so if you are unsure about anything ranging from a dog?s breed to flower type, the Lens can answer all of your queries. Lens will also allow users to create a contact from a business card or identify a landmark. Some smartphones will be able to access the app through the Google Assistant too, including flagships from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, and HMD / Nokia. Lens will also allow users to create a contact from a business card or identify a landmark. Since Lens is rolling out in batches, so you might have to wait it out before you get the update. But waiting is better than being in the dark, like iPhone users, who are yet to have a clear timeline for the launch. The company had announced the app?s expanded launch at the Mobile World Congress last week. Lens is designed to make sense of the visual world, Google Lens Senior Director of Product Aparna Chennapragada told The Verge. The company hopes that, eventually, the visual search function could easily identify and annotate all objects.
  7. The German Federal Court of Justice said, however, that a search engine operator need only take action if it is notified of a clearly recognisable violation of individuals? rights, rather than checking ahead of time whether the content complies with the rules FRANKFURT: Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results, Germany?s highest court ruled on Tuesday. The case, which comes in the context of debate about the so-called ?right to be forgotten?, had been brought by two individuals seeking Google to prevent its search engine from displaying links to websites on which they were verbally attacked by other internet users. They wanted Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, to set up search filters to keep those websites from appearing in future search results, information about the users who had posted the offending comments and payment of damages, saying Google was partly responsible for the violation of their rights. The German Federal Court of Justice said, however, that a search engine operator need only take action if it is notified of a clearly recognisable violation of individuals? rights, rather than checking ahead of time whether the content complies with the rules. ?Instituting a general duty to inspect the content would seriously call into question the business model of search engines, which is approved by lawmakers and wanted by society,? the court said in a statement. ?Without the help of such search engines it would be impossible for individuals to get meaningful use out of the internet due to the unmanageable flood of data it contains,? it added. In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that people could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft?s Bing, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people?s names - dubbed the ?right to be forgotten?. Google has since received requests for the removal of more than 2.4 million website links and accepted about 43 percent of them, according to its transparency report.
  8. Do you have your contacts, photos, and other data stored in Apple's iCloud? Your files may actually be residing in Google's cloud though! Apple has finally admitted to the world that it uses services from Google Cloud to power iCloud, its cloud backup, and storage system for iPad, iPhone, and Mac. The admission came as a single reference to the Google Cloud Platform, buried deep in a document, written by Apple that outlines the security features of iOS 11 for developers and IT professionals. The reference to Google was first spotted by CNBC. © Apple The Cupertino tech giant is now using Google's Cloud Platform, in addition to Amazon's S3 service, to store iCloud data. In the past, Apple has used Amazon's S3 and Microsoft Azure for iCloud storage. Now, it appears that Apple has ditched Azure in favour of Google Cloud Platform. Apple isn't Google's only big-name cloud customer. Spotify, Snap, and PayPal also rely on Google's cloud services. © YouTube Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk's contents that utilize SHA-256. The keys and the file's metadata are stored by Apple in the user's iCloud account. The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform. © Engadget There's no indication of whether Apple is simply using Google's cloud for cheap and efficient storage of photos and backups, or whether Google's more advanced cloud features are coming into play. Meanwhile, Apple is gearing up to start storing the cryptographic keys for Chinese users' iCloud accounts in China instead of the US for the first time, according to a few reports published last week. That change will give Chinese authorities the ability to go through their country's own legal system, as opposed to US courts, to get information on Chinese iCloud users.
  9. New ad filtering system aims to eliminate irritating marketing messages such as pop-ups, auto-play video ads and 'sticky' boxes WASHINGTON: Google has begun a new effort to block annoying ads on its Chrome browser, as part of an initiative aimed at improving the online advertising ecosystem that provides the bulk of its revenues. The new ad filtering system rolled out this week aims to eliminate the most irritating marketing messages such as pop-ups, auto-play video ads and "sticky" boxes which cannot be removed. The system was implemented by Google in partnership with the Coalition for Better Ads, an association which includes the internet giant and a number of media and advertising partners. "While most advertising on the web is respectful of user experience, over the years we've increasingly heard from our users that some advertising can be particularly intrusive," Google engineering manager Chris Bentzel said in a blog post ahead of the rollout Thursday. "Chrome will tackle this issue by removing ads from sites that do not follow the Better Ads Standards." While Google's effort is expected to block only a small percentage of ads, it aims to counter a growing movement to install third-party ad blockers which filter all such advertisements and could be a threat to firms relying on online revenues. According to a study last year by the research firm PageFair, about 11 percent of the global internet population uses ad-blocking software, affecting 380 million mobile devices and 236 million desktop PCs. Google vice president Rahul Roy-Chowdhury said the move aims to improve the online ad system even if it means blocking some ads from Google itself. "To us, your experience on the web is a higher priority than the money that these annoying ads may generate -- even for us," Roy-Chowdhury said in a blog post. "The web is an ecosystem composed of consumers, content producers, hosting providers, advertisers, web designers, and many others. It's important that we work to maintain a balance -- and if left unchecked, disruptive ads have the potential to derail the entire system." Google and its partners in the ad coalition thus appear to be aiming to head off a consumer revolt which could choke off revenues to internet, media and advertising companies. The Coalition for Better Ads said in a statement Thursday it "is pleased by the large number of companies in the online ad industry that have embraced the Better Ads Standards and taken action on their own and with their business partners to discontinue the ad formats consumers find most annoying and disruptive."
  10. SAN FRANCISCO: Gmail is about to get dynamic. Alphabet Inc?s Google on Tuesday plans to demonstrate a software programming system that would enable emails to feature continuously updating information and greater interactivity. Users could see automatically updated flight information in a booking confirmation email. They could fill out surveys without leaving a message or review close-up shots of products in a marketing pitch without opening a browser window. The envisioned changes are an outgrowth of Google?s AMP project, or accelerated mobile pages, Aakash Sahney, a product manager overseeing Gmail, said in a blog post Tuesday. AMP is a set of programming intended to make webpages load faster by stripping out layers of technology. It has drawn praise from publishers such as Hearst Corp and the Washington Post for making their websites more inviting for users. But some web developers have expressed concern that Google is getting too much say in how the web operates. Google is pushing forward. The Gmail integration marks the first broader use for AMP. Other email providers can adopt AMP as well, Google announced as it kicks off an AMP-focused conference for software developers in Amsterdam. The initial version of AMP for email is aimed at bulk senders. A retailer, for example, that sends a weekly sales notice could ensure that recipients see the current price or availability of an item no matter when the email is opened. Bookmarking service Pinterest, scheduling app Doodle and Priceline Group Inc?s Booking.com are testing AMP for email, according to Google.
  11. NEW DELHI: India?s antitrust watchdog on Thursday imposed a 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) fine on Google for ?search bias? and abuse of its dominant position, in the latest regulatory setback for the world?s most popular internet search engine. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said Google, the core unit of US firm Alphabet Inc, was abusing its dominance in online web search and online search advertising markets. ?Google was found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users,? the CCI said in a 190-page order. ?Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services,? the CCI said. However, the CCI said it did not find any contravention in respect of Google?s specialized search design, AdWords and online distribution agreements. A Google spokesman said the company was reviewing the ?narrow concerns? identified by the Commission and will assess its next steps. ?We have always focused on innovating to support the evolving needs of our users. The Competition Commission of India has confirmed that, on the majority of issues it examined, our conduct complies with Indian competition laws,? he said. The Indian watchdog?s order is the latest antitrust setback for Google. Last year, The European Commission imposed a record 2.4 billion euro ($3 billion) fine on the company for favouring its shopping service and demoting rival offerings. Google has appealed against the order. In India, the Commission found, that Google through its search design had placed its commercial flight search function at a prominent position on the search results page to the disadvantage of businesses trying to gain market access. The Indian ruling brings to an end a probe first started by the watchdog in 2012 on complaints filed by matchmaking website Bharat Matrimony and a not-for-profit organization, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS).For infringing antitrust conduct, the Commission decided to impose a fine at the rate of 5 percent of the average total revenue generated by the company from its Indian operations. Naval Chopra, a partner at law firm Shardul Amarchand who represented Bharat Matrimony in the case, said he was surprised by the small amount of the fine imposed on the US tech giant. ?Whilst finding Google to have abused its dominant position, the CCI has nonetheless exercised restraint in recognizing the dynamic nature of online markets and not found Google guilty of every allegation,? Chopra told Reuters. The Indian watchdog also expressed disappointment with Google for saying it was not possible to collate all the revenue data in the time allotted. Google will need to deposit the fine within 60 days, the Commission said. The order was passed by a majority of 4-2 with two members dissenting.
  12. Google said it was also is considering new labelling so its users could see when a featured answer is an imperfect match based on a proximate question SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc?s Google will put more of a premium on ?diverse perspectives? in its search results, saying in a blog post on Tuesday that answers highlighted at the top of result pages would soon display multiple viewpoints on topics for the first time ever. The move comes as internet companies face increasing political pressure to rid their services of misleading or fake news, extremist content and hoaxes. Google said it was also is considering new labelling so its users could see when a featured answer is an imperfect match based on a proximate question. Other changes announced by Google last year were aimed at helping stem conspiracy theories and offensive information from making it into the highlighted results, which Google calls ?featured snippets.? Google typically plucks snippets from third-party websites and shows them in a large box before the traditional list of links in search results. Snippets are relied on by Google?s virtual assistant to read out answers to searches conducted through smart speakers such as the Google Home. The company introduced featured snippets four years ago to get people to desired information faster. But the feature has drawn scrutiny for highlighting inaccurate answers, with mishaps last year including snippets that said women were evil and that former U.S. President Barack Obama was planning a coup. The latest changes address queries such as ?are reptiles good pets,? Danny Sullivan, Google?s public liaison for search, wrote in the blog post. Google tries to answer with information ?strongly aligned? with the search so a webpage contending reptiles are nice pets would likely be shown, Sullivan said. But users ultimately want to know how reptiles rate as pets one way or the other. The featured snippet for ?are reptiles bad pets? would be valuable too even if it contradicts the first snippet, he said. If Google succeeds in delivering multiple viewpoints in one answer for other queries, it could help lead users away from potentially skewed results when looking up topics such as ?is the Earth flat? and ?are vaccines dangerous.? ?There are often legitimate diverse perspectives offered by publishers, and we want to provide users visibility and access into those perspectives from multiple sources,? Matthew Gray, Google?s software engineer overseeing featured snippets, was quoted in the blog post as saying. The display for multiple featured snippets and how they would be presented over voice search has not been determined, Google said.
  13. Sundar Pichai recently sat down with Recode and MSBC for an interview and described Artificial Intelligence (AI) as something that is more important to humanity than fire or electricity. His analogy was made in reference to AI being paradigm shifting, like the discovery of fire and electricity but holds more importance for humanity's advancement. © Reuters Artificial Intelligence exploded in 2017 with almost every major company launching their take on AI on smartphones and smart speakers. We saw the launch of Bixby by Samsung and AI-powered assistants like 'Google Assistant' and 'Alexa' penetrating mainstream consumer tech. Google Assistant was also the highlight of CES 2018 where we saw everything from smart cars to smart mirrors outfitted with Google's AI Assistant. © Google © Amazon Artificial Intelligence is expected to be integrated into many other products and is expected to reach a global worth of $23.4 billion by 2025. The growth of Artificial Intelligence also attracts concerns that may not be ethical. It can lead many job losses and as previously stated by Stephen Hawking, it's probably the “worst thing ever to happen to humanity.” He believes that A.I. could soon replace humans and render mankind useless. Hawking has expressed his sceptical views previously in an interview with Wired and said that A.I. could one day surpass humans and outperform us in every way possible. He also added that A.I. could develop capabilities to improve and “copy itself.” © Youtube Pichai acknowledged the concern that comes with AI and stated in the interview, “AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It's more profound than, I don't know, electricity or fire.” He continued, “[While fire is good] it kills people, too. They learn to harness fire for the benefits of humanity, but we have to overcome its downsides, too.” Pichai truly believed that AI has a far larger role to play in the advancement of humanity but also finds it fair to be worried about AI. If you're interested, you can read the full interview here. Source: Recode
  14. California-based Google already has similar cross-licensing tie-ups with Samsung, LG and others, which are typical industry arrangements between corporations designed to minimise patent infringements Internet titans Google and Tencent on Friday signalled possible future collaboration on developing new technologies as the US and Chinese firms announced a long-term patent-sharing agreement. The companies gave no details on the scope or nature of the potential cooperation but said in a joint statement that they ?are open to deeper collaboration in the future on innovative new technologies?. ?By working together on agreements such as this, tech companies can focus on building better products and services for their users,? Google's head of patents, Mike Lee, was quoted saying. Sam Xu, head of intellectual property at Tencent, added that the patent agreement would ?advance the collaboration between two leading technology companies?. California-based Google already has similar cross-licensing tie-ups with Samsung, LG and others, which are typical industry arrangements between corporations designed to minimise patent infringements. But any cooperation between the US search giant and China's all-conquering tech leader ? the world's second- and fifth-largest companies by market value, according to Bloomberg News ? is bound to generate buzz in the IT world. Google effectively withdrew its search engine from China's heavily controlled internet landscape in 2010 in a row over censorship and cyber-attacks, and many of its services remain blocked. But there have been hints of a thaw in relations. Chinese internet regulators recently allowed access to its translation product, and last month Google announced it would open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing. The agreement with Tencent would apply to a broad range of products, the companies said, without giving any specifics. Tencent operates China's ubiquitous WeChat messaging platform and is the country's leader in social media and gaming. It is pushing to build up its entertainment and gaming businesses and has signalled plans to buy studios, expand into content creation and diversify overseas.
  15. “Hey Google, turn off the lights in my room after I leave” This may very well be the command you will be giving your Google Assistant powered smart home by the end of this year. We're here at CES and the search giant has literally taken over the annual technology show. Google showcased the power of namely one product — the Google Assistant. © MensXP_AkshayBhalla Google's AI assistant is going to be embedded in every device possible and it was very much prevalent at CES. From speakers to bathrooms to cars, everything had Google Assistant built into them. "We think Assistant is more useful if it's available across all devices and contexts," said Scott Huffman, Google's VP of Engineering in charge of Google Assistant. "It's not just phones or speakers or laptops; it's all kinds of things." To that end, Google is focusing on incorporating Assistant in three major categories at CES: the home, the car and mobile -- which, in the case of the latter, means a smarter pairs of earbuds. The most popular category in which we saw the AI assistant being incorporated was your home. From the top of our heads, we saw Google Assistant powered devices from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio and SoLIS. © Lenovo At the moment, we are only accustomed to smart speakers, however, at CES there were touch screens that let you make calls or smart displays that would let you look up recipes on YouTube, right in your kitchen. Home appliance companies like LG and Whirlpool also showcased washing machines and refrigerators that use Google Assistant. According to Google, Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices and we couldn't agree more after seeing an agglomeration of Google Assistant powered devices. © Whirlpool Having said all of the above, Assistant will not be limited to home appliances as we saw it deeply integrated into cars as well. Google Assistant is going to be made available through Android Auto and it can do everything from reading out your texts to playing music or helping you navigate your car. © BCCL Google Assistant is already available on over 400 million devices and before you know it, you will be surrounded by it. You will deal with AI in your kitchen, in your car, and even in your bathroom. It won't be long before Google Assistant is going to take over your life and you won't even realise how it will become an integral part of your existence — unless you use Siri or Alexa, of course.
  16. Let's give the lad a 'Certificate of Participation' first. For unknowingly or casually, raining on the 'fade' parade in life. A hairstyle, that was once introduced into the world by grooming gods like David Beckham and Zayn Malik, and glorified by a million humans across the globe. So with hundred of pages of visual proof, it's safe to say, that Dhoni too succumbed to the 'do at one point in his life. And what started as just a casual grooming move years ago has now become the cricketer's way of life. Over time, however, the inventor of the 'Helicopter shot', Mahendra Singh Dhoni has put out his variations of the haircut on display in public. While most have been versions of a medium-length fade, we did see moments of a low-fade as well. All in all, until now, he's had a great run at acing the decade's biggest hair trend. Looking back at a few of his best 'fade' moments till date: © Times Of India © Times of India © BCCI © Instagram/MS Dhoni Fans Rounding it up, let's give it to him: he's excelled at taking the 'do from casual settings to highly formal press conferences too. Proving, that the 'fade' is clearly one of the biggest highlights of his life. But as it is with every worldly process, a few body changes happen over time. To say it out straight: over the course of time, of course Dhoni's hair colour turned to 'salt and pepper'. Hence, the need for hair colouring arose (which we're sure he succumbed to) when we hardly saw any moments of the 'salt' on him (kudos, man). But if a recent Instagram post that's making the rounds is any indication, looks like he's turned to indifferent times: Daddy's Girl â¤â¤ #Ziva with papa #mahendrasinghdhoni ððð How cute they both are... @mahi7781 @sakshisingh_r A post shared by Bollywood'S Kids (@bollywood_kids) on Jan 11, 2018 at 4:52am PST Caught candid by the bugs with his baby daughter 'Ziva', Dhoni stands for a big salt and pepper in the image above. Notice how the crease line of the fade is almost snow-like and only gradually turning to the colour black (as you move upwards). The centre of the mane, however, is quite a spiked-Mohawk hybrid and not forgetting, also short enough for very easy maintenance. Which salon did he head to and who's his damn barber, are answers we're trying to find on google right now. In all probability, however, we're certain that it's Sapna Bhavnani's scissor magic once again!
  17. LG Electronics' new smartphone G5 during its launch event in Taipei, Taiwan, March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files LAS VEGAS: Consumer electronics titan LG on Monday proclaimed this year a "tipping point" for smart homes, pushing hard into artificial intelligence and building Google Assistant into a smart speaker. LG Electronics is developing technology designed to enable its appliances, televisions and other devices adapt to users and collaborate to handle tasks. The AI platform is "open" to utilizing software made by other companies, LG chief technology officer I.P. Park said during a press event on the eve of the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "The world has become just too complex for just any single company to insist on a proprietary, closed solution," Park said. LG collaborators include Google and Alexa creator Amazon, according to the South Korea-based consumer electronics titan. "2018 will be the tipping point for the smart home and, more important, for the smart connected lifestyle," LG US marketing vice president David Vanderwaal said. Google Assistant is being integrated into LG products including televisions, headphones and smart speakers, Park said. "Our goal at Google is to help people get things done in a natural, seamless way," Google Assistant vice president of engineering Scott Huffman said. Interacting with computers by speaking has proven a hit, and the ability of virtual aids to converse with people is expected to improve quickly, according to researchers from the Consumer Technology Association behind the annual CES gathering. A LG ThinQ speaker with Google Assistant will be available "in coming months," according to Huffman. Robotic room service LG´s vision for its artificial intelligence platform includes enabling appliances, cars, air conditioners and other "everyday" devices to adapt to users´ individual preferences as well as collaborate on tasks. "Our products will learn from users to provide intelligent services, not the other way around," Park said. "You won´t have to study instruction manuals any more." An on stage-demo of the cute, table-top smart hub device called CLOi went awry though, with the voice-commanded device quickly ignoring the words of an LG executive. "CLOi doesn´t like me evidently,"quipped LG US marketing vice president David VanderWaal. "Even robots have bad days." Such moments are playfully referred to as "the curse of the live demo" in Silicon Valley. LG is working on more and smarter robots, showing off concept models crafted to serve as hotel porters, deliver room service meals, or function as shopping carts complete with check-out capabilities. Panasonic announcements on the eve of CES included that it is working with Amazon to build Alexa smart assistant into "infotainment" systems it sells to car makers. Panasonic planned to deliver Alexa voice command capabilities in cars, with some available even without internet connectivity. The Alexa Onboard technology integrated into Panasonic Skip Gen technology will bring voice functionality for in-car users, and for the first time, offer certain select Alexa capabilities without an Internet connection. "Alexa can help customers with thousands of things in the car - navigation, music, audiobooks and more," said Alexa automotive vice president Ned Curic. "This is a big step toward bringing Alexa to customers wherever they might need her, whether they´re at home or on-the-go." Panasonic also collaborates with Google to build Assistant smarts into some of its products. Fight for homes "The biggest theme is the fight for the connected home between Google and Amazon," Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said during a day of back-to-back CES press briefings. "The notion that there is this new layer that can replace apps and operating systems means the stakes are high." If voice-commanded assistants become the new norm for interacting with computers and the internet, being the virtual aide of choice could be a powerful and profitable position. "Competition is heating up for the smart assistant ecosystem, and the question is who is going to be the smart assistant of choice in 2018," Gartner analyst Brian Blau told AFP at CES. Apple and Google have big leads in the race, since their rival digital assistants are already on millions of smartphones and computers, according to Blau. "That is why Amazon is being so aggressive; they need millions of more endpoints for Cortana in people´s hands," Blau said. "The loser, if any, is Cortana because nobody is talking about them," he added, referring to Microsoft´s digital assistant. But, Moorhead countered, Microsoft is likely playing to its strength by angling to be the dominant digital assistant in workplaces and Cortana is already on some half a billion computers powered by Windows 10 software. "The industry is making strides, but we are a long way away from having everything in your house work together," Moorhead said.
  18. THE HAGUE: Google moved 15.9 billion euros to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving it billions of dollars in taxes that year, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, quoting regulatory filings in the Netherlands. Google uses two structures, known as a "Double Irish" and a "Dutch Sandwich", to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation, Bloomberg reported. "The setup involves shifting revenue from one Irish subsidiary to a Dutch company with no employees, and then on to a Bermuda mailbox owned by another Ireland-registered company," it said. The amount of money Google moved through this tax structure in 2016 was seven percent higher than the year before, according to company filings with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce dated December 22 and which were made available online Tuesday. "We pay all of the taxes due and comply with the tax laws in every country we operate in around the world," Bloomberg quoted a Google spokesman as saying in a statement. According to US financial filings, Google's global effective tax rate in 2016 was 19.3 percent, which it achieved in part by shifting the majority of its international profit to the Bermuda-based entity, the news agency continued. Applying that tax rate, Google would have saved $3.7 billion via the 2016 transfer, it calculated. With public coffers still strained years after the worst of the debt crisis, EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question of how to tax internet giants, with French President Emmanuel Macron slamming the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple as the "freeloaders of the modern world". Today's tax rules were designed for when multinationals developed real assets and operations in different nations, making it relatively clear where taxes were paid. But the US tech titans exist almost exclusively in the virtual world, their services piped through apps to smart phones and tablets from designers and data servers oceans away. In accordance with EU tax rules, they choose to report income in an EU nation with low tax rates, depriving the others of millions if not hundred of million in tax revenue.
  19. Have you ever wondered what kind of questions silicon valley tech giants ask in their interviews? What do they specifically look for in a candidate? It could be the test of your situation handling abilities, cognitive skills, communication skills or a task that you may sometimes need to perform on the spot to test your presence of mind. Well, if you have not thought it through but still dream of getting into one of these companies, then do not worry as we have got you covered. Here is a list of the trickiest interview questions that have been asked in such interviews. These questions have been shared on a glassdoor job search platform by various candidates who have faced these question at the time of their interviews. companies. Question 1: A Russian gangster kidnaps you. He puts two bullets in consecutive order in an empty six-round revolver, spins it, points it at your head and shoots. *click* You're still alive. He then asks you, “do you want me to spin it again and fire or pull the trigger again right away?” For each option, what is the probability that you'll be shot?(Facebook) © Jane Hopkins Question 2: You're about to get on a plane to Seattle. You want to know if it's raining. You call 3 random friends who live there and ask each if it's raining. Each friend has a 2/3 chance of telling you the truth and a 1/3 chance of messing with you by lying. All 3 friends tell you that “Yes” it is raining. What is the probability that it's actually raining in Seattle?(Facebook) Question 3: You have a 3-gallon jug and 5-gallon jug, how do you measure out exactly 4 gallons?(Google) Question 4: Why are manhole covers round?(Google) © Caucasus Business Week Question 5: You are shrunk to the height of a 2p coin and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?(Google) Question 6: There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of its box. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?(Apple) Question 7: You have 100 coins laying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. 10 of them are heads up, 90 are tails up. You can't feel, see or in any other way find out which 10 head up. Your goal: split the coins into two piles so there is the same number of heads-up coins in each pile.(Apple) © Daily Mail Question 8: You're in a room with three light switches, each of which controls one of three light bulbs in the next room. You need to determine which switch controls which bulb. All lights are off to begin, and you can't see into one room from the other. You can inspect the other room only once. How can you find out which switches are connected to which bulbs?(Linkedin) Question 9: You're in a rowboat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard (the chain is long enough so the anchor rests completely on the bottom of the tank). Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?(Tesla) Do you think you can answer all of them? We tried and failed, so maybe you can give it a try!
  20. Google, as per its tradition of honouring iconic personalities, paid homage to one of Urdu literature?s most iconic poets Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday. KARACHI: Global search engine Google, as per its tradition of honouring iconic personalities, paid homage to one of Urdu literature?s most iconic poets Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday. Born in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan is known in popular culture by many names, but most commonly as Ghalib (meaning conqueror). The poet showed a gift for language at an early age and was educated in Persian, Urdu, and Arabic, explains Google in its description. Early concepts of the Doodle. Photo: Google "His verse is characterized by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life ? from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven children in their infancy, to the political upheaval that surrounded the fall of Mughal rule in India. He struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends," according to Google. Ghalib navigated through these hardships with wit, intellect, and an all-encompassing love for life. His contributions to Urdu poetry and prose were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but his legacy has come to be widely celebrated, most particularly for his mastery of the Urdu ghazal (amatory poem). On September 21, Google doodle paid homage to legendary Pakistani singer Noor Jehan on the occasion of her 91st birth anniversary. Google pays tribute to Noor Jehan on 91st birth anniversary Jehan, who is also known as the ?Queen of Melody?, was born on this day in 1925 in Kasur In a career spanning over decades, the legendary singer had reportedly recorded around 10,000 songs. Jehan?s biggest claim to fame was her role in lending her voice to boost morale of Pakistani forces during the 1965 war ? for which she was awarded the top-most civilian award ?Tamgha-e-Imtiaz?.
  21. A Google security researcher announced last week that he will be releasing the necessary information needed to jailbreak the iPhone. Android has been known for having too many options to customise your smartphone and it seems like there might be a way to do it on your latest iPhone too. Jailbreaking refers to a method which basically hacks into the operating system of a device, in this case, Apple's iOS. Jailbreaking gives the ability to install any application you desire and customisations to the interface. You can even run emulators and do things with your iPhone that is natively blocked by Apple. Developers have not been able to jailbreak the iPhone since iOS 10 released —until today. Google's Ian Beer promised a while back that he would find a way to jailbreak the iPhone and will be releasing the necessary tools required to do so. © Twitter Beer works at Google's Project Zero and is focused on finding security flaws that would make devices vulnerable to hacking. Beer then informs companies of flaws that need fixing and gives at least 90 days to get their shit in order. If the security flaw is not fixed in 90 days, the team then releases the information to the public. Beer found an exploit in iOS 11.1.2 that was fixed on December 2nd. On Monday, Beer followed through on his promise to give away his findings and tweeted a link to the code. iOS 11.1.2, now with more kernel debugging: https://t.co/PIKbD3Gwx9 — Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 11, 2017 The moment the link was made public, hackers managed to make the code into a full-on working jailbreak code. Beer released the code only for research purposes. Even though a jailbreak has been found, someone has to turn it into an app that will let users jailbreak easily. Knowing how things work, we can confidently say that it is already being done. © Apple This will be of great interest to people who like to customise their iPhones and have some cool features just like any other Android smartphone. However, one should only jailbreak an iPhone if you are willing to take the security risk of running an outdated and hacked system on the device. Source: Bleeping Computer
  22. Planning vacations can make you happy but travelling on a budget is stressful. Google has released a trio of new tools that are meant to ease the anxiety of all travel enthusiasts on a limited budget. The search engine?s updated Flights tool ? through which users can search for and book air travel ? tells travellers when airfare is higher or lower than usual. The tool also informs users when prices have sunk as low as they?re expected to go, according to Engadget. The tool uses machine learning and statistical analysis to make predictions, and while the insights aren?t guaranteed to be correct, they are a bit more precise than those of the average vacationer. Google has also come up with a similar service to travellers booking hotels. If you search for hotels on Google, you?ll be notified when room prices surge or when there is a peak time for tourists at your destination. The service, according to Engadget, is only available on mobile for now and is expected to land on desktops too. Finally, an update added to Google Trips ? the search engine?s getaway-planning app ? makes it easier than ever to save money while you?re away. The app?s new Discounts feature will allow you to make in-app ticket, tour and experience purchases at a lower-than-average rate by partnering with other travel services.
  23. A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show. The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space. Amazon?s suite of voice-controlled devices has outsold Google?s so far, according to a study by research firm eMarketer from earlier this year. In a statement, Google said, ?Amazon doesn?t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn?t make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest?s latest products. ?Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV,? Google said. ?We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.? Amazon said in a statement, ?Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.? It said it hoped to resolve the issue with Google as soon as possible but customers could access YouTube through the internet - not an app - on the devices in the meantime. The break has been a long time coming. Amazon kicked the Chromecast, Google?s television player, off its retail website in 2015, along with Apple Inc?s TV player. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon. Amazon and Apple mended ties earlier this year when it was announced Prime Video would come to Apple TV. Not so with Google. In September, Google cut off YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show, which had displayed videos on its touchscreen without video recommendations, channel subscriptions and other features. Amazon later reintroduced YouTube to the device, but the voice commands it added violated the use terms and on Tuesday Google again removed the service. The Fire TV loses access to its YouTube app on Jan. 1, Google said. Amazon has sold that device for longer than the Echo Show, meaning more customers may now be affected.
  24. The government ordered the probe as part of wider media reforms, amid growing concern for the future of journalism and the quality of news following years of declining profits and newsroom job cuts and the rise of fake news SYDNEY: Australia?s competition regulator said on Monday it would investigate whether US online giants Facebook and Alphabet Inc?s Google has disrupted the news media market to the detriment of publishers and consumers. Like their rivals globally, Australia?s traditional media companies have been squeezed by online rivals, as advertising dollars have followed eyeballs to digital distributors such as Google, Facebook and Netflix Inc. The government ordered the probe as part of wider media reforms, amid growing concern for the future of journalism and the quality of news following years of declining profits and newsroom job cuts and the rise of fake news. ?We will examine whether platforms are exercising market power in commercial dealings to the detriment of consumers, media content creators and advertisers,? Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement. The inquiry also would study how Facebook and Google operated to ?fully understand their influence in Australia?, he added. A Google spokesman said, ?We look forward to engaging with this process as relevant.? Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The idea for an ACCC investigation was hatched during media reform negotiations in parliament earlier this year, which resulted in a relaxation of ownership laws to allow the country?s big players to boost their market share to better compete against online disruptors. Independent media analyst Peter Cox told Reuters it was unclear what measures the competition regulator could recommend to the government even if it found the country?s media sector was increasingly anti-competitive. ?You could see this as a stepping stone towards another type of reform, such as tax,? said Cox. Jurisdictions around the world, including the European Union, are grappling with how to tax technology giants with global operations. Currently corporate taxes are paid where firms have a physical presence, which allows digital multinationals to book most of their profits where they have set up headquarters as opposed to where they make their money. The Australian probe will have power to demand information from businesses and hold hearings. It is due to make its final report in 18 months.
  25. A still from 'Dear Zindagi' Alia Bhatt-Shah Rukh Khan starrer ?Dear Zindagi? is the most popular movie of the year on Google Play in India, Google announced, followed by ?Moana? and ?Wonder Woman?. 'Photo Editor - Beauty Camera & Photo Filters' and 'Messenger Lite' were top trending apps in 2017, the company said. Locally-developed 'Baahubali: The Game' beat international games like 'WWE Champions', 'Super Mario Run' and 'Pokémon Duel' on Google Play. ?Saahore Baahubali? by M.M. Keeravaani was the most streamed song of 2017, followed by ?Ik Vaari Aa? by Arijit Singh, ?Mercy? by Badshah, ?Main Tera Boyfriend? by Arijit Singh, and ?Cheez Badi? by Neha Kakkar. In the ?top books of 2017? category, ?An Unsuitable Boy? by Karan Johar bagged the top spot. It was followed by ?India 2017? by New Media Wing, ?Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored? by Rishi Kapoor, ?I Do What I Do? by Raghuram G. Rajan and ?Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga? by Sadhguru. Every year, Google publishes a list of most popular apps, games, music, movies and books on its digital distribution service Google Play. At the global front, HBO?s hit show 'Game of Thrones' took the top spot ? for the second year in a row, coming ahead of 'Rick and Morty' and 'The Walking Dead' as the most popular TV shows. Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' beat Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' as Google Play's most streamed song of 2017.